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Attempting to understand the new mortgage rules

As new mortgage rules take effect this week that make stress-testing mandatory for all insured mortgages, I’m left scratching my head. The new rule requires a stress-test for all insured mortgages, i.e. it will affect any prospective buyer with less than

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Buying your first home will cost more than you think

If you’re buying your first home, you’re probably focusing on saving enough money for the downpayment. That’s a great start, but you should know that there are many other fees and expenses that come with buying a home.Depending on who you ask, it is

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What does the new mortgage rule mean for first-time buyers?

On October 17, 2016, most first-time buyers will have less borrowing power when it comes to being approved for a mortgage. Whenever less than 20% is put down on a home, the mortgage needs to be insured. The new rule states that every insured mortgage

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These tips will help you stick to your monthly budget

With the price of housing steadily on the rise with no signs of slowing down, it seems more important than ever to stick to your monthly budget. Whether you’re saving for your first home, paying off a mortgage, or content renting, the high cost of living

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A few quick pointers regarding your new home warranty

As reported in April, Urbancorp Group, a decades-old property developer in the GTA, filed for bankruptcy in the spring, with about a thousand homes under construction as of late 2015. With that in mind, I’m listing a few quick pointers regarding your new

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6 creative ways to start saving for the down payment on your first home

A recent study found that almost two-thirds of millennials expect to own their first home in Toronto. With the city’s average purchase price nearing half a million dollars, owning a home is no easy feat. Nonetheless, young aspiring first-time homebuyers

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Will 300,000 Canadians soon have more debt than assets?

This week, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released a study by senior economist David Macdonald that says a home price decline of 20% would leave 169,000 families under 40 in a negative-equity position, with more debt than assets. “Declines

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7 common pitfalls in real estate investment

By Patricia EvansWith condo buildings rising left and right, it’s tempting to think that investing in real estate is a no-fail affair. The real estate industry is certainly profitable but just like any other market, investment conditions can become

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Do We Need More Changes to the Mortgage Rules?

The Financial Post last month reported that our representatives in Ottawa were considering increasing the amount of down payment required to obtain a mortgage, citing sources that claimed further measures to cool the house market, including restrictions

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Maximizing Your Real Estate Investment

As the economy grows stagnant and job creation seems to become a breakeven proposition, more and more people are looking toward their investments to either get them through those tough economic times or to plan for early retirement.One such avenue of

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