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Are you haunted by high-interest debt?



Contact the team at at 1 866 452-1100 to speak to an expert now!

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Six ways to boost your credit score

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Your credit score is essentially your passport to financial opportunities. With a possible range of 300 to 900, your number tells lenders what kind of a risk you are likely to be as a borrower. A low credit score can prevent you from getting the lowest mortgage rates, or even from getting a mortgage at all. That’s why it’s important to know the six credit behaviors that can keep your score high, or give it a boost!

  1. Know what you’re working with. Get a copy of your report and see what your lender sees. Credit reports can be ordered for free through the mail or, for a small fee, downloaded from
  1. On time, all the time. The single biggest factor in your credit score is having a timely bill payment history. Start today with a commitment to never let a bill get past due.
  2. Know your limits. Your credit score is based on your balances relative to your available credit. Look at your credit limits and try not to use more than half of the available amount.
  3. A longer history is better. Don’t cancel your oldest credit card. In fact, get advice before you cancel any cards. A long steady history of using cards responsibly demonstrates trustworthiness.
  4. Be selective. When you’re asked “would you like to apply for our Store Card to save $X dollars on your purchase?” Don’t do it. These pitches can be a credit pitfall. Regularly looking for more credit will flag you as a potential credit risk.
  5. Keep it balanced. Creditors like to see that you can handle a wide variety of credit types.

We would be happy to review your situation. If you need to improve your score, we can outline your best options for credit improvement. If you want to get a mortgage while you work on bettering your score, the team at can also advise how that may be possible. Contact us today, to speak to an expert!

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Mortgage Closing Tips

What you should and shouldn’t do right before your mortgage funds.

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While you may have a pre-approved or approved mortgage, it doesn’t fund until the day you close on your new home. Keep the following tips in mind to ensure a smooth closing:

  1. Keep your bills up-to-date, including your current mortgage (if applicable).
  2. Don’t add any new credit without consulting with your mortgage broker first, including co-signing a loan.
  3. Keep the money for your downpayment separate so you have enough at closing to complete the purchase.
  4. Have enough money set aside for other closing costs. Contact your mortgage broker for a list of the costs you can expect.
  5. Don’t pack any important documents relating to your mortgage/home.
  6. Just before funding is not a good time to quit your job, move to part-time, or reduce your income.
    If your employment situation has changed, please contact your mortgage broker right away.
  7. Don’t change your closing date without telling your mortgage broker first, and remember to satisfy all conditions of your mortgage approval at least 10 days before closing.
  8. Get your home insurance in place, it’s an important part of your mortgage – lenders require it before advancing funds.
  9. Talk to your mortgage broker about insuring this new debt with mortgage life and disability insurance.
  10. Enjoy your new home!


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Did you know???

When buying a home, you can borrow your down payment through

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  • Personal loans
  • Lines of credit
  • Credit cards

Thinking of buying a home? Speak to an expert at today, to find out how you can qualify under the “Flex Down” plan.

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Going through a separation or divorce? Your home can be the asset that gives both partners a fresh start.

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If you have a final separation agreement, then talk to your mortgage broker about how the value in your home and the power of your mortgage can help you both move forward on firm footing. Your broker will start by asking some key questions:

  • Are you hoping to stay in the existing home?

Many couples assume that the house must be sold – but that’s not always the case. Your mortgage broker has resources that can help one partner remain in the home. The home can be refinanced up to 80 per cent of its value. You’ll need to determine if this equity can pay off joint debt and provide a payout if it’s required. Or one spouse can purchase the home outright from the other spouse who then comes off title. A Spousal Separation Mortgage allows a buyout to 95 per cent, which can provide a fair buyout and possibly pay off any other joint debt.

  • Do you want to buy a new home?

Your mortgage broker can let you know what you can qualify for and what is affordable for you in your current financial situation.

  • Will you need to boost your credit rating?

A less-than-stellar credit rating can affect your ability to get the best mortgage rates. Your broker has some quick strategies to help you polish your credit, and to build (or rebuild) your credit over time.

For many separating couples, their home is their most important asset. That’s why seeking the advice of a mortgage professional very early in the process can help set the stage for a successful separation – so the two of you can each make the best possible start on a new path.

Feeling overwhelmed? That’s normal. The team at can help make a challenging time a little more hopeful: with personalized mortgage financing advice. We have helped many individuals in these same situations. Divorce or separation doesn’t need to spell the end of financial hope. Contact us today, to take a look at your options – as an individual or as a couple.

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Happy Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving holiday is a special time to pause and give thanks for the comforts of family and home.  It’s so gratifying to know that so many will be celebrating in homes that we helped them achieve. Happy Thanksgiving!


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Five Reasons Why You Should Let Renters Help Pay Your Mortgage

DB15036_financialconcepts_66626071Are you a savvy homebuyer? Then let renters help pay your mortgage. Recently Canada Mortgage and House Corporation (CMHC) announced that when qualifying for a mortgage, homeowners could now count all of the income from their legal secondary unit(s) instead of the previous 50 per cent, making it easier to qualify and giving this home buying option a boost.

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer feeling your way into the housing market or an existing one looking to lower your mortgage payment, here are five reasons why having renters help pay your mortgage is such an appealing option:

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  1. Some first-time buyers want to move directly into a single-family home and get mortgage assistance using a rental suite instead of purchasing a condo at a lower cost.
  2. If you want to get your foot into the world of real estate without breaking the bank, a home with a rental suite can be a great start, especially if the area you happen to love is pricey.
  3. Homeowners looking ahead to the future may want to lower their mortgage cost so they can channel money into other investment areas like RRSPs, TFSAs, RESPs. Or simply as a way to become mortgage free sooner!
  4. Spending less on your mortgage can give you the freedom to change your lifestyle or follow your dreams, perhaps to travel, start a new business venture, or allow for the luxury of having a stay at home parent.
  5. Rental suites are also great if you have ageing parents. You can keep them close without infringing on personal space. Keep in mind that if tenants are family members, lenders and insurers will not use the rental income for qualifying purposes.


Ready to become a savvy homeowner and let renters help pay your mortgage? Talk to the team at today and find out how!

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Your Home’s Fall Checklist


It’s time to start thinking about preparing your home for the colder weather; a few little things can make a big difference for your home and save you time and money later.

Get your mind in the gutters so they are checked and cleaned, and don’t forget the downspouts.

Plug any gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulking. If there is a door between your house and garage make sure it closes completely.

Clean your patio furniture before you store it away, you’ll be happy you did in the spring.

Drain and store garden hoses.

Replace your furnace filters if you haven’t done so in the last 3 months.

A furnace physical is important; have a professional inspect your heating system.

Keep the fires burning by checking the chimneys for obstructions such as nests. Consider having the wood-burning fireplace and stove flues and chimneys professionally inspected and swept.

Think safety and test smoke and carbon monoxide monitors, and rid your home of any fire hazards.

See you next year. Cover outside of air-conditioning unit and shut off power. Winterize your landscaping.

And reduce stress! This is also a great time to review your finances and to even start thinking about a budget for your holiday spending.  If you have a lot of high interest debt, today’s rock bottom rates make this a great time to get in touch to see if you qualify to have that debt moved into a low-rate mortgage. That one simple step can boost your cash flow and save thousands in interest. And making fewer debt payments each month is a certain stress reliever!

Have a great fall season!

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Thinking of fall’ing into homeownership?


Don’t be tempted to rush into anything just because the holiday season is fast approaching.  It is best to make sure you find the right house and stick with your budget.

Let the team at help determine how much home you can afford and pre-approve you before you start shopping. We will also discuss downpayment options and all of the costs associated with buying a home.   If you are thinking of jumping into homeownership this fall, let us have a conversation!