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Giving Thanks to Low Mortgage Rates

At this time last year, sitting around the feast laden table, many economic forecasts indicated that mortgage rates would be on the rise in 2011. Here we are on the fleeting end of the year and rates for the most part have remained at a historical 30 year low. Although prime rate remains unchanged, a noticeable trend over the second half of the year seems to be the pricing by the mortgage facilitators ...

How Much Do You Know About Your Mortgage Protection Insurance?

If you've ever bought a home, you've probably been there: you meet with a lender to sign your mortgage documents and he or she offers you mortgage protection insurance. It can be as simple as ticking off a box and signing on the dotted line to accept the premiums and insure you and your family against death, disability or other catastrophic event that might leave you unable to make your ...
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If Disaster Strikes Your Home: Will You Be Protected?

Recent images of devastating floods, tornadoes and fires, along with warnings by Environment Canada of the potential for severe summer weather, might have you wondering what protection there is for your home in the event of a natural disaster. Did you know that overland flooding is not covered by home insurance? Government assistance can be there to assist communities ...

Poll: Almost 40% of Young Condo Buyers Not Aware of New Lending Rules

A recent poll conducted by Environics Research Group for TD Canada Trust reveals, not surprisingly, that the majority of urban Canadian condo buyers are first-time home buyers.  Environics polled 806 people in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver who have bought a condo in the past 24 months or intend to buy a condo in the next 24 months. Results ...

Consumer Confidence Up, Home Prices Calming Down

Consumer confidence rose by 4 points in April over the previous month, according to the Conference Board of Canada consumer confidence index. It also revealed a sharp shift in Canadians' attitudes toward making major purchases such as homes, appliances and automobiles.  For the first time in almost a year, survey respondents who think now is a good time to make a major purchase ...

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: What Are The Barriers to Choosing a Mortgage Broker?

Despite the abilities of mortgage brokers to find rates for home buyers often lower than those posted by the big banks, some buyers are reluctant to leave the comfort of their lending institutions in favour of personal ‘agents’ working in their best interests.  This is supported by evidence that in Canada, first-time buyers are the most likely to use mortgage brokers, while repeat buyers ...

All Grown Up: The City of Vancouver Turns 125

The only city to earn top spot on the Economist Intelligence Unit's list of the world's most liveable cities for five straight years, Vancouver, British Columbia turns 125 years old on April 6, 2011.  Vancouver is a youngster by historical standards, but already the city has gained prominence in world rankings in a number of categories - from real estate to quality ...

Think That Fixer-Upper is a Steal? Think Again.

An online survey of 1,001 Canadians who have purchased a home within the past two years, or intend to buy a home in the next two years, shows that gender plays a role in the selection of new homes vs. 'fixer-uppers'.   More men than women surveyed in the 2011 TD Canada Trust Home Buyers Report preferred fixer-uppers because they are more affordable (14 percent vs. 8 percent) and allow ...

Earthquake in Japan Should Give Canadians Pause

Many of us watching the devastating images emerging from Japan - and who live on the west coast of Canada - are taking serious pause to think about if we could withstand such a catastrophic event.    Fault zones in Canada aren't limited to the west coast. According to the Government of Canada, this country averages about 5,000 small earthquakes per year. A minor tremor ...

Small Spaces Can Offer Big Savings on Monthly Expenses

High home prices are putting pressure on many first time buyers to seek smaller spaces to save on monthly mortgage payments. Not all small spaces are created equal; it is important to define your lifestyle needs in addition to square footage when determining monthly payments. What are some features of small spaces that can help to reduce your monthly housing expenses? The 2011 AVID ...
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