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Tiny Homes

With the increasing home prices across Canada, consumers have been getting creative with ways to cut costs and live more affordably.  One of the ways Canadians have been looking to achieve this is by purchasing or even building their own “Tiny Home”.  Over the 10 years since the start of the last recession, the tiny home market has seen a boost in popularity.  There ...

Is Airbnb good for your investment property?

Is Airbnb good for your investment property? The Airbnb accommodation phenomenon has taken the world by storm with the concept of privately owned homes used as hotels to profit home owners.  Since inception in 2008, Airbnb has launched in over 191 countries and over 65,000 cities worldwide.  The Airbnb model may not be for every second-home investor, but it can be a lucrative arrangement. ...

Are you a Millennial dependent on gifted down payment?

As home prices soar across Canada, millennials are being priced out of the market – unless they have the assistance of a gifted down payment from the “bank of Mom and Dad”.  Millennials are an eager group, born from the early 1980s to early 2000s, who have shown they too want to live the Canadian dream of home ownership. Just over one-third now own a home.  Statistics ...

Net Zero Housing Revolution

When it comes to new home development, there has been a new craze helping home owners reduce their impact on the environment and save money on their energy bills.  Net zero homes are designed to produce as much renewable energy as they consume, even allowing some home owners to supply extra electricity back to the grid to power other homes.  Conventional homes are typically 80% less ...

The Power of Pre-approval

With home buying season upon us, most people will dive right in with a loose budget. A loose budget however, can be dangerous if your heart gets set on a home that is out of reach financially. The first thing that any potential buyer should do is get pre-approved for a mortgage. Once approved, buyers can shop within a clear budget and focus the search on properties within a specific price range. ...

Not All Mortgage Penalties Are Equal

This is a story about Joe and Sue. Two different people with similar mortgages, but very different prepayment penalties.  Joe and Sue each buy a house at the exact same time for the exact same price and get a mortgage for the exact same amount. The only difference is Joe uses a Big Bank, and Sue uses a monoline lender for their mortgages. Let’s assume they both received a rate of ...

8 Things to Avoid After a Mortgage Preapproval

You have word from your agent letting you know you are pre-approved for a mortgage. This is an exciting time as you are well on your way to purchasing a new home. A preapproval is usually good for 60 to 120 days depending on the lender. If you do not purchase a home within this time frame, the lender may require you to get preapproved again. Therefore, it is important to continue the great behavior ...

Your Home Buying Team

Purchasing a home is likely to be the largest investment you will ever make, and that means that it is very important you have a team of professionals working with you throughout the entire process. More and more clients are discovering the benefits of utilizing the services of a professional mortgage broker to help them secure financing for their homes. Why is this? It is simple really. The ...

Time for a Roof Checkup!

Time for a Roof Checkup!   With winter just around the corner, now is the perfect time to inspect your roof to ensure that your home will be protected from the snow and rain that comes with it!   Depending on the age of your roof, environmental factors and building materials, it’s a good idea to complete inspections twice a year, with the best seasons being spring and fall.  ...

Follow these six tips to save money and time during the back to school season!

Follow these six tips to save money and time during the back to school season:   1. What do you already have? To avoid unnecessary shopping trips and expenses, take some time to go through your home to see if any of the stationary supplies that you already have, such as binders, calculators or art supplies, can be reused.      2. See what fits Heading ...
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