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The Challenge of being Millennial

In recent years there has been a surge of discussion surrounding the challenges that Generation Y, or the Millennials, will be experiencing as they enter the work force.  The key items of discussion are (a) Education Costs (b) Cost of housing - both important topics because they both heavily impact an entire generations ability to be upwardly mobile. If we consider first the cost of education ...

Centum Financial Group Appoints New CEO

Centum Financial Group Appoints New CEO   VANCOUVER, BC (February 4, 2014) – Centum Financial Group, part of the Charlwood Pacific Group of companies (CPG), is pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Charlwood to the role of Chief Executive Officer. Concurrently, Don Lawby will be retiring from his important role as President and Chief Operating Officer of Centum Financial ...

Looking at the Bigger Picture

All parties – bankers, lenders, mortgage brokers — have a responsibility to perform due diligence with every valued client we deal with. However, there is one step that is either over looked, or not valued, by some folks in this business. And it is a step that I feel should probably be held in the highest interests: placing our clients in a mortgage that will be serviceable not just today, ...

Housing Bubble?

CTV reported that Minister Flaherty stated he would act again if needed to cool an over heated market.  For most Canadians this could translate in to stiffer rules when applying for home financing.  For most existing home owners changes would only have an impact if they choose to purchase a new home, refinance their existing mortgage, or at renewal time. When the United States had the market ...

What will a rate increase mean for you?

With the recent interest rate increase mainstream media has published doom and gloom scenarios about what will happen to the average Canadian home owner.  In a recent article in the Globe and Mail the headline read: "Sink or swim: How will you cope with higher mortgage payments?" We all know that bad news sells.  For most people looking at their personal finances a large jump in mortgage ...

Rates on the rise?

We were promised increases in mortgage rates and it appears we were not let down.  Current Mortgage Rates as at Tuesday August 20th - Prime Rate for Variables is still 3.00% Please note that rate discounts may be available for quick closings (30 to 60 days) 4 Year Fixed: 3.29% 5 Year Fixed: 3.59% 10 Year Fixed: 4.19% Variable 5 Year: Prime -.4% (2.60%) Bank of Canada Benchmark Rate: ...

Canadians Losing Money on their Mortgages

For most Canadians when shopping for a mortgage the simple solution is to walk through the doors of your local bank or credit union branch.  It seems to be that old saying "better the devil you know" is true.  We believe that the bank, trust company or credit union that we have been dealing with for years is the best place to be. In fact in 2012 a whopping 72% of people did just that ...

Canada’s Rental Vacancy Rate Increases

Press Release from CMHC below.  For the full release and graphs please visit: http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/corp/nero/nere/2013/2013-06-20-0815.cfm OTTAWA, June 20, 2013 — The average rental apartment vacancy rate in Canada's 35 major centres1 increased to 2.7 per cent in April 2013, from 2.3 per cent in April 2012, according to the spring Rental Market Survey2 released today by Canada ...

Should you take the largest mortgage possible?

Be it at the home purchase stage which means making the smallest down payment possible, or refinancing and taking out the maximum amount of equity, many Canadian today believe that they should have the largest possible mortgage. It seems that gone are the days of working to retire debt free, and to own your home out-right.  It is this exact reason that the government has restricted the rules ...

The CENTUM Solution

Understanding how your mortgage can affect your long term finances is an important part of being a home owner.  Things like taxes, interest rates, pre-payment options, and other hidden costs tied to home ownership can have a direct, and lasting, impact on your ability to achieve your financial goals. Canadians have enjoyed years of low interest rates and this ability to borrow funds cheaply ...
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