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A sense of Family

We often hear about companies that strive to create a culture of welcome and support for their employees and customers.  Culture is perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of any business because it directly reflects on much more than just an employees experience.  It has a significant impact on the customer and their relationship with our brand. CENTUM is a part of the Charlwood Pacific ...

Important Changes Effective January 1, 2015 - Do They Affect You?

Important Changes Effective January 1, 2015 - Do They Affect You? Over the last 5 years we have seen some significant changes to the way that lenders qualify borrowers applying for mortgages. Each change since 2008 has made the process of qualifying for a mortgage a bit more difficult. As of January 1, 2015 existing unsecured debt payments will be calculated using 3% repayment on the balance regardless ...

GET OFF MY TITLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What happens when a relationship goes sour, especially if you are not married, but you are girlfriend/boyfriend or common in law who have purchased a home together and both of you are on title? And one of you wants to sell and the other says no way. What can you do that won’t cost you a ridicules amount of money on lawyers?   NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The way the system is set ...

THE PRIME STAYS PUT, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO VARIABLE RATE

The Bank of Canada has announced that their lending rate will stay at 1% which means that Prime (the rate that consumers pay) will stay at 3%. The major banks were thinking that Prime was going to increase, every indication showed to them that Prime was going to go up. In turn, the banks started to give a better variable rate discount to consumers.   Let me explain, when the Five Major Banks ...

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: ...
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