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Renovations That Improve or Hurt Your Home's Resale Value

­ Want to renovate your home to better suit your lifestyle and also increase your home’s resale value?­­­ Here are some of the top renovations to increase the beauty and functionality of your home without hurting its resale value: ­ ­ ­ Bathroom Refurbish: Short of a full remodel, there are numerous subtle changes to a bathroom that will increase ...

What Goes Into Your Credit Score?

­Credit score is important when applying for a mortgage. Do you know all that goes into your credit score­­ ­Below is a list of the major components that make up Canadian’s credit score.­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­1. Payment History­ Payment history is one of the most important aspects of an individual’s credit score. People are rated from ...

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 ...

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 ...

Why use a Mortgage Broker? Here's 10 reasons.

Why use a Mortgage Broker instead of a bank? For many people looking to purchase a home for the first time, there is often a lot of questions around "where do I start?". Many have no idea what a Mortgage Broker does exactly, and prefer to just go into their local bank. The problem with this is that their local bank has only one product to offer, their own. As Mortgage Brokers, we have access ...

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 ...

Salt Building in Olympic Village becomes CRAFT beer market.

      It's finally open! After delays over the summer the old Salt Building in Olympic Village has reopend it's doors as CRAFT beer market. I had the opportunity to swing by last night, and it's awesome. Apparently carrying Canada's largest selection of draft beer, CRAFT has 2 other locations in Calgary and Edmonton. They have 140 beers on tap at the new Vancouver location, 55 of ...

Most expensive condo in Vancouver

I could only come up with $22 million, so close. I thought I had it. The penthouse was originally purhased for $25 million, the client then added three sub-penthouses for a total of more than 15,000 square feet. Total cost? $55 million. This gives a new meaning to 5 star. If you're looking to purchase a new home, or considering refincing an existing mortgage, give me a call and let me ...
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