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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. ...

The new down payment rule: what changed on February 15

  On February 15, the Government of Canada effected a change to the rules for down payments. The change, which was officially announced on December 11, 2015, increases the minimum down payment for new insured mortgages from 5 per cent to 10 per cent, for the portion of the house price above $500,000. The change does not affect home owners who hold mortgages obtained prior to February ...
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The Future of the Reverse Mortgage

In the last couple of months, we have heard more and more about Reverse Mortgages. This post will help you have a better understanding of this product.   First, who can get a reverse mortgage? This kind of loan is available for homeowners that are 55 or older.   What is a reverse mortgage? A reverse mortgage allows you to get up to 55% of your home equity (home equity ...
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Saving For a Down Payment?

Are you looking to get into the housing market? You’ve attended a few open houses and have been following the market for months, but now reality is setting in. A down payment will be necessary to buy your first home. Below are some of the top ways to save for a down payment. Scale down Your Lifestyle: Finding less expensive ways to do the things you enjoy, or foregoing ...
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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...


The race to the bottom? There has been a lot of news about the Minister of Finance, Jim Flaherty, contacting lenders and asking that they stop offering consumers a discounted interest rate.  Flaherty is quoted as calling these offers a race to the bottom and the minister is expressing deep concerns about the high level of consumer debt.  The question on most peoples minds seems to be... ...
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