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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 ...

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 ...

RATES! RATES!

The rates are coming down, but how long will that last?   Also in other news, Calgary has had a spike in real estate with prices of house going as much as 20% higher than listed, what is going on? with rate as low as 2.89% for a high ratio mortgage, it becoming like the wild wild west

WHY CHOOSE A MORTGAGE BROKER...

This is the one question that I get asked the most, Why choose a mortgage broker? What do they have that I can't get from my own bank. and What does a mortgage broker do for me? To answer these questions let's take one at time. What can a mortgage broker offer that a bank can not?  A mortgage broker first of all gives you choice! They also give you expert advice, Most mortgage brokers have ...

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, ...
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