Top 3 Reason’s To Buy in Edmonton This Winter

The thought of putting on your parka and heading out into -25 degree weather deters even the most strong willed Edmonton and Sherwood Park home buyers. With colder weather, people naturally tend to hibernate indoors. This is a great advantage to a first time home buyer, or a buyer who can buy first and sell … Continue reading Top 3 Reason’s To Buy in Edmonton This Winter

First Time Home Buyers Incentive Program

There is a lot of interest in the New Canadian First Time Home Buyers Incentive Program. This program is shared equity program designed to make first time home buying more affordable. See our video to have a better understanding, and don't forget to visit: placetocallhome.ca for more information.

The 5 C’s of Credit

When you join into a mortgage relationship with a lender, it's important to keep in mind that it is the lender who generally takes on the majority of the risk as most people put less than 50% up to only 5% of their own money to finance the initial cost of the home. In order … Continue reading The 5 C’s of Credit

Mortgage Penalties

Often when looking at mortgage, many buyers 1st question is "what is your best rate?". While rate is certainly a consideration when choosing a mortgage product, knowing the features of the mortgage product should be top priority- because not all mortgage products or lender offerings are equal. In many cases, Canadians often end up paying … Continue reading Mortgage Penalties

OFSI Mortgage Rule Changes effective January 1st 2018

The Most Recent OSFI Mortgage Rule Changes   On Tuesday October 17 the Bank of Canada announced they will proceed with the implementation of a stress test for all uninsured mortgages. An uninsured mortgage is where the down payment is more than 20% down, has no default mortgage insurance and includes refinancing.   The stress … Continue reading OFSI Mortgage Rule Changes effective January 1st 2018

What is your best rate?

In 2016 and 2017 Ottawa brought in some major changes to the mortgage industry that has made the cost to lend mortgages much higher. The categorizing of a mortgage is now more complicated and depending how your mortgage is categorized: insured,insurable or uninsurable- there are different mortgage rates. This and other factors have resulted in … Continue reading What is your best rate?

Insurance Series- Default Mortgage Insurance

Default Mortgage Insurance is an insurance policy which compensates lenders or investors for losses due to the default of a mortgage loan. In Canada, we are fortunate that we have three organizations that offer default mortgage insurance: CMHC – Canadian Mortgage Housing Corporation, Genworth, and Canada Guaranty. Why is this important and a benefit to a borrower? While these … Continue reading Insurance Series- Default Mortgage Insurance