22 Feb

RRSP – Use home buyers’ plan (HBP) more than once

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Posted by: Lynn Nequest

RRSP – Use home buyers’ plan (HBP) more than onceUnder the home buyers’ plan, a participant and his or her spouse or common- law partner is allowed to withdraw up to $25,000 from his or her RRSP to buy a home. Before 1999, only the first- time home buyers are permitted to buy a home under this plan. Now a person can take an advantage of HBP plan more than one, two, three, four or more times as long as the participant in this plan fulfills all other conditions. The house can be existing or can be built.
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20 Feb

5 Simple Steps to Owning Your Own Home

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Posted by: Lynn Nequest

 

5 Simple Steps to Owning Your Own HomeOften, the route to owning your own home can seem like a trip to the moon and back.

Really though, it comes down to five key steps:

1 – Manage your credit wisely.
If there is one thing that will gum up the purchase of that perfect home, it’s an unwise purchase or extra credit obtained. Keep your credit spending to a minimum at all times, make every payment on time and most of all pay more than the minimum payment. Remember that if you just make the minimum payment on your credit cards, chances are you will still be making payments 100 years from now.

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13 Feb

What’s an acceptable down payment for a house?

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Posted by: Lynn Nequest

What’s an acceptable down payment for a house?Ask people this question and you will get a variety of answers.  Most home owners will say 10% is what you should put down. However, if you speak with your grandparents, they are likely to suggest that 20% is what you need for a down payment.

The truth is 5% is the minimum down payment that you can make on a home in Canada. If you are planning on buying a $200,000 home then you need $10,000.

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12 Feb

Knowing When Less Is More

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Posted by: Lynn Nequest

Knowing When Less Is MoreNo one wants to be told that they are not allowed to have something. We live in Canada; as Canadians, our focus has always been to strive for better and for more. That said, there appears to be a growing trend around co-sharing which means people are increasingly moving away from owning their own cars, bikes, offices and, even, homes.
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7 Feb

6 Home Purchase Closing Costs

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Posted by: Lynn Nequest

6 Home Purchase Closing CostsWhen you purchase your home, there are 6 additional costs to account for. They include:

  • Home Fire and Flood Insurance
  • Title Insurance
  • Legal Fees
  • Adjustments
  • Land Transfer Tax
  • GST

Here’s an overview of what you can expect.

6 Feb

What is CMHC?

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Posted by: Lynn Nequest

What is the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)?The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is a corporation that most are semi-familiar with, but do not know what CMHC actually does.

CMHC is Canada’s authority on housing. They contribute to the stability of the housing market and the financial system. They also provide support for Canadians in housing need and offer objective housing research and advice to Canadian Governments, Consumers and the Housing Industry.

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1 Feb

Bank vs. Credit Union – A who is who in borrowing

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Posted by: Lynn Nequest

Bank vs. Credit Union - A who is who in borrowingBanks and Credit unions are often grouped together into one category under “financial institutions”. While they may have several similarities in terms of financial service offerings, in the world of mortgages the banks and credit unions have little in common. As mortgage professionals, we work with both of them and are well versed in the differences between the two. To start with, we will first need to look at the definition of each institution.
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