real estate

What is Your Home Really Worth??

Understanding Why The City’s Assessment, A Realtor’s Market Evaluation, & An Appraiser’s Value May Be Different.   You receive a City Tax Assessment in the mail in January of each year. Then, when considering the sale or refinance of your home, a Realtor tells you what they believe your home should be priced. If refinancing,… Continue reading What is Your Home Really Worth??

credit

Your Credit Score Got An Upgrade in 2016 – How It Impacts You

Equifax, one of two credit reporting agencies in Canada, creates the formulas that calculate your credit score.  They create new formulas to adjust to changing consumer behaviour.  The mortgage broker industry previously used a formula called Beacon 4.0.  As of June 1st, 2016, we are now using Beacon 9.0.  This new formula recognizes that a… Continue reading Your Credit Score Got An Upgrade in 2016 – How It Impacts You

Interest Rates

“BUT SERIOUSLY… WHAT’S TODAY’S BEST RATE?”

One of the first (and most asked) questions I hear is, “What is today’s best rate?”. The answer truly isn’t that simple. Why? Today I’m going to focus on “A” Lenders and assume you have average to excellent credit. Given that scenario, the rates offered by different Lenders range based on: HOW FAST YOUR POSSESSION… Continue reading “BUT SERIOUSLY… WHAT’S TODAY’S BEST RATE?”

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FITNESS FOR YOUR FINANCES

Tackling Your Debt Resolution   Knocking down debt levels often leads the list of New Year’s resolutions for maxed-out Canadians (according to an annual survey by Angus Reid conducted in 2016). But where to start… (A)      Make BILL PAYMENTS on EVERY PAY DAY: Most bills have a monthly due date but if you get paid… Continue reading FITNESS FOR YOUR FINANCES

insurance

Insurance, Insurance, Insurance

What do the policies cover and who do they protect?   When purchasing a property, the term “insurance” comes up a LOT. After the second or third time, the different insurance policies available may start to blend together but it’s good to understand the differences in all the different types of insurance and it’s especially… Continue reading Insurance, Insurance, Insurance

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Looking Back On 2016 – A Summary of This Year’s Major Changes to Canada’s Housing Rules

A Summary of This Year's Major Changes to Canada's Housing Rules   Every December, we look back and marvel at how fast the year went by. 2016 was no different but looking back, this year had a lot more changes than many others. There was Brexit, Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, an unexpected Trump… Continue reading Looking Back On 2016 – A Summary of This Year’s Major Changes to Canada’s Housing Rules