1 Nov

Credit Reports: You’ve Scored! But Are You Playing the Game?

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

For most people, your personal credit score and how a credit score is calculated are complete mysteries. How can you be expected to play and be successful if you aren’t even told the rules of the game? There are things borrowers can do to improve their score so they can access better mortgage products and […]

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29 Aug

Mortgage Strategies: Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

While most people start off their mortgage search by going after the lowest rate, what they are really after is the mortgage with the lowest cost. Then again, the majority of borrowers in Canada end up with a mortgage that is not the lowest rate nor the lowest cost. Strike 1! Whether borrowers realize it […]

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27 Aug

Need an Appraisal – 7½ Tips for Success

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

Do you need to get a current value of your property? Then you are going to need an appraisal. Banks and other lending institutions want to know the “current” market value of your home before they consider loaning money on the property. An appraiser checks the general condition of your home and compares your home […]

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20 Jun

4 Home Improvements that will pay you back

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

Some home improvements provide more of a payback when you sell the house down the road. Here’s a list of the four home improvements which will provide the biggest payback when you sell.  Adding square footage – while this can be a very expensive project, adding to the size of a house can re-coup between […]

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28 May

6 ways to get a down payment

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

When is it time to think about saving for a down payment? I would say about a year before you think about buying a home. While that’s ideal in today’s world, we often do not have much time to save for a down payment. Sometimes your landlord is planning on retiring and wants to sell […]

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27 May

Zero Down Payment Mortgage–Does it Exist?

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

Did you know that you can buy a home with ZERO down payment?? If a home purchase is your goal this year but you aren’t able to save up enough of a down payment, you may qualify for a low or zero down payment mortgage. One of our Lenders is offering a great zero down […]

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21 May

Renovating? Consider a Refinance Plus Improvements

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

Let’s take a closer look at how a Refinance Plus Improvements mortgage can get you the extra cash you need to get your renovations completed. The Standard Refinance An everyday refinance allows the home owner to access up to 80% of the fair market value of the home. The value is typically determined by a […]

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9 May

Sole Proprietors

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

Sole proprietors are individuals who run their own business and do not have it set up as a corporation or partnership. The biggest difference between them and a corporation is that a sole proprietor does not have separation between their business and themselves. This means that when taxes are filed, all costs that are essential […]

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30 Apr

Pre-Approvals & Pre-Qualifications

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

Throughout the mortgage and home buying process, there are many steps and many checkpoints a buyer will need to complete before they can move on to the next one. A buyer will not be able to close on a purchase if they do not have a lawyer. Financing conditions need to be lifted after confirmation […]

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6 Apr

Source of Funds

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

Over the past several years, investigators have been working on an ongoing investigation relating to criminal money laundering in Canada. Looking at B.C. alone, billions of dollars have been laundered through B.C. casinos by criminal organizations and parked in high end B.C. real estate over the past decade or more. With government citing limited resources […]

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