2 Apr

We’re not just a mortgage company

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

Well, it finally happened. I was meeting with a financial advisor today and they looked at my business card and asked “Why does it say Dominion Lending Centres and not Dominion Mortgage Company?” I have been waiting 7 years to hear this question. I had an answer all ready for today. I said “that’s because […]

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1 Mar

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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7 Feb

What Questions to Ask When Considering a Refinance

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

Many of my clients and friends regularly ask me when or if they should consider a refinance. Here are 4 quick questions that I ask of them. The answer they give me, will very quickly tell me if we should be taking a deeper look at the mortgage refinance options available to them. What do […]

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12 Dec

7 Sure-Fire Ways to Grow Your Credit Score

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

Have you ever wished for a simplified guide on how to actually GROW your credit score? Well today is your lucky day! We have had years of experience working with individuals who come to us with poor or damaged credit and we have found 7 steps that prove to be tried and true in fixing […]

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5 Dec

What’s an acceptable down payment for a house?

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

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 […]

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22 Oct

CMHC Changes to Assist Self-Employed Borrowers

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

As a self-employed person myself, I was happy to hear that CMHC is willing to make some changes that will make it easier for us to qualify for a mortgage. In an announcement on July 19, 2018, the CMHC has said “Self-employed Canadians represent a significant part of the Canadian workforce. These policy changes respond […]

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18 Oct

Bank or Mortgage Broker?

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

Mortgages are like vehicles. A bank is similar to the brand, Ford or Toyota for example. How long you have a mortgage before it’s time to renew is like the model, a Fusion or Camry. The rate is similar to the car’s paint color, and the mortgage benefits such as prepayment privileges and portability are […]

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7 Oct

What should come first, the house or the car?

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

So you just got a shiny new car, and now you want a shiny new home to go with it. Will that new car payment affect your mortgage pre- approval? The short answer… absolutely it will. Recently, I have encountered many people looking to pre-approve for a home purchase that do not qualify. While it […]

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28 Sep

Is your Line of Credit Killing your Mortgage Application?

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

Some of the last round of changes from the government regarding qualifying for a mortgage were that if you have a balance on your unsecured line of credit, then to qualify for mortgage the lenders require that we use a 3% payment of the balance of the line of credit. Simple math is, if you […]

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13 Sep

Keeping Your Credit Score Healthy

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Posted by: Jeff Parsons

There is a lot of misinformation floating around about credit bureaus, credit reports and credit scores – not only that, but a large amount of the clients I work with have never even seen their credit report or score before! I’d like to shed a bit of light, as they say, on the importance of your […]

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