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Latest NewsThere are new changes that are going into effect this month surrounding Mortgage Guidelines in Canada.

A major shift in mortgage rules announced by the federal government this week will drive up rates for consumers and cut competition in the lending sector, say some in the industry.

The Liberal government has announced sweeping changes aimed at ensuring Canadians aren’t taking on bigger mortgages than they can afford in an era of historically low interest rates.

Mortgage expert Robert McLister says Ottawa is cracking the housing market with a “sledgehammer.”

He predicts consumers will bear the brunt of the blow and that housing prices will tumble because a “sizable minority” of first-time and high-ratio buyers will no longer qualify for the

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Kelowna First Time Home BuyersA first-time home buyer falls in love with a property: afraid to lose out, any & all helpful advice gets thrown out the window, an offer gets put in and accepted.

This first-time home buyer has now spent more than he/she can afford on less of a house that he/she wanted.

Does this sound familiar? How can you avoid these mistakes

This is but one of the common mistakes first-time home buyers make when plunging into one of life’s most exciting, exhilarating and exhausting times: buying your first property.

At this point, there’s a lot that comes into play that you need to be aware of as you’re going through the different stages of buying your first property. Buying a home is quite different to what you’ve ever purchased before, which is why it’s

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Immigration to CanadaMillions of immigrants come to Canada and quickly discover that getting established financially isn’t easy


Last year, Canada welcomed more than half a million newcomers to our country as immigrants, international students and temporary foreign workers. The number one source for new permanent residents is now the Philippines, followed by India, China, the U.K. and the States. Canada may be the best country in the world to live in, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy to get established. People come to Canada dreaming of obtaining greater financial security and opportunities for themselves and their families, but they often spend years struggling to build up credit, find a decent job and grow their wealth.

In the pages that follow, we

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Choose your Kelowna MortgageYou have many choices when it comes time to get your mortgage.

Not only do the different types, terms, and options for the mortgage vary, but you also have options when it comes to choosing the lender for your home loan. It’s important that your lender offers you a competitive rate, but there are other things to take into consideration, such as flexibility, customer service, and the fact that not all lenders offer all types of mortgages.
The biggest players in the mortgage market by far are the commercial banks. Big banks provide the majority of home loans to consumers. The general public knows and recognizes their brands, and there’s also some brand loyalty for consumers who already make use of the bank’s other financial products. These

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Frequently used real estate terms explainedFrequently Used Real Estate Terms

If you are new to real estate and hear terms and phrases that you are not quite sure on their meaning why not bookmark this page and get your real estate terms explained.

Acceleration Clause

The acceleration clause in a mortgage contract states that the entire balance of the debt is due and payable in full should the mortgagee default on the mortgage.

Acquisition Cost

The acquisition cost combines the purchase price with the estimated closing costs of the home.

Adjustable Rate Mortgage

An adjustable rate mortgage is also referred to as an ARM. This type of mortgage includes a lower initial rate of interest that changes after a predetermined time has passed and it is adjusted periodically. At that

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Kelowna RealtorThe vast majority of successful real estate agents are true professionals who take the long view.

Their advice is in their clients' best interests. Some agents go further by being fully transparent when conflicts arise (which often do) and make certain they are fully disclosed to their clients.

Realtors live a conflicted life.

On the one hand, they are salespeople that only make money when their deal closes.

On the other hand, they are consultants. They advise buyers and sellers throughout the process, ideally giving clients advice that is disinterested from their own financial outcome.

Often, these two objectives are aligned and there is no issue. For example, a listing agent makes more money if he is able to sell a house for a higher

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Borrowing costsBorrower or credit costs can be outrageous.

To go get a line of credit, you are usually paying upwards of prime plus 3% or even 5%. These lines of credit can be based on interest only or principle and interest payments. This kind of loan is based on how the lender views you as a risk. In other words, they look at the amount of money you are making and the amount of debt you have and then decide how much credit they are willing to give you. Usually, these loans are not very big as there is no security. And even though a lender considers your income vs your debt for a mortgage you will not get as much as you would get through a mortgage BECAUSE….

…a mortgage is based on securing a loan against a property. If you fail in making a mortgage payment and

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We know that getting ready to purchase a home can be confusing.

Get yourself pre approvedIt is important to know the difference between a pre-qualification and a pre-approval, as one could lead you on, while the other nurtures your path to home ownership.

One of the primary steps of Buying a Home, is getting pre-approved for a mortgage. You should do this before the house hunt begins, so we (your Realtor) can show you houses that you can afford, to ensure we don’t waste any time or get your hopes up. There should be an open line of communication between your Realtor and your Mortgage Agent throughout the process, from determining the price range criteria, to putting forth an offer.

In the grand scope of things, a Pre-Qualification is a birds eye view of your ability to

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Kelowna cash buyerFor many sellers, Cash is King.

Cash is a safe bet, and you don’t have to take your chances with a buyer who needs to jump through hoops to get a mortgage loan to buy your property. But is the cash offer always the right deal for your home sale?

The Appeal of Cash

The first thing you need to address when you receive an offer is how strong the home buyer is financially and how likely they are to close. A cash offer is always worth considering, because a failure to obtain financing is the main reason why deals fail to close. In the era of strict lending criteria, some buyers no longer qualify for a mortgage. In other scenarios, lenders quash the financing because the appraisal figure comes in lower than the purchase price. There’s no lender with a

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Tips to get your finances sorted Whatever you do with your life, and wherever you live, you have to sort out your finances.

Having enough money to live, to pay bills, to buy treats etc… is fundamental to being independent and being able to live a comfortable life.

Being able to maximise your money (whatever your income), and knowing how to get the most out of every penny is crucial because  it frees you up to concentrate on the important things in life.

Leaving money worries behind means knowing that you have things under control. You can free up valuable time and energy so that you can get on with actually living! With all this in mind I have put together a list of my Top 10 tips to get your finances organised – starting today. I hope they will get you started and move you

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