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Owner financing in Kelowna

Owner Financing good or bad?

It would seem a bit counter intuitive for someone to allow a buyer to pay over time for their property. After all, wouldn’t it be better to get all the money in one go thereby requiring the buyer to get financing from a bank? Well, sometimes it’s more lucrative for the seller if they can make it work to offer financing. As always TAKE ADVICE when it comes to anything to do with finance and assets. This is a huge undertaking for anyone to make and without the proper fiscal and legal mechanisms in place could be a risk that you would not want to take. There are obviously good reasons to offer owner financing as detailed below.

1. Better Selling Price

In a buyer’s market, it can take a while for a property to sell,

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Us vs Canadian dollarThe U.S. Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate from 0.75 per cent to 1 per cent today, in a move widely anticipated by economists and investors.

The hike is the second increase since December and reflects growing confidence at the central bank that the U.S. economy is now on solid footing.

Meanwhile, Canada’s key interest rate has remained at 0.5 per cent since July of 2015. What does this mean for Canadians and their finances?

1. The spread between fixed-rate and variable-rate mortgages could grow wider

The Fed’s move could lead to higher interest rates for fixed-rates mortgages in Canada, but it won’t have an effect on variable-rate mortgages.

Traditionally, a hike in the U.S. benchmark interest rate will also push up long-term

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Candain RRSPIt’s been 60 years since the RRSP was introduced as a retirement savings tool.

But that doesn’t mean Canadians have learned all the lessons of the past. Here’s a look at five common mistakes investors make with their RRSPs:

1. Dipping into the funds:

Carol Bezaire, the vice-president of tax, estate and strategic philanthropy at Mackenzie Investments, says the No. 1 blunder is dipping into an RRSP for expenses other than retirement income.

“People are making random withdrawals out of it for vacation or whatever,” she says. “And what they end up with in April is an unexpected tax bill.”

Financial institutions withhold some of the withdrawal — between five and 30 per cent depending on the province and total sum — and, depending on a person’s

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Canadian RRSPAs we near the deadline of March 1 for making your RRSP contributions, I thought it is an appropriate time to give you a “to do” list of financial and investment planning items to review or consider.

Nancy Woods is an associate portfolio manager and investment adviser with RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

1. If you are the typical procrastinator when it comes to making an RRSP contribution, consider setting up a monthly payment plan into your RRSP. Making a contribution in the first 60 days of the calendar year allows you the option to choose which taxation year you deduct the amount from your income. There’s nothing that says you have to wait until the following year to make your contribution. This is, of course, dependent on you having earned income

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Canada revenue agencyAs this year’s tax deadline approaches, recent home sellers should take note of a new rule introduced by Ottawa last year.

Canadians now have to report the sale of their principal residence on their tax return to the Canada Revenue Agency.

The sale is still exempt from the 50% capital gains tax, provided it meets all of the guidelines outlined by the CRA. But while in the past the sale of a principal residence did not need to be flagged, home sellers are now required to provide details of the sale – including the address, the year it was bought and how much it sold for – on their tax return form.

Although the administrative change wasn’t announced until Oct. 3, it applies to all sales that took place in 2016, as well as going forward.


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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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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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Foreclosure worryWorrying about debt is stressful. Worrying about how to avoid foreclosure is one of the most stressful situations someone can find themselves in.

If you’re struggling to make your mortgage payments or if you can’t pay your mortgage at all right now, there are things you can do that will help you to avoid foreclosure and manage your situation better.

It would be a good idea to take action regarding the following tips if you’re one, two or three payments behind on your own mortgage. There are many homeowners in different kinds of scenarios some include death in the family,  divorce, job loss, or medical emergencies that lead them to falling behind in foreclosure. The great news is because there are methods to prevent foreclosure and save your house.

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