Real Estate

Should you defer your mortgage, rent or credit card payments

Should you Defer Your Mortgage, Rent and Credit Card Payments?

With the world upside down, many people have been laid off or had their hours greatly reduced. As you can imagine, this has many people worried about how they’re going to pay their monthly bills.…

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know how much home you can afford

Know What You Can Afford Before You Buy a Home

**This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BMO. All opinions are my own. Everyone knows that home prices are insane in Canada, but despite how much we complain, many homeowners love…

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Your Realtor is not a Financial Advisor

Despite the downward trend, real estate is still insane in Canada. To be honest, I haven’t been paying much attention to the headlines as of late, but it seems like everyone is a real estate…

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first mortgage

Advice for Getting Your First Mortgage

It was just over a year ago that I purchased my first home and with it came my first mortgage. As a personal finance expert, I was quite familiar with mortgages, so there were no…

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prepare to be a homeowner

How to Prepare to be a Homeowner

You’ve decided that this is the year you buy a home, but have you ever thought about how to prepare to be a homeowner? This will likely be the largest purchase of your life, so…

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I bought a home

I bought a home, now what?

A few months ago I wrote about how I bought a condo. Despite how much I prepared, there was no way for sure to tell what would happen after I closed. Well, some things went…

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mortgage mistakes to avoid

5 Mortgage Mistakes to Avoid When Applying

For most people, getting a mortgage is a must when purchasing a home. It’s a pretty straight-forward process, you borrow money from a lender so you can purchase a home. Despite how “simple” it sounds, there…

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Assembling Your Real Estate Team

So I bought a condo, we actually took possession a few days ago. Surprised I didn’t mention it? It happened pretty quickly, but buying a home has been something my wife and I had been…

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7 Ways To Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster

Yikes, fewer Canadians are paying off their mortgages faster according to a poll done by CIBC.  Only 55% of us with mortgages plan to make extra payments compared to 68% polled last year. Okay, I…

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