How to Pick the Best Mortgage for YOUR Situation!

General Kristin Handsaeme 1 May

How to Pick the Best Mortgage for YOUR Situation! Most Canadians are conditioned to think that the lowest interest rate means the best mortgage product. Although sometimes that is true, a mortgage is much more than just an interest rate. You can save yourself a lot of money if you pay attention to the fine […]

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Documents You NEED For Your Mortgage Pre-Approval

General Kristin Handsaeme 1 Nov

Documents you need for your mortgage pre-approval Being fully pre-approved means that the lender has agreed to have you as a client (you have a pre-approval certificate) and the mortgage broker has reviewed and approved ALL your income and down payment documents (as listed below) prior to you going house hunting. Many bankers will say […]

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Are You Behind on Your CRA Taxes?

General Kristin Handsaeme 30 Oct

Are you behind on your CRA Taxes? Nothing weighs heavy on one’s shoulders than owning a home and getting behind on your Canada Revenue taxes. Most banks will not be able to help you refinance your home to pay them off as CRA has first dibs on your house and assets. We have clients owing […]

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Rates on The Rise Both Variable & Fixed

General Kristin Handsaeme 25 Oct

Rates On The Rise Both Variable & Fixed With the Bank of Canada in a mood to raise rates, it’s a similar feeling for the bond market, which impacts fixed rates. In every interest-rate market there are many factors leading to an increase and we are hoping to provide a little bit of clarity on […]

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First Time Mortgages: Expectations vs. Reality

General Kristin Handsaeme 24 Sep

First Time Mortgages: Expectations Vs. Reality First-time homebuyers are one of our favourite clients! It’s great to work alongside them and teach them the in’s and out’s about real estate, owning a home, and helping them cross “homeownership” off their bucket list. One thing that we find though, their expectations are often not aligned with […]

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Keeping Your Credit Score Healthy

General Kristin Handsaeme 13 Sep

Keeping Your Credit Score Healthy 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, […]

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What is a Monoline Lender?

General Kristin Handsaeme 7 Aug

What Is a Monoline Lender? What usually follows once someone hears the term “Monoline Lender” for the first time is a feeling of suspicion and lack of trust. It’s understandable, I mean why is this “bank” you’ve never heard of willing to loan you money when you’ve never banked with them before? In an effort […]

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My First Home

General Kristin Handsaeme 2 Aug

My First Home-Our House Magazine We all remember our firsts. Our first day of school, our first bicycle and our first love. It’s no different for our first home. And I remember mine like it was yesterday. I bought my first home shortly after turning 19 in the late 1980s. It was a single-family home […]

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Mortgage Moment: When Life Gives you Lemons

General Kristin Handsaeme 31 May

Mortgage Moment: When Life Gives You Lemons… We all do it. Even I fall guilty to it at times. It’s really a part of Human Nature…and really what fun is life without it? What exactly are we talking about? Dreaming. We make grand plans and lay them out with the utmost care. We write them […]

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