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How Do Mortgage Brokers Fit You With A Lender?

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

People often ask me, “Why should I use a mortgage broker instead of my bank?” It’s a question that I understand why I’m asked because sometimes people don’t realize what a mortgage broker does differently than a bank.  Many people were brought up being taught that they just travelled to their local branch for anything related to finances. But, times …

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A Conventional Mortgage and How to Get a HELOC

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

Are you interested in learning more about conventional mortgages and how to get a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)? It can seem pretty daunting if you don’t have experience with real estate, or have friends and family who have gone through the process themselves.  There are so many things to know, terms to understand and financials to consider. Thankfully, …

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Easiest Credit To Acquire When You Have Limited Or No Credit

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

Do you have little to no credit, damaged credit or are just starting to build your credit? If so, this is the blog post for you! Being a mortgage broker, I have seen a lot of people in these situations. It’s never easy to build your credit when first starting out and it can sometimes take years to establish even …

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Qualifying for a Mortgage with a Student Loan

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

Can you qualify for a mortgage with a student loan? It’s a popular question and I’m here to tell you that it’s completely possible! And, quite common as well. In this blog post, we’ll dive into what it means to have a mortgage with a student loan and what you can do to prepare for what’s to come.  Let’s get …

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Information on Mortgage Renewals

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Renewals

Are you close to the end of your mortgage term?  When you choose a fixed or variable rate mortgage, you choose a term where you are guaranteed a certain discounted rate at the bank from 6 months to 10 years. Once that term is near completion, normally your bank will send you a letter stating your renewal date and the …

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The Housing Market and You

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

As we welcome the third month of 2021 already, I wanted to write a blog post on the housing market and you. Over the years, I’ve written blog posts on the housing market and they’ve been great tools for those interested in buying. We all know that the housing market is constantly evolving and changing, so let’s chat about 2021 …

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Qualifying to be a Mortgage Cosigner

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

For some people, it may seem like getting a mortgage is essentially impossible. But, I’m here to tell you that isn’t always the case! Whether you’re a student, transitioning to a new job or you just don’t fit the bank’s guidelines, getting a mortgage may still be in the cards for you. You’ll just need a little help from your …

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Separation, Divorce And Your Mortgage

Matthew Jackson Separation Mortgages

Separation and divorce can impact a family on many levels. It’s most likely something you weren’t expecting when purchasing a house, but a divorce will also impact you and your family financially.  While it can be a stressful and messy process for all concerned, I want to take the time to write about how a divorce or separation will impact …

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Missing A Mortgage Payment

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

There will be times in our lives when unexpected things happen and we find ourselves having trouble coping financially. The fear could be made greater when you calculate your bills and how much money you’re bringing in.  Things like a job loss, an unexpected illness, a death of a loved one, a divorce or a separation can all make this …

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Mortgage Pre-Approval

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage before you head out and look for houses is something I highly recommend. It will enable you to know the price range you should be approved at when you make an offer on a property that you love.  Going into looking for a property blind, without knowing your approval rating, could set you up to …