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Is refinancing your mortgage the right decision? 

Matthew Jackson Refinancing

For homeowners, there may come a time when refinancing mortgages of your properties will be something you need to consider. Owning a home allows you the opportunity to build credit, grow equity and invest in your future.  As a homeowner, it’s important to understand all aspects of refinancing a mortgage. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what a mortgage refinance …

Establishing and Maintaining Good Credit

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

You always hear about how important it is to have good credit. But, for a lot of people, they aren’t aware of how to get there. When you’re looking to buy a home in Canada, it’s crucial that you understand the importance of establishing and maintaining good credit.  In this blog post, I’ll explain what good credit looks like to …

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Mortgage Broker vs Bank – Who to Choose?

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

Who should you go with for a mortgage, your bank or a mortgage broker? That’s the question I’ve been asked the most in the past eight years of being in business! I never get tired of answering it though because a lot of people don’t know the benefits of using a mortgage broker compared to just going with their bank.  …

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Getting A Mortgage While Having A Previous Bankruptcy

Matthew Jackson Alternative Mortgages

Getting a mortgage while having a previous bankruptcy or consumer proposal can be difficult. While some banks won’t even consider giving you a mortgage, some lenders will provide you with a mortgage under certain conditions.  In this blog post, I’ll discuss the difference between a bankruptcy and a consumer proposal and what conditions you’ll have to comply with when you …

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Mortgage Information to Know Post COVID-19

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

British Columbia is beginning to open back up after the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s been over a month since BC announced it was taking the next step in the province’s restart plan.  Since this announcement, I’ve been receiving many questions about what this means for mortgages and those people looking to buy a house this year.  I thought it would be …

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5 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Mortgage Broker

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

Choosing the right mortgage broker is a huge decision during the home buying process. There are several big-ticket items that people should consider when deciding on who to use as their mortgage broker.  In this article, I’ll share 5 things to consider and share where I place on all of these as well.   1. Education and experience. When you …

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When Should You Start Planning Your Mortgage?

Matthew Jackson First Time Home Buyers

If you’re dreaming of owning your own home, the biggest thing that is holding you back from purchasing is most likely obtaining the funds. You might be questioning when the right time to start planning a mortgage is. Depending on whether it’s a purchase, refinance or renewal, the answer will different.  Owning a home is a big commitment, but one of …

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Missed Mortgage Payments and Mortgage Deferrals 

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

There has never been a good time to miss a mortgage payment. While Canadian lenders stepped up and offered mortgage deferrals to those affected by COVID-19, there are still homeowners unable to make their mortgage payments.  According to Canadian Mortgage Trends, one in 20 homeowners said they missed a recent mortgage payment due to the pandemic. The survey from Forum …

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Mortgage Payments During the COVID-19 Crisis

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

While the world may seem like it’s completely different than it was a month ago, I wanted to shed some light on the mortgage situation. If you’ve been required to go into self-isolation or have been laid off from work, you are probably questioning how you’ll make your next mortgage payment. In this blog post, I will share what the …