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When Can a Vendor Take-Back Mortgage be Useful?

Matthew Jackson Alternative Mortgages

Non-traditional mortgage options are becoming more popular these days following mortgage insurance and qualification changes. Implemented by the federal government, these changes have made it increasingly difficult for many Canadians to buy a home, particularly first-time homebuyers. One such option is a vendor take-back mortgage (VTB). With this solution, the seller extends a loan directly to the buyer. A VTB …

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Planning to Buy & Sell a Home Simultaneously? Read This First

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

It’s the million-dollar question: Should I sell my current home before buying a new one? There are many factors to consider when choosing to buy and sell your home in one fell swoop. While there are risks and challenges involved, as with many processes, your greatest success rate often comes down to being prepared.   Financial considerations One of the …

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Why is a Mortgage Stress Test Review Important to Homebuyers?

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

Despite a collective call from the mortgage and real estate industries for changes to the mortgage stress test requirements, the federal government has been opposed to any type of stress test review. That is, up until now. In December 2019, after parliament convened following the federal election, and perhaps as a result of a minority government, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau …

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Building Your Homebuying Team

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

Buying a property is a big deal. It takes many experts in your corner to ensure you get it right, active throughout the homebuying and mortgage processes. There’s a substantial financial commitment, plenty of legal documentation, complex negotiations and, at times, stress. To ensure your homebuying journey runs as smoothly as possible, you’ll want to build a solid team of …

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How to Benefit from a Home Equity Line of Credit

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

Your home is a valuable investment. It offers a place for you and your family to live, grow and prosper. It also offers flexibility in terms of building equity. Here’s how to take advantage of the financial benefits. Taking Advantage of Home Equity Whether you’re looking for extra cash to cover renovations or repairs, or looking to consolidate high-interest unsecured …

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What’s an Appraisal & Why Do I Need One?

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

If you’re in the market to buy a home, you’ve likely been conducting a lot of research. You’ve looked into the various types of homes available, possible listings in your desired area, financing and documentation requirements, as well as the different types of professionals who will make up your homebuying team. This includes the more obvious experts, such as your …

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Renewing Your Mortgage? It’s Important to Weigh Your Options

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Renewals

Every time you’re in the market for a new mortgage, it’s beneficial to spend as much time considering your options as you did for your very first mortgage. This will ensure you save the most money possible throughout your mortgage term. A number of different factors such as the rate, term, amortization period, and prepayment will determine which mortgage is …

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Common Mortgage Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

As is the case with many aspects of our lives, securing a mortgage on a new or existing home can be a lot less stressful – and a whole lot more straightforward – when we’re prepared. There are many common mortgage mistakes people make that are easily avoidable when you know the facts. Here are the top three mistakes and …

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Why a Lawyer Is Essential in the Mortgage Process

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

There’s no doubt that buying a home is among the largest financial investments that you’ll make throughout your lifetime. That’s why it’s important that proper financing is established and you fully understand your obligations as a borrower. A lawyer is essential in this process. If you’ve already had a mortgage, you’ll remember the stack of paperwork you’re directed to review …