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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 …

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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 …