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How to Buy a Second Home and Rent Out the First

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

You’ve been thinking about adding a second property to your real estate portfolio. You have the idea that with your second property, you’ll move into that one, have it become your owner occupied and then rent out your first home. Kudos to you! This is an exciting opportunity and with the right mortgage broker on your side, this adventure is …

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5 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Qualifying for a Mortgage

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

Qualifying for a mortgage is a big process. A lot of information is gathered and a lot of it relies on everything staying the same during the qualifying time. Many people don’t know that a simple thing like purchasing a new car can wreck a whole mortgage qualification! But, sadly, it can and I’ve seen it happen a time or …

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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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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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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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 …