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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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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 …

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Should You Cosign a Mortgage?

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

Cosigning a mortgage is a decision that should be thought out and carefully examined. Depending on the situation, there can be major repercussions that land on the cosigner if the borrower isn’t able to pay for the loan.  But, cosigning can also be a fantastic way to help a loved one qualify for a mortgage when they otherwise wouldn’t be …

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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.  …