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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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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 …

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Your Social Media Posts Can Impact Your Mortgage Approval

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

That’s right! In a time when so many people are openly posting about their lives online – from blogs and websites to Facebook and Instagram – it’s important to keep in mind that too much information at your lender’s fingertips can negatively impact your chances of getting a mortgage. As part of their research into whether they should lend you …

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Could You Benefit from a Purchase Plus Improvements Mortgage?

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

While there seems to be a virtually endless supply of real estate listings available when you’re searching for your perfect place to call home, finding the right property that meets both your functional needs and your budget is not always an easy task. You may find a house with the perfect layout in your ideal neighbourhood, but the interior needs …

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How Does Buying a Car Impact Your Borrowing Power?

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

Buying a home is likely the largest financial purchase you’ll make in your lifetime. The second? More than likely, it’s your vehicle. And, did you know that your car loan can negatively impact your mortgage qualification when purchasing a home? When you apply for a mortgage, there’s a wide variety of information that you’re required to provide in order to …

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Have You Booked Your Spring Mortgage Checkup?

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

The onset of warmer spring temperatures brings with it the chance for a fresh start. For many homeowners, this means a thorough spring cleaning of the house and yard to get ready for patio season and entertaining. But, it’s equally important to conduct a spring checkup on your mortgage as well. So often, homeowners lock into a mortgage term and …

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Thinking of Renovating? I Have Smart Financing Options

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

Now that spring’s in the air, many homeowners are thinking about tackling home improvements or full-on renovations from their to-do lists. If you’re planning some renovations this year and you’re looking to free up funds to support your projects, I have smart financing solutions to offer. Smart Financing for Renovations The first step in smart financing is to plan ahead. …

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Using a Mortgage Broker Is Your Best Option

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

The home buying and mortgage processes can be cumbersome and stressful when navigating them alone. That’s why using a mortgage broker makes sense, regardless of whether you’re planning to buy your very first home or your fifth. I’ll get the lenders competing for your mortgage business when you’re purchasing property – as well as again at renewal or any time …

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Confused About Your Credit Score – You’re Not Alone

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

Here’s a typical scenario: You and your spouse are applying for a mortgage loan. You’ve had credit for years with three or four credit cards, a car loan and a line of credit. You always pay the minimum obligation, and always on time. Your spouse, on the other hand, doesn’t use much credit, perhaps has only two or three credit …