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How Do Mortgage Brokers Fit You With A Lender?

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

People often ask me, “Why should I use a mortgage broker instead of my bank?” It’s a question that I understand why I’m asked because sometimes people don’t realize what a mortgage broker does differently than a bank.  Many people were brought up being taught that they just travelled to their local branch for anything related to finances. But, times …

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A Conventional Mortgage and How to Get a HELOC

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

Are you interested in learning more about conventional mortgages and how to get a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)? It can seem pretty daunting if you don’t have experience with real estate, or have friends and family who have gone through the process themselves.  There are so many things to know, terms to understand and financials to consider. Thankfully, …

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Information on Mortgage Renewals

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Renewals

Are you close to the end of your mortgage term?  When you choose a fixed or variable rate mortgage, you choose a term where you are guaranteed a certain discounted rate at the bank from 6 months to 10 years. Once that term is near completion, normally your bank will send you a letter stating your renewal date and the …

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Have You Considered An Alternative Mortgage?

Matthew Jackson Alternative Mortgages

As the world continues to change and evolve, so do mortgage rules. As a result of these changes, fewer people are qualifying for mortgages offered through traditional lenders such as the big banks. This is due to many factors, including the stress test.  Thankfully, big banks aren’t the only option available when it comes to getting a mortgage loan. In …

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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Getting A Mortgage While Having A Previous Bankruptcy

Matthew Jackson Alternative Mortgages

Getting a mortgage while having a previous bankruptcy or consumer proposal can be difficult. While some banks won’t even consider giving you a mortgage, some lenders will provide you with a mortgage under certain conditions.  In this blog post, I’ll discuss the difference between a bankruptcy and a consumer proposal and what conditions you’ll have to comply with when you …

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Mortgage Down Payment

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

Banks are very specific on what they want to see for a mortgage down payment, depending on how the payment was obtained. In this post I am going to share how banks like to see your mortgage down payment, and what they will or will not accept. It sounds simple, show them your bank statements and everything is good to …