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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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Is Refinancing Your Mortgage the Right Decision?

Matthew Jackson Refinancing

For homeowners, there may come a time when refinancing mortgages of your properties will be something you need to consider. Owning a home allows you the opportunity to build credit, grow equity and invest in your future.  As a homeowner, it’s important to understand all aspects of refinancing a mortgage. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what a mortgage refinance …

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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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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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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 …

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Renewing Your Mortgage? It’s Important to Weigh Your Options

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Renewals

Every time you’re in the market for a new mortgage, it’s beneficial to spend as much time considering your options as you did for your very first mortgage. This will ensure you save the most money possible throughout your mortgage term. A number of different factors such as the rate, term, amortization period, and prepayment will determine which mortgage is …

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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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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. …