Author Archives: Spencer

Rates are Low!

What a time to be alive indeed.  And by time to be alive I mean time to be getting a mortgage.  I know what you’re thinking.  “Is it ever a good time for a mortgage?  All they really do is cost me money.”  Well yes they do, but our whole job is to make sure it costs you as little money as possible.  And in the past while rates have … Read More

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Agents and Clients

The relationship between a mortgage broker and a real estate agent can be a fruitful one for all parties involved. But like any relationship, it relies heavily on communication and the ability to help one another to in the end get the best results for you, the client! There are several benefits and services a mortgage agent may provide to a real estate agent to help better their relationship; which … Read More

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Mortgages and OSFI restrictions

More, scrutiny, more security, more rejections, more more more! Gone are the days of common sense lending and the gray area. Sure tighter restrictions will help to keep the banks safer but at what cost to the general public. By increasing scrutiny (which mind you is fairly tight as is) it will become more difficult for people who may be self employed, have gone through a rough patch, or have … Read More

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Generations, and why they (don’t) matter

Baby Boomers, Gen X and Millennials, generations we hear about them time and time again.  But when it comes to buying homes and mortgage approvals, what benefits come from being a member of one generation over another.  Well the simple fact of the matter is that there aren’t any.  Regardless of age, when it comes to mortgages, everybody wants the same thing, to not have one.  However, they are something … Read More

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NOA revisions, already up for re-revisions?

Are the recent revisions the Canadian Revenue Agency made to the Notices of Assessment (NOA) really that bad?  Well no, they’re really quite good.  In the way that they have become user friendly that is.  They have become simpler and less cluttered, and all around easier for the general public to understand.  However, there is some speculation (specifically with the Canadian Mortgage Brokers Association or CMBA) that the revisions have … Read More

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10% Minimum, Raising the Wrong Bar

If you’ve been in the market for a mortgage in the last couple of months there is almost no chance you haven’t noticed the talk of an increased minimum down payments from 5 to 10% on loan amounts over $500,000.  What this means for you?  Well if you’re buying a house under 500k, nothing, if you’re buying a house over 500k?  Simple, instead of putting a down payment of 5% … Read More

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