Category Archives: Préparation à l’achat

Do I need to have my mortgage pre-approved if I’m planning to buy a condo?

Monday January 8th, 2018

Do I need to have my mortgage pre-approved if I’m planning to buy a condo?

The short answer is no, but your real estate agent and mortgage broker strongly recommend it. Here’s why: You will be spending a lot of time with your real estate agent because they will be there to help you pinpoint your needs, look at properties, and negotiate with the sellers. It is only normal then […]
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Tired of paying rent?

Monday December 18th, 2017

Tired of paying rent?

Are you tired of paying the mortgage of your apartment building’s owner? Are you ready to make the leap and become a homeowner? You might feel totally ready, but, in my opinion, the first step you need to take before you go home or condo shopping is to get yourself pre-approved. A pre-approval allows you […]
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Another good reason to obtain a pre-approved mortgage.

Monday December 11th, 2017

Another good reason to obtain a pre-approved mortgage.

Patrick is walking around in the city and spots a condo for sale that interests him. He immediately calls the real estate agent whose phone number is on the sign to find out the price and to visit the condo. The real estate agent informs him that he has just received a purchase offer on […]
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Can’t find the property you want to buy?

Monday November 27th, 2017

Can’t find the property you want to buy?

Shabby carpeting , splintered moldings, a bathroom from a bygone era, and a kitchen with old melamine cabinets…There always seems to be something wrong when looking around for a potential new home. Did you know that it is easy to add renovation costs to the mortgage on your future home? For example, you visit a […]
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What do we do if we just made an offer on a house, but haven’t sold our condo yet?

Monday November 20th, 2017

What do we do if we just made an offer on a house, but haven’t sold our condo yet?

Start by asking yourself this one all-important questions: could you qualify for 2 mortgage loans – your current one on your condo and a new one for the house you want to buy? In effect, even if you intend to sell your condo, all the condo-related expenses (mortgages payments, municipal and school taxes, heating, and […]
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Can a bridge loan be a good solution ?

Monday November 13th, 2017

Can a bridge loan be a good solution ?

A bridging loan, better known as a “bridge loan” provides a solution for all buyers in the process of purchasing a property who have received an unconditional commitment for the purchase of their current residence but where the signing dates at the notary have not been scheduled on the right sequence. Although in the majority […]
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Why is there is an additional $684 in my notary’s fees?

Monday October 16th, 2017

Why is there is an additional $684 in my notary’s fees?

OMG! There is an additional $684.00 in my notary’s fees. Vanessa recently signed the deed of sale on her townhouse at the notary and has just received her bill. She discovers the amount of $684.00 for which she had not budgeted. But it is not the notary’s fees, which are those agreed upon, that are […]
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If it smells like mould, it probably is mould!

Monday September 25th, 2017

If it smells like mould, it probably is mould!

Jeremy, newly separated from Nancy, urgently needs to find a house that will meet his needs. Since he is in a rush, he makes an offer on a house and decides to accept the inspection report provided by the seller. The seller’s inspection report was drafted only a year ago, so Jeremy assumes that everything is […]
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Buying a home when you’re new to Canada: It’s easier than you think!

Monday August 21st, 2017

Buying a home when you’re new to Canada: It’s easier than you think!

Are you new to Canada and think that buying a home is out of reach? Think again! With good planning and sound advice from real estate and mortgage brokers, it can be done.   Common myths New immigrants often rely on information from family and friends. It’s understandable: these are people you know and trust. […]
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A fourplex property investment

Monday July 31st, 2017

A fourplex property investment

Here is the story of Jean-Francois and Charles. Both own their own home and would like to invest in real estate in order to diversify their savings. After months of searching with their real estate agent for a profitable well-built property, complete with good tenants, they finally found their diamond in the rough. Unfortunately, they […]
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