Category Archives: Préparation à l’achat

Do you know what the minimum down payment is for a condo, a bungalow, a castle, etc?

Sunday July 15th, 2018

Do you know what the minimum down payment is for a condo, a bungalow, a castle, etc?

Since the law changed in October 2016, the minimum cash down payment to purchase a house, condo or duplex valued at less than $500,000 is 5%. When the price is higher, you must put down 10% cash for the exceeding portion. For example, a property valued at $1,000,000, would require a 5% down payment for the […]
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Take the time to evaluate whether a variable interest rate is a good option.

Sunday July 8th, 2018

Take the time to evaluate whether a variable interest rate is a good option.

In almost every domain, the more risk we take, the better the reward.  Insofar as your mortgage is concerned, if you choose a variable rate you will have a lower initial rate. The rates could move even lower just as they could fluctuate upwards over the next 5 years. Therefore, the questions you really need […]
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Everything about the house is perfect except for the kitchen. What are my options?

Sunday June 24th, 2018

Everything about the house is perfect except for the kitchen. What are my options?

Although the kitchen, the bathrooms as well as the floors are rarely to our taste when we visit houses for sale, is this a reason to reject a house that has many other assets? The CMHC purchase-renovation program, growing in popularity, is even necessary in certain renovation situations since the change in mortgage lending rules. […]
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Speed up your mortgage payments and save money!

Monday June 18th, 2018

Speed up your mortgage payments and save money!

What is the difference between an accelerated weekly payment and a non-accelerated payment? Simple! If your mortgage costs you $1,000 a month, and you want to pay it weekly, your financial institution will ask if you want to make the accelerated payments or not. Here is how the accelerated payment works: $1000/month divided by 4 […]
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Changing jobs during the mortgage application process has its risks!

Monday June 11th, 2018

Changing jobs during the mortgage application process has its risks!

Changing your job in the middle of your mortgage application (purchase, refinancing, renewal or investment) can cause you some serious problems. In order to obtain your mortgage approval with all the conditions having been met, your employment status cannot be ‘probationary’. Therefore, if you change your job just before negotiating your mortgage, you will have […]
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Recent graduates purchase their first condominium

Tuesday May 22nd, 2018

Recent graduates purchase their first condominium

Ann and John, both twenty-five, just graduated from university. Both have found a job in their respective fields with annual salaries of around $42,000. Their job probation period is over and now they want to purchase a condo. They are mainly motivated by the fact that they want to stop paying $850 a month rent […]
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Don’t forget the additional fees!

Monday May 7th, 2018

Don’t forget the additional fees!

Costs associated with the purchase of a property are not limited to the down payment and the mortgage. Here is a brief list of charges that will occur when taking possession of your home. You must plan for about 1.5% of the property purchase price to cover these charges. Insurance premium (Canada Mortgage and Housing […]
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The steps to property ownership in 2018.

Monday April 30th, 2018

The steps to property ownership in 2018.

It’s easy! You start by securing a pre-approved mortgage from an expert in the field such as a mortgage broker. Your mortgage broker will not only become your partner in this important transaction, but will also offer invaluable professional advice on these topics: The required down payment Your affordable price range and maximum limit Your […]
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Is it smart to use part of my RRSP’s to pay down debts so I can become a homeowner?

Monday March 19th, 2018

Is it smart to use part of my RRSP’s to pay down debts so I can become a homeowner?

Marie-Pierre decided to buy a nice home in the suburbs.  However, when she applied for a loan with her financial institution, she was refused.  They explained to her that she was already carrying too many debts and fixed monthly payments to qualify for a mortgage. Later that night she met up with some friends and told […]
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Should I choose monthly or weekly payments?

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Monday March 5th, 2018

Should I choose monthly or weekly payments?

You have just completed the mortgage approval process, and the inevitable question from your mortgage broker or bank adviser crops up: do you want to make weekly or monthly payments? If you answer weekly payments (my suggestion!), be aware that your choice doesn’t end there. First of all, there is a big difference between an […]
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