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5 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

Did you know that the majority of first-time homebuyers are Millennials? That’s right; Canadians born between 1980 and 1995 now represent a full 77 per cent of first-time homebuyers. If you fit the mold, then get a leg up on the competition as we enter the year’s hottest real estate month. Here are our five […]
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10 Ways To Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient

1) Conduct an energy audit If you’re serious about improving your home’s energy conservation, start with an energy audit by an NRCancertified energy advisor — you can search for an advisor in your area at www.nrcan.gc.ca. You’ll get a list of recommended upgrades to help you plan, and you may qualify to receive up to […]
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10 Tips For A Greener Home

1) Go green, underfoot If you’re thinking of installing a hardwood floor, consider reclaimed materials or look for new wood products that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Canada. You could also use more readily renewable materials such as cork, bamboo, or carpets made from natural fibres. 2) Lower your water flow Target […]
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10 Closing Costs When Buying A Home

1) Land transfer tax When a home changes hands, many provinces and a few municipalities charge a property transfer tax or title transfer fee. Rates are usually on a scale of 0.5% to 2% of the home’s value and can add thousands to your purchase price. First-time homebuyers qualify for rebates or exemptions in some […]
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10 Things To Know About Your New Neighbourhood

1) What are the neighbours like? Take time to get a feel for the locals and how you might fit in. Does the area attract empty nesters and retirees, for example, or is it characterized by young families? A real estate professional can help inform you about demographic trends. 2) Does it fit your lifestyle? […]
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Applying For A Mortgage Loan

When you apply for a mortgage loan, the mortgage planner will ask you to complete a loan application. The application shows information about the type of mortgage loan you’re applying for, as well as your personal financial situation. To fill out the application, you (and the co-borrower, if you have one) need to give the […]
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10 Common Costs of Owning a Home

1) Property tax Many of the services you’ll enjoy in your new neighbourhood, from parks and recreation facilities to road maintenance and schools, are funded in part by municipal property taxes. Rates vary widely, from region to region and home to home. Annual taxes can top several thousand dollars in urban centres, so some homeowners […]
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10 Things To Do Before Listing Your Home

1) Know why you really want to go Some reasons are obvious, such as the need to sell if you’re moving to another city or putting in an offer on a new home. Other needs may be less definite, such as outgrowing your space or concerns about cash flow. By working with a mortgage professional, […]
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10 Great Reasons To Use A Mortgage Broker

1) Get independent advice on your financial options As independent mortgage brokers and mortgage agents, we’re not tied to any one lender or range of products. Our goal is to help you successfully finance your home or property. We’ll start by getting to know you and your homeownership goals. We’ll make a recommendation, drawing from […]
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10 Steps To Buying A Home

1) Determine how much you can afford Based on your down payment, income, existing debt, regular expenditures, and other key financial information, we can help you determine how much you can afford to pay every month and the price range that works within your budget. 2) Team up with a real estate agent Finding a […]
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