Planning to buy your first home? Be ready to jump in when the post-pandemic market picks up Apr 17th

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“How can I lower my auto insurance bill during COVID-19 lockdown?” + MORE May 3rd

On April 8, 2020, the Insurance Bureau of Canada released the following statement: To help Canadians cope with the financial impact of COVID-19, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) member companies are offering substantial consumer relief measures. For consumers whose driving habits have changed si.... More »
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CMHC tightens mortgage rules in latest response to COVID-19 + MORE Jun 12th

On June 4, 2020, the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) announced changes to the eligibility rules for mortgage insurance, in the agency’s latest response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The new rules will lower the amount of debt an applicant for an insured mortgage can carry, set a hig.... More »
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Canadian snowbirds in flux as insurance firms deny them COVID coverage — but there is a solution + MORE Jul 14th

Canadian insurers are refusing to provide travel health insurance to snowbirds hoping to travel south this winter. However, some U.S. insurers are willing to step in..... More »
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Prospective home buyers feel the heat over new mortgage rules, but all hope is not lost, industry leaders say Jul 10th

Mortgage default insurance is mandatory on down payments between five and 19.99 per cent, and as of July 1 it will be even harder to qualify through the national housing agency. But don’t panic just yet..... More »
Planning to buy your first home? Be ready to jump in when the post-pandemic market picks upClosing costs, such as land transfer tax, lawyer fees and title insurance, have to be paid on top of the down payment when you take legal possession of your new home, and they add up fast.

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