Debt Consolidation Tip: Pay less interest! + MORE Feb 22nd

Canadian housing mortgage rates are all over the map. Don’t get trapped in an unnecessarily costly mortgage agreement.
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Construction Mortgages: What They Are and How to Get One + MORE Apr 24th

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MORTGAGE 101: Understanding Different Mortgage Options + MORE Mar 27th

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IMF Cautions Against Relaxing Mortgage Rules, Says Market Still Heated in Canada + MORE May 24th

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Debt Consolidation Tip: Pay less interest!The beginning of the year is typically tough financially for most of us. Holiday bill payments, RRSP contributions, property tax bills, etc. And, if you’re self-employed, you probably have to make some sort of business tax or corporate tax payment. If December is the Holiday Season, then January and February feel like a hangover!
Banks and credit card companies love this time of year because this is when we’re most likely to carry a balance, forcing us to pay those crazy interest rates that range from 9% to 24%.
But, wait! Before you get too depressed, there may be a better option. There’s a less expensive way to manage your debt.

DEBT IS DEBT, JUST PAY LESS INTEREST
Canadians seem to think debt consolidation is a dirty word. Studies show that we’re paying down our mortgage balances faster (I like that trend), except we’re carrying other higher-interest debt such as car loans, unsecured lines of credit and credit card balances.
The big problem here is that these non-mortgage debts carry extremely high interest rates ranging from 6% to 24%…

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A number of news items in recent weeks have focused on the state of Canada’s housing market, with some hinting the worst of the correction may be behind us, and others suggesting more weakness to come. For example, CMHC says overvaluation risks are subsiding in some of the country’s hottest markets, while the B.C. government […]

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