Hacks to Slash Your Mortgage and Clear Your Debt Early + MORE Aug 16th

Canadian housing mortgage rates are all over the map. Don’t get trapped in an unnecessarily costly mortgage agreement.
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The Latest in Mortgage News: iA Exits the Residential Mortgage Market Sep 18th

After nearly 50 years of providing residential mortgages to Canadians, Industrial Alliance Financial Group announced its exit from the space this month. “This is a result of our decision to focus on investments in key sectors for the Group,” iA spokesperson Pierre Picard told CMT. “.... More »

Canadians Not Deterred By Homeownership Obstacles Sep 6th

Those dreaming of homeownership face a long list of obstacles: high prices, low supply and ever-changing mortgage rules and qualification requirements, to name a few. But that hasn’t shaken Canadians’ desire to have a place to call their own, according to the latest consumer survey from .... More »
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Mortgage Stress Test Sidelining Young Buyers + MORE Aug 22nd

New data shows the country’s youngest buyers are being affected most by the government’s mortgage stress tests. Mortgage originations were down 8.9% overall in Q2, while those among buyers between the ages of 18 and 25 were down 13.4% compared to last year, according to TransUnion’.... More »
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Mortgage Amortization: Should You Go Long or Short? + MORE Aug 31st

If you’re in the market for a new home you probably understand the different mortgage options. But what about amortization? Should you go short or long on your amortization, and what impact does it have on your finances? The most common amortization is 25 years. If you have at least a 20 percent .... More »
In a surprising but strategically sensible move, Brookfield has acquired a 57% stake in Genworth MI Canada, Canada’s largest private residential mortgage insurer. “Genworth is an industry-leading business that generates strong, consistent earnings and operates in a sector with high barriers to entry,” David Nowak, managing partner of Brookfield Business Partners, said in his statement. […]

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Hacks to Slash Your Mortgage and Clear Your Debt Early
Finding you the best financial practices is what gets us up in the morning. And our staff is a great resource for these ideas. So we polled the staff in our office to ask one simple question:  What mortgage hacks do you use to speed up your mortgage payments?
Here are their best tips for getting out of debt early:
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The Down Payment
Find acceptable sacrifices to save a bigger down payment. If you have RRSP funds, leverage the RRSP homebuyers plan. If you can amass a 20 percent down payment, you’ll save thousands in mandatory mortgage insurance premiums. (Mortgage default insurance is required when your down payment is below 20 percent).
Compare Mortgage Rates
Make sure you are fully aware of all the mortgage options available to you, and compare mortgage rates at RateSupermarket.ca. Saving just 1/4 percent off your rate could save you thousands – and if you use those savings to make extra payments you’ll pay down principal even faster, compounding the interest you save…

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