Winding down self-employment and planning for retirement Aug 18th

Mortgages in Canada can be a murky subject – one that we hope to shed some light on with a series of highly informational articles.
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Should you buy a vacation property? + MORE Aug 27th

The benefits of owning a vacation property are obvious. A cottage, cabin, condo or trailer a short drive from your home can provide a quick weekend recharge. A property down south can serve as a regular vacation destination or extended winter stay for a snowbird. There are many emotion-driven reason.... More »
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Latest in Mortgage News: CMHC to Get New Name, Maybe “Housing Canada” + MORE Sep 23rd

What’s in a name? Well, in the case of the Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation, “mortgage” likely won’t be for much longer. The housing agency announced last week that it will be undergoing a rebranding in the coming months to better reflect its mandate. CEO Evan Siddall .... More »

Q3 2020 Bank Earnings – An Update on Big Bank Deferrals Sep 11th

The country’s Big Six banks provided an update on the state of their mortgage deferrals, with each reporting varying results in terms of getting those borrowers back to making regular payments. Both RBC and National Bank of Canada saw their mortgages under deferral drop substantially from Q2 t.... More »

Rates are at all time lows Sep 20th

Rates are at all time lows and are expected to stay that way for a while! This means payments can’t go much lower. Let’s put interest rates and mortgage costs in perspective.  Here is what MORTGAGE PAYMENTS on a $400,000 mortgage look like with a 30 year amortization: .... More »

Latest in Mortgage News: OSFI Changes Rules for Mortgage Deferrals + MORE Sep 2nd

OSFI, Canada’s banking regulator, announced today it will start phasing out special regulatory capital treatment of deferrals given improving economic conditions. The changes are effective immediately for mortgage payment deferrals granted by the Big 6 banks through to the end of September. Th.... More »
Q. I am a 60-year-old female, working full-time employed/self employed on a 100% commission basis and averaging between $107,000 and $140,000 gross annual income.
I own my home, with a $70,000 balance left on my mortgage. My mortgage payment (not including property taxes) is $457 biweekly. The current market value of my home is about $325,000. 
In terms of investments, I have $39,000 in two RRSPs (current employer plan and a small amount from a prior employer), plus about $250,000 in RRSPs with my bank.
I have no TFSA.
I would like to retire at 63, or at least reduce my work hours, and I have no idea if either is possible. I can work as long as I like, even past 65 if I choose. I recently started taking Fridays off but keeping my production the same, with no decrease in earnings. I am considering reducing to three days this fall, and continuing with that schedule until I retire.
While I’ve considered downsizing, I’m not really ready to sell my home: I love outdoor space and my pool, and I’ve redone the entire house over the last 17 years…

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