29 Nov

Second Mortgages: What You Need to Know

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Posted by: Jennifer Koop

Second Mortgages: What You Need to Know. One of the biggest benefits to purchasing your own home is the ability to build equity in your property. This equity can come in handy down the line for refinancing, renovations, or taking out additional loans – such as a second mortgage. What is a second mortgage? First […]

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28 Nov

Selling Your Home in Winter

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Posted by: Jennifer Koop

Selling Your Home in Winter. While you might think selling your home in winter is harder, with the right considerations it doesn’t have to be! When selling your home during warmer months, the focus is typically on curb appeal and gardening, as well as having bright colors and patterns to draw out different rooms. While […]

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14 Nov

What to Know about Porting Your Mortgage

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Posted by: Jennifer Koop

What to Know about Porting Your Mortgage. When it comes to getting a mortgage, one of the more overlooked elements is the option to be able to port the loan down the line. Porting your mortgage is an option within your mortgage agreement, which enables you to move to another property without having to lose […]

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17 Oct

10 Ways to Plug Money Leaks

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Posted by: Jennifer Koop

10 Ways to Plug Money Leaks. It can sometimes be hard to keep track of your finances. Fortunately, we have some tips to help you review your financial situation and plug unwanted money leaks! Be Wary of Impulse Spending: While it can be easy to think that picking up a few extra items here and there […]

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8 Aug

5 Ways to Renovate your Home to make it safer for Canadians 55+

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Posted by: Jennifer Koop

5 Ways to Renovate your Home to make it safer for Canadians 55+. While 86% of Canadian baby boomers prefer to age in place in the homes they love, not many plan for home renovations that simplify their lives during these golden years. It is not just about preparing for a disability or mobility issue. It is […]

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11 Jul

Financial Advice that Never Gets Old.

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Posted by: Jennifer Koop

Financial Advice that Never Gets Old. It’s difficult to find timeless advice in the ever-changing world of personal finance but these five are about as close as you can get. 1. Start small and start early with investing Only around 5% of Canadians under 25 have a TFSA, which means 95% have already missed out […]

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5 Jul

Choosing Your Mortgage Broker

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Posted by: Jennifer Koop

Choosing Your Mortgage Broker. There is a little doubt that the biggest purchase of your life will be your home. When embarking on your homeownership journey, having the right support and information will make all the difference. Fortunately, a mortgage broker can help! With access to more than 230 lending institutions including big banks, credit […]

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16 Jun

Benefits of Using a Real Estate Agent

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Posted by: Jennifer Koop

The benefits of using a real estate agent. The right real estate agent will help you through every step of buying or selling your home. Like any relationship, you want to ask questions, get to know your agent before agreeing to have them work with you.  Let’s take a look at some of the things […]

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25 Apr

25 Secrets Your Banker Doesn’t Want You to Know

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Posted by: Jennifer Koop

25 Secrets Your Banker Doesn’t Want You to Know. Twenty-five or thirty years can sound like an impossibly long time to service a loan – and for many of us, it is. If you are looking to pay off your mortgage faster, here are some tried-and-true tactics to get you to financial freedom that much […]

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16 Nov

Relocate or Renovate

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Posted by: Jennifer Koop

Relocate or Renovate. Like Lighting in a Bottle. That’s how Todd Talbot describes the chemistry between him and Jillian Harris, his co-host of the reality TV series Love It or List It Vancouver. There’s an undeniable electricity that flows between the pair who have battled against each other through 104 hour-long episodes of the home-design […]

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