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How Much House Can You Afford? Ask Yourself These Critical Questions to Find Out

How Much House Can You Afford? Ask Yourself These Critical Questions to Find Out

July 24, 2019 | Posted by: Jamie House

It is the perennial question for every first-time homeowner. How much house can I afford? As with so many life-changing decisions, there is no one right answer to this common query, and the size of th ... [read more]

3 Simple Ways to Repair Your Credit

3 Simple Ways to Repair Your Credit

July 10, 2019 | Posted by: Jamie House

For many Canadians looking to purchase a home, bad credit scores stand in the way of getting a mortgage. Most lenders prefer your score to be 650 or higher. If they do allow for lower credit scores, i ... [read more]

3 Smart Ways to Use a Home Equity Line of Credit

3 Smart Ways to Use a Home Equity Line of Credit

March 13, 2019 | Posted by: Jamie House

For homeowners across the globe, home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) have become a handy way of tapping into the value of their homes. However, when borrowing money against your home, it is always ... [read more]

How to Improve Your Chances of Being Approved for a Mortgage

How to Improve Your Chances of Being Approved for a Mortgage

December 24, 2018 | Posted by: Jamie House

For most first time home buyers, obtaining a mortgage is a crucial part of the purchasing process. However, being approved for a mortgage is often easier said than done. It can be disheartening to f ... [read more]

The Pros And Cons Of Reverse Mortgages - A Quick Guide

The Pros And Cons Of Reverse Mortgages - A Quick Guide

November 28, 2018 | Posted by: Jamie House

No matter how carefully you plan, life can put a dent in your retirement funds. A life-altering accident or illness can turn your life upside down. Dipping into your retirement to meet uncovered expen ... [read more]

Should You Get a Shorter-Term Mortgage, Make Extra Payments, or Something Else?

Should You Get a Shorter-Term Mortgage, Make Extra Payments, or Something Else?

September 26, 2018 | Posted by: Jamie House

When getting a home mortgage, if you can afford higher payments, often the option of a 15-year loan instead of one of 30 years is an option. It can be an enticing idea to know that you'll be free of a ... [read more]

Real Estate: How to Refinance a Mortgage with a Bad Credit Score

Real Estate: How to Refinance a Mortgage with a Bad Credit Score

July 11, 2018 | Posted by: Jamie House

There are many excellent reasons a homeowner may look into refinancing their mortgage. To refinance means to replace your current mortgage with a new one, almost always with a lower interest rate. For ... [read more]

Planning to Refinance Your Mortgage? Ask These 4 Questions First

Planning to Refinance Your Mortgage? Ask These 4 Questions First

April 11, 2018 | Posted by: Jamie House

Deciding to refinance is a crucial financial move that can help you make significant savings. When you plan properly, do your research, and take time to evaluate where you stand financially, you'll be ... [read more]

How to Maintain a Good Credit Rating Throughout the Year

How to Maintain a Good Credit Rating Throughout the Year

February 28, 2018 | Posted by: Jamie House

If you want to make it easier to get an auto loan, mortgage, or new credit card account, you need to maintain a good credit score. It's easy to do so, particularly if you follow the tips presented her ... [read more]

Four Strategies That Can Help You Get Approved for a Mortgage

Four Strategies That Can Help You Get Approved for a Mortgage

February 14, 2018 | Posted by: Jamie House

So, you've decided to take the big step and look into getting what will likely be the biggest loan of your entire life: a mortgage. Applying for a mortgage can be a bit of a nerve-wracking process, es ... [read more]

Can You Afford to Buy a New Home?

Can You Afford to Buy a New Home?

December 27, 2017 | Posted by: Jamie House

Is Purchasing a New Home in Your Budget? If you're throwing your hard-earned money away on rent each month, putting that same amount towards your own home could be an incredible advantage. However, i ... [read more]

Credit Card Debt vs Mortgage Debt: Which Should You Pay Off?

Credit Card Debt vs Mortgage Debt: Which Should You Pay Off?

November 8, 2017 | Posted by: Jamie House

It's always a good idea to pay down your debt when you have extra cash on hand. However, as you get started, you will probably be faced with several types of debt you can work on, and it's hard to kno ... [read more]

Five Reasons Why You Should Have More Than One Bank Account

Five Reasons Why You Should Have More Than One Bank Account

October 18, 2017 | Posted by: Jamie House

In today's tech world, being victimized by hackers can leave you penniless if you have only one bank account. The following five situations demonstrate how a having a backup account can keep you ... [read more]

4 Reasons to Say 'Yes' to Good Credit

4 Reasons to Say 'Yes' to Good Credit

September 13, 2017 | Posted by: Jamie House

Good credit is a necessity for acquiring many things in life. There are many important reasons for saying 'yes' to credit. Below are some of those reasons, as well as ways to get and build your credit ... [read more]

5 Ways to Simplify Your Financial Life

5 Ways to Simplify Your Financial Life

August 9, 2017 | Posted by: Jamie House

No matter who you are or what you do for a living, it can seem like your bank statements, credit card receipts, and other financial documents are burying you alive. If you are struggling under the wei ... [read more]

Savvy Spender: Simple, Smart Ways to Make the Most of Your Credit Cards

Savvy Spender: Simple, Smart Ways to Make the Most of Your Credit Cards

July 12, 2017 | Posted by: Jamie House

Savvy Spender: Simple, Smart Ways to Make the Most of Your Credit Cards With their vast array of special perks and member benefits, credit cards are an appealing financing option for modern consumers ... [read more]

Holding an Open House - Can These Tempting Tips Boost Your Chances of a Sale?

Holding an Open House - Can These Tempting Tips Boost Your Chances of a Sale?

February 2, 2017 | Posted by: Jamie House

Is your home currently on the market? Are you hoping for a quick sale and want to stack the odds in your favour? One powerful option to consider is to maximize the potential of the open house showings ... [read more]

Why You Need an Emergency Fund And How to Get One

Why You Need an Emergency Fund And How to Get One

January 26, 2017 | Posted by: Jamie House

Building an emergency fund is something most people know they should do but few actually get around to doing. A recent study found that nearly two-thirds of Americans did not have an emergency fund, a ... [read more]

The Benefits of Investing in Income Producing Properties

The Benefits of Investing in Income Producing Properties

January 5, 2017 | Posted by: Jamie House

Making money in any real estate venture is a difficult task, and many people don't have the skills (or the stomach) for flipping houses. An alternative to this intrinsically risky activity is to purch ... [read more]

Strategies to Dig Yourself Out of the Debt Hole

Strategies to Dig Yourself Out of the Debt Hole

December 29, 2016 | Posted by: Jamie House

Debt. It's something almost everyone will have at some point in their life. But what happens when your debt begins to get the better of you? What options are available? Some simple strategies can he ... [read more]

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