MORTGAGES WITH THE 20 PER CENT

General George Macris 10 May

There have been a lot of discussions around the new mortgage rules and I have had a few clients ask about what that means for them. Since stress testing on mortgages began last year, the biggest change this January will be for people who are putting more than a 20% down payment on their new […]

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BANK BROKER VS. MORTGAGE BROKERS | HERE’S THE SCOOP

General George Macris 10 May

Ask any mortgage broker and they can tell you that there are a handful of misconceptions that the public has about working with a mortgage broker. From questioning their credentials (we all are regulated and licensed with in our own province, and are constantly re-educating ourselves) to assuming that the broker does not have access […]

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HOW MORTGAGE BROKERS HELP YOU GET APPROVED BY ‘A’ LENDERS

General George Macris 10 May

Every year Canadian families are caught in unexpected bad circumstances only to find out that in most cases the banks and the credit unions are there to lend you money in the good times, not so much during the bad times. This is where thousands of families have benefited over the years from the services […]

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It’s All About The Property.

General George Macris 22 Oct

When your mortgage application goes through the approval process, they are not only looking at you, but also the property in question. In fact, sometimes when an application is denied it has nothing to do with you, and everything to do with the property. To improve your chances of success when it comes to financing, […]

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4 REASONS WHY MORTGAGE BROKERS ARE BETTER THAN BANKS

General George Macris 6 Oct

I am often asked if it’s hard to compete with the banks. While they may offer competitive rates at times, right now we have much better rates than the banks. However, we have certain advantages which allow us to blow them out of the water most of the time. More Choice – banks are limited […]

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TOP 5 THINGS MILLENNIALS SHOULD KNOW WHEN BUYING REAL ESTATE

General George Macris 6 Oct

There are 9 million Millennials in Canada, representing more than 25 percent of the population. Born between 1980 and 1999, the eldest are in the early stages of their careers, forming households and buying their first homes. Buying a home is a daunting process for anyone, but especially so for the first-time home buyer. This […]

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HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR FAMILY WITHOUT JEOPARDIZING YOUR RETIREMENT

General George Macris 6 Oct

According to a study by Finder.com, 67.7% of Canadian parents assist their adult children financially. This may include helping them with rent (29.3%), handing out cash (38%), or contributing to larger purchases such as a down payment on a house (21%). Another reason why you may be helping out family members right now is the […]

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Throne Speech: Canada’s Response to COVID-19

General George Macris 5 Oct

Throne Speech: Canada’s Response to COVID-19 Prorogation on August 18, following the resignation of Finance Minister Morneau, a new session of Parliament, and a new speech from the throne was meant to allow the government to hit the reset button. And for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to try and move past the summer of controversy […]

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PRE-APPROVALS & PRE-QUALIFICATIONS

General George Macris 15 Sep

Throughout the mortgage and home buying process, there are many steps and many checkpoints a buyer will need to complete before they can move on to the next one. A buyer will not be able to close on a purchase if they do not have a lawyer. Financing conditions need to be lifted after confirmation […]

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BANK OF CANADA HOLDS RATES STEADY

General George Macris 5 Jun

Bank of Canada Takes A More Positive Tone On the heels of a devastating decline in the Canadian economy, the Bank of Canada suggested today that the worst of the pandemic’s negative impact on the global economy is behind us, conceding, however, that uncertainty remains high. The Bank today maintained its target overnight rate at […]

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