Articles About Buying a Home

Canadian Mortgage Stress Test FAQs

On January 1, 2018 the Canadian government applied new guidelines to the Mortgage Stress Test (MST). Basic requirements were already in place for borrowers who put less than a 20% down payment on their home mortgage loan. With the new test guidelines, all conventional mortgage loan borrowers became subject to the new revisions regardless of the down payment amount. The changes included a number of other stringent rules for federally governed lenders to approve mortgages.

How to Avoid CMHC Insurance Fees

Ways to Avoid CMHC Insurance Fees

For a large of number of Canadian homeowners, a portion of their monthly mortgage payment goes toward a mandatory CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) fee. It is automatically added to the payment to cover mortgage default insurance. The result is an increase in the amount due every month. But there are creative ways to lower or avoid CMHC insurance for those who are required to have it in place.

Buying a home in Canada - Guide for Newcomers

How do you Buy a Home as a Newcomer to Canada?

If Canada is a place you want to call home over the long-term, buying a home here makes a lot of sense. Here are the three most important factors lenders consider when considering whether to lend to someone who’s new to Canada to buy a home.

Buying a House as a Single Lady at Age 24

If you’re in the market for a house and don’t know where to start, here are 5 lessons that Liz Enriquez shares about how she bought her first home as a newly-single person in 2016 at age 24.

The Pros and Cons of Putting Down 20% on a House

Should you put 20% down on your down payment? At the end of the day, there are pros and cons to everything, and Liz Enriquez, who bought her first house at age 24, shares the tips she used toward homeownership in order for you to make the most informed decision for yourself.

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How Much Down Payment Should a Buyer Expect to Pay?

Purchasing a home is the biggest financial investment most people will make in their lifetime. With advance research and planning, the obstacles in the path to homeownership can be overcome. 

How to Buy a Home Guide

Buying a home is a fun and exciting time. For most Canadians it’s the single biggest financial transaction of their lifetime. As such, it’s important to do your homework and come prepared. In this guide, we’ll help you do just that by walking you through the steps of buying a home in Canada.

The Business of Creative Financing

There used to be a mere few options available to get financing for major ventures. The choices were traditional borrowing from a financial institution or from family and friends. Today, there are unlimited ways to get financing for any purpose. Creative financing has opened the doors for consumers who want or need an innovative way to get money to fulfill their dreams.

Qualifying for a Mortgage in Canada and the U.S.

Buying a home is a major expense; for most consumers it is the largest financial investment they will make in a lifetime. People that paid for their homes with cash make up the minority of homeowners. Simply put, having ready money to purchase a home is an ideal situation but is out of reach for most people. The path to owning a home more commonly involves qualifying for a mortgage.

Bad Credit Mortgage Loan Guide

A surprising number of people won’t ever try to buy a home because they think that they cannot get a mortgage with bad credit. But these days, it is not a shock to lenders that people fall on hard times or make financial mistakes. For people who are working toward turning their credit around and are determined to own a home, there are ways to make their dream come true. It is not impossible to get a mortgage loan with bad credit for those willing to put in the effort to do so.

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