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Which is the best plan to save for your first house? The new First Home Savings Account, a TFSA, or an RRSP?

Which is the best plan to save for your first house? The new First Home Savings Account, a TFSA, or an RRSP?

September 12, 2022 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

With housing prices still going through the roof, it’s not easy to save up enough for the down payment on your first house. The federal government recently created the Tax-Free First Home Savin ...

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Credit Scores and Interest Rates

Credit Scores and Interest Rates

August 29, 2022 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

Let's take a look at how your credit scores can impact interest rates when you apply for a mortgage.    The chart shown illustrates how much your credit score affects the annual percentage ...

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How to Get the Lowest Refinance Rate

How to Get the Lowest Refinance Rate

August 15, 2022 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

Now may be a great time to refinance your mortgage! If you are considering a refinance, there are a few things you can do to help you earn the lowest possible rate:     Make additio ...

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The Worst Credit Card Mistakes You Should Stop Making

The Worst Credit Card Mistakes You Should Stop Making

August 1, 2022 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

There are several important benefits of using a credit card to shop. You can earn rewards, build your credit and take advantage of points and perks. But while shopping with a credit card can be c ...

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5 Reasons Why Refinancing your Home is a Good Idea

5 Reasons Why Refinancing your Home is a Good Idea

July 18, 2022 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

Thinking of refinancing your property? Find out why it’s a good idea below.   What is Refinancing? Refinancing is when a bank or finance company buys out the mortgage on your property. C ...

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Three Ways To Get The Best Possible Mortgage Rate

Three Ways To Get The Best Possible Mortgage Rate

May 23, 2022 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

When you qualify for a mortgage loan, you're going to end up paying tens of thousands of dollars in interest over the life of the loan. Thus, it’s important to do everything you can to get the b ...

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TransUnion's monthly subscription isn't cheap, but it could help you boost your credit score with personalized advice.

TransUnion's monthly subscription isn't cheap, but it could help you boost your credit score with personalized advice.

April 25, 2022 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

Your credit determines a lot in your financial life. It affects the interest rates you're offered and determines whether or not you'll get approved for a loan.  On top of that, if your ...

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Stop Looking for Shortcuts to a Better Credit Score

Stop Looking for Shortcuts to a Better Credit Score

March 21, 2022 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

The secret to credit score management? Pay what you owe on time, and never borrow even close to the maximum amount lenders will give you. Do only that and you will not have a problem borrowing at a co ...

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Getting Pre-Qualified. Does it Work? Is it Worth it?

Getting Pre-Qualified. Does it Work? Is it Worth it?

February 28, 2022 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

Getting prequalified is one of the first ways to find out how much mortgage you can afford. It is worth understanding exactly what a mortgage prequalification is, so here’s more.   ...

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Front of The Line

Front of The Line

February 14, 2022 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

Are you in one of the following frontline positions?   Border services Correction officers Paid firefighter Paramedic Police officer Registered physician Registered nurse Registered Prac ...

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Four Ways To Use A Home Equity Loan

Four Ways To Use A Home Equity Loan

January 31, 2022 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

A home equity loan is a common tool that homeowners use to pay for various needs.   Compared to other debts, home equity loans tend to have lower, fixed rates and the repayment period can b ...

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Four Smart Ways To Use A Home Equity Loan

Four Smart Ways To Use A Home Equity Loan

January 24, 2022 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

A home equity loan, also known as a second mortgage, is a common tool that homeowners use to pay for various needs. Here are some smart ways to use them.   Compared to other debts, home equity ...

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Your Preference When Arranging A Mortgage - Having Your Hand Held By A Nice Banker Or The Lowest Possible Rate?

Your Preference When Arranging A Mortgage - Having Your Hand Held By A Nice Banker Or The Lowest Possible Rate?

January 10, 2022 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

A minority of people setting up, renewing, or refinancing mortgages are using mortgage brokers, check out the article below and find out why you should be too   If you are looking for a broker ...

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Access Funds With A Reverse Mortgage

Access Funds With A Reverse Mortgage

January 3, 2022 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

In 2020, as Canadians spent more time at home, there was a boom in home renovations. Reverse mortgages can offer a helpful option for those costly renovations. Read the full article below to find out ...

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Is It Time For You To Buy Or Refinance?

Is It Time For You To Buy Or Refinance?

December 20, 2021 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

Are you considering buying a new home or refinancing your current mortgage? The decision to get or refinance a mortgage is a big one – but you're not alone. There are many potentia ...

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How to fine-tune your finances for a mortgage

How to fine-tune your finances for a mortgage

December 13, 2021 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

Experts such as our very own Marc Crossman, managing partner and mortgage broker at Mortgage Alliance Lending Advisors, say that new mortgage rules and the potential for rising interest in the comin ...

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The Smith Manoeuvre strategy and how to use it — the right way — to your advantage

The Smith Manoeuvre strategy and how to use it — the right way — to your advantage

October 25, 2021 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

The Smith Manoeuver is among many strategies you may not be familiar with. Alberta Mortgage Professionals can provide many options such as this to help guide you through your home ownership journey. ...

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What does Today's Bank of Canada decision mean for consumers?

What does Today's Bank of Canada decision mean for consumers?

October 18, 2021 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

The Bank of Canada has decided on how to move forward regarding interest rates amid the ongoing pandemic, read the full article below and contact us today to find out how you may be able to take adv ...

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How and Why to Cancel a Credit Card, Without Destroying Your Credit Score

How and Why to Cancel a Credit Card, Without Destroying Your Credit Score

October 4, 2021 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

While cancelling credit cards may seem to make your life easier, there are some complications to consider.Canceling can hurt your credit score and affects your credit in two ways:·  & ...

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Cash-Out vs. HELOC Refinancing

Cash-Out vs. HELOC Refinancing

September 13, 2021 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

If you’re interested in borrowing against your home’s available equity, you have choices. Some options are to refinance and get cash out, or to take out a home equity line of credit (HELOC ...

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Why You Should Get Pre-Approved Before June 1, 2021

Why You Should Get Pre-Approved Before June 1, 2021

August 2, 2021 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

The Canadian Banking Regulator, Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) gave guidance that they were planning on tighten mortgage qualification for uninsured mortgages. OSFI sugg ...

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What About Rates?

What About Rates?

July 26, 2021 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

You have probably heard that the COVID-19 pandemic has had an effect on mortgage rates over the past year and you might be curious how this impacts your financial situation.    Have you ha ...

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Let's Talk Credit Scores

Let's Talk Credit Scores

July 12, 2021 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

Your credit score is a number between 300-900.     Anything above 700 shows that you have managed your money well and are a good candidate for a mortgage. A score between 600-700 means th ...

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The Role of a Mortgage Broker

The Role of a Mortgage Broker

July 5, 2021 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

The Role of a Mortgage Broker   Across Canada the housing market has continued to expand, despite the pandemic. This has been attributed to a lack of inventory and the low cost of debt have com ...

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What is a central bank?

What is a central bank?

May 3, 2021 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

Sep 23, 2019Created by First National Financial LP As we head into the federal election we’ll be hearing a lot about the economy, interest rates and housing.  In this country, one of the ...

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WHERE ARE CANADIAN MORTGAGE RATES GOING IN 2018?

WHERE ARE CANADIAN MORTGAGE RATES GOING IN 2018?

February 15, 2021 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

2017 was a year of change for the Canadian Mortgage Market. With the announcement of the B-20 guideline changes requiring all insured or uninsured mortgages to undergo stress testing. In addition, the ...

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TIPS FOR YOUR VARIABLE RATE MORTGAGE THAT COULD SAVE YOU THOUSANDS

TIPS FOR YOUR VARIABLE RATE MORTGAGE THAT COULD SAVE YOU THOUSANDS

January 18, 2021 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

With changes to mortgage rules and interest rates on the rise here are some tips for your variable rate mortgage that could save you thousands.   Since 2009 the prime lending rate has shifted f ...

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WHAT IS THE CANADIAN MORTGAGE AND HOUSING CORPORATION (CMHC)?

WHAT IS THE CANADIAN MORTGAGE AND HOUSING CORPORATION (CMHC)?

November 30, 2020 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

  The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is a corporation that most are semi-familiar with, but do not know what CMHC actually does.   CMHC is Canada’s authority on ho ...

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IS IT TIME TO LOCK IN A VARIABLE RATE MORTGAGE?

IS IT TIME TO LOCK IN A VARIABLE RATE MORTGAGE?

September 21, 2020 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

  Approximately 32 per cent of Canadians are in a variable rate mortgage, which with rates effectively declining steadily for the better part of the last ten years has worked well.   Rece ...

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OSFI MORTGAGE CHANGES ARE COMING

OSFI MORTGAGE CHANGES ARE COMING

September 7, 2020 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

  As many of you may remember, this past October the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) issued a revision to Guideline B-20. The changes will go into effect on Ja ...

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HOW MORTGAGE RATES WORK

HOW MORTGAGE RATES WORK

May 18, 2020 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

  Ever wonder how your mortgage rate is determined? What factors make it jump from percentage to percentage? We are getting down to the nitty gritty today and giving you the facts on what impact ...

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FINANCE MINISTER MORNEAU TAKES OUT THE BIG GUNS TO SLOW HOUSING

FINANCE MINISTER MORNEAU TAKES OUT THE BIG GUNS TO SLOW HOUSING

August 5, 2019 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

Yesterday, Ottawa unveiled major initiatives to slow housing activity both by potentially discouraging foreign home purchases and, more importantly, by making it more difficult for Canadians to get mo ...

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Canada Starts to Outperform the U.S.

Canada Starts to Outperform the U.S.

April 1, 2019 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

  Crude oil prices are poised for their biggest monthly gain in seven years, hitting a new high for 2016, and as day follows night, the Canadian dollar is up sharply--just shy of 80 cents U.S. T ...

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Budget 2016 Billed As Growing the Middle Class

Budget 2016 Billed As Growing the Middle Class

January 7, 2019 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

  Today’s budget included everything I expected and nothing that I feared. The fears first—there is no change in the tax treatment of capital gains or stock options, despite continue ...

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FINANCIAL CHECK-UP

FINANCIAL CHECK-UP

July 23, 2018 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

Welcome to your free financial check-up, discussing 5 key factors to assist you in ensuring you are on the right track to a solid financial future.   Credit Ensuring you are using credit wisel ...

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