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Pre-Qualify vs. Pre-Approve: What’s the Difference?

October 17, 2019

It’s important to understand that pre-qualification and pre-approval are not the same and knowing which option you should go with can make a big difference in a competitive real estate market. The right choice will help you get your dream home, while the wrong one will cause you to lose it to another buyer. If you are pre-qualified, it means that a lender has been informed of your income, as...

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Don’t Fall For These Four Common Mortgage Myths

October 16, 2019

Whether it’s your first home or one of many, buying a home is a significant investment that requires a mortgage. As exciting as this milestone in your life is, you may be vulnerable to mortgage myths and misinformation. These falsehoods can make the home buying process more challenging, so it’s imperative to be aware of them. The Collin Bruce Mortgage team is here for you, which is why we...

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Mistakes to Avoid as a First Time Home Buyer

September 20, 2019

Buying a home is the biggest investment you will make, so you want to make sure there are no mistakes in the process. If it’s your first time buying a home, it’s particularly easy to make a mistake if you don’t know what to look out for, which is why it’s extremely important to know the details in advance so that you can make the right decision. In order for this milestone to be smoot...

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What’s the Difference Between a Broker vs a Banker?

September 4, 2019

A mortgage is a mortgage but the difference lies in who you secure it from. Choosing the right lender can help you save thousands of dollars. For first-time homeowners, the idea of selecting the right lender can be confusing. Should you borrow from a broker or a banker? But the decision is critical to weigh your mortgage options best and determine your budget for your first home. Moreover, th...

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Bankruptcy Does Affect A New Mortgage, But It’s Not A Lost Cause

August 26, 2019

Declaring bankruptcy may make you feel like you’ve lost all hope, but that isn’t true. Bankruptcy does happen, but there are steps you can take to minimize the effects of it to start anew. Thankfully, there is no waiting time one faces after being discharged from bankruptcy. This means that you can apply for a new mortgage at any time, but before you do, make sure you know what to do. That...

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Why Picking The Lowest Mortgage Rate Isn’t Always Better

August 4, 2019

Finding a home is an exciting journey, but it also takes a bit of research. That includes, for most people, finding the right mortgage. However, the right mortgage doesn’t always mean the lowest rate out there. You may feel as if you’re saving money by opting for a lower mortgage, but that can potentially leave you with a less than desirable property. You could be limiting yourself from c...

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Is a Second Mortgage is right for you?

June 27, 2019

The thought of taking out a second mortgage might sound daunting, but it doesn't have to be. You are taking on an extra monthly payment but, under the right conditions, a second mortgage could save you money. Here are some things you should know about second mortgages before you apply for one. Reasons for Taking Out a Second Mortgage Most Canadians take out second mortgages to help them consolida...

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How to Refinance a Mortgage

June 20, 2019

Many homeowners consider the option of refinancing their mortgage for several different reasons. The main goal is to gain access to a lower interest rate which can result in big savings over the course of your mortgage. If you’ve done your research and feel that refinancing your mortgage makes sense, here is a great way in which you can go about it. The most popular approach is a home equity...

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5 Secret Sources of Down Payment Money

May 26, 2019

With the rising cost of living and housing at a high, it can be difficult to save up for a substantial amount for a down payment. The sooner you start saving though, the sooner you can stop renting and finally own a home. Many hopeful buyers do not realize that they are closer to homeownership than they think. Here are some overlooked sources of money you can put towards your down payment: Un...

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Renting vs Buying a Home

May 22, 2019

When it comes to choosing whether or not you should buy or rent a home, there are many factors that will appeal to different people. Depending on where you are in life, what the near future holds and, most importantly, your financial situation, one choice might be the clear winner. To help you decide, here are the pros and cons of buying and renting a property. Renting You have a wider sens...

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