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CMHC Mortgage Insurance Raises Rates

This week the two companies that offer mortgage default insurance in Canada (CMHC and Genworth) raised their rates for home buyers needing mortgage insurance. The is in response to new requirements for insurers to hold greater capital to create a buffer for potential losses. Mortgage default insurance must be purchased…

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Reverse Mortgages - Are they right for you?

You have seen the ads on TV of a certain distinguished looking gentleman endorsing a product called a reverse mortgage. A reverse mortgage is a financial product which allows homeowners over 55 access to equity in their homes in order for them to continue to live there. With a reverse…

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Proof of down payment on your new home

So you have the down payment for your new house and you are headed down to the bank to get the all important pre-approval prior to looking for a house. Lenders will ask for verification of where the money for the down payment on a house comes from. This is…

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Commuting from Barrie to Toronto? There are options.

Barrie is very much a city of commuters. Just look at Highway 400 any time between 5:00-9:00 am and 3:00-7:00 pm on a weekday. Many homebuyers are drawn to Barrie and Innisfil from Toronto and the GTA by the lure of more affordable house prices with the plan to commute…

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