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The housing market in Canada has been tricky for the last few years, but now may be the perfect time for a prospective first-time home buyer to finally get a foothold in the housing market. Are you ready to buy a house? Can you handle...

The key to a dream home is a dream mortgage, with great terms and a low-interest rate. But, with so many mortgage options to choose from, including cash-back mortgages, full-featured mortgages, no-frills mortgages, quick close specials, and then comparing variable interest rates and fixed rates...

The short answer to this question is yes, but the long answer is much more detailed. Many benefits come with using home equity to purchase a home, but there are many considerations involved. As with any mortgage loan or line of credit, you need to...

The road to owning a home can be daunting, especially if it is your first time. Like any other significant financial investment, buying your first home is exciting but challenging.  Once you have decided to embark on your first home buying journey, some careful planning and...

Many older Canadian homeowners may have built up substantial equity in their homes, paying off all of most of their home loans. As they get older, they may wish to use the equity of the home for things like retirement accommodations, health care needs, a...

Mortgage brokers are great assets to have in your list of contacts when you’re thinking about making one of the largest purchases of your life. Why? Because a mortgage broker can do things for you that a large financial institution can’t.  Because they act as an...

As a top-level mortgage broker on Canada’s West Coast, John Antle is often asked about the best ways to get pre-approved for a mortgage. Many people shopping for their first home in Canada do not realize that the home buying process most often should begin...

There are a lot of steps involved with obtaining a mortgage, and it can often seem like every step comes with an extra cost. Therefore, it is reasonable to ask: Who pays the mortgage broker? Since they don't ask for any fees upfront when they start...

Mortgage brokers connect you with direct lenders to ensure that you get the best deal. Instead of searching for a direct lender, filling out paperwork, evaluating interest rates and comparing mortgage rates, you'll get a mortgage broker who does all the work for you. All...

A mortgage broker, or mortgage agent, is a licensed specialist who facilitates the property buying process by helping clients secure financing for the purchase of a home or other piece of property. Across Canada, each province licenses mortgage brokers who have met specific education, experience...