Mortgage Shop Talk

For the well-informed

Welcome to the Mortgage Shop Talk Blog!

We’re particularly excited about launching this blog as it coincides with the launching of the MortgageGarage.ca website.  MortgageGarage.ca is the my (Allen Hubble, Mortgage Alliance) place to connect with clients and soon-to-be clients in an effort to keep them informed about happenings in the real estate, mortgage and personal finance arenas. We hope you’ll be a regular visitor on our site and our blog.

In the Mortgage Shop Talk Blog, we’ll share with you information about what we love to do most: help you bring to life the dreams you have.  Although we may market mortgages and loans, our passion and purpose is actually helping people to have the homes and lives of their dreams.

Below you’ll find our latest articles to educate and inform you on the current mortgage (and finance) environment.

Urban “Off the Grid”: An Introduction

You're on "the grid" Every few weeks, we open our mailboxes (or our email inboxes) with bated breath. Inevitably, we find another heap of utility bills, waiting to separate us from our hard earned dollars. This is not unusual; this is simply part of life for most...

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The Budgeting Resource Everyone Has (And Nobody Uses)

This article was written by Sandi Martin of Spring Personal Finance and was originally published here on Spring The Blog on Oct. 27th 2015. Does This Sound Familiar? You’ve read a book or a blog series or watched a show about budgeting and getting your money under...

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Thinking of Selling? Costs You Should Know About!

Often times it's the simple math that will betray you when selling a property. In your head you do quick calculations, you take what you think your property will sell for and then subtract what you owe on your mortgage, and the rest is your profit! Well... not so...

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How to Not Qualify for a Mortgage

If you have no desire at all to qualify for a mortgage, here are some great ways to make sure you don't accidentally end up buying a house and taking out a mortgage to do so. One of the best ways to ensure you won't qualify for a mortgage is to be unemployed. Yep,...

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I Missed a Credit Card Payment… Now What?

If you've missed a payment on your credit card (or line of credit) and you're wondering how this will impact your creditworthiness down the road, this article is for you. But before we get started, if you have an overdue balance on any of your credit cards at this...

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The 10 Don’ts of Mortgage Closing

Okay, so here we are... we have worked together to secure financing for your mortgage. You are getting a great rate, favourable terms that meet your mortgage goals, the lender is satisfied with all the supporting documents, we are broker complete, and the only thing...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement July 12th, 2017

The following is the latest Bank of Canada rate announcement, if you have any questions about what this rate increase means for you and your mortgage, please don't hesitate to contact me anytime. If you're a fixed rate mortgage holder, this change doesn't impact you,...

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Don’t Get Squished: How To Survive The Sandwich Years

This article was written by Randy Cass of Nest Wealth and was originally published on January 15th, 2016. Your 40s and 50s bring a new, different kind of financial challenge. In your 20s and 30s, you probably struggled with the question of how to make enough money....

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Are There More Mortgage Rule Changes Coming?

Recently, the Bank of Canada released its semi-annual Financial Systems Review (PDF document), which identifies some of the major risks that the Bank foresees on the economic horizon. Unsurprisingly, the Bank pinpoints increased levels of Canadian household debt and...

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10 Tips for First Time Home Buyers in 10 Words or Less

As part of Genworth's Homeownership Education Week Seminar, Genworth decided to get social and ask recent first time homebuyers to give simple advice to others looking to purchase their first home. The results were captured and included in the Spring issue...

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Man Caves vs She Sheds

If you talk to any REALTOR®, they will confirm that in couples looking to find their "forever home" there has been a recent surge in demand for a space dedicated as a man cave. It could be the basement (the darker the better) or it could be in a garage, regardless,...

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Be More Productive with the Rule of 3

This article was originally published on LinkedIn by Chris Bailey on Oct 28th 2015. Chris is a self-proclaimed Jedi Master at A Life of Productivity where he blogs about being productive. For Some Strange Reason, Our Brain is Wired to Think in Threes. As kids, we grow...

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Saving for a Downpayment? Some Advice Along the Way!

If you are looking to purchase a property in the next while, you probably already know that you need at least 5% of the purchase price as a downpayment. Saving a bigger downpayment, let's say 10%, certainly increases your chances of securing financing. While having a...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement May 24th, 2017

The Bank of Canada is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1/2 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 3/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 1/4 per cent. Inflation is broadly in line with the Bank’s projection in its April Monetary Policy Report (MPR)....

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Watch What I Do, Not What I Say

Is the government being reckless and irresponsible or will rates be this low forever? Here's a great article that compares the recent changes to mortgage qualifications imposed on Canadians (what the government says) and the government's own borrowing (what they are...

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The Benefits of Consulting a Mortgage Broker

Navigating the real estate and mortgage processes with the help of an expert mortgage broker can help set your mind at ease when making one of the largest financial decisions of your life. Mortgage brokers negotiate with lenders on behalf of borrowers daily, so they...

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New Construction Assignment

One of the benefits of working with an independent mortgage professional is having lots of great financing options! Rather than dealing with a single lender who has one set of products, brokers work with multiple lenders who offer a wide selection of mortgage...

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Using Your Home Equity to Stay Just a Little Bit Longer

Last month, the article "Can't find the Perfect Property in Your Price Range" was published on the blog, where the purchase plus improvements program was outlined as a way to buy and renovate a property at the same time. If you are looking to buy a new home, but can't...

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A List On Living Off Grid

If the great BC power outage of 2015 taught us anything, it was that anything can happen at any time. Final tallies estimate power was lost to over 500,000 homes and businesses across BC, with some outages lasting several days. This had a lot of people taking a good...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement April 12th, 2017

The Bank of Canada today announced that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1/2 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 3/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 1/4 per cent. Global economic growth is strengthening and becoming more broadly-based...

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