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April 23, 2024
Are you ready to buy your first home? Signs You're Ready for the Leap

Deciding when to buy your first home can feel like a huge leap. If you’re wrestling with the decision, here are some clear signs that you might just be ready to transition from renting to owning: Your Credit Score is Looking Good: If your credit score is 680 or higher, you’re in a great position […]

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February 29, 2024
Estate Planning: Are You Covered?

“New Year, new you” may be a cliché but it is for a reason! The New Year always has us thinking about where we are now, and where we want to end up. When it comes to your personal goals, a review of your finances and estate should be at the top of your list. […]

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February 23, 2024
Bigger Savings Coming for BC Home Buyers

BREAKING NEWS - Bigger savings are coming for BC Home Buyers starting April 1, 2024, as announced in the 2024 Provincial Budget yesterday! Two highlights for home buyers: 1️⃣ First-time home buyers’ program: The first-time home buyers’ program reduces or eliminates the amount of property transfer tax you pay when you purchase your first home. […]

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February 1, 2024
Amortization Options

Your mortgage amortization period is the number of years it will take you to pay off your mortgage. Depending on your choice of amortization period, it will affect how quickly you become mortgage-free as well as how much interest you pay over the lifetime of your mortgage (a longer lifetime equals more interest, whereas a […]

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March 8, 2023
Bank of Canada Holds Steady on March 8, 2023

BREAKING NEWS: Bank of Canada has left its key interest rate unchanged For the first time in a year, the Bank of Canada has lefts its overnight target rate unchanged, keeping it at 4.50%. In a statement released this morning, the Bank noted, “Global economic developments have evolved broadly in line with the outlook in […]

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March 2, 2023
March is Fraud Awareness Month

Did you know? March is fraud awareness month in the mortgage industry, which makes this is a great time to talk about title insurance! As our insurance experts, FCT is a leading provider of title insurance and has some helpful information for you: For those who don’t know, title fraud can impact both homebuyers and […]

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January 2, 2023
Alternative Lending

When traditional lenders (such as banks or credit unions) deny mortgage financing, it can be easy to feel discouraged. However, it is important to remember that there is always an alternative! If you’re seeking a mortgage, but your application doesn’t fit into the box of the big traditional institutions, you’ll find yourself in what’s commonly […]

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November 1, 2022
Don't Be House Poor

Having the biggest and best home on the block sounds great – but not if it is at the expense of your life and monthly finances! Be smart about your budget and avoid buying a home at the very top of your pre-approval value, which might lead to cash flow issues and being “house poor” […]

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June 18, 2021
Real Talk: Mortgage Penalties

When it comes to mortgages, it is easy to focus on the rates and your current situation, but the reality is that life happens and when it does, rates won’t be the only thing that matter. At the end of the day, a mortgage is a contract between you (the homeowner) and the bank. As […]

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