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Holiday Bills Hurting Home-Buying Dreams?

ADVICE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

For many, the holidays are a time to spend, spend, and spend some more! Who doesn’t love the joy of giving gifts, indulging in tasty treats, and cooking enormous family meals?However, once the h ...

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Top 10 Mistakes When Selling Your Home

ADVICE | SELLING Author: Kam Brar

Selling your home can be one of the most exciting times in your life. An opportunity to move to a new location and hopefully make a profit from the sale of your home is important. Before you get too e ...

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Baby boomers not causing a housing downturn

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Study debunks predictions of an oversupplied housing market caused by baby boomers leaving their homes.

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Household Debt Increases

RESOURCE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

Household debt increased in the third quarter but is lower than the previous estimate for quarter two.

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Will it Crash, Won't it Crash?

RESOURCE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

Governor of the Bank of Canada, Stephen Poloz, doesn't believe the type of drastic rise in mortgage rates or unemployment that would contribute to a housing crash will materialize.

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2015 Canadian Immigration: The Express Entry System

RESOURCE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

The Government of Canada has introduced a new way to select immigrants. Starting January 2015, skilled foreign workers will have access to the Express Entry system.

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An eye in the sky: Drones help sell homes

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Cropping up in Canada’s real estate market over the last few years, realtors are embracing the use of drones to help sell properties.

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November Numbers & Housing Mushroom

RESOURCE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

For those of you that thought the market was going to be doomed, here's an interesting report. According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's numbers for November, when you ...

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Canada needs another 4.5 million homes warns study

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

A recent study says that we will need another 4.5 million homes over the next three decades.

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Tips for Getting Your Home Holiday Ready!

HOW-TO | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

The holidays are an exciting time to welcome guests into your home, but they can also be stressful. Whether you’re hosting a holiday get-together or are expecting your usual drop-ins, here are s ...

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Canadians Owe $1.5 Trillion!

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Canadians continue to pile on debt and now collectively owe more than $1.5 trillion. However, the delinquency rate remains on a downward trend and Canadians  seemingly spend within their means.

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How to Sell Your Home in the Winter

HOW-TO | SELLING Author: Kam Brar

Although winter may not be the most popular time to sell a home, this doesn’t mean you have to wait until the weather warms up to list your property. With the right strategy and a bit of hard wo ...

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RBC Housing More Affordable

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

According to the latest survey by RBC Economics, home ownership became more affordable in Canada in the third quarter despite a broad spike in home prices.

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Single Women Struggle to find Housing

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), women are over-represented when it comes to "core housing need."The CMHC defines "core housing need" status as a household wh ...

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Latest News from CMHC

RESOURCE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

The latest CMHC report reveals detailed information and data about the current state of the market. This particular release covers how immigrants are increasingly looking to settle outside major citie ...

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No Oversupply of Condos

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

No oversupply of condos; we may even need more. CIBC's economist Benjamin Tal says that for now the high level of condo building in our major cities is just supplying the demand from immigrants w ...

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Grow Ops and Commercial Financing

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

http://ow.ly/EyHHv 

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11 Decorating Ideas Using Pastels

ADVICE | RENOVATIONS Author: Kam Brar

Pastels often get a bad rap for being too sugary sweet, frivolous or girly. But don’t be too quick to fall into this mind-set and immediately pass over pastel shades when choosing which hues to ...

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Analysts warn house prices cannot keep climbing

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

The average price of a home in Canada hit another all-time high in October, rising 7.1 percent over the past year to just short of $420,000. However, economists at Canada’s major banks continue ...

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Toronto and Vancouver home prices pass Rome and close in on Paris

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

A recent report from CBRE says that Canada’s two priciest cities for homes can now be included in an international class that is attracting foreign investors from around the world. 

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Regina Richest City in Canada

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THrIsPh68Qs

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How to Turn $23,900 Into $3 Million

HOW-TO | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhNPYX3zRaQ&feature=youtu.be

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The 10 Most Livable Countries

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Based on the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Index, 24/7 Wall St. has compiled a list of the most and least livable countries. Data from the Human Development Index is b ...

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No Flippin' Way!

RESOURCE | RENOVATIONS Author: Kam Brar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vqQGajhuJc

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Covenantor vs. Guarantor

RESOURCE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

What's the difference between a Covenantor and a Guarantor? From a mortgage lender's perspective, either position helps to give some "strength" to the mortgage application, even though ...

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CMHC Admits Uncertainty Regarding Number of Foreign Investors

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

http://auxiliummortgage.com/how-many-foreign-investors-own-condos-in-canada/

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How Many Foreign Investors Own Condos in Canada?

RESOURCE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

This past summer CMHC attempted to determine the percentage of condos in Canada that are owned by domestic investors. CMHC has however, admitted that the number of foreign condo investors is unknown.& ...

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A Million Dollar Whoops!

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

A Florida builder is trying to figure out what to do after constructing a million-dollar, ocean-view home on the wrong lot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzK5XoxH5H4&list=TLSj_o9tu19U786huuQQhh ...

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Canadians Paying down Mortgages Faster than Thought

RESOURCE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UB_BfdaWBik&list=TL_sVdBkBZXcRH76tvU_CD7h5i0iEI__dn

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Homeowners Paying down Mortgages Faster than Thought

RESOURCE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

A recent news report suggests that Canadian homeowners are paying down their mortgages faster than most think.   Read more read more