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The 8 Keys to Moving

ADVICE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Moving can be stressful, especially when you have lots to pack and take with you. That said, it doesn’t have to be a drag, in fact, in can be quite enjoyable if you do it right.

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The Year of the Micro Condo?

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Set to hit the country’s largest real estate market, this year could see micro condos taking off.

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Joint Tenants vs. Tenants in Common

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

How do you determine if the owners are registered as joint tenants or tenants-in-common? 

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6 Ways to Update a Room

HOW-TO | RENOVATIONS Author: Kam Brar

Looking to give a room in your home a face lift? You don’t need to break the bank with pricey decor; instead try these DIY tips on for size.

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British Columbia holds highest average mortgage debt

RESOURCE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

Homeowners in British Columbia and Alberta have the highest average mortgage debt according to StatsCan data. Read more read more

Dave and Darleen: Home Equity Loan

RESOURCE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

The trouble began when Dave, a self-employed resident of Victoria, took some bad accounting advice that led to the CRA garnishing his accounts. At the same time, his wife, Darleen, was in need of ...

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RBC Takes the Plunge; Rate War Coming?

RESOURCE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

While the big lenders were hesitant to pass on the Bank of Canada’s interest rate cut last week, this week there’s talk of a price war, with Royal Bank of Canada being the first ...

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Weekly Update: Calgary Housing, Joe Oliver, and Consumer Spending

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Weekly Update: Calgary's house listings are up, but sales are down; Finance Minsiter Joe Oliver won't interfere with bank interest rates; Consumer spending is not likely to increase with rat ...

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Finance Minister will not interfere

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Finance Minister Joe Oliver says he will not interfere with the housing market or force banks to lower their interest rates.

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How Much Do Canadians Spend?

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Canadian households spent an average of $58,592 on goods and services in 2013, up 4.1% from 2012.

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Will Interest Rates Drop?

RESOURCE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

The Bank of Canada lowered interest rates, but will other major banks follow suit?

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You Have Equity In Your Home

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Click here for a comic on home equity: https://issuu.com/auxiliummortgagecorporation/docs/comic_pdf/1?e=0

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Bank of Canada Drops Prime Rate

RESOURCE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

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Vancouver sets new record for high-end sales

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

In 2014 Vancouver saw 842 properties selling for $3 million or more, an increase of 31 percent from 2013.

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Vancouver is second most unaffordable market in the world

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Vancouver has been identified as one of the most unaffordable cities in the world in a study of major property markets.

Studying and ranking property markets in Canada, US, UK, Australia, Japan, Chin ...

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2014 Housing Sales Outshine 2013

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

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Target, not on target.

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Target to close all retail operations in Canada.   More here. read more

Financing Micro Condos

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Can you get financing for micro condos? YES!

Find out how, here!

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Single-family home prices drop in almost half of cities

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

December showed a slight drop in Canada’s house prices and repeat sales of single-family homes also slipped by 0.2 per cent from the month earlier.

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#1 Resolution: Paying Down Debt

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

The number one financial resolution for 2015 is paying down debt. We can help!

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8 Creative Ways to Clear Clutter in 2015

HOW-TO | RENOVATIONS Author: Kam Brar

It’s a new year, so you’re probably thinking of ways to improve and organize your life. These tips fromMoney Talks News are exactly what you need if you’re looking to declutter ...

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5 Signs That You're Ready To Buy Your First House

ADVICE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

5 Signs That You’re Ready To Buy Your First House

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LNG fuels housing price boom in northwestern B.C.

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Although there hasn’t been any final investment decision for LNG proposals, according to data from BC Assessment real estate markets in northwestern B.C. perked up from mid-2011 to mid-2014.

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Record set for condos and townhouses in Calgary for 2014

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

A new record was set for condos and townhouses in Calgary for 2014.

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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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