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35 Questions to Ask When Buying a Home

ADVICE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

1. How do I know if I’m ready to buy a home?

The best way to determine if you’re ready to buy a home is by asking yourself these important questions.

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Condos for Cash

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

A recent survey by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) discovered that nearly one in fivecondominium owners in Vancouver and Toronto have purchased additional inves ...

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The 20 Do's and Don'ts For Buying Your First Home

ADVICE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Buying your first home can be the single most exciting experience, but it can also be the most terrifying. This is because there are a ton of factors to consider when settling down, and overlooking ev ...

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The Real Estate Process: After the Deal is Signed

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

On the surface, buying, selling and refinancing (mortgaging) of real estate seems relatively straight forward and simple. Why then, is it so complicated? Why does it require the involvement of Realtor ...

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Lawyer vs .Notary Public: What's the Difference?

RESOURCE | LEGAL Author: Kam Brar

British Columbians are some of the lucky few in Canada who have a choice when it comes to selecting their legal representative to complete their purchase, sale, or refinance transaction. They hav ...

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To Pay, or to Play: Mortgages vs. Vacations

ADVICE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

As you may have heard, CIBC recently announced that fewer Canadians are in a rush to pay off their mortgages. The reasoning behind this: Record low rates.

Based on the polling results, which surveyed ...

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Appraisals 101

ADVICE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

With fluctuations in the real estate market and changes to Lender requirements and qualifications, it is important to know what an Appraiser is looking for when viewing your home. When booking an appo ...

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Secondary Suites: Increasing Interest, Lacking Legal

RESOURCE | LEGAL Author: Kam Brar

While buying your first home can be a scary, expensive, experience, today many first time home buyers are finding a piece of mind and paying off their mortgages by settling in homes with a secondary s ...

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Canadian Housing Market Overvalued?

RESOURCE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

The weather isn't the only thing hot right now. The housing market is also overheated and Fitch Ratings sees some serious problems with the situation.

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The First Time Home Buyer's Handbook

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Are you looking to buy a home but don't know where to begin? Download the FREE First Time Home Buyer's Handbook! Designed to get you moving, here you'll find all the answers you need.&n ...

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Genworth Canada: Regional Market Report

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Sales are up, unemployment is down, and the mortgage rates are amazing!

 

 

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Echo Boomers Stepping into the Housing Market

ADVICE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

Well, what is an “Echo Boomer” you might ask?

Why Echo Boomers are the fantastic children of the fabulous Baby Boomers! You may also know them as Generation “Y”. You may even ...

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CMHC Announces Big Changes to Their Product Offerings on May 30, 2014

RESOURCE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

CMHC is Changing Its Mortgage Insurance Product Offerings Effective May 30, 2014

As part of the review of its mortgage loan insurance business, CMHC is discontinuing its Second Home and Self-Employed ...

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Setting a Budget: The Secret to Buying a Home (and Being Happy in Life)

ADVICE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

Have you set a budget?

Most people don’t. Budgets are one of those areas where a lot of people fail nowadays. Out of all the people that roll through our doors, I would say less than 10% of the ...

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The Ugly Truth about Low Mortgage Rates...

ADVICE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

We’ve all felt the urge to price shop.  Maybe for you it’s clothes, maybe it’s patio furniture, or maybe it’s trying to find the cheapest plumber in town … regardle ...

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Canadian Renovation Rebates Available

RESOURCE | RENOVATIONS Author: Kam Brar

Did you know there may be Government Rebates of up to $42,500.00 available to homeowners that bought, built, or renovated a home between mid 2010 and early 2013?

Read our blog here to find out more! ...

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Making Your Kitchen More Attractive to Buyers

ADVICE | SELLING Author: Lee Ivans

What's one of the most important rooms in your home? When it comes to selling your property quickly, and for the best price, the answer is clearly the kitchen. In fact, one of the most common exp ...

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Kelowna Real Estate Stats - Buyers Survey (October 2013)

RESOURCE | SELLING Author: Lee Ivans

Every month the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) does a survey to get a better understanding of buyers. Below is a summary of the survey that shows what types of properties are be ...

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Stated Income - What is it?

ADVICE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

Mortgages, Stated Income and the Self Employed - Tips and Pointers

To view this video on YouTube or to subscribe to our YouTube Channel click here: http://youtu.be/fyVurOwknvc

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"Good" Debt vs. "Bad" Debt

ADVICE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

Does your current debt enhance your net worth? This video discusses some of the differences between "good" and "Bad" debt and ways that your mortgage and/or investments can work for you!

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Splitting up? Kids? Pets? Mortgages?

ADVICE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

A handy video for when the marriage is ending...

 

 

To view on our YouTube Channel click here:  http://youtu.be/8GbQQEFGXBM

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How Long Does it Take to Find a New Kelowna Home?

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Lee Ivans

If you're planning to look for a new home sometime in the future, you may be wondering how long the process will take. How much time should you set aside for viewings? How many of the listed home ...

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Mortgage Insurance In's and Out's

ADVICE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

Are you familiar with how Mortgage Insurance works? It can seem complicated and pricey but it has good reason to exist. View more about it here!

To view this video on YouTube and/or subscribe to ou ...

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Kelowna Real Estate Stats

RESOURCE | SELLING Author: Lee Ivans

Every month the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) does a survey to get a better understanding of buyers. Below is a summary of the survey that shows what types of properties are be ...

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I want to buy a house. How much do I need down?

ADVICE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

Are you a first time buyer? Self Employed? Newly immigrated? Re-established after Bankruptcy or Consumer Proposal? Take a look at this handy video about down payment ratios for these scenarios, and mo ...

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Bank Said No? What Now?

ADVICE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

Bank said no? What now?

Have you been declined for a mortgage by a financial institution, or even another broker? We specialize in alternative lending options and like to look at each deal in a total ...

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Some say, they're going too far?

ADVICE | MORTGAGES Author: Mark Fidgett

My client & the realtor who referred them,were super surprised when I told them this.This may come as a surprise to you...Go ahead and watch

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You Are Richer Than You Think!

ADVICE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

Statistics show that Canadians are twice as wealthy as twenty years ago!

Canadian's net worth is at a record high

 

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How a Home Inspection Helps You

ADVICE | BUYING Author: Lee Ivans

Whether you're considering buying a particular home, selling your current property – or both – a home inspection can help.

A home inspection is an inspection by a qualified professio ...

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Is Condo Living On The Rise?

ADVICE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

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