July 11, 2019

It's the unthinkable but losing your home to a disaster can and does happen every day. If you have a mortgage, you are required to have insurance. The mortgage company needs to make sure their investment is properly covered. But what about you? Is your coverage sufficient for your needs? Here are some of your choices:

Replacement Cost Insurance will pay you the cost of replacing the damaged property without deduction for depreciation. However, it is limited to a maximum dollar amount. An ...

Reverse mortgage is not for everyone

July 6, 2019

It's a tempting proposition: after years of writing cheques to the bank to pay off your mortgage, the bank will write a nice big cheque for you. That's the allure of reverse mortgages, which allow anybody 60 or older to borrow money against the value already built up in their home. With the number of 60-year-olds in Canada expected to double in ...


June 28, 2019

Abstract of Title ~ A breakdown or summary of all public records having to do with the value of and the continuation of clear title to your property. Your title company usually has an 'abstractor' examine public documents pertaining to the land, such as liens, easements, mortgages or anything else that might have some effect on its value or ...


June 25, 2019

An appraisal and a home inspection have some similarities. Both services ensure that your property will meet certain, basic criteria. However, they are two distinct functions in a real estate transaction. Let's start with the appraisal. The appraisal assures the market value for the buyer and the lender. It is usually ordered and required by ...

House-poor can easily turn to house-less

June 22, 2019

Our friends made a strategic decision almost three months ago: They went to a five-year fixed-rate mortgage from the floating rate they had been enjoying, one that carried an interest rate of just 1.25%, but had risen to 1.75%. They are now locked in at 3.74%, which is well below the bank posted rate of 6.25% and below the 4.25% floating rate they ...

Extra payment to principal may not dent monthly payments

June 19, 2019

Many borrowers would like a mortgage on which the monthly payment would drop following a large payment to principal. They may have highly irregular income, or they may anticipate coming into a large sum of money from a bonus, bequest or insurance settlement. Mortgages fall into four categories with regard to how responsive they are to this ...

Why You Should Be Investing Your Money In Real Estate

May 15, 2019

As entrepreneurs find success with their primary business ventures, many search for the proper investments for their profits. Of course, we can and should all start traditional tax preferred vehicles like an IRA and 401k. These are the bedrock of good 'benefit' planning for ourselves and our employees. I'm also convinced more entrepreneurs ...

Borrowing smarts

April 25, 2019

When you secure a mortgage to purchase a home you generally place a percentage of the cost of that home as a 'down payment.' The rest is borrowed with the property as collateral. You are given a payment schedule and once this is satisfied, you will own 100 percent of the property. And in the meantime, you have a home for yourself and your loved ...

7 reason to plunge into the property game

December 29, 2012

If talk about a housing correction are keeping you out of the property investment game, here are seven top reasons to overcome those fears. As real estate veteran Paul Kondakos, president of RealtyHub.ca, points out your time to buy an income-producing property may be now. 1. Mortage Rates - Canadian bond yields continue to sit at historic ...

Even in shaky times, real estate can offer a solid investment foundation

November 13, 2011

Real estate is for optimists, if the recent gains among real estate investment trusts is any indication. As a group, U.S. REITs have risen 170 per cent from their lows in early 2009. Canadian REITs have done almost as well, rising more than 120 per cent. And neither of those returns factors in dividend payments. The gains come as the ...
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