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Category Archives: First time home buyers

Supply and Demand: The best time to buy a house is sooner than later

Supply and Demand: The best time to buy a house is sooner than later

Supply and Demand: The best time to buy a house is sooner than later: Supply and demand is a challenge for 2018. Over the years, history has shown that demand for new houses usually exceeds available supply. That’s why houses continue to rise in cost. Consequently, ‘now’ is usually the best time to buy. Talk to us, and let us show you how you can afford that new home sooner than later.

 

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© Sandra Lastovic is the Principal Broker with the Mortgage Centre in Guelph. With over 15 years’ experience and holds a M.Sc. from the University of Guelph. She was recently ranked at the top 75 agents in Canada by The Canadian Mortgage Professionals annual survey and 2017 Most Influential Women in the Mortgage Industry. She can be reached at 519-763-3900 x1001 or www.skipthebank.ca™


What to do with your mortgage given the rate increase by the Bank of Canada

What to do with your mortgage given the rate increase by the Bank of Canada

What to do with your mortgage given the recent rate hike by the Bank of Canada? We were expecting the Bank of Canada (BofC) to increase its overnight lending rate which has affected most of the different banks’ prime rates. This rate increase occurred a few days ago and will have a direct impact on your… Read More

Why use a local mortgage broker in Guelph instead of an on-line brokerage?

Why use a local mortgage broker in Guelph instead of an on-line brokerage?

  Why use a local mortgage broker in Guelph instead of an on-line brokerage? There are so many mortgage options available on-line, but why use a local mortgage broker in the Guelph, Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge instead of going on-line? That’s because they’ll understand the local housing market conditions which have a significant impact on your mortgage financing.… Read More

Things to know when buying or selling a home in Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge

Things to know when buying or selling a home in Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge

Things you’ll need to know when successfully buying or selling a home in Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. Get pre-approval before you list your home – requalify your mortgage. Other considerations are: Job changes Credit history changes Calculate the equity you’ll have Budget to help you keep on track Do a Buy/Sell Calculation Contact us… Read More

Banking Regulator sees potential risks; Current home values are stabilizing in most regions

Banking Regulator sees potential risks; Current home values are stabilizing in most regions

    Banking regulator sees potential risks in high home prices, debt loads. The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) is set to finalize changes to residential lending guidelines (B-20) by the end of this month. They are proposing changes that will see a ‘stress test’ applied to those borrowers buying a home… Read More

Economic Growth; The OECD has raised expectations for Canada. Should we expect interest rates to continue to rise?

Economic Growth; The OECD has raised expectations for Canada. Should we expect interest rates to continue to rise?

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has raised its expectations for economic growth in Canada this year compared with a June forecast. The Paris-based economic think tank says it now expects the Canadian economy to grow by 3.2 per cent this year, best in the G7. That is up from its forecast in June… Read More

Changes to Canada’s Housing Rules

Changes to Canada’s Housing Rules

Over the last few days, I’ve fielded calls from concerned clients who are buying a house and want to know the impact of the recent regulatory changes to Canada’s Housing Rules that come in to effect in late October. I’m sharing a statement provided to me yesterday from our industry lobby group Mortgage Professionals Canada. Also,… Read More