Is Paying Your Mortgage Off Fast The Best Option?

Everyone that has a mortgage is looking at that finish line so they can live mortgage free. The thought of not paying a mortgage is quite appealing for sure. But is paying your mortgage down fast the best thing to do? The easiest way to pay your mortgage quicker without even knowing you are paying … Continue reading Is Paying Your Mortgage Off Fast The Best Option?

What’s the difference between biweekly and rapid (accelerated) biweekly?

To make this easy let’s use a mortgage is $300,000. If we amortize this over 25 years (maximum) and sign a 5 year term at 3.44%. This would make our monthly payment $1,488.33. Lets also say the rate does not change over the amortization. So, would a regular bi-weekly payment pay off your mortgage sooner … Continue reading What’s the difference between biweekly and rapid (accelerated) biweekly?

Should I buy now or wait for home prices to come down?

Right now in Alberta we have seen better days both on employment and the housing side of things. Why? Well that is a whole new conversation or debate that we don't need to get into in this blog. For some first time home buyers they are still looking at purchasing their first home. But of … Continue reading Should I buy now or wait for home prices to come down?

New Down Payment Rules for Mortgages Over $500,000

Rule changes that come into effect starting Feb 15, 2016 and the dates that everything gets effected. Minimum Down Payment Policy Changes for all CMHC and Genworth Applications As a reminder, on December 11th, 2015, the Government of Canada announced the minimum down payment requirement will be increased from 5% to 10% on the portion … Continue reading New Down Payment Rules for Mortgages Over $500,000

What Is The Difference Between Bi-Weekly And Rapid Bi-Weekly?

A lot of people go into a mortgage and will select a bi-weekly option to match up with their pay periods. This makes it very easy, come payday your pay  goes in, your mortgage comes out. The question is, are you on the right bi-weekly plan? It's example time again. The average home price in … Continue reading What Is The Difference Between Bi-Weekly And Rapid Bi-Weekly?