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Job Strength Means Fed Hikes Rates–Canadian Rates Have Bottomed

  The jobs numbers released today for October exceeded expectations in both the U.S. and Canada. This was a particularly important report for the U.S., because it all but insures that the Federal Reserve will hike rates for the first time in a decade when they next meet onDecember 16. Interest rates in both Canada […]

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5 Common Mortgage Types

It can be hard to figure out how to choose the right mortgage for you. In this article we’ll help by discussing 5 common types of mortgages, including: variable rate mortgage (VRM) / adjustable rate mortgage (ARM), open mortgage, closed mortgage, conventional mortgage, and high ratio mortgage. Below are some common types of mortgages: Variable […]

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3 Benefits Pre-Approved Mortgage

There are several benefits of pre-approved mortgages, including: measuring qualifications, negotiating power, and protecting rates. Below are 3 benefits of pre-approved mortgage: Measuring Qualifications Mortgage pre-approval provides you complete and detailed information about the value of home you can afford, offered mortgage rate and monthly mortgage payments. You can compare these specifics with your own […]

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Things to Know Before Renewing Your Mortgage

Are you planning to renew your mortgage? Well, here are some things that you need to know first before making the move. (Photo from Flickr.com) 1. Shop around before you negotiate – Do your research before you begin negotiations and always ask for a better rate. “Of course, if a borrower asks, they’ll get a […]

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Things That You Should Know Before Signing Your First Lease

Before you sign that lease, make sure that you know these things first: (Photo from Flickr.com) 1. Narrow your search by price and location – According to Doug Culkin, President and CEO of the National Apartment Association, those are the two biggest factors you should consider when selecting an apartment. We’d all love to live […]

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Tips on Maintaining Your Home before Selling It

Before selling your home, you need to maintain it to attract more potential buyers and you can do that by following these tips: (Photo from Flickr.com) 1. Paint Bright, rich colors are popular, but when it comes to selling, neutral is best. That doesn’t mean white. White is seen as cold and sterile. But colors […]

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How to Make Your Home Sell Fast

If you plan on selling your house then here are some tips for you in order to make it sell quickly. (Photo from Flickr.com) 1. Make the first appearance of your house impressive If the appearance of your property is not good, many potential buyers will not even walk through the door. The front of […]

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Greece a Sideshow to China Meltdown

Greece Grabs Headlines But China Is Far More Important While all the attention has been on Greece, the Chinese stock market has fallen nearly 30 percent in the past month as the economy slows and margin calls increase. Photo: AFP China has more than 120 times the population of Greece and is the second largest […]

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How to Inspect a House before Buying It

If you want to buy a house then make sure to inspect it first to ensure that it doesn’t have any hidden damages in it. To do your own inspection, just follow these tips: (Photo from Flickr.com) 1. Exterior Does the house look like it will need repairs or repainting soon? Are gutters and downspouts […]

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Stand Pat Bank of Canada

As was widely expected, the Bank of Canada left overnight rates unchanged at 0.75 percent and reiterated earlier comments about the likely trajectory of the Canadian economy. The Bank is more optimistic about the economy than private sector forecasters, believing that a rebounding U.S. and global economy will spur Canadian business investment and exports in […]

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