Is there really a “perfect time” to buy a home?
You’ve now saved up enough for a down payment, your credit is in great shape, you are gainfully employed, and you’ve even saved enough for closing costs and moving expenses. Things are looking great. You’re ready to start house hunting!You’ve worked very hard to get to this point and your excitement at the prospect of buying a home is off the charts so the last thing you want to hear is that you should hold off on home shopping for now and wait until market conditions are perfect.
A First Time Home Buyer’s Guide to Purchasing on Vancouver Island
Buying a home in Nanaimo or anywhere else on Vancouver Island involves several steps, and can be an overwhelming, stressful process. Here’s a step-by-step guide to the home buying process in British Columbia and how you can make sure it is a smooth and stress free experience!
Renewing your mortgage in a higher-rate environment
Given the consistent increase of mortgage rates over the past few years, many people with mortgages renewing in 2023 or 2024 are understandably worried about the potential impact on their finances. Unfortunately, many people simply accept the renewal offer from their current lender without considering other options, which can be a costly mistake in our current environment. If you're coming to the end of a 3-, 4-, or 5-year term, you will likely be renewing at a significantly higher rate, meaning a higher mortgage payment and increased borrowing costs. Although we can't control interest rates, there are ways to reduce your cost increase in the short term. Here are some tips to help you navigate the mortgage renewal process in a higher-rate environment:
Economic growth leads the Bank of Canada to increase its benchmark interest rate
Will it or won’t it? That was the question on many minds leading up to today’s Bank of Canada interest rate announcement. Some economists felt Canada’s central bank would have no choice but to raise rates after the economy grew well above expectations in the first quarter. Others bet that the Bank would hold rates steady, at least until the next policy announcement in July.
What you need to know about the new First Time Home Savings Account (FHSA) program
Within the past few weeks and months, we have seen the housing market begin to stabilize, and rates have remained steady. In many markets, house prices are getting competitive once again with prices increasing or buyers finding themselves in a multiple offer situation. If you or someone you know is looking to purchase a home before prices rise too much, read on.
What first-time homebuyers can expect with the new tax-free First Home Savings Account
Since it was proposed in the 2022 Federal Budget, we’ve learned more details about this exciting new program aimed at helping first-time homebuyers purchase a home. The bill is currently before Parliament and assuming it will be passed, the FHSA rules will enter into force on April 1, 2023.
New Year’s Resolutions You Can Stick To: Finance Edition
New Year, New Resolutions right? It’s common for people to make annual resolutions surrounding their family/friends, nutrition, or even exercising more, but with the economy feeling so uncertain, why not use the start of a new year to reset and make resolutions around your finances!
Thinking of buying a home? Unsure about higher interest rates?
2022 has already been tough on Canadians’ wallets, and recent economic data shows the pain is unlikely to end soon. Inflation continues to run hot, and on October 26 the Bank of Canada further raised its benchmark interest rate to try to bring it under control. The latest hike of 0.5% was the Bank’s sixth consecutive increase, and it will be passed onto variable-rate mortgage holders and Canadians looking to get a loan in the near future.
Bourbon Spice Cake with Orange Salted Caramel Bourbon Buttercream - Melanie’s favourite Fall cake
We’ve all read food blogs that take 100 years to get to the recipe… so let’s change that! Here is Melanie’s favourite Fall cake. Bourbon Spice Cake with Orange Salted Caramel Bourbon Buttercream
5 Fall Maintenance Tips
For most residents of Vancouver Island, the Fall season is a favourite. Crisp clear skies, gorgeous colourful trees, cozy sweaters, and fun activities. However, for many homeowners, it is a new season that adds far too many items to their To-Do list. It can feel like never ending jobs to do around the house before the wet and cold winter hits.
A look at how rate increases impact different mortgage types
With inflation at its highest level in almost 40 years, the Bank of Canada continues to take drastic action to cool the economy with the latest of five consecutive rate increases announced on September 7. Rising interest rates impact everyone with a mortgage but how and when you will see the impact depends on the type of mortgage you have. We often classify mortgages as either fixed-rate or variable-rate. What may not be commonly understood is that there are actually two types of variable-rate mortgages – adjustable payment and fixed payment – and the impact of rising rates on these two types is dramatically different. Here's a look at how each mortgage type is affected
Budgeting for Inflation
If you thought the end of the pandemic would bring a return to economic normalcy, 2022 has certainly been surprising. Summer has seen inflation return to the forefront of consumers’ economic worries for the first time in decades. The inflation rate was 8.1% in June 2022, its highest level since 1983. Egged on by spiking fuel and grain prices following the outbreak of war in Ukraine, increasing costs across the board are putting pressure on Canadian families. As a consumer, you can take steps to protect yourself. Here are some tips on how to manage your finances in the face of high inflation during these volatile economic times.
Mortgage Fundamentals for Home Purchases
With interest rates continuing to rise, and housing markets beginning to cool, if you’re considering a home purchase anytime soon, it’s a good idea to revisit some mortgage fundamentals to ensure you’re in the driver’s seat when it’s time to put in an offer. Pre-approvals, home appraisals and financing conditions are three key components to a successful home purchase. So how do they all fit together?
5 Credit Habits To Boost Your Score
Your credit score is essentially your passport to financial opportunities. A low credit score can prevent you from getting the lowest mortgage rate, or even from getting a mortgage at all. But here’s the thing, this important factor in your mortgage negotiation is entirely within your control. That’s why it’s important to know the key credit behaviors that can boost your score or keep it high