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Category: Mortgage Tips & Advice (23 posts)

  • February 24, 2021 @ 4:50 PM
  • Posted by Jeremy Schaffner

Why Borrowers May Choose a Private Mortgage

Why Borrowers May Choose a Private Mortgage When most people want to buy a home, they get a list of local banks and mortgage companies to start comparing the available financing options. However, the

  • February 10, 2021 @ 3:39 PM
  • Posted by Jeremy Schaffner

How to Handle a Mortgage After a Separation or Divorce

Mortgage Life After Separation and Divorce Separation and divorce present many challenges. It's a situation you likely never thought you'd never be in, but now there are personal and financial conseq

  • September 9, 2020 @ 7:53 PM
  • Posted by Jeremy Schaffner

Reverse Mortgages – Impact on Heirs

How do Reverse Mortgages Affect Canadian Heirs? For Canadian seniors, there is a great way to get the most out of the equity in their homes. Home prices tend to rise, and equity builds in the prope

  • June 10, 2020 @ 4:16 PM
  • Posted by Jeremy Schaffner

When Is Mortgage Refinancing a Bad Idea?

Property owners refinance their homes and commercial properties all the time. As your credit improves and you have built more equity into the property, it may make fiscal sense to refinance when inter

  • April 22, 2020 @ 4:49 PM
  • Posted by Jeremy Schaffner

5 Smart Ways to Use a Home Equity Line of Credit

For homeowners across the globe, home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) have become a handy way of tapping into the value of their homes. However, when borrowing money against your home, it is always a

  • April 8, 2020 @ 3:37 PM
  • Posted by Jeremy Schaffner

What should you consider when refinancing your mortgage?

Mortgage rates are at a historic low. If you're thinking about refinancing your mortgage, you could possibly save significant amounts of money over the years. Especially in the first years of owning y

  • February 18, 2020 @ 8:56 PM
  • Posted by Jeremy Schaffner

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Early?

It's a dream to be able to pay off your mortgage early, but is there a downside?  While it sounds like a great idea, there are some factors to consider before doing so.  This article will ex

  • December 24, 2018 @ 11:08 AM
  • Posted by Jeremy Schaffner

How to Improve Your Chances of Being Approved for a Mortgage

For most first time home buyers, obtaining a mortgage is a crucial part of the purchasing process. However, being approved for a mortgage is often easier said than done. It can be disheartening to f

  • November 28, 2018 @ 12:25 PM
  • Posted by Jeremy Schaffner

The Pros And Cons Of Reverse Mortgages - A Quick Guide

No matter how carefully you plan, life can put a dent in your retirement funds. A life-altering accident or illness can turn your life upside down. Dipping into your retirement to meet uncovered expen

  • September 26, 2018 @ 2:51 PM
  • Posted by Jeremy Schaffner

Should You Get a Shorter-Term Mortgage, Make Extra Payments, or Something Else?

When getting a home mortgage, if you can afford higher payments, often the option of a 15-year loan instead of one of 30 years is an option. It can be an enticing idea to know that you'll be free of a

  • July 11, 2018 @ 10:05 AM
  • Posted by Jeremy Schaffner

Real Estate: How to Refinance a Mortgage with a Bad Credit Score

There are many excellent reasons a homeowner may look into refinancing their mortgage. To refinance means to replace your current mortgage with a new one, almost always with a lower interest rate. For

  • February 14, 2018 @ 12:45 PM
  • Posted by Jeremy Schaffner

Four Strategies That Can Help You Get Approved for a Mortgage

So, you've decided to take the big step and look into getting what will likely be the biggest loan of your entire life: a mortgage. Applying for a mortgage can be a bit of a nerve-wracking process, es

  • January 24, 2018 @ 12:51 PM
  • Posted by Jeremy Schaffner

Looking to Invest? Pay Down Your Mortgage Instead

With all the gloomy news about pension plans in the press you may be worrying whether you should actually be investing in a pension plan or not. A new wave of thinking suggests possibly not. There may

  • June 28, 2017 @ 12:43 PM
  • Posted by Jeremy Schaffner

4 Things You Need To Know When Buying A Vacation Home

Everyone looks forward to a vacation, and many people return to their favorite spot each year. If you really enjoy your annual destination, you might be ready to invest in a vacation home. There are m

  • April 26, 2017 @ 1:35 PM
  • Posted by Jeremy Schaffner

Getting Your Whole Family on Board When Selling Your Home

If you are selling your home, this can be a challenge when you are in charge of getting your family on board as well. Selling a home with kids has its own challenges, but it isn't impossible. Here are

  • April 11, 2017 @ 2:52 PM
  • Posted by Jeremy Schaffner

Buying a Home, Step One: Mortgage Pre-Approval

Whether you're looking to buy your first home, or haven't purchased a home in the past several years, you may be surprised to discover that searching your local real estate listings is not the best pl

  • March 14, 2017 @ 2:49 PM
  • Posted by Jeremy Schaffner

Why Remortgage? 4 Excellent Reasons to Consider Refinancing Your Home

Your home is probably the most significant purchase you'll ever make, yet it's surprising how many people simply continue paying their mortgage every month without thinking too much about it. However,

  • November 23, 2016 @ 4:22 PM
  • Posted by Jeremy Schaffner

Saving For College: Four Tips For Parents

One of the prime concerns of parents, especially parents of teenagers, is how their children will be able to afford college tuition. With prices going up each year at even state and community colleges

  • October 12, 2016 @ 10:11 AM
  • Posted by Jeremy Schaffner

Is Having No Credit As Risky As Having Bad Credit?

Let's clear up one misconception, right off the bat: having no credit is not the same as having bad credit. 'No credit' simply means that your credit history - which tracks your loans and repayments o

  • September 14, 2016 @ 10:42 AM
  • Posted by Jeremy Schaffner

Why Should I Repair My Credit?

Your credit history is more than just a number; it affects nearly every aspect of your financial life. If you are suffering from a low credit score, you're probably an excellent candidate for credit r

  • July 28, 2016 @ 11:22 AM
  • Posted by Jeremy Schaffner

How to Manage Your Credit Card Debt: A 4-Step Strategy

Being in debt is undoubtedly stressful, more so when the interest rates keep pushing your overall debt to skyrocketing amounts. Many people fall into the temptations of unnecessary expenditures and en

  • July 28, 2016 @ 11:20 AM
  • Posted by Jeremy Schaffner

Why is Saving Money so Hard?

Saving money is a lot like dieting -- easy to understand but difficult to execute and follow through. Intellectually, you know that having that extra piece of pie or second helping of French fries is

  • July 28, 2016 @ 11:18 AM
  • Posted by Jeremy Schaffner

3 Ways to Change Your Financial Habits

Some financial habits are good, but others can hold you back and prevent you from saving. If you need to change your financial habits, it is important to take a step-by-step approach. This three-step