March’s Weak Jobs Report Sets the Stage For a June Rate Cut

General Darla Nicholson 5 Apr

Today’s StatsCanada Labour Force Survey for March is much weaker than expected. Employment fell by 2,200, and the employment rate declined for the sixth consecutive month to 61.4%.  Total hours worked in March were virtually unchanged but up 0.7% compared with 12 months earlier. The details were similar to the headline: as full-time jobs dipped, total hours worked fell 0.3%, and only two […]

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The Reverse Mortgage

General Darla Nicholson 24 Feb

What do you think about reverse mortgages, now more commonly referred to as Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs)?  Do you believe you understand how they work?  I’m willing to bet if you read this article you will find you very much misunderstood this product. Reverse mortgages are the single fastest growing home finance product on […]

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First Home Savings Account

General Darla Nicholson 15 Feb

  What is the First Home Savings Account (FHSA)? The First Home Savings Account is a type of registered savings plan for Canadians saving to buy their first home. Canadian residents aged 18 years or older can open an FHSA to save towards the purchase of a home in Canada. You can contribute $8,000 annually up to […]

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FCT – Who or what is that??

General Darla Nicholson 4 Mar

When you first purchased your home, you most likely used a lawyer to complete the transaction. When you do your renewal or if you are considering refinancing, you may be able to complete the transaction without a lawyer, using First Canadian Title (FCT). Renewals If you decide to renew your mortgage with your current lender, […]

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5 House Hunting Mistakes to Avoid

General Darla Nicholson 29 Jan

Buying a home is one of the largest investments you will ever make! In order to make your home hunting experience the best it can be, there are a few key mistakes to avoid and be aware of before you start your journey: Not Getting Pre-Approved: One of the most important aspects of buying a home […]

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Don’t Overlook the Power of a Reverse Mortgage!

General Darla Nicholson 20 Jan

Reverse Mortgages have been highly overlooked and underrated for years.  In our current financial environment, all consumers are looking for ways to live within their budgets and live more comfortably.  A reverse mortgage could be a genuinely appealing option for consumers age or older and can be used in many ways.  You would be doing […]

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How Will The Proposed OSFI Changes Affect Consumers?

General Darla Nicholson 18 Jan

We see the news, we turn the page and read the next article, and nothing is thought of these concerns until renewal time….cue the scary music.  The sad reality of our current financial environment is that few will escape the impact of the changes in effect and the changes to come.  So if you didn’t […]

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OSFI Is Concerned About Federally Insured Lender Exposure to Mortgage Risk

General Darla Nicholson 16 Jan

osfi is at it again. Late last week, the Office of the Superintendent for Financial Institutions (OSFI) announced it was concerned about the risks associated with the large and rising number of highly indebted borrowers, especially those with floating-rate mortgages, which stands at a record proportion of outstanding mortgage loans. With the economy in danger […]

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News Years Financial Resolutions

General Darla Nicholson 11 Jan

The recent tumultuous economic climate has placed financial planning at the forefront of priorities for many Canadians as we transition into 2023. To effectively navigate this challenging landscape, it is crucial to adopt a strategic and proactive approach to managing one’s finances.  Many people consider this a resolution, but truly it’s a goal that should […]

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Top 5 Things I Wish All Homeowners Knew

General Darla Nicholson 31 Oct

Here’s the reality folks….we are in unusual times and NO ONE definitively knows what to do! We can share what we learn from analysts and economists, factor in what projections the Bank of Canada has made and analyze your circumstances to assess what options might accommodate you best. But at the end of the day, […]

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