Category Archives: Rénovation

5 tips for a greener home

Sunday July 1st, 2018

5 tips for a greener home

Sustainable development, energy efficiency, environmental responsibility… It’s not a fad, it’s a lifestyle. According to a 2017 study by Genworth Canada, more than 70% of first-time home buyers stated that an environmentally friendly house was a key factor in their decision-making. You’re about to put your house up for sale? Here are 5 tips to […]
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The questions you need to ask before deciding to move or upgrade your home

Monday May 28th, 2018

The questions you need to ask before deciding to move or upgrade your home

We often want to move because we want a bigger home. However, several factors, such as hesitating to leave a neighbourhood your family is fond of or the high cost of a larger home, might lead us to ask ourselves, “Why not just expand our current home instead?” Would adding a garage with an extra […]
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Itching to renovate your home? Here’s how to make it happen.

Monday April 23rd, 2018

Itching to renovate your home? Here’s how to make it happen.

After a visit with me at my office, Vanessa and Thomas decided to renovate their home to bring it up-to-date. They even took the opportunity to add a garage! Fifteen years ago, they paid $130,000 for their home, which is worth $275,000 today. They have a mortgage balance of $62,000. The estimated cost of the […]
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Buying a property needing major renovation? Careful planning will bring big savings!

Monday February 19th, 2018

Buying a property needing major renovation? Careful planning will bring big savings!

For over 5 years, you can no longer refinance* a mortgage for more than 80% of the market value of a home. Over the last 15 years, we have noticed that many of our clients return to our offices seeking mortgage refinancing in order to consolidate their debts. Sometimes this would occur only months after […]
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Refinancing a property can be advantageous.

Monday February 12th, 2018

Refinancing a property can be advantageous.

Certain situations make it worthwhile to refinance your property: To maximize your RRSP in the framework of a plan drawn up by a financial planner; To finance a project at a lower cost (lower interest rates) such as; Purchasing a motor vehicle Renovating a home Installing a swimming pool Changing the windows Installing a heat […]
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Can’t find the property you want to buy?

Monday November 27th, 2017

Can’t find the property you want to buy?

Shabby carpeting , splintered moldings, a bathroom from a bygone era, and a kitchen with old melamine cabinets…There always seems to be something wrong when looking around for a potential new home. Did you know that it is easy to add renovation costs to the mortgage on your future home? For example, you visit a […]
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What do we do if we just made an offer on a house, but haven’t sold our condo yet?

Monday November 20th, 2017

What do we do if we just made an offer on a house, but haven’t sold our condo yet?

Start by asking yourself this one all-important questions: could you qualify for 2 mortgage loans – your current one on your condo and a new one for the house you want to buy? In effect, even if you intend to sell your condo, all the condo-related expenses (mortgages payments, municipal and school taxes, heating, and […]
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Refinancing your mortgage can make your dream kitchen a reality!

Tuesday October 10th, 2017

Refinancing your mortgage can make your dream kitchen a reality!

You may wonder whether there is a way to use your mortgage to finance a specific project, such as a kitchen renovation. Let’s take a look at how it is not only possible, it is actually the most cost-effective way to finance these types of costs. How does it work? First of all, you must […]
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Important changes coming to mortgage financing standards

Monday September 18th, 2017

Important changes coming to mortgage financing standards

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) is currently studying the possibility of applying another major change that will affect anyone looking to purchase or refinance a property (1 to 4 units) and having at least 20% in down payment and/or equity for mortgage refinancing: Primary residence Secondary residence Income property (1 to […]
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