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10 steps to buying your first home

10 steps to buying your first home

Buying a new home can be an exciting time. After all, you can finally move into a place you can call your own — whether you’re leaving that long-term rental property, an apartment, or your family’s home. Although there are plenty of potential pitfalls for first-time homebuyers, you can avoid many of the issues with […]

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Mortgage do's and don'ts

Mortgage Do’s and Don’ts

Most people are unaware of the potential roadblocks they could come up against when applying for a mortgage — until it’s too late. This list of mortgage do’s and don’ts are designed to save you from mortgage application headaches.   Check your credit score in advance Your credit score is an essential ingredient in the […]

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How to finance a home renovation

How to finance a home renovation

While carrying out renovations on your home can be a daunting task, finding the money to finance it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of financing options available to help with your home renovation. The right one for you will depend on how much you need to borrow and how quickly you want to […]

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5 ways to grow your savings today

5 small changes to grow your savings today

A guide to reinventing your “spending” self and becoming a “saver” Canadians are pretty accomplished spenders. Last year, we increased our consumer debt by 4.3%, and on average, each of us owes $29,312 — not including our mortgages.   When it comes to saving, however, we’re not quite so successful. Only a quarter of Canadians […]

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