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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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6 mortgage tips for first-time homebuyers

6 mortgage tips for first-time homebuyers

Buying your first home will be one of those rare times that you’ll probably feel excited and nervous in equal measures. Securing a mortgage can be a big part of those nerves, and first-time homebuyers can follow some top mortgage tips to help alleviate the pressure. After all, this may be one of the biggest […]

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Your pain-free savings plan

Your pain-free savings plan

Saving money can often feel like going to the dentist. We know we have to do it, but we often put it off for too long. Saving money early creates a good habit,” says Bianca Selby, Branch Manager at Assiniboine Credit Union Garden City. “It’s much better than spending everything you earn. It gives you […]

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Federal Budget

How could the federal budget impact average Canadians?

The 2019 federal budget brings a financial boost to homebuyers, workers and low-income seniors. Here are some important highlights. While the 2019 federal budget may have been overshadowed by other headline-grabbing politics, a healthy majority of Canadians approve of some of the budget’s key policies. This isn’t too surprising, given that there are some considerable […]

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Condo or house: Should you buy a house or condo?

Which should you buy: Condo or house?

It’s the modern riddle for today’s urban dwellers — should you buy a condo or go with the traditional house? Condo or house. Of course, there are pros and cons for each option. These include the practical side of things (think maintenance and floor plans) versus the financial considerations. So, what would tempt a buyer […]

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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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