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How to Improve Your Chances of Being Approved for a Mortgage in Vernon, BC

How to Improve Your Chances of Being Approved for a Mortgage in Vernon, BC

December 19, 2018 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

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 ... [read more]

The Pros And Cons Of Reverse Mortgages in Vernon, BC

The Pros And Cons Of Reverse Mortgages in Vernon, BC

November 21, 2018 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

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 ... [read more]

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

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

September 19, 2018 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

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 fre ... [read more]

Thinking of Buying a Home in Vernon, BC? Ask Yourself These Questions First

Thinking of Buying a Home in Vernon, BC? Ask Yourself These Questions First

March 7, 2018 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

Many people simply assume that buying a home is always better than renting, but that is not always the case. Owning a home makes sense in certain circumstances, just as renting is a smart move in othe ... [read more]

Looking to Invest in Vernon, BC? Pay Down Your Mortgage Instead

Looking to Invest in Vernon, BC? Pay Down Your Mortgage Instead

January 17, 2018 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

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 ... [read more]

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Buying a New Home vs an Existing Home in Vernon, BC

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Buying a New Home vs an Existing Home in Vernon, BC

January 3, 2018 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

If you're planning on investing in real estate, then you're going to have two main options: to buy an existing home or buy a new home in Vernon, BC. An existing home is a house that has been lived in ... [read more]

Seven Inexpensive Home Staging Ideas for a Quick Sale for people in Vernon, BC

Seven Inexpensive Home Staging Ideas for a Quick Sale for people in Vernon, BC

November 15, 2017 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

When your Vernon, BC home is on the market, first impressions matter more than ever. If a potential buyer doesn’t like what they see in the first few minutes, that bad start could color the rest ... [read more]

Credit Card Debt vs Mortgage Debt for people in Vernon, BC: Which Should You Pay Off?

Credit Card Debt vs Mortgage Debt for people in Vernon, BC: Which Should You Pay Off?

November 1, 2017 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

It's always a good idea to pay down your debt when you have extra cash on hand. However, as you get started, you will probably be faced with several types of debt you can work on, and it's hard to kno ... [read more]

Five Reasons Why You Should Have More Than One Bank Account in Vernon, BC

Five Reasons Why You Should Have More Than One Bank Account in Vernon, BC

October 4, 2017 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

In today's tech world, being victimized by hackers can leave you penniless if you have only one bank account. The following five situations demonstrate how a having a backup account can keep you ... [read more]

Preparing to Sell Your Vernon, BC Home? Do This First

Preparing to Sell Your Vernon, BC Home? Do This First

September 20, 2017 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

So you've made the decision to sell your Vernon, BC home. What you do to prepare - from the outside in - will make all the difference in whether prospective buyers choose to take a look.  ... [read more]

4 Reasons to Say Yes to Good Credit in Vernon, BC

4 Reasons to Say Yes to Good Credit in Vernon, BC

September 6, 2017 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

Good credit is a necessity for acquiring many things in life. There are many important reasons for saying 'yes' to credit. Below are some of those reasons, as well as ways to get and build your credit ... [read more]

For Savvy Spenders in Vernon, BC: How to Make the Most of your Credit Cards

For Savvy Spenders in Vernon, BC: How to Make the Most of your Credit Cards

July 5, 2017 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

Savvy Spender: Simple, Smart Ways to Make the Most of Your Credit Cards With their vast array of special perks and member benefits, credit cards are an appealing financing option for modern Vernon, B ... [read more]

Gathering the Money for a Down Payment in Two Years or Less in Vernon, BC

Gathering the Money for a Down Payment in Two Years or Less in Vernon, BC

June 7, 2017 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

Whether you are looking to purchase a home in the next two years or you intend to wait another five, you must find a way to save up enough money to use for a down payment. Without the money to make a ... [read more]

3 Simple Updates to Help Sell Your Vernon, BC Home Fast

3 Simple Updates to Help Sell Your Vernon, BC Home Fast

May 17, 2017 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

If you're getting ready to sell your Vernon, BC home, you may be wondering what you can do to help it sell quickly. How can you make your home more appealing without investing a lot of time or money? ... [read more]

Home Buying 101 - Why the Relationship with Your Vernon, BC Broker Should Be a Positive Partnership

Home Buying 101 - Why the Relationship with Your Vernon, BC Broker Should Be a Positive Partnership

May 3, 2017 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

Whether you are looking for your first home in vernon, BC or moving up to the home of your dreams, having an experienced real estate broker or agent in your corner is a must. Real estate is a very spe ... [read more]

Price Your Vernon BC Home Realistically If You Want It To Sell

Price Your Vernon BC Home Realistically If You Want It To Sell

February 23, 2017 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

Setting a price for the Vernon BC home you are selling requires serious thought and research. Homebuyers have choices in today's market, and that means you should not list your home at an unreasonably ... [read more]

What is the Mortgage Stress Test?

What is the Mortgage Stress Test?

February 7, 2017 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

The Stress test is simply a Mortgage Calculation to ensure that you can afford your Mortgage Payments should Interest Rates start to rise. The Test is using an interest rate thatis much high ... [read more]

What is your Mortgage Rate?

What is your Mortgage Rate?

January 11, 2017 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

When searching for a Mortgage Product we will ask you more detailed questions about your situation, as not all Borrowers will fit into one Box. There is a difference in many of the mort ... [read more]

How to Use Debt Consolidation Loans Effectively and Safely in Vernon, B.C.

How to Use Debt Consolidation Loans Effectively and Safely in Vernon, B.C.

January 6, 2017 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

Visit almost any financial site on the web, or watch nearly any daytime TV channel, and you're likely to see advertisements promising that a consolidation loan can solve all your debt problems. There' ... [read more]

4 Steps to get out of credit card debt in Vernon, BC

4 Steps to get out of credit card debt in Vernon, BC

July 12, 2016 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

Being in debt in Vernon, BC 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 expen ... [read more]

Changing your Financial Habits in Vernon, B.C.

Changing your Financial Habits in Vernon, B.C.

May 4, 2016 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

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 ... [read more]

6 Smart Ways to Improve Your Credit Score in Vernon, B.C.

6 Smart Ways to Improve Your Credit Score in Vernon, B.C.

April 6, 2016 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

Whether you want to buy a house in Vernon, B.C., or just get a better rate on your credit card, your credit score will play a big role in how well you do and how much you have to pay.   If you ... [read more]

Retiring in Vernon, B.C.? Steps to Take Now to Prepare

Retiring in Vernon, B.C.? Steps to Take Now to Prepare

February 11, 2016 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

Some adults begin planning and saving for retirement immediately after graduating college and entering the workforce. Others delay retirement planning, believing that they have several decades to save ... [read more]

Make Money When You Buy in Vernon, B.C.

Make Money When You Buy in Vernon, B.C.

January 21, 2016 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

Every intelligent real estate investor understands the basic principle of making money when you buy. It’s extremely important to learn and understand this concept for your business because it ca ... [read more]

 Great Tips To Pay Off Your Vernon, B.C. Mortgage Early

Great Tips To Pay Off Your Vernon, B.C. Mortgage Early

January 11, 2016 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

Are you looking for ways to speed up paying off your mortgage? Most mortgages are taken out for 15- to 30-year periods. However, this shouldn't stop you from paying off your mortgage early if you come ... [read more]

Strategies to Dig Yourself Out of the Debt Hole in Vernon B.C.

Strategies to Dig Yourself Out of the Debt Hole in Vernon B.C.

December 28, 2015 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

Debt.  It's something almost everyone will have at some point in their life.  But what happens when your debt begins to get the better of you?  What options are available?  Some si ... [read more]

Should You Spend the Full Mortgage Amount You're Approved For in Vernon, BC?

Should You Spend the Full Mortgage Amount You're Approved For in Vernon, BC?

August 24, 2015 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

Before you start shopping for a new home in Vernon, BC, you'll need to know exactly how much house you can afford. Otherwise, you could end up in a home that is way out of your budget. What you qualif ... [read more]

Getting a Home Equity Line of Credit in Vernon, B.C.

Getting a Home Equity Line of Credit in Vernon, B.C.

August 5, 2015 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

A home equity line of credit (HELOC) allows you to use your home equity as collateral to secure a revolving credit line for major purchases, such as:  .   Home renovations .  &nb ... [read more]

Applying for a Mortgage in Vernon, B.C.: How Much Can You Afford?

Applying for a Mortgage in Vernon, B.C.: How Much Can You Afford?

July 20, 2015 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

Before shopping for a new home, your first step should be figuring out how much house you can afford. Home affordability is calculated on the total household income, the personal monthly expenses of t ... [read more]

Mortgage Mistakes to Avoid

Mortgage Mistakes to Avoid

May 24, 2015 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

If you about to apply for a mortgage or are currently seeking approval for a loan, here are some pitfalls to avoid. Check your credit. You may have issues with your credit that you don’t know a ... [read more]

The 'Why' Behind Vernon Mortgage Rates

The 'Why' Behind Vernon Mortgage Rates

May 14, 2015 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

Getting the lowest mortgage rate depends on a number of factors.  For instance, where you live can affect the lowest available rates. Ontario usually has the most competitive rates in Canada, in ... [read more]

Can we transfer our mortgage to another Mortgage Lender?

Can we transfer our mortgage to another Mortgage Lender?

April 27, 2015 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

Yes, you can transfer or “Switch” your mortgage to another Lender to take advantage of another low rate offer or better Mortgage Terms. People from all across the Vernon B.C. and surroundi ... [read more]

Zero Down Mortgages

Zero Down Mortgages

February 21, 2015 | Posted by: Dawn Stephanishin

Traditionally, the expected down payment for a home has been 20% of the purchase price. That’s $20,000 down on a home that’s only $100,000 – and that’s a lot of money for what ... [read more]

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