Archive for February, 2011

That’s the question on every homeowners mind. There are two key survival strategies. The first is to think long term, have a plan and stick to it. History shows that this plan of action can pay off. The second tactic is to outperform the market. This means ensuring your property increases in value at a […]

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Have you noticed the price of gas lately? Well imagine saving $.10 per litre I’ve got some GREAT news for you – Introducing the VERICO Canada Petro Canada Preferred Price Card! This exclusive card provides you with a 10 cents per litre gas savings and can be used at any Petro Canada gas station for […]

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Here’s last word on the new mortgage rules coming down the pike on March 18th. I’m not going to rehash the rules as I blogged about them here, but I will answer the top two questions I’ve been receiving of late. Question #1: What happens if I enter into a contract to purchase a property and […]

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If your credit is less than stellar, applying today may actually make your credit worse. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying don’t apply. I’m saying, don’t apply yet. Do you suspect there may be an issue with your credit, if so, you’re better off pulling your bureau yourself. Your score will not be harmed […]

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OUTSIDE: Trim all shrubs. Pull all weeds. Flowers planted. Leaves raked. Water lawn to keep green. Pick up and discard or store all implements, materials and debris that are not part of the lawn decor. All windows washed. Garage should be swept, neat and tidy. During the winter, all walks and drives should be shoveled […]

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The kitchen’s outdated and the orange shag just doesn’t cut it. Ok, that’s probably a bit of an stretch, but I hope you get the picture. Now you can have your dream kitchen and en-suite with one simple mortgage payment. All of this can be done by putting down as little as 5% of the “as […]

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Valentine’s Day – February 14 – is a long-standing tradition in many parts of the world. The history of Valentine’s Day is shrouded in mystery, but it’s no mystery that this holiday has long been a significant time for expressions of love. From the first Valentine greeting card created in the U.S. in the 1840s […]

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You like me are probably looking at your T4 slip from last year or maybe even your most recent pay stub and asking yourself, where the heck does it all go? Sure, you wish there were a few more zeros on there, but it’s the vanishing act that’s the killer. Tax time is the worst, you can see […]

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Why do I need cash now when I’m buying with Zero Down? Why do I need cash now when I’m getting cash back at closing? Why do I need cash now when my family is gifting me money at closing? These are all fair questions, but ones that only consider the closing date and not […]

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I received the following email today. “Hi Mark, When do you decide you can’t do it anymore and you need to file for Bankruptcy? My credit is so low that I can’t even get a loan to consolidate my debts!. So Mark what do I do?” Great Question and one that requires a bit of […]

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