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Questions tagged [mortgage]

A mortgage is a loan that is secured by real property (land, buildings).

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Should I pay more than 20% down on a home?

I'm starting to consider buying a home in a year or three. I'll have a lot of money available at that time -- perhaps enough to do more than the standard 20% down payment. I might be able to manage ...
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What are your thoughts (pros & cons) on all-in-one accounts, like Manulife One?

I think it looks very interesting, and certainly promises to deliver. My main concern is, as a single person, is it wise to put all of my eggs into one basket?
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Foreclosure process: What happens when a bank forecloses on a home?

I know it is a long complicated process, but what is the high level overview of what a bank does when it forecloses on a house? Beyond credit getting hurt, what else? Where does the bank get it's ...
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Which type of mortgage is better? Fixed-rate, or Variable?

We just bought our first house and are contemplating fixed vs. variable. Our broker is really pushing for variable but we're just not sure. I know interest rates will probably be creeping up soon, ...
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What percentage of my budget should the mortgage be?

What percentage of my budget should the mortgage be?
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How to determine new, lower interest payments after a lump sum mortgage payment, i.e. new amortization schedule?

Here's a financial math problem: I have a mortgage at about $78,0000 with 5.5% interest and 56 of 360 monthly payments were made. I'm currently paying about $360/month in interest charges. If I pay ...
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What value does a mortgage broker bring? Can they get you a better deal than your bank can?

Many I meet are very salesy. Makes me wonder if they are truly after my best interests? Banks seem so aloof and laissez-faire. The kind of attitude that sends the message that they don't care if I ...
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Mortgage: Difference between joint tenancy / tenants vs. tenancy in common?

When taking a mortgage, what is the difference between joint tenancy and tenancy in common? Under what circumstances is it preferable to choose one over the other? If your circumstances change how ...
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Canada: New mortgage qualification rules, 2010: Why, what, & when in effect?

Earlier today, the Canadian federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced new mortgage qualification rules for Canada. Why were new rules introduced? What are the new rules being introduced, vs. ...
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What does the term “second mortgage” mean? Can I easily get one?

Are these loans easy to get if you have enough equity in your current home? Is there any negative connotation associated with getting a second mortgage
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For a major expensive home renovation (e.g. addition, finished basement, or new kitchen) should one pay cash or finance with a loan? Would such a loan be “good” debt?

This other question is similar, but was referring to a specific renovation/repair (new flooring) that, while expensive ($1500), isn't very expensive – it's feasible to consider saving up for ...
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When applying for a mortgage, can it also cover outstanding debts?

When applying for a mortgage, can you also add some extra on (£10k) to cover car finance? Or is there any benefit of keeping them separate?
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What is mortgage insurance? Do you have to have it, in order to be approved by a bank?

What does mortgage insurance do? Whom does it protect? Do I need it? MUST I have it, in order to be approved by a bank for a mortgage with them?
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Homeowners: How can you protect yourself from a financial worst-case scenario?

Say your a home-owner, a first time buyer. You've just got your first flat and your about 1 year into your 25 year mortgage. Suddenly, something goes wrong with your job, and your made redundant (...
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Why do people use mortgages, when they could just pay for the house in full?

I would like your recommendation on whether you should buy a house with a mortgage, which you would pay as you go, or should you buy it in full.
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What is a good place to park a Christmas bonus? Pay down the mortgage, TFSA or RRSP?

Many companies in Canada tend to pay out bonuses around Christmas time. If one is fortunate enough to get one this year what is the best strategy for the bonus? TFSA's have a limit of $5000 yearly. ...
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How can I minimize losses on an upside down mortgage for a condo I no longer live in?

I have made a good faith effort to keep up my mortgage payments on a condo that I no longer live in since Oct 2005. In 2005 I had to move out of state for my job and I listed the property for about ...
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Getting on the property ladder: mortage, downpayment, fees? [UK]

Once I've got my finances straight I'd like to think about getting my own place, but what sort of money am I looking at to have under my belt before I can begin thinking? Is it right that the UK ...
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Will our hefty student loans affect our chances of getting a mortgage?

My husband and I live simply but we're content. I'm an avid budgeter and love finding ways to be frugal. My dilemma right now is that we've been able to keep our living expenses below what we make, ...
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Should I put more money down on one property and pay it off sooner or hold on to the cash?

I've a huge chunk of money saved up for a down payment on a property that I'd eventually like to pay off and use as a rental. The assumption is that the property value will go up substantially over ...
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What is a reverse mortgage?

What is a reverse mortgage? I hear these advertise often but don't understand how they are different from a regular mortgage! Can somebody explain please what they are and when they would be useful? ...