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January 2019

2019 Real Estate Market Outlook
The markets across the country have stabilized in 2018, after the unprecedented increases in average sale prices that many markets experienced in 2017. It is anticipated that the market will continue to stabilize, as Canadians will start to feel the pinch of higher interest rates as they move forward with their home-buying plans in 2019. ... read more
Home Office Tax Deductible Expenses
One of the great virtues of starting a home business is the tax breaks you can claim. However, claiming aggressive write-offs is a sure way to attract CRA auditors. In this article, we'll look at some of the more popular home business write-offs as well as some tips on how you can legitimately claim them. ... read more
Tips for Creating the Ideal Basement Apartment
A basement apartment can be a good investment. But nowadays, any old basement apartment just won’t do. If you want to have a successful lower-level living space, you need to impress potential renters right from the start. ... read more
How to Qualify For a Mortgage?
Many people wonder if buying a home is really within their reach. It often seems like a daunting purchase for the first time buyer. The good news is that with the large variety of options available today, it has never been easier to secure a mortgage. ... read more
Family Friendly Condos Living
When looking to buy a new home for their families, most people don’t automatically think purchasing a condominium is a viable option for them. Part of the reason for this thinking is the widely held misconception that a condo lifestyle is primarily for young couples, seniors and singles. It is a North American myth that families need big houses to thrive and that children need a lot of space to develop well. None of this is supported by research evidence. ... read more
 

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NATIONAL MORTGAGE RATES
Term Posted
Rates*
Best
Rates*
6 Months 3.34% 3.10%
1 Year 3.59% 3.19%
2 Years 3.74% 3.19%
3 Years 3.85% 3.39%
4 Years 3.95% 3.64%
5 Years 5.59% 3.50%
7 Years 5.80% 3.59%
10 Years 6.10% 3.94%
Variable Rate 2.95%
Prime Rate ** 3.95%
*last updated: Jan 14, 2019


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