Expert Advice

New stress test mortgage rules: how much home can you really afford?
Posted by Emma Scott

OSFI has created new rules for the Mortgage Stress Test in Canada, making it harder for first-timers to qualify for a mortgage as of June 2021. Here's how the test works.

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A comprehensive guide on how to port a mortgage
Posted by Taylor Pipe

Rather than exiting your contract early and paying high penalty fees, you may be able to qualify to port your mortgage. Here's everything you need to know about porting a mortgage in Canada.

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Safeguarding your portfolio, part 1: a three-pronged approach
Posted by Dalia Barsoum

In part 1 of a new series, top mortgage broker Dalia Barsoum shares three strategies to pivot an investment portfolio and weather the storm

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Safeguarding your portfolio, part 2: ensuring stability
Posted by Dalia Barsoum

In part two of this series, Dalia Barsoum shares the strategies key to ensuring a portfolio stays stable despite these uncertain times

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Creating a cash cow
Posted by AJ Hazzi

If you have $500,000 in equity built up in your primary residence, Vantage West's AJ Hazzi says the world is your oyster. He shares three strategies for cracking it open

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Industrial strength
Posted by Chad Marek

Investors looking for diversification, increasing cash flow and fair prices can fulfill all three desires via industrial properties. Chad Marek explains how

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Trick or treat
Posted by Andrew Ku

For a real estate investor, few things are scarier than an audit. Andrew Ku offers a cautionary tale that can go a long way toward lessening the horrors wrought by that most hated monster: The Taxman

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Artificial intelligence, genuine results
Posted by Mike Mulqueen

Energy waste, and the costs associated with it, can be the bane of a multi-family investor's existence. Mike Mulqueen explains how smart energy management can help

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Exponential growth
Posted by Ryan Coyle

CONNECT Asset Management's Ryan Coyle explains how pre-construction condos allow for one of the most reliable and profitable strategies for building a real estate portfolio: the multiplier

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Get out, get paid
Posted by Kirill Perelyguine

You should never purchase a commercial property without first establishing an appropriate exit strategy. Kirill Perelyguine outlines four end-use scenarios for investors considering the commercial route in 2020

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Buyer beware – of your Realtor
Posted by Michael Walsh

There are serious legal considerations to make when choosing a real estate agent, particularly when dual agency is involved. Michael Walsh explains how potentially hidden conflicts of interest could cost you a small fortune

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Thinking about deferring your mortgage?
Posted by David Kitai

Dalia Barsoum President and Principal Broker of Streetwise Mortgages explains the factors investors need to consider before requesting a mortgage payment deferral

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