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Feb. 08, 2021 | Tyler Difley

Eight tips for saving money on your home insurance

For homeowners, insurance is an inescapable expense that can quickly add up when stacked on top of other financial obligations like a mortgage, property taxes and utilities. That's why it's important to make sure you're getting the best deal possible – even a few small discounts applied to your premiums can turn into huge savings over time.

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Sept. 09, 2020 | Tyler Difley

Industry vocabulary: an introduction to the language of mortgages

If you're a first-time homebuyer, many aspects of the purchase process can be confusing and stressful, including financing. While the mechanics of a mortgage are relatively simple, choosing the right mortgage product can be far from it, as many of the choices available to buyers are obscured by complex and unfamiliar terminology.

To help you cut through the jargon, here's an alphabetical list of common mortgage terms and their definitions:
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July 15, 2020 | Tyler Difley

Bank of Canada stands pat on interest rates, forecasts GDP decline in 2020

The Bank of Canada has maintained its overnight rate target at 0.25 per cent, the effective lower bound, and released its updated outlook for the economy and inflation.

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June 03, 2020 | Tyler Difley

Bank of Canada holds steady on interest rates as market conditions start to improve

The Bank of Canada maintained its overnight rate target at 0.25 per cent and announced it would be scaling back some of its interventions in the market now that economic conditions are beginning to improve.

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June 01, 2020 | Tyler Difley

Mortgage matters: options and advice for anyone falling behind on payments due to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many Calgarians have lost their jobs, been furloughed (i.e., temporarily laid off) or seen their working hours reduced. If this has happened to you and you own a home, the loss of income could, understandably, make it difficult to keep up with mortgage payments.

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May 29, 2020 | Tyler Difley

COVID-19 resources for Calgarians

Last updated May 29, 2020.

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April 03, 2020 | Andrea Cox

Better bargaining: why new-build homebuyers should hire a REALTOR®

Hiring a REALTOR® when purchasing a resale home seems like a no brainer, but many new-build homebuyers don't take advantage of this valuable resource.

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April 03, 2020 | Barb Livingstone

The new-home upgrades that provide the most bang for your buck

Solar panels, smart-home technology, quartz countertops, luxury vinyl flooring, lots of storage, and secondary suites above the garage or in the basement are all valuable upgrades that provide a lot of bang for your buck when building a new home.

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Jan. 10, 2020 | Gerald Vander Pyl

The bottom line: How Calgary's 2020 budget will impact the average homeowner

In late November, city council approved the 2020 adjustments to the One Calgary Service Plans and Budgets, setting out the City's budget for the new year. So, what can homeowners expect from the 2020 budget?

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Oct. 02, 2019 | Tyler Difley

The new First-Time Home Buyer Incentive by the numbers

The federal government's First-Time Home Buyer Incentive (FTHBI) came into effect on Sept. 2, but many prospective homebuyers still have questions about how the new program could help them enter the market. The most important details of the program are as follows:

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