So long 2013…

As I sit in a quiet office on Friday Jan 3rd, it’s hard not to notice that though the New Year has begun, seems like everyone is still off work. Richmond Rd, which I normally cross at 8 am to get my morning coffee, was eerily quiet today, reminding me that maybe I...

Credit and Christmas

As we get into the Christmas spending mode, I thought I would throw out my thoughts on credit cards. I know we don’t live in a perfect world, so take what you can from below. Credit card companies are in the business of making money, lots of it actually, and...

Broker Channel loses ING Direct

When Scotia Bank purchased the Canadian arm of ING Direct last September with a closing Dec 31, we knew that the writing was on the wall, only question was to what degree. Obviously, there is a duplication of services, and direct competition between what would now...

Borrowing against your home?

A common question asked, are my thoughts on HELOC’s, or Home Equity Lines of Credit. This is not a new source of borrowing, but certainly one that has become more common today due to large increases in our residential property values. Who wouldn’t want to borrow money...

I still answer mortgage questions here……..

I know it’s ‘old-school’ but I still answer mortgage related questions on this ‘forum’ – until I get  all of the people who are looking for mortgage and finance related answers to use my new platforms I’ll be continuing to be...