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5 tips for first-time homebuyers

As a first-time homebuyer, you have a lot to think about throughout the home-buying process. We recently discussed this with our Mortgage Specialist, Ron Willis (Origin Mortgage Advisor) and he’s offered some wonderful advice.

5 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers:

1. Get Pre-Approved
Get pre-approved for a mortgage before the shopping begins so that you have an actual budget to work with.

2. Ensure You Have Affordable Monthly Payments
Make sure you have established a comfort zone for your monthly payments (mortgage, strata fees, home insurance, etc).

Your simplified guide to the upcoming new mortgage rules

On June 27th the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (aka CMHC) issued new guidelines for calculating debt ratios and confirming income documents. This was in response to the fact that their most recent mortgage rule tightening didn’t clarify how each key input included in the calculation of debt service ratios would be treated. The new guidelines also offer more details in regards to documentation requirements. These clarifications will become effective on December 31st, 2013 however it’s important to note that lenders are already following the majority of these policies.

Starving student or student homeowner?

It’s about that time of year again, when we begin to wrap up summer and start getting ready to go back to school. Conveniently located in our neighborhood is Canada’s top-ranked comprehensive university, Simon Fraser University. The Surrey campus is only a 5-minute skytrain ride or 20-minute walk from Balance which makes our Balance homes ideal for students.

Surrey's pop-up park program

Creativity and innovation have come together in a wonderful program put on by the City of Surrey – PARKit. PARKit is a pop-up park program that transforms parking lots and seldom-used spaces into attractive temporary parks with vibrant urban green spaces.

This year, the City of Surrey added an engaging element to the program with the PARKit Design Challenge and asked the public to submit their designs for the new summertime pop-up park. The winning design was “Take-Out” – A fun play on take-out food containers.

Save $20,000 on a Quattro3 plan E home - this week only!

This week at Quattro3, we’re featuring our 1-bedroom Plan E floor plan homes at just $149,900 – That’s a savings of $20,000*! These 546 square feet homes have a lot to offer and come standard with many features, which include:

Introducing the new Queensborough

The neighbourhood of Queensborough in New Westminster is a colorful community that is vibrant and full of life. The name Queensborough was first established in 1911 and the neighbourhood was populated with immigrants from Japan, China, India, Italy, Greece, Russia, Ukraine and Finland who were seeking work at the local sawmills, canneries, shipyards and farms.

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