10 Ways to Plug Money Leaks.

General Kristin Woolard 24 Feb

10 Ways to Plug Money Leaks.

It can sometimes be hard to keep track of your finances. Fortunately, we have some tips to help you review your financial situation and plug unwanted money leaks!

1. Be Wary of Impulse Spending: While it can be easy to think that picking up a few extra items here and there won’t affect your overall budget, it does. When you make a purchase of $10 here or $8 dollars there, it all starts to add up! This is why it is so important to track your spending at grocery and convenience stores or gas stations. Make a list or be aware of what you intend to purchase – and stick to it.

2. Carry Cash: It can be way too easy to spend money unintentionally or over budget when you’re simply swiping your credit card. For some, taking spending money out as cash is a much easier way to manage your budget and know when you have used up your weekly funds!

3. Examine Your Bills: As money leaks go, the best way to avoid spending extra funds or paying too much for a service is by examining your bills. Perhaps there are some that you can get rid of entirely or some you can reduce (by changing your phone plan, for example).

4. Ask The Question: If you’re making a new purchase (whether a new internet bundle or car), it is a good idea to always ask “is this the best you can do”? In some cases, you may get a further discount. In addition, be sure to always do your research before any large purchases.

5. Manage High-Interest: One of the biggest places you will find financial leaks are with high-interest rates. If debt is getting in the way of your cash flow (and you still have equity in your home), you may be able to refinance your mortgage and consolidate your debt for one easy monthly payment and a better rate.

6. Renew With Confidence: When you receive the letter from your lender about your mortgage renewal, consider shopping the market or reaching out directly to your mortgage expert before signing the renewal. You may be able to get a lower interest rate or better mortgage terms.

7. Renovate vs Relocate: If you’re finding yourself falling out of love with your home, consider a renovation! It is much more cost-effective than moving and can be a great way to breathe new life into your spaces.

8. Don’t Leave Money on the Table: Be sure to take advantage of rebates and incentives at your disposal! From first-time homebuyer tax credits to energy rebates, there are plenty of opportunities.

9. Change Your Mortgage Payments: Depending on your monthly cash flow situation, you might also want to consider switching up your mortgage payments. Moving from weekly to biweekly can help you reduce your overall monthly bills. If you have extra income, moving to a weekly or accelerated biweekly payment schedule can help you pay off your mortgage faster.

10. Know Your Pre-Payment Penalties: Avoid spending unnecessary money on your mortgage by knowing your pre-payment terms and penalties! If you ever find yourself needing to get out of your mortgage early, you’ll want the option of pre-payment.

If you’re looking to plug money leaks in your finances, reach out to a DLC Mortgage Expert to discuss your mortgage payments, debt consolidation and more.


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General Kristin Woolard 17 Feb


If your mortgage is portable, moving up and scaling down will be much simpler. If you are unsure of the term, “porting” your mortgage refers to taking your existing mortgage (including your rates and terms) and transferring it from the original property to another. This can only be done if you’re purchasing a new property at the same time you’re selling your old one. However, unlike mortgage refinancing, porting does not require you to break your mortgage or pay penalties.


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Tips to Create a Monthly Budget.

General Kristin Woolard 10 Feb

Tips to Create a Monthly Budget.

One of the quickest ways to take back control of your finances and understand where your money is going is to create a monthly budget. This will help you get a snapshot of your income compared to your spending, and provides an avenue to review outgoing costs and determine areas for improvement to help you increase your monthly cashflow or just feel less stressed!

Step 1: Calculate Your Income

The very first step to creating any budget is determining your income – knowing exactly how much money do you bring in, per month, is important to understanding what you have available to spend. Remember to focus on NET INCOME versus gross salary as thinking you take home more than you do can lead to overspending and failed budgets.

Step 2: Track Your Spending

Once you have determined your income, you will want to take a look at your spending. Reviewing and categorizing all your monthly bills can help you breakdown exactly where your money goes and your priorities to see where changes can be made.

To start, first list out your fixed expenses – these are things like car payments, loans, rent or mortgage costs that do not change on a monthly basis.

Next, you will want to take a look at your variable expenses – things like groceries, gas, entertainment, etc. and determine your average spend. This is typically the area where people are able to cut back.

Step 3: Set Realistic Goals

Realistic goals are vital for long-lasting financial health. It is important to determine what you cannot live without and where you can cut costs or scale back on spending.

Ideally, when it comes to your monthly budget, you want to consider the 50/30/20 rule, which applies the following:

  • 50% of your spending is for NEEDS such as rent or mortgage payments, car payments, utilities and groceries
  • 30% of your income goes to WANTS such as shopping, vacations, streaming services, etc.
  • 20% of your income goes to SAVINGS OR DEBT such as emergency funds, retirement, child’s education and/or credit card payments

Step 4: Make a Plan

Once you have your goals set, you can now make a plan to tackle your financial position and ensure a healthy cashflow each month.

There are a few different ways you can plan to handle your monthly budget. For some, setting realistic spending limits for each category works well. For others, taking a look at the importance of the items on their expenses list and re-prioritizing can free up funds.

Step 5: Adjust Your Spending

Now that you have determined how much money you bring in per month and what you spend it on, you can take a look at adjusting your spending to ensure you remain on budget. Taking a look at any wants is a great place to cut out frivolous spending beyond a reasonable amount.

This is also a great time to review your fixed expenses. Perhaps you can save money by getting a better interest rate on your mortgage or changing your payment schedule for your loan.

Be sure to connect with a Dominion Lending Centres mortgage expert before making any changes!

Step 6: Stay on Track

Lastly, once you’ve tracked all your spending and income and determined your monthly budget, you will want to stay on track. Tracking your budget on a monthly basis is important to catch any changes in your spending habits. As well, it is a good idea to conduct an annual review and take into account any increase in expenses or wages that may require shifts in your overall plan.

Remember! A healthy, well thought-out budget is key to financial freedom and comfort.


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The Real Deal about Transfers and Switches.

Mortgage Tips Kristin Woolard 3 Feb

The Real Deal about Transfers and Switches.

Most people who are thinking about a transfer or switch want to take advantage of a lower interest rate or to get a new mortgage product with terms that better suits their needs.

Up for Renewal?

If your mortgage is approaching renewal and you are considering a transfer or switch – great news! You won’t be charged a penalty. BUT you are still required to qualify at the current qualifying rate and need to consider potential costs around legal charges, appraisal fees and penalty fees (if applicable). In some cases, the lender will offer you the option to include these fees in your mortgage or even cover the costs for you.

Currently have a Collateral Charge Mortgage?

If you have a collateral charge mortgage (which secures your loan against collateral such as the property), these loans cannot be switched; they can only be registered or discharged. This means you would need to discharge the mortgage from your current lender (and pay any fees associated) before registering it with a new lender (and pay any fees associated).

Still locked into your Mortgage?

If you’re considering a transfer or switch in the middle of your mortgage term, you will likely incur a penalty for breaking that mortgage. Typically, transfers and switches are done to take advantage of a lower interest rate (and lower monthly payments), but you want to be confident that the penalty doesn’t outweigh the potential savings before moving ahead.

Things to consider for a transfer or switch:

  1. You may be required to pay fees associated with the transfer or switch, including possible admin and legal fees.
  2. You will need to requalify under the qualifying rate to show that you can carry the mortgage with the new lender.
  3. You will be required to submit documents that may include, but are not limited to, the following (depending on the lender):
  • Application and credit bureau
  • Verification of income and employment
  • Renewal or annual statement indicating mortgage number
  • Pre-Authorized Payment form accompanied by VOID cheque
  • Signed commitment
  • Confirmation of fire insurance is required
  • If LTV is above 80%, confirmation of valid CMHC, Sagen or Canada Guaranty insurance is required
  • Appraisal
  • Payout authorization form
  • Property tax bill

If your mortgage is currently up for renewal, consider reaching out to your DLC Mortgage Expert. Not only can they advise you of any penalties or fees that may be associated with your desired transfer or switch, but they also have the knowledge and ability to shop the market for you to find the best options to meet your needs. This extensive network of lender options allows brokers to ensure that you are not only getting the sharpest rate, but that the mortgage product and terms are suitable for you now – and in the future.


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