Home Ownership: Advice on buying a house from CIBC

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CIBC and Scott McGillivray, host of HGTV’s Income Property, team up to bring you valuable home ownership tips and advice.

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Scott McGillivray

Scott McGillivray, HGTV's Income Property host

Tips for home maintenance this Fall

Here are 3 helpful tips to follow through with now in order to help save you money in the long run.

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Increase your ROI with small changes

It’s amazing what changing some light fixtures and door hardware can do.

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Flooring tutorial

In the list of top 5 things that renters, or buyers for that matter, are always looking for, new floors is always up there.

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Doing your homework: Looking at Comps

Doing your research and looking at comparables is an excellent way to gauge a property’s true value.

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How to find good trades

The more information you have the better.

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Find Good Tenants

The caliber of your space dictates the caliber of your tenant.

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Tips to fix up your street view

How to get potential buyers to fall in love with the outside of your house too.

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Moisture Air Quality Your Roof and Tightening Up

Been a few years since you moved into your home? It’s time for a check up.

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The Ideal Mortgage

If you’re in the market for a mortgage, you’re in luck: you’ve never had more choice. Here’s how to pick the right one.

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Should You Buy or Rent?

How to decide if it’s time to buy a home.

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Mortgage Affordability 101: How much can I afford?

If you’re thinking about buying your first house, one of the first questions you may ask yourself is, “How much can I afford?”

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Learn Important Mortgage Basics as You Prepare to Buy Your First Home

Familiarize yourself with different types of mortgages and learn helpful facts that will prepare you to be an educated home buyer.

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What You Should Look For in a Home

Taking the time to narrow down your house-hunting priorities can help your real estate agent provide you with a range of properties that meet your criteria.

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Financing your next home

When it comes time to pursue your next home, you may have more financing options available to you.

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Client Stories

Mortgage Free Sooner

Patrick and Janna: The mortgage on our condo is coming up for renewal, and we want to make sure we make the best choice. How can we pay off our mortgage faster and still have the cash flow we need to live comfortably?”

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Home Renovations

Steve and Donna: We love our home and our neighbourhood, but the kitchen and bathroom really need work. We have a contractor lined up to do the work, but what’s the best way to borrow the money we need?”

Read the story: Home renovation