The Credit Score is a numerical representation of your current and past credit and can range between 300 (the lowest score representing the worst) and 900 (the highest score representing the best). There are currently two reporting agencies operating in Canada, Equifax and TransUnion. Equifax’s credit score is called the Beacon while TransUnion’s credit score is called Empirica, but both scoring models are based on the FICO (Fair Isaac Company) model in the United States.
Credit scoring has an enormous impact on your financial picture. For a lender, your credit score plays a significant factor in the decision to lend you money, and in determining the terms and conditions of your loan.
Deciding which type of mortgage is right for you will depend on what you can afford. Prepayment privileges are another important part for borrowers to consider. These arrangements allow you to pay money against the principal, reducing the total amount of interest you'll ultimately pay. Learn more about arranging mortgage options available.
Before you start searching for a home to buy, you need to think about affordable price and your housing needs both now and in the future. It is a good idea to try to find a home that meets your price range and most of your needs for the next five to ten years.
Make sure your location is appropriate. Take the following things into consideration: where you want to live (town location or out-of-town location), where you work and how easy is to commute, where your children will attend school and how they will get there, how safe is community, whether you need recreational facilities nearby (like playgrounds, parks, walking areas etc.), how close you would like to be to family and friends.
When thinking about the home you want, consider if you want resale home (also called a previously owned home), new home or you prefer building your own home.
Resale homes are usually located in an established neighborhood with easy access to schools and services like shopping malls, restaurants and other services. They may have extras like finished basements, fences, swimming pools, fireplaces, landscaping, etc. You don't have to pay GST/HST unless the house has been renovated substantially, and then the taxes are applied as it were a new house. With resale homes you may need to redecorate, renovate or do major repairs such as replacing the roof or windows and doors. An older home is usually less energy efficient than new home.
New homes are up-to-date and have latest building codes/standards applied. You will have option to upgrade or choose certain items such as flooring, siding, electrical fixtures, cabinets, plumbing, etc. New homes have lower maintenance costs because everything is new and many items are covered by a warranty. Builder warranty is usually available this can be important if a mayor system such as heating or plumbing is breaking down. Keep in mind that a new home is only as good as its builder. Investigate the builders reputation and check if any lawsuits have been failed against the builder.
BUILDING YOUR OWN HOME:
Many people prefer the challenge and flexibility of building their own home. That way homeowners can get exactly what they want in terms of location, size, design, quality of materials used, level of energy efficiency, landscape, etc. On other hand, you should expect to invest lots of time and energy in building your own home.
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Lorne Park is Brantford's famous showcase horticultural park. The park is named after the Marquis of Lorne who was the Governor General of Canada from 1878 - 1883. Formerly part of the riverbed, park was low lying until it was gradually filled in after the first dikes were built.
In 1914, a study by Dunnington Grubb, a famous landscape firm, suggested that the city buy the property to enlarge Cockshutt Park as far as Lorne Bridge. By 1920 this land had been acquired to beautify the western entrance to Brantford at the river crossing.
For a short period the site was a miniature golf course called Pickwick Park. By 1936 Lorne Park was laid out in formal flower beds. At that time it also featured a bathing area.
The plantings on the south facing slope are changed annually to celebrate various important occasions. This is known as carpet bedding, an art which began in the 19th century.