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Finance Minister Oliver won't meddle in mortgage market - for now

posted by The Mortgage Associates    |   March 31, 2014 11:01

Article by Tara Perkins, Bill Curry and Tim Kiladze as posted in The Globe and Mail on March 27, 2014.  

"Canada’s new Finance Minister is taking a hands-off approach to the mortgage market, signalling that, unlike his predecessor, he does not want to interfere in the rate-setting decisions of the banks.

Joe Oliver had been the nation’s Finance Minister for one week on Wednesday when Bank of Montreal CEO Bill Downe called to say that BMO was about to bring back its controversial 2.99-per-cent five-year fixed-rate mortgage."

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The professionalism and service we received from Shawna deserves to be recognized.

posted by The Mortgage Associates    |   March 31, 2014 10:54

This will be the first review I have EVER published, typically it doesn't seem necessary, but the professionalism and service we received deserves to be recognized. My boyfriend and I started to look for our first home around four months ago, we first went to our local bank branch and checked out options before we found Shawna. We are so thankful that we called her because we did not feel comfortable with the appointment we had initially elsewhere. I work within the Mortgage and Real Estate industry and on a personal level we have been so happy with the service received, and on a professional level I can tell they know they're stuff and they really care. They treat you like a client.. not a number.. a rarity among this profession. Shawna and her staff were glad to answer my numerous emails and telephone calls with what probably were trivial questions, although nor my boyfriend or I ever felt that It was a problem to just ask Shawna or Michelle (amazing staff member at TMG). We now have a firm deal in place and are just waiting to move in! Thanks again Shawna and staff for all of your help in making this experience fun, and painless!

Shannon Williams - September 2013

Buying a house? Don't go to the bank

posted by The Mortgage Associates    |   March 28, 2014 15:23

"An independent mortgage broker isn’t tied to any financial institution and instead works on your behalf, rather than the lender.

Because they are not employees of a lending institution, mortgage brokers are not limited in the products they can offer you.

They can seek out the best mortgage options to suit your specific situation, from a multitude of lenders — banks, trusts, private companies and insurance firms. Their primary role is to provide unbiased mortgage options and advice to clients.

In most cases, mortgage brokers are free. When the broker matches a lender with a buyer and a mortgage is placed, the broker is paid by the lender based on size of the mortgage, not the rate."

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I appreciate Shawna for helping me to get mortgage at reasonable interest rate

posted by The Mortgage Associates    |   March 26, 2014 15:05

I appreciate Shawna for helping me to get mortgage at reasonable interest rate. When we started the search to purchase a home, she provided all professional suggestions to get good deal. She was always in contact with me during time of home search and provided the estimate for fluctuation in economic conditions and interest rates. She fix interest rate for my mortgage before it increases. I am very thankful for her services. I am satisfied with services provided by her and her staff members. I would highly recommend her to all who are looking for a mortgage.

Amarjit Mahil - October 2014

Whether this is your first home or your tenth, you can't go wrong at all with going with Shawna!

posted by The Mortgage Associates    |   March 24, 2014 16:34


Near the end of August,2013 my wife and I were interested in buying our first home, and one came up on the market in our small town just outside Saskatoon. I looked online and looked at reviews and got a good feeling about Shawna and The Mortgage Group. I phoned and spoke to her assistant Michelle Taylor. The 2 of them helped us through everything patiently and thoroughly. We were able to phone them anytime and either one of them was there for us right away. They also have a great, competent staff that were quick and efficient at following up with us or getting any information for us. Whether this is your first home or your tenth, you can't go wrong at all with going with Shawna and Michelle and Natasha and the rest of the awesome staff that works/helps at The Mortgage Group. The greatest part about once your with this group, that even after you've finished everything they are really and truly there for you all the time, we had a issue a month after we moved in and contacted Shawna and she was in there helping us out right away on a Friday afternoon, not stopping until we felt comfortable and satisfied that the problem was rectified. When our term comes up for renewal we'll be going back and probably getting the same incredible comforting service we had the first time. Her resources are endless and her effort is ongoing forever, so be smart and give Shawna and her group a call, you won't regret it at all. Good Luck with your venture.

Willy B - January 2014

The average home price in Saskatoon was about $351,000.00 at the end of February

posted by The Mortgage Associates    |   March 20, 2014 10:36

As reported by the Star Phoenix:

The average home price in Saskatoon was about $351,000 at the end of February, up about six percent from 12 months ago ($332,000), said Jason Yochim, executive officer with the Saskatoon and Region Association of Realtors.

"Saskatchewan's two larger cities are still seeing decent combined sales levels, but supply has caught up," BMO Capital Markets said in a note. "As a result, benchmark prices are slipping." Yochim said there has been a significant increase in the number of listings in Saskatoon.

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For all the help and time that you gave us to fulfill our dreams to get a house

posted by The Mortgage Associates    |   March 20, 2014 10:30

We thank you Shawna, for all help and time that you give to us to fulfill our dreams to get a new house, keep up the good work and giving time for other people needs help to get there dreams come true. god blessed you and your team.

Pablito Mariano - February 2014

I had no idea buying a home could be so simple.

posted by The Mortgage Associates    |   March 20, 2014 10:28

Shawna was a lifesaver for us! We live in Montreal and we found our dream home and began checking mortgage rates with bank and local lenders. Then a friend told us that a mortgage broker could do all that work for us, searching for the lenders without all of the hassle. In the end, Shawna found us a lender who gave us a much better rate than we thought possible. I had no idea buying a home could be so simple. Thank you again Shawna! We will be contacting you again when our mortgage comes up for renewal.

Ian Nelson - March 2014

Shawna is always one step ahead of what we think we want and she makes it happen

posted by The Mortgage Associates    |   March 20, 2014 10:19

We are now renewing our mortgage for the second time with Shawna. We have a rental property and our primary residence and Shawna is always one step ahead of what we think we want and she makes it happen. She makes it very easy to understand what is happening. Thank You Shawna!!!!!!

Celise Treimans - March 2014

Consistent 110% service from Shawna MacDonald

posted by The Mortgage Associates    |   March 12, 2014 10:28

If you are thinking of buying a home, do yourself a huge favour and contact Shawna as soon as possible...

She is no doubt one of the best mortgage brokers in the country, and is determined to get exactly what you need at a rate that you'd never guess was possible. Shawna is dedicated to her clients and it shows in spades! I've had the pleasure of dealing with Shawna a couple of times, and have referred my friends and family across the country to her as well (they have all raved about their dealings with her).

I have always had 110% service and beyond from Shawna, no matter what. During my recent home purchase, she even took my file with her when she went on holidays to make sure my paperwork was processed asap and wow, was it ever!

Shawna is a down to earth, hard working professional woman, who cares about her clients and is on top of all the mortgage news and issues that are relevant to home owners and those considering a home purchase. I have no hesitations in recommending her to anyone.

Thank you so much Shawna, you are always welcome at my new home!

Marnie Cook - February 2014