While many Canadians have a good understanding of financial services terms, a recent Angus Reid survey revealed that only 51 percent of respondents were confident they knew what a mortgage deposit was, with 48 percent admitting they were "not very confident" or "not at all confident" they understood the term.


It's easy to see why there's some confusion over the definition, as homebuyers often use the terms "deposit" and "down payment" interchangeably.  While they both refer to money put forward in the home buying process, here's some clarification of each term:

 

A deposit is comprised of the initial funds the buyer submits during the offer process to secure or commit to a property they wish to purchase, as a gesture of trust and good faith to the seller.  It's typically made at the time the offer is made, or upon acceptance of the offer.  There's no typical amount for the deposit, although 5 percent is the norm and in a hot housing market, an offer with a higher deposit...

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The benefits of having a room plan


A successful room that you enjoy spending time in can be achieved by creating a room plan.  The room plan lays out how best to use the space as well as sets the design and style to be achieved.  The way you feel in a space is influenced not only by the specific furnishings in the room, but by how they fit together, the existence of focal points, balance, textures and lighting.  This is the easiest time to make changes if desired before anything has been ordered.  A room plan incorporates any existing furniture you may want to keep as well as shows any furniture to be added.  The plan also includes all the colour, fabrics, window coverings, carpet and lighting that are necessary to complete the room.  Once all the selections have been finalized, a budget can be confirmed.  You know that when everything arrives it fits and money is not wasted.  Without a plan, purchases are made without...

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