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Choice Payment Solutions Trusted Saskatoon Payment Solutions Point Of Sale System Options

Choice Payment Solutions, led by Nelson Crowder, is your Trusted Saskatoon payment solution provider serving Saskatchewan. In this business tip, they share Point Of Sale options. 

What Point of Sale system is right for your business?

There are a few different points of sale brands that we as consumers typically see in our daily purchases at merchant locations, Verifone or Ingenico are very common. Regardless of which brand they all do the same thing which is process electronic payments (Credit / Debit cards).

    There are various flavours of terminals, There are stand-alone terminals that connect directly to the internet or phone line, Alternatively there are terminals that are Bluetooth or WIFI terminals, Furthermore, there are wireless units that communicate via cellular signal... So, What does this mean??

Working with clients they learn about the business and once they fully understand what their clients do then they recommend the best solution that suits their needs.

Info on Choice Solutions POS products can be found HERE: 

Terminal solutions are just one of the solutions they offer! They have e-commerce solutions to help businesses and we also have a new product called "CLOVER FLEX" This is a unique system that is not your typical terminal. 
        
To Learn more, click the link below and watch the videos or better yet connect with Nelson to arrange a demo!! 
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Choice Payment Solutions are your Trusted Saskatoon Payment Solution Providers! 

Find them here in you 

If you already accept credit cards, take advantage of a complimentary statement analysis to find out how Choice Payment Solutions compares to your current provider.


Trusted Saskatoon Mortgage Broker: Tammy Wandzura – Your downpayment and what you NEED to know

Purchasing your home is one of the biggest and most important decisions that you can make. Tammy Wandzura your Trusted Saskatoon Mortgage broker and the team at Elite Mortgage Choice believe that buying a home should also be an exciting experience with little to NO stress. By trusting your Mortgage Broker, you are ensuring that any stress you may have had in previous encounters can be eliminated! 


Saskatoon Mortgage Broker: Tammy Wandzura – Your downpayment and what you NEED to know


Downpayment for a new home: Seems like a pretty easy thing to understand. NO?

If you wish to purchase a home you need a downpayment. YES.

In most cases the minimum downpayment is 5% of the purchase price.

Proof of DOWNPAYMENT is one of the trickiest things for most people (first time home buyers OR repeat buyers) to understand.

Years ago a home purchase consisted of a verbal agreement and a handshake. Gone are the good ol’ days.  
  Today: due to money laundering and fraud minimum banking standards and policy requires every consumer (regardless of their income level, credit score or net worth) to provide the lender confirmation of funds being used for a downpayment in a very specific format.

Your lender will be verifying your down payment prior to full approval.  It’s required by all lenders to protect against fraud.

The lenders also are required to prove that you are not borrowing your down payment. Borrowing your downpayment can change your lending ratios and your ability to repay your mortgage.

There are no gray areas with proof of downpayment rules. There are no exceptions to the rules relating to proof of downpayment.

Every single consumer that wants to borrow money for a home (from any lender) needs to be able to viably prove downpayment.
EVEN IF: you are purchasing a $500,000 home and putting down $475,000 and only need a $25,000 mortgage – the rules still apply to you.

HOW CAN I MAKE THINGS EASIER FOR YOU?


 Follow our guidance and advice.  We are here as your Mortgage Expert to help you through what some of my clients have called a “minefield” of mortgage rules. By following our advice the entire pre-approval to possession date process is quite simple, efficient and speedy.

Get PRE-approved.


This simple step will allow us to gather and review your important and unique details UP FRONT-BEFORE you go house hunting and have very limited time restrictions to meet for your final approval.
   

Let us ask the hard questions up front.

If you are applying for a mortgage be prepared for full disclosure relating to all of your finances. Lenders will not even consider reviewing an application if something is left out or not clearly outlined.
We ask ALL of the hard questions up front so we can package the information in a way we know the lenders will accept it or consider it.
 If your downpayment source is questionable (cash from tips, cash from the sale of a vehicle, a gift from a family member, ETC)- run it past us so that we can provide tips on what the bank will need to see when you proceed with an offer on a home.  We are not the bank. We are here to provide you with the information you need to make educated decisions on what the bank WILL need to see so you can properly prepare yourself.
WHY do we ask the hard questions up front? To avoid delays for you when you need the final mortgage approval. To avoid disappointment and lost opportunities on homes you may want to purchase because the appropriate information and paperwork are not organized for the lender to review.

Send us your paperwork immediately.


We prefer to review ALL of your paperwork up front BEFORE you start house hunting with your Realtor.
We will provide you a detailed list of every document we need to review. Send this to us immediately.
This allows us time to review and ensure that the paperwork we have on file is exactly in line with what the lender will need when we request your final approval.
If we are missing something we will ask for MORE.
The more we ask for- simply means we are better preparing your file to get a speedy approval at the very best rates with the very best lenders.
The less information we have upfront will mean more information you have to provide to us last minute. This always creates un-needed stress for you throughout the home-buying experience.

Remember we are working for YOU. 


Not only are we Provincially legislated to work in the “consumers best interest” by the “FCAA” (Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority) BUT we just generally want to make the entire home buying experience seamless, stress-free and easy for you from PRE-APPROVAL to POSSESSION date.
We are not asking for paperwork that we will not need and we are not asking for anything to make things more difficult.
The more prepared YOU ARE – the faster the final approval process will happen for you.

Not every Mortgage is created equal.


Although you may be receiving advice and guidance from many sources (Online, Mom, Dad, Grandparents, friends, neighbours and colleagues) please know that every single person’s finances, employment situation, debt load, other financial obligations, credit score etc are vastly different and unique.
The differences in each mortgage request will mean different requirements for different people.
Mortgage rules have changed immensely and aggressively in the past 10 years and the approval process may be different for you than it was for your friend.

Saving for a down payment is often one of the biggest challenges.


The source of your down payment could come from your own savings, a gift from a family member, your RRSP if you’re a first time home buyer or from the proceeds of selling your current home.

EXAMPLES of DOCUMENTS YOU WILL NEED TO SHOW WHEN VERIFYING YOUR DOWN PAYMENT

1. Savings/Investments: If you’ve saved enough money for your down payment your lender will want to see a CURRENT 3-month history (90-day transaction history) of any account you plan on using for your down-payment. (Savings/TFSA/RRSP/etc)


Your statement will need to clearly show your name and your account number.  Any large deposits will need to be verified. Example: You sold a dirt bike and deposited $6000 into your savings account.  A few days later you transferred it to your TFSA. In these examples, you will have to provide a 90 days statement from your savings account and your TFSA.   Any transfers between accounts from one account to another will need to show a record of the money leaving one account and arriving in the other.  The lenders want to see a paper trail of where the money came from and how it got in your account.

A screenshot of a quarterly statement from last Summer just won’t do it.

2. Gifted Down Payment:  Mom and Dad (or ANY IMMEDIATE family member) can assist you with your downpayment. You will need a signed gift letter from your family member that states the down-payment is indeed a gift and no repayment is required on the funds.

The lender will also require that we show the funds have been deposited into your account no later than 15 days prior to closing.

3. Using your RRSP:  If you’re a First Time Home Buyer, you may qualify to use your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) for your down payment.

Verifying your down payment from your RRSP is just like verifying from your savings/investment accounts.  You will need to show a 3-month history via your account statements with your name and account number on them.  Funds must have been in your account for 90 days.

4. Proceeds From Selling Your Existing Home:  If your down payment is coming from the proceeds of selling your current home you will need to show your lender a fully executed purchase and sale agreement between you and the buyer of your home.  If you have an outstanding mortgage on the property, you will also have to provide an up-to-date mortgage statement.

5. Money From Outside Of Canada:  Using funds from outside of Canada is acceptable.  The country of origin will determine the type of documents required by the lender. In some cases – some lenders require the funds are in Canada for a minimum of 30-90 days.  In these situations, it is good to review your options and timeline restrictions before starting the house hunting process.

Verifying your down payment will always require you to show documentation of where the money originated from. All large deposits need explanations and/or paper trails.

Want to make things easy?  Preparing to become a homeowner?

Use ONE bank account to save your downpayment. Avoid multiple transfers among multiple accounts. (Remember we need a 90-day transaction statement for each account that your money has moved in and out of). If you have been gifted funds from Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister etc, advise them they may need to sign a Gift letter.  If you have sold ANYTHING gets a bill of sale and deposit that amount of money directly into your bank account so that the bill of sale and the deposit match up exactly.  Been saving your TIPS? Or Birthday Money for years? GET THAT money deposited asap. It has to be in your account for 90 days before it can be used without a paper trail to authenticate the funds as per the rules above.

We can review your information now to prepare you for the future.

Thank you for taking the time to read and educate yourself on what steps you may need to take to consider homeownership.

I am here to work with you every step of the way!

Apply ONLINE or call me at 306.933.3386



Trusted Saskatoon Accountants Hounjet Tastad Harpham Share Changes To Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance.

Trusted Saskatoon Accouontants Hounjet Tastad Harpham is a locally owned and operated accounting firm in Saskatoon. While they are based in Saskatoon, they serve clients across the entire province. Hounjet Tastad Harpham has spent decades gaining the trust of the people of Saskatchewan and has gained a reputation as one of the most knowledgeable and consistent accounting firms in the city, and province. They provide accounting and tax services for small, medium, and large businesses, as well as individuals and non-profit organizations. Hounjet Tastad Harpham is a partnership between Roseline Hounjet, Allyn Tastad, and Dustin Harpham.


Accelerated capital cost allowance is changed.


With the tax changes announced in the federal government’s fall economic statement, farmers can get more capital cost allowance sooner on the purchase of equipment.

Some equipment dealers are using this accelerated investment incentive property (AIIP) as a sales tool. Here’s what has changed and what it means in actual dollars. Taxes are certainly not my area of expertise. Thanks to Saskatoon accountant Allyn Tastad of Hounjet Tastad Harpham for walking me through the changes and the implications.

The changes apply to property acquired after Nov. 20, 2018, that becomes available for use before 2028. Farm equipment qualifies. One exception is a property that was previously owned by the taxpayer or by a non-arm’s length person or partnership.    

 The incentive accelerates the amount of   capital cost allowance that can be deducted   from taxable income. First of all, the half-year   rule has been suspended. Until now, you   could only claim half of the regular allowance   in the year that something was purchased.   Now you can claim 100 per cent of the   applicable capital cost allowance in the year   of purchase.

In addition, the first year of capital cost allowance has been bumped up by 50 percent. In practical terms, a producer will have equipment in various capital cost allowance categories. Net additions to any class will be increased by a factor of 50 percent for calculating the first-year capital cost allowance.

 

For subsequent years, the allowance deduction returns to normal. 

So how does all this work in practice? Let’s say you buy a new or used tractor for $100,000. Tractors and other self-propelled equipment are in Class 10 and eligible for a 30 percent capital cost allowance.

If you purchased the tractor before Nov. 20, the capital cost allowance in the first year is 15 percent or $15,000. This is half of the 30 percent allowance in the first year of purchase.    

     

If the tractor is bought after Nov. 20, the half-year rule is suspended, plus the amount is bumped up by a factor of 1.5 times. Rather than a capital cost allowance of 15 percent, you can deduct 45 percent, which is 45,000.

 

How does this affect your tax bill? If you’re running an incorporated farm with a federal tax rate of 12 percent, the $45,000 capital cost allowance reduces your tax bill by $5,400. The same tractor purchased before Nov. 20 would generate a reduction in taxes of only $1,800.

 

This is a federal incentive to buy equipment and stimulate the economy. However, remember that when you’re allowed to claim more allowance in year one, it reduces how much is left for subsequent years. The total amount of deduction hasn’t been increased. You just get to claim deductions sooner.             

 Farmers who are old enough may remember the tax credit that existed on new equipment purchases back in the 1980s. You actually received an extra tax credit over and above the capital cost allowance. That’s been gone for decades and this new incentive should not be described as a tax credit. It’s merely an acceleration of the expense you can claim. 

There is value to receiving more of your tax deduction earlier, but when you work through the numbers, this shouldn’t move the needle very much when deciding whether to upgrade equipment. Other considerations remain much more important.


If you are looking for a Saskatoon chartered professional accountant for your personal taxes or business accounting needs, contact the team today.


Check out their listing here: Hounjet Tastad Harpham are Trusted Saskatoon Accountants


Information sourced from  https://www.producer.com/2018/12/accelerated-capital-cost-allowance-is-changed/  By Kevin Hursh

Trusted Saskatoon Home Stagers Fresh Living's Can’t Miss Staging Tip On Feature Walls

You know those spotless, clutter-free, amazing looking rooms you see in magazines? That can be your home. Seriously! Fresh Living’s founder, Chantal Moloney created the company out of her combined love and talent for interior decorating and home improvement which paved the way to a career in Home Staging and Interior Redesign. 

Chantal is an International Staging and Redesign Professional, bringing her talents directly to your door..and she is a Trusted Saskatoon Interior Decorator and Home staging expert!


NOW FEATURING: FEATURE WALLS


While paint can be a fabulous way to dress up a whole room, why not let the paint dry on a feature wall for your home?

 

Feature walls are an amazing way to make statements about yourself, and the space you live in; they can be bold, and are never subtle! The feature wall is meant to draw the eye, and combine your furnishings with your personality. Below are some of the types you can choose from, including the pair below, from our own staging collection


We took inspiration from the two above to create “personalities” for these spaces using features that were already there; the fireplaces! In fact, if you have a fireplace with a mantel as well, you’re already halfway there. On the left, we see a carpet that matches the feel provided by the stonework of the fireplace, and on the right, an area rug is used to complement the mantelpiece, the surrounding cabinets, and the railings (back left; you may need to enlarge this one!). Both of these have other features that help create a centering wall; not just the fireplaces. On the left, we see a set of windows, and on the right, the cabinets and our little touches, like the symmetrical picture frames. It’s all meant to draw the eye.

 

More could be done, though, as we’ll see below:

 

 

 Paint is of course the primary element that feature walls are done with; usually, a lighter or contrasting colour is used to achieve the desired effect, but in some cases, texturizing (see above) can be done in order to work with a given texture that already exists in the room. This is a dramatic and usually well received effect.

 

As with fireplaces, textures can be applied to walls, as well; this earthly wall is lovely and dramatic, but tiling can also be used, in the right space.

 

Lastly, a few tips.


  • Wallpaper can be a great option for adding to a feature wall!
  • Rooms that are already “busy,” whether by home design, furnishing or size, likely don’t need much in the way of a feature wall; it can create an overwhelming effect. In the case of room size, small rooms are rarely suitable.
  • Choose the wall carefully; this is meant to draw the eye toward space it would already be drawn!
  • Consider using plants! Wall vines may be a bit of extra work on a rough-edged wall (the stone above comes to mind), but the overall effect can be magnificent!

Fresh Living strives to create clean, positive, uplifting environments that you can enjoy and feel proud to live in. Fresh Living are TRUSTED SASKATOON INTERIOR DECORATORS &  HOME STAGER'S 

 

Trusted Saskatoon Landscaper Break the Contracting Stereotypes

Trusted Saskatoon Landscaping Professionals looks to break the stereotype of contractors who overcharge, fail to show up, and do not complete the job on the time! By constantly pushing the envelope and increasing the expectations of contractors everywhere they  explains in 4 easy points how THEY go about doing business!

  • They make sure to hold every project they do to a  leading standard without rushing it to get paid.
  • They never quote low to get a job which in turn would force them to hit you with up charges.
  • Along with this they will be upfront, honest, and prompt on communicating any changes in cost or extra needs.
  • If they give you a quote and nothing is changed, requested, or added during the job they will stay authentic to our quote.

Saskatoon Trusted Partners by hold true the 5 Trusted Guarantees! If you are in need of any landscaping service, don't hesitate to contact our partners! They are waiting to help!


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