February 17, 2014
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Find out how much you can afford before you go househunting! This will keep you focused on shopping for homes within your price range. If you qualify for a preapproved mortgage, you'll be certain of the size of mortgage for which you qualify and guaranteed a rate for a specific period of time. If you don't qualify for a pre-approved mortgage, we will be able to help you estimate a mortgage-qualifying amount.
Buying a home is an exciting time! You're about to take a big step so you'll definitely need some advice from a mortgage professional. We'll give you the facts your bank won't tell you about financing your next purchase. With access to multiple lenders, we'll help you find the best rates and best mortgage options to help you buy your dream home. Our best advice? Begin with a conversation with a mortgage professional in your area.
If your mortgage renewal is fast approaching then you’ll soon be at an important financial milestone. Now's a great time to look at the many innovative options and competitive rates available. Lenders send out renewal forms just prior to renewal dates to those with good payment histories, with about 70% of homeowners sending it back without asking any questions. In today’s hectic world, that can be the easiest and best route, but you should ask yourself some questions before you sign on the dotted line. This could be an important moment of opportunity.
Maybe it just needs some new landscaping, an extra wing for your growing family, an expanded kitchen, or a swimming pool in the backyard! A record number of Canadians have taken advantage of the historic low mortgage rates and rising real estate values and have tapped into their home equity through equity take-outs. There's never been a better time to access the extra funds that can help bring your home to that next level of comfort. Consider accessing the cash you need for the renovations and improvements you've been dreaming about!
Investment properties - particularly smaller, residential real estate - are now accessible to many average Canadians. And as any homeowner will confirm, real estate has been one of the most attractive investment categories in Canada for the past decade. If you're considering an investment in real estate, start by having a conversation with an experienced Mortgage Broker, to explore some of the innovative new options and great rates available today.
There are many Canadians jumping at the chance to own a recreational property. The aging baby boomer population is flush with capital and an insatiable desire for a waterfront or other recreational property. And with the advent of better roads, Internet and telephone service, satellite service, and winterization expertise, people are realizing that vacation properties can make ideal retirement homes. No longer just perceived as a welcome retreat from the city, a second home is now viewed as a solid financial investment with the added value of a potential retirement property.
Many Canadians are taking advantage of refinancing some of the equity in their mortgage to reduce their credit card debt. Why pay high interest rates on your bank's credit card debt when you can add that debt to your mortgage and pay a much lower interest rate! One important part of a strategy is knowing "good debt" from "bad debt". A well-planned mortgage can help you turn those bad debts into good debts and get them out of the way.
Mortgage Brokers primary expertise is locating funding for mortgage financing. They know where the best rates can be found. What's more, they have the knowledge required to present a proposal for financing to lenders in the best way possible to successfully obtain mortgage financing.
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We wanted to get a mortgage through our bank but came across your website on the internet. Are we ever glad we did. We saved literally tens of thousands of dollars and the whole experience was a breeze.
It’s easy to look online for a mortgage rate. But rate is only one aspect of saving money on your mortgage over the long term. It’s essential that you also consider mortgage features. Here are the big ones –
Early Payout Penalties. There are lots of reasons why it makes good financial sense to break your mortgage, even though you can expect to pay a penalty. But not all lenders calculate penalties the same way, and the differences can amount to thousands. Life happens, so make sure you choose a lender that has a fair prepayment penalty. And watch out for no-frill mortgages that don’t let you get out of your mortgage at all, unless you sell or the term is up.
Pre-Payment Privileges. You want the ability to put lump sum amounts on your mortgage and increase your payments so you can pay down your mortgage faster and save on interest. You should always consider having this flexibility even if you don’t think you’ll use it; your situation may change that gives you the ability to pre-pay. This flexibility can also help you reduce an early payout penalty.
Collateral charge mortgage. This type of mortgage can be difficult to transfer to another lender and cost you legal fees if you do. You are more locked in, which means your lender may not offer you the best rates if you need to refinance or at renewal. Watch out!
Porting Flexibility. This is important if there is a chance you’ll move i.e. job change, growing family. You’ll want to take your mortgage to your new place to avoid penalties. But make sure your lender lets you increase too should you buy a more expensive home.
Blended Mortgage. If you move or refinance, a blended mortgage allows you to blend the rate of your current mortgage with the rate on the additional funds. This way, you don’t break your current mortgage and incur the penalty. Some lenders blend and extend to a new 5 year term, others blend only to the remaining term, or offer both.
There is definitely more to getting a mortgage than just rate. It’s my job to help you find the right mortgage with the rate and flexibility you need to be a happy homeowner.
For many Canadians, mortgage payments are their single biggest expense. Yet most don’t comparison shop to ensure they’re getting the best mortgage rate and terms available, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars over their mortgage years. Don’t make the same mistake! Take a look at what makes a mortgage broker tick, and make sure one is working for you!
When your mortgage application is being considered, your lender will look at your credit habits: do you pay your bills on time? Do you tend to get over-extended on your credit card? These habits are reflected in your credit rating. In order for your lender to assess your borrowing profile, you’ll need two revolving sources of credit that are each at least two years old.
Worried that some sloppy financial habits might keep you from a great rate or even from getting a mortgage? Here’s the thing: you can give yourself some credit. This important factor in your mortgage negotiation is entirely within your control. Start now to develop good credit habits:
Completion Mortgage. Just like it sounds, this is for situations when you don’t need to actually come up with full funding until the home is complete and move-in ready. You’ll need to provide a downpayment when you make an offer to purchase the planned home, and then the mortgage you are approved for is advanced to the builder at possession.
Progress Draw Mortgage. This mortgage will give you funds at specific intervals as the house is built. Generally, you’ll need to provide a progress report and have an inspection in order to secure the next “draw” of funds. While the number of draws can vary, it is common to have three draws: one at rough-in, one at completion, and a final draw when you take possession of the home. Once the home is completed, the mortgage will be converted to a conventional home mortgage.
Be prepared! Get me involved as early as possible in the process. I’ll outline everything you need to consider and all of the documentation you’ll need, so you can dream on!
It’s true the uncertainty in the economy is making some Canadians anxious about their financial security. But the current environment is also creating opportunities, given that we expect another year of record-low mortgage rates. Don’t let fear drive your decision making, focus instead on your current situation and your long term goals. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your spring market opportunities -
Be realistic and prepared. A mortgage pre-approval will let you know how much home you can afford. There is no fudging the numbers or wishful thinking so be sure to provide accurate information. Your mortgage approval will ultimately be based on the documentation you provide to verify your downpayment and income. Assembling everything your lender needs is a critical component of mortgage success and doing this early in the process will put you in a good position to take advantage of opportunities.
Go one step further. Do a budget that includes your new mortgage payment and all of your life expenses. You will want a mortgage that lets you live comfortably.
Be confident. Become a homeowner when you are financially and emotionally ready, without worrying about trying to time the market. Always remember that residential real estate has proven to be an excellent long-term investment.
Three cheers for the home team! It’s not just a roof; it’s your financial future. As your mortgage broker, I can anchor a strong team; you’ll also need a realtor, a lawyer and a home inspector you can trust.
Carefully planned for, your home and mortgage can provide financial security and the opportunity to build real long-term wealth.
There’s a silver lining to the low loonie this year if you happen to own a home south of the border. A few years ago, a wave of smart Canadians took advantage of a strong loonie and low U.S. home prices – and picked up some American real estate. This year, those homes are as good as a piggy bank now that the loonie has dropped.
Why? If you refinance your U.S. home, you can bring those U.S. dollars back to Canada at the current exchange rate. That powerful U.S. dollar is your financial friend, and we don’t know how long it will last. You could use the money to pay off any debts in Canada – or even use the proceeds to purchase another Canadian property. The goal is to get those U.S. dollars back over the border to Canada.
By the way, selling the home triggers capital gains. Refinancing does not. Any income you generate by exchanging your dollars doesn’t count as capital gains, so you don’t pay tax when you exchange your US dollars for Canadian dollars. You also get to keep your vacation property.
Many Canadian owners of U.S. homes rent out the property when they’re not using it – giving them rental income to maintain the home and pay down the mortgage.
Most property values have rebounded well from their lows; so many owners are also taking advantage of the growth in their U.S. home equity. A U.S. bank will typically lend 60% of the appraised value of a property.
If you own a home in the U.S., let’s chat. We have an excellent relationship with a U.S. lender that is licensed in Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan and soon California. You may be able to give your wealth-building a boost!
We’ve all heard the Scout motto “Be prepared”. It’s great advice if you need a mortgage. Assembling everything your lender needs to verify your income is a critical component of mortgage success. A last-minute scramble for documents just adds to stress. Get a Mortgage Kit folder ready and begin collecting the verification you will need for your income type:
If you are fully prepared, then you’re always ready to take advantage of opportunities!
TAX TIP: $750 tax incentive for
Did you buy your first home last year? You may be able to take advantage of the Home Buyers Tax Credit (HBTC) when you file your tax return. The $5,000 non-refundable HBTC provides up to $750 in federal tax relief. You qualify if neither you nor your spouse (or common-law partner) have owned and lived in another home for the past five years. For more information, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca/en/initiative/first-time-home-buyers-tax-credit.
New downpayment rules went into effect February 15: for any portion of a house price over $500,000, buyers now need to provide 10 per cent downpayment for an insured mortgage. The minimum downpayment for the first $500,000 remains at 5 per cent
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