March 26, 2018
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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.
Excellent service, great rates and attention to detail. You walked us through everything so there were no surprises at all. Were grateful that we found your services! Highly recommended for sure.
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.
February 21, 2018
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What now? Making sense of a changing marketplace
Let me begin with my heartfelt hope you and your loved ones are in good health.
We are in uncharted territory with the mortgage marketplace continually shifting. Here is a quick summary of common questions to help you make sense of it all.
FOR CURRENT HOMEOWNERS
What do the mortgage payment deferrals mean and how do I access that?
Mortgage insurers and lenders announced that eligible clients can delay mortgage payments. These are “compassionate” programs for those who are in serious financial straits and unable to make their mortgage payments. You will need to apply to the program, and assistance will be determined on a case-by-case basis so please do not just start skipping payments. If you urgently need this help, get in touch. I can help you find the right channels to apply.
Will the lower Bank of Canada rate help me with my variable mortgage or line of credit?
Yes, your interest rate will also drop. Keep in mind that it usually doesn’t happen instantly, and your own rate won’t necessarily move in lockstep with the Bank of Canada rate. Ultimately, it’s the lender’s decision on whether – and how much of – the rate cut will be passed along to the end consumer. Lenders are naturally concerned about liquidity and the potential for an increase in defaults. If you do have a deep discounted variable rate mortgage, you are in a very good position.
What about my fixed-rate mortgage?
If you’ve got a fixed-rate mortgage, then nothing changes for you right now. The rate you negotiated is guaranteed for the entire term of your mortgage. However, if your fixed rate is a lot higher than the current rates available, then it is still worth calling to see if it makes sense to re-negotiate your mortgage to take advantage of today’s rates.
I have some credit-card and/or loan debt that now has me worried.
If you’re carrying high-interest credit card debt, and you have more than 20% equity in your home, it can make sense to roll those other debts into a new mortgage. You get one manageable payment, better cash flow, and interest savings.
Events that have impacted buyers include:
We all need to take things as calmly as we can, evaluate our priorities, and make decisions that are needed for the long term. Health and happiness to you and yours.
Coming soon! Feds ease up on the stress test
Anyone looking for a mortgage in the last few years has been introduced to the “stress test”. In order to qualify for a mortgage, Canadians must prove they can withstand an increase in rates, which requires them to qualify for payments far above what they will actually pay. The good news is that the Canadian government has decided to ease up on the stress test.
Lower qualifying rate
Effective April 6, anyone applying for an insured mortgage (less than 20% equity) will see a fairer stress test used. It’ll be based on the median five-year fixed insured-mortgage rate, plus two percentage points. This makes the stress test more dynamic and inline with actual rates people are borrowing at and will be set every week.
It is expected that the same new benchmark rate will be used for mortgages that don’t require default mortgage insurance (more than 20% equity). Looks like the qualifying rate for uninsured mortgages will change to the greater of:
This means the stress test for uninsured mortgages will still be a slightly tougher hurdle.
The NO stress-test option if you have more than 20% equity!
Some of our lenders have a mortgage that allows clients who have more than 20% equity to qualify for a mortgage without the stress test. This mortgage has a rate premium attached, which means it’s an option only for those that can’t qualify under the stress test. Benefits may include lower rates than B/private lenders, no fee and 5-year terms. If the stress test is too tough a hurdle for your situation, this is a great option to consider!
What’s the bottom line?
Any drop in the qualifying rate – with the new stress test or declining rates in general - will make qualifying easier and increase your purchasing power. So, the upcoming change on April 6 is good news.
Is the mortgage world still confusing? Yes absolutely, probably more so! That’s why great advice based on experience and access to multiple lending options is so important. While the stress test may be less stressful, my goal is to reduce stress from your entire mortgage experience and help you build wealth with the right mortgage now and excellent advice going forward. Get in touch at anytime, these are exciting times for buyers and homeowners!
My home is my…
My home is my castle! It’s also your greatest wealth building tool. Home equity can build nicely by chipping away at payments and through increasing home values, ultimately creating a terrific repository of wealth and making your home not only your castle, but so much more!
My home is my castle – My start and my future. Over the long term, residential real estate has been a very strong asset, showing excellent appreciation. The goal is to not help pay your landlord’s mortgage, but instead have that money build your own equity. I can help make that reality come true. Get in touch early; good advice can save time, money and stress.
My home is my castle – Our daughter’s postsecondary education. Your home may allow you to invest in your greatest asset – your children! The cost of higher education can be daunting, especially if you haven’t prepared for it. Tuition is just part of the cost. You also need to consider accommodation, food, textbooks, supplies, and transportation. Your home can be the most cost-effective financing.
My home is my castle – My ability to retire my way. A reverse mortgage can greatly assist cash strapped retirees who need to pay off their debts and live comfortably in their family home. Reverse mortgages are also a strategy for the well-heeled who want to unlock the value of their homes for wealth-building strategies or to enhance their retirement. You may also want to line up a secured line of credit lined up before you retire.
My home is my castle – Our renovated dream home. A smart home renovation can both increase your home’s property value and improve the way you live in your home. Putting a renovation on your high-interest credit card can wipe out the value you’re adding and create future financial stress. Whether you are looking at buying a fixer upper, or renovating your current home, I can help.
My home is my castle – My smart investment strategy. Many Canadians are building personal wealth with an investment property, which is often viewed as a pension plan, particularly since so many Canadians are not covered by workplace plans. Rental income typically pays for most or all the expenses and property appreciation has often outperformed stocks and bonds over the long term.
My home is my castle – Our freedom from credit card debt. If high-interest debt is choking your cash flow, you may be able to move that debt to your lower-rate mortgage. You’ll get a fresh start that will allow you to save thousands in interest, boost your cash flow, have less stress with one manageable payment, and be mortgage free quicker. You’ll get the financial reset you need to start building wealth.
I’m here to make sure you get the most out of homeownership. Get in touch at anytime!
10 ways to plug the money leaks!
The fresh start of the new year makes it a great time to review your finances and particularly your spending. Whether you are saving to buy a home or pay one off, your “money leaks” can add up to some big bucks over time. Here are ten ways to find some of your missing money and help you save over the long term:
I’m here to save you money in 2020 and throughout your mortgage years. Get in touch at any time!
Financial comfort and joy!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And, it’s also the busiest. It can be difficult to get through the holiday season without at least some level of increased stress. If financial stress is something you are concerned about, then add something new to your holiday to-do list this year - a holiday debt-check!
Why think about debt just when you’re getting excited about the holidays? Well… that excitement is the reason you want to have a cool, intelligent appraisal of your financial situation. It’s tempting to overspend at this time of year. That’s why so many Canadians suffer from “plastic shock” when their credit card bills arrive in January.
Do a quick assessment. Are you carrying too much credit card or other high interest debt that is eating up too much cash flow? If the answer is “yes,” it’s worth having a conversation about streamlining your finances. You don’t have to wait until your January bills arrive, you can do a debt check before the holidays are fully upon us.
I have access to some great rates and can help set you up with a smart plan with sensible payments, and smooth sailing through the hectic holidays and into the new year.
Worried that your locked-in mortgage means your options are limited? I can do an assessment to determine if the savings each month will far outweigh any penalties. Here’s one client example:
Joe’s and Gina’s mortgage, car loan and credit cards totalled $300,000. Since they had enough equity in their home (minimum 20% required), I helped them roll that debt into a new $304,000 mortgage. Even though they paid a fee to break the existing mortgage, the payoff was considerable:
Today Monthly Payments* Monthly Payment*
Mortgage $250,000 $1,195 $1,453
Car loan $ 25,000 $ 495 $ 0
All credit cards $ 25,000 $ 655 $ 0
Total $2,345 $1,453
That’s $892 less each month - a huge improvement in cash flow! Joe and Gina are planning to put tax returns and holiday bonuses against their mortgage principal – and they’ll be out of debt well before their original timeline – with some real peace of mind about their finances.
While refinancing is not an option for everyone, I have access to other financing options that can help. If you can benefit from this kind of financial restructuring, get in touch. I love to help at this time of year. Financial comfort and joy: that could be one of your best gifts!
*3.09% current and new mortgage, 25 year am. Credit cards 19.5% and car loan 7%, both at 5 year am. OAC. Subject to change. For illustration purposes only.
Thank you for your support during 2019!
It’s been a phenomenal year of learning, growth and accomplishments. I have so enjoyed working with my fabulous clients, and meeting many new friends thanks to your referrals. Looking forward to another successful year in 2020! Thank you for your confidence and trust.
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