Posted onJanuary 3, 2019 by Jen Neilson
In my 30’s my parents had to co-sign for my mortgage and it was a humbling experience. My specialization in mortgage services for divorce and/or separation came from personally navigating the process alone. It became my drive to find another way, so nobody else had to go thru what I did.
No one wants to struggle financially following a split, especially when it takes such an emotional toll.
It’s imperative to examine your finances to determine if you can comfortably afford to buy out your spouse. If you’ve decided to remain in your matrimonial home, but the mortgage payments, taxes, monthly bills and upkeep push you to your financial limit, the stress that this will put you under may not be worth staying put – even for the sake of keeping something constant in your children’s lives.
Creating workable solutions for divorcing spouses with the ‘Spousal Buyout Program’
When refinancing a typical mortgage, you can only access up to 80% of the home’s value. But, through a Spousal Buyout Program, you can ‘purchase’ the home from your spouse and unlock up to 95% of its equity. Matrimonial debt and lump sum equity payments can also be included in the mortgage – up to 95% of the appraised value.
This added access to funds often makes the difference between one spouse being able to buy out the other’s half of the home versus having to sell the home and find two new separate places to live. This can prove especially difficult, of course, if children are involved.
Many people find that qualifying for a mortgage under the new Canadian mortgage stress test rules to be quite difficult. I have special tools that allow a borrower to use child tax credit, child support, and spousal support as a source of income. It is equally difficult for the payor of the support to qualify for a mortgage as this extra payment can be quite limiting. As your broker, I have solutions that can help a borrower navigate around these limitations.
My business thrives on referrals from past clients as well as other professionals such as Collaborative divorce lawyers, financial planners, divorce coaches, and realtors, and the best part is in most cases your broker is likely to be paid by the financial institution that lends you the money.
This means there is likely no brokers fees to you, the client.
As a mortgage specialist who works with divorcing couples, I’ve adopted three key priorities to ensure I serve every client to the best of my ability, including:
- Operating with integrity by always ensuring my clients receive the best mortgage product and rate to meet their unique needs – both now and over the long term.
- Providing solutions, support and answers while navigating unchartered territory such as separation/divorce, which ultimately leads to financial independence.
- Keeping a positive outlook regardless of the situation at hand to help keep clients in a positive frame of mind while they complete their separation/divorce and split the matrimonial home.
As an added benefit of my specialization, I’m also able to get more exceptions from my trusted lender partners to ensure my clients’ needs are met along their road to financial independence following a breakup. I help homeowners split their marital home and educate my clients so they can create financial independence and own a home on their own that’s within their means.
My goal is to empower you with financial independence and help you find a way to stability after a separation/divorce.