Posted onNovember 21, 2018 by Jen Neilson
Separation & Divorce Can Be Tricky for Your Finances
There’s nothing enjoyable about a separation/divorce, regardless of who initiated the action. But life happens, and people move on.
I began specializing my mortgage brokering business on servicing the needs of those going through separation/divorce after personally having to navigate the processes alone. It was a very humbling experience having to ask my parents to co-sign my mortgage in my 30’s. That was my driver to find another way, so nobody else had to go thru what I did.
“I began specializing my mortgage brokering business on servicing the needs of those going through separation/divorce after personally having to navigate the processes alone.”
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. 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.
I help solve this real-world problem by providing specialized options for spousal buyouts. 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 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.
In this difficult time I want to be able to help clients and ease some of the stress that goes along with seperation.
Krista Lindstrom, AMP
Divorce Mortgage Specialist with Axiom Mortgage Solutions.