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4 Things You Can Do To Pay Your Mortgage Faster

Although getting a mortgage is exciting as it allows you to become a homeowner, a mortgage is, in fact, a lot of debt. So if you have a mortgage, your goal should be to get rid of it as quickly as possible.

Here are four things you can do to help pay off your mortgage for good!

 

1. Accelerate your payments.

Making the change from monthly payments to accelerated bi-weekly payments is one of the easiest ways you can make a difference to the bottom line of your mortgage. Most people don’t even notice the difference.

A traditional mortgage splits the amount owing to 12 equal monthly payments. Accelerated biweekly is simply taking a regular monthly payment and dividing it in two, but instead of making 24 payments, you make 26. The extra two payments really accelerate the pay down of your mortgage.

2. Increase your regular mortgage payments.

Chances are you have the ability to increase your regular mortgage payment by 10-25%. This is a great option if you have some extra cash flow to spend in your budget. This money will go directly towards paying down the principal amount owing on your mortgage and isn’t a prepayment of interest.

3. Make a lump sum payment.

Depending on your lender and your mortgage product, you should be able to put down anywhere from 10-25% of the original mortgage balance. Some lenders are particular about when you can make these payments, however, if you haven’t taken advantage of a lump sum payment yet this year, you should be eligible.

4. Review your options regularly.

As your mortgage payments are withdrawn from your account on a set schedule, it’s easy to put your mortgage payments on auto-pilot, especially if you have opted for a longer term. This is why an annual review is a good idea, there may be opportunities to refinance and lower your interest rate.

The point of reviewing your mortgage annually is that you are conscious about making decisions regarding your mortgage and that you ensure you’ve always got the best mortgage for you!

Questions on your mortgage, or want to compare your mortgage to what is currently available? Please email me.
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Is RIGHT NOW A Good Time To Buy?

Is RIGHT NOW a Good Time To Buy A Home?

If you’ve been thinking about buying a new (to you) property for whatever reason, the doom and gloom of the media might cause you to question a little; is right now a good time to buy?

Well…. what if that is the wrong question?

 

Inevitably, one media source will report that housing prices are ready to skyrocket, while at the same time, another news outlet will raise the alarm to brace for the inevitable housing crash of 2019.

The truth is, it’s nearly impossible to know for sure what’s going to happen with the housing market. Even when you check with the local experts, it’s hard to know what is going to happen next week, let alone in years to come. And “advice” from friends doesn’t usually pan out all that well. Instead of basing your buying decision on external market factors, consider asking yourself:

Is now a good time for me to buy a property?

When you stop looking at the market or opinions from others to determine your timing, and instead, examine your reasons for buying a property, the picture becomes much more clear. Here is a tidy list of things you should consider when thinking about buying a property. Although they are subjective, they are things you can control.

  • Does buying a new home now put me in a better financial position?
  • Do I feel comfortable with my current employment status?
  • Do I make enough money now to afford a new home and still be comfortable?
  • Have I saved enough money for a down payment?
  • What is the intended purpose of the property? Is it reasonable?
  • Is there any scenario where I might have to sell quickly and potentially lose money?
  • Do I want to buy, or am I feeling some pressure that if I don’t buy now, I might never be able to?
  • Am I scared that if I buy now, the market will crumble the second I do?

If you’d like someone to walk you through the process and outline your financial options, please get in touch to see what buying a property looks like for you.

 

Questions on your mortgage, or want to compare your mortgage to what is currently available? Please email me.

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What’s The Difference Between The Bank And Your Broker?

The Difference Between a Banker and a Broker

What’s The Difference?

The difference between a banker and a broker comes down to the products each can offer, and where their allegiances lie.

A banker is paid by the bank, to make the bank money at your expense, while a mortgage broker is paid by the lender to get you the best mortgage available, which is to your benefit.

 

Mortgage Brokers

A mortgage broker has access to multiple lenders and shops around to get you the best mortgage product available for your needs.

Working with a mortgage broker provides you with options right across the board. Instead of having to go in and fight the bank for a deal, your mortgage broker does all the leg work and outlines your options at several lenders. Since the lender pays the mortgage broker upon closing, there is no cost to you for your brokers services.

Bankers

A banker works for a single financial institution, and can only offer mortgage products from that institution.

As banks can only offer you their rates and products, they are very limited in how they can help you. They never offer you the best deal to start with, however, will eventually negotiate on terms and rates, but you will be responsible for doing the negotiations on your own.

 

Renewal Time?

If you have a mortgage up for renewal, or you would like to refinance, it is always in your best interest to contact your mortgage broker instead of dealing with the lender who currently holds your mortgage. Just because they were the best option previously, that doesn’t mean they will be the best option in the future.

If you or someone you know is considering a new mortgage, let’s connect to get you the best mortgage options available!

Questions on your mortgage, or want to compare your mortgage to what is currently available? Please email me.

 

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