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Retirement With A Mortgage

There’s a chance you read the title to this article and thought “I’m a long way off from retirement”. That’s okay, chances are you know someone (maybe parents or relatives) who could use this information, feel free to pass it along.

If you find yourself in the position thinking about retirement and what options you have with your mortgage, you’ve come to the right place. As an independent mortgage broker, I can provide you with many more options than a traditional bank. You might be closer to retirement than you think, and a good mortgage can certainly help you along the way.

Although it’s ideal to have your mortgage paid off by the time you retire, that isn’t always possible. Especially in today’s economy. More and more Canadians are carrying mortgage debt into retirement, how well they do it relies on the options they have!

Let me outline some options you have:

Standard Mortgage Financing

Standard mortgages work if you’ve got a steady income, decent credit, and equity in your home. There is no reason you shouldn’t qualify for standard mortgage financing. This usually comes at the lowest interest rate and best terms. Even if you’ve already retired, some lenders use pension and retirement income to support your mortgage application.

Reverse Mortgage Financing

A reverse mortgage allows Canadian homeowners 55 years and older to borrow money from their home with no proof of income, no credit check, and no health questions. A reverse mortgage is a fabulous mortgage solution that has helped thousands of older Canadians to enhance their lifestyle.

Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)

A line of credit secured to the equity you have in your home is an excellent tool to allow you to access money when you need it, but not pay interest if you don’t. A lot of Canadians like the idea of rolling all their expenses and income into one account.

To figure out which option is best suited to you, contact me directly. Together we can assess your financial situation, put together a mortgage plan, and then see it through.

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

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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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