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Mortgage Rules After The Federal Budget

The Federal Budget announced new mortgage rules that were not what we were hoping for.

The best part of the new rules allows Canadians to withdraw $35K from their RRSP which is an addition of $10K over the previous $25K. This is awesome for the first time home buyers program – but remember the RRSP’s still need to repaid over time or they become taxable income.

The second portion that was supposed to be relief is confusing to consumers and disappointing. CMHC will now allow a purchaser up to 10% funding for new homes and 5% for existing homes with a household income of up to $120K. A home buyer purchasing a $400,000 home with five per cent down and a five per cent CMHC shared equity mortgage (worth $20,000), would see their mortgage reduced from $380,000 to $360,000, lowering their monthly mortgage bill. Buyers may borrow no more than four times their annual household income. This additional $20K will have to be repaid to CMHC but terms have not yet be laid out. This new program is set to commence in the fall of 2019. In my opinion this does little in our local economy and encourages Canadians to take on more debt…which is not something we need.

We were hoping for a adjustment to the stress test or bringing back 30 year amortization…the silver lining is the feds mentioned that the stress test will continue to be reviewed and we may see changes at a later point in time. Lets keep our figures crossed.

Watch the video snippet of the announcements below:

 

 

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?

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.

Connect with me on social media as well.

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Financial Health in 2019

Financial Health in 2019

If you’re looking to make some financial headway this year, let’s talk about why now is as good of a time as any (or better) to review your mortgage and discuss how paying down your mortgage more aggressively will save you money in the long term.

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Mortgage Review

If you haven’t had a mortgage review completed in a while, the start of a new year is a great time to do this!

Depending on when you got your mortgage, by taking a look at your existing mortgage and comparing it to products available on the market today, you might be able to save a lot of money by restructuring. Even what seems like an insignificant saving can have a considerable impact when rolled out over several years.

The truth is, you’ll never know unless you take a look. So even if you’re just a little bit curious, feel free to get in touch, and I’d be more than happy to sit down with you and discuss your mortgage options.

Early Pre-Payments

Consider aggressively paying down your mortgage using pre-payment privileges. Although you’ve probably heard this before, maybe now is the time you decide to take action.

Most mortgages allow you to pay down 10-20% of the original principal mortgage amount as a lump sum and/or increase your payments by 10-20%. Did you get a raise at the end of 2018? Now might be a good time to increase your mortgage payments to match.

Any money that you put on your mortgage as a pre-payment goes entirely towards the principal balance and is not a pre-payment of interest.

My goal is not only to help you get the best mortgage available, but also to help you get rid of that mortgage as quickly as possible.

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What Documents Do You Need To Apply For A Mortgage?

Home buying is exciting, but also can be a lot of work. There are a lot of factors in play when thinking about purchasing a home, from location, how many bedrooms, finding a realtor, mortgage broker and lawyer.

Within all of this there is some documents and information needed as well. In order to apply for a mortgage we need to be able to figure out your income and your down payment.It can sometimes seem like a lot so here are a couple of tips for organizing:

  • Set up a place where you can have all the documents go. This could be an accordion file folder labelled with each item or simply a inbox on your desk where it gets placed and ready to go.
  • For any letters you need, ask employers/family for them now, as sometimes they need a bit more than a days notice to pull together a letter.
  • Print off our Mortgage documents checklist and keep it with your paperwork, checking off items as you have them.

With this check list you can now begin to pull together all of your documents and start the four steps to getting a new mortgage below.

Step 1: Apply

You can start the application process with me online even, by visiting this link. Or you can give me a call (780) 946-6222 or sending me an email Krista@mortgagesimple.ca

Step 2: Processing

I will then be in touch to review your application and discuss your specific needs before getting you approved for your mortgage financing.

Step 3: Acceptance

When your loan is approved, I will send you your approval and a list of required documents. The checklist above is a great start ahead of time. The approval must be signed and returned along with any other required documents.

Step 4: Funding

Once your loan is complete you will need to meet with your lawyer to finalize and register your loan.

From there, find and move into your new home and enjoy the fruit of your hard work!

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Mortgage Portability

The Guise of Mortgage Portability

“Is my mortgage portable?”
The answer is probably yes.

“Is it easy to port my mortgage?”
The answer is probably not.

When you’re selling your existing home and buying something else, porting your mortgage involves transferring the remainder of your current mortgage term, outstanding principal balance, and interest rate to that new property. Although this might sound like a good idea to keep a low rate intact, in reality, sometimes it feels like the stars have to align for it to work out.

Most people assume that porting a mortgage guarantees mortgage qualification on the purchase of a new property using the mortgage they got when they bought their last property. Often they feel confident about their ability to simply port their mortgage, and might even sell their existing property or write an offer on a new property, believing that they are already qualified (because they were qualified before). This isn’t the case.

Just because your mortgage is portable, doesn’t mean you’ll somehow magically qualify to buy a new property with an old mortgage. Mortgage financing doesn’t work that way.

Porting a mortgage requires full re-qualification, it’s not a loophole to purchase a new property without disclosing changes in your financial situation. The lender will ask for new employment documents and pull a new credit report. It is the mortgage qualification process, with additional conditions.

The most common reasons porting doesn’t always work out as planned

  • You may not qualify for the new mortgage.
  • The property you are buying doesn’t meet the lender’s guidelines.
  • You still need a down payment.
  • You’ll most likely have to pay a penalty, even if it’s refunded.
  • Timelines rarely work out.

So, if you are in a situation where you have an existing mortgage, and you’re looking to buy something else, and you’d like to discuss mortgage portability, please don’t hesitate to get in touch anytime! I’d love to walk you through your options.

There is no substitute for solid mortgage advice. Porting might make sense, but then again it might not. Either way, I’ll make sure you know exactly where you stand.

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

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