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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As your mortgage payments are withdrawn from your account on a set schedule, it’s easy to put your mortgage payments on auto-pilot, especially if you have opted for a longer term.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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Check These 5 Things Before Your Mortgage Renewal

When your mortgage term comes to an end, the next step is to look at your mortgage renewal options. Here are five things you should consider when renewing your mortgage to make sure you pay the least amount of money over your next term, because who doesn’t like saving money?!

Do not simply sign renewal papers with your current lender!

When your renewal papers come in the mail, please understand that your current lender hasn’t offered you the best terms available. Don’t just sign and mail them back, to get the best deal… you need to look at all your options first!

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Interest Rate

Most Canadians think that the lowest interest rate means the best mortgage product. Although sometimes that is true, there are other factors such as fine print. In regards to interest rates, your current bank doesn’t always have the best one. They have the best one that they can offer, but it might not be the best on the market. This is where having a broker in your corner to look at rates and compare with your needs in the next 4 points can help.

Fine Print

A mortgage is more than just an interest rate. You can save yourself a lot of money if you pay attention to the fine print, not only the rate.

Breaking Your Mortgage

This would be one of those fine print details to investigate. If you decide to break your mortgage early, you will inevitably end up paying a penalty. A variable rate will typically cost three months interest to break, whereas breaking a fixed rate mortgage can be significantly more costly as you could incur an interest rate differential penalty.

Fixed VS Variable

Whether you go fixed or variable is a big decision. You must decide whether the rate will be allowed to fluctuate along with the bank’s prime lending rate or whether you want to lock in the rate for the whole term.

Also, consider the term length for each fixed and variable, you have lots of options! 6 months to 10 years!

Mortgage Refinance

When your mortgage is up for renewal, you are in a unique position to refinance your mortgage without incurring a penalty, so make sure you consider this option as well.

So if your mortgage is up for renewal within the next six months, looking at all your options is the best way to make sure you get 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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Krista Lindstrom

Mortgage Broker

krista@mortgagesimple.ca

780-946-6222

 

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.

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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.