In the past year we have seen fixed mortgage rates jump by 3% from the record low rates we had during the pandemic. At the same time variable rate holders have also seen substantial changes to their mortgage interest rates with the Bank of Canada increasing rates over 2% since its first increase back in … Continue reading Fixed Rates and Bond Yields
It would appear that qualifying for mortgages when you have 20% down or more is going to get a bit more "stressful" on June 1st, 2021. This the date that OSFI has planned for its proposal for a tougher minimum qualifying rate for uninsured mortgages to be in force. As planned, homebuyers/owners will need to … Continue reading Stress Test Increase
When you refinance your home, or even when you are switching mortgage lenders and your mortgage is uninsured, the mortgage lender will require an appraisal on the property to confirm your property's current value. Your home is one of your largest assets so of course you want it to appraise high within your current market. … Continue reading Preparing Your Home For A Successful Appraisal
Many mortgage lenders have re-introduced the cash back mortgage, to help buyers and current home owners at a time when people need it the most.
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Here are 3 things you can do to give you some financial reprieve during these uncertain times. 1. Reduce your monthly mortgage payment. There are two ways to do this. a) If you are making accelerated bi weekly payments, change it to biweekly. Accelerated essentially pays an additional month of mortgage payments per year., by … Continue reading How to alter your mortgage to give yourself some financial reprieve
As your trusted mortgage adviser's we are absolutely committed to doing everything we can to help you if you are experiencing difficulty making your mortgage payments. These are unprecedented times, incredibly volatile and information is being adjusted, changed, clarified on a daily basis. I hope the information provided here can provide some help and please … Continue reading COVID-19-What Home Owners Need to Know
The changes announced in this blog, have been postponed. With the impact on the economy from COVID-19, the regulators have decided to wait on any changes. It is worth to note that at this time the Stress Test has lowered with most mortgage lenders and today (March 31st, 2020) it is currently 5.04%. Previous post … Continue reading POSTPONED- Changes to the Mortgage Stress Test
What are some tips to pay down your mortgage quickly? Here is how some people saved themselves money on mortgage interest and paid down their mortgage's faster. Of Buyers who purchased between 2014-2017: 18% made a lump sum payment (average was $19,500) 16% increased the amount of their payment (average was $440 a month) 10% … Continue reading How to pay down your mortgage?
Default Mortgage Insurance is an insurance policy which compensates lenders or investors for losses due to the default of a mortgage loan. In Canada, we are fortunate that we have three organizations that offer default mortgage insurance: CMHC – Canadian Mortgage Housing Corporation, Sagen (formerly Genworth), and Canada Guaranty. Why is this important and a benefit to a borrower? … Continue reading Insurance Series- Default Mortgage Insurance