For most people, a mortgage is going to be one of the largest debts they manage in their lifetime. With this in mind when mortgage lenders are looking at an application they have to consider if an applicant has demonstrated a history to borrow and repay. The thicker and longer the history, means overall less … Continue reading Good Credit
When you join into a mortgage relationship with a lender, it's important to keep in mind that it is the lender who generally takes on the majority of the risk as most people put less than 50% up to only 5% of their own money to finance the initial cost of the home. In order … Continue reading The 5 C’s of Credit
There are many Canadians whose mortgages are up for renewal this year. In 2014 the average discounted 5 year fixed rate was 2.81%, compare that with today's best averaging around 3.64% and its no wonder that many Canadians are worried about their mortgage payments on their upcoming renewals. Over 3/4 of renewing mortgage holders are … Continue reading Does your mortgage renew this year?
When you purchase a home, your name is on your land title as being the owner of the property and any other interests in the property- such as a mortgage- will also go on title. We assume that all mortgages are registered the same- however there are very big differences between a standard mortgage charge … Continue reading A Collateral Mortgage is not a Standard Mortgage
With the latest increase in financing rates we might be hearing a lot more about assumable mortgages. An assumable mortgage is one that the lender allows another borrower to take over or assume the mortgage without changing any of the terms of the mortgage. The new applicant takes over the obligation for the payments left … Continue reading Assumable Mortgages
Often when looking at mortgage, many buyers 1st question is "what is your best rate?". While rate is certainly a consideration when choosing a mortgage product, knowing the features of the mortgage product should be top priority- because not all mortgage products or lender offerings are equal. In many cases, Canadians often end up paying … Continue reading Mortgage Penalties
People always ask us what is the best way to pay down a mortgage quickly? Well a mortgage is probably your largest debt and paying it off will give you peace of mind for sure, but it is usually a large amount of debt, and people tend to let it just sit there while making … Continue reading How to pay down your mortgage?
By now you likely have heard of the new B20 mortgage rule updates set by the Federal Government in October of 2016 and the increase in premium in default mortgage insurance in March of 2017 and the newest addition to conventional mortgages that came into effect January 1 of this year. The Office of the … Continue reading Insured, Insurable and Uninsurable
Many people believe that the lowest rate mortgage is the best kind. While there is obviously merit to saving on interest, rate is not the only variable that can save or cost you money. There are real reasons as to why a broker will tell you that there is more to the question- what is … Continue reading The Down-Low on the Lowest Rate
The Most Recent OSFI Mortgage Rule Changes On Tuesday October 17 the Bank of Canada announced they will proceed with the implementation of a stress test for all uninsured mortgages. An uninsured mortgage is where the down payment is more than 20% down, has no default mortgage insurance and includes refinancing. The stress … Continue reading OFSI Mortgage Rule Changes effective January 1st 2018