There 4 main areas that lenders evaluate, while also considering the 5 C's of credit. These are income, down payment, active and historical credit, and the property itself. 5 Steps to Get a Mortgage Income and Employment. You monthly income is what will be paying the mortgage. There is a maximum percentage of your taxable … Continue reading How To Get A Mortgage
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Lets dig a little deeper to understand variable rate and fixed rate so that you can decide which is best for you. Note, these mortgages referred to in this post are closed mortgages, which is what most Canadians have their mortgage in as the interest rates are the lowest. First understand that a mortgage payment, … Continue reading Fixed VS Variable- Which is right for you?
Why are interest rates increasing so rapidly? If you own a house or have been thinking about buying, rising interest rates is a hot topic. The 'interest rate' in question is the Bank of Canada's (BoC) policy interest rate, also known as the target overnight or benchmark interest rate. Changes in the BoC policy interest … Continue reading Why are the Bank of Canada Interest Rates Increasing?
The thought of putting on your parka and heading out into -25 degree weather deters even the most strong willed Edmonton and Sherwood Park home buyers. With colder weather, people naturally tend to hibernate indoors. This is a great advantage to a first time home buyer, or a buyer who can buy first and sell … Continue reading Top 3 Reason’s To Buy in Edmonton This Winter
There is a lot of interest in the New Canadian First Time Home Buyers Incentive Program. This program is shared equity program designed to make first time home buying more affordable. See our video to have a better understanding, and don't forget to visit: placetocallhome.ca for more information. We serve all of Alberta, with a … Continue reading First Time Home Buyers Incentive Program
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
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
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
In 2016 and 2017 Ottawa brought in some major changes to the mortgage industry that has made the cost to lend mortgages much higher. The categorizing of a mortgage is now more complicated and depending how your mortgage is categorized: insured,insurable or uninsurable- there are different mortgage rates. This and other factors have resulted in … Continue reading What is your best rate?
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