Preparing Your Home For A Successful Appraisal

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

Does your mortgage renew this year?

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?

A Collateral Mortgage is not a Standard Mortgage

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

Assumable Mortgages

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

Mortgage Penalties

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

OFSI Mortgage Rule Changes effective January 1st 2018

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

What is your best rate?

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?