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BANK VS BROKER

Buying your first home and getting your first mortgage can be an overwhelming experience.

If this is your first home buying experiencing, applying for a mortgage can be the most intimidating part of the process , so where do you start?

In the past, the home buyer turned to their banks for their mortgage needs, but now you have more options at your disposal with over 40% of consumers turning to mortgage brokers for their mortgages needs instead of the banks.

Mortgage brokers are provincially licensed and regulated by CMBA .   They can help you with all aspects of a mortgage, from figuring out how much you can truly afford, to determining the best mortgage product for you, to finding ways to save you money and pay off your mortgage faster.

Many lenders’ rates and mortgages can only be accessed through a mortgage broker. Not having the selection of lenders, and simply choosing to get a mortgage with a bank, can mean choosing harsher prepayment penalties for breaking your mortgage in the future, as well as a higher interest rate; which can cost buyers thousands upon thousands of dollars over the life of their mortgage.

A mortgage broker is also able to better tailor a mortgage product to your specific needs, whether that be working with a lender who is more flexible when it comes to self-employed income; one who has more flexible prepayment terms; or one that has more options for consumers that possibly have suffered some credit challenges in the past.  Because mortgage brokers have access to more lenders, they’re better able to find a lender and a mortgage based on your specific needs and financial situation to get you the lowest mortgage rates today.

Mortgage brokers offer convenience, which lets you meet around your schedule, not the banks hours.

Mortgage brokers also operate on commission and are paid by the lenders who ultimately grant you your mortgage, so there is no cost to the consumer.   Referrals are the life blood of our business so it is in our best interest to serve you as best we can.

Bottom line,  using a mortgage broker gives you the freedom of CHOICE and comparables to consider, using a bank gives you no other choice but ONE, theirs.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have at 1-888-819-6536 or lisa@mortgageplayground.com

 

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FIXED VS VARIABLE MORTGAGES

THINGS TO CONSIDER

Fixed and Variable rate mortgages both have their advantages and disadvantages!

Historically speaking, homeowners tend to pay lower rates with variable mortgages, but these mortgages are also vulnerable to fluctuations because they’re tied to the Bank
of Canada’s prime rate (which is announced eight times per year). Fixed rates, on the other hand are primarily influenced by the yield on Canadian government bonds (bond yields) , and are typically higher than variable rates, but their rate is consistent throughout the term of the mortgage. Below are a few questions to help you determine which type
of mortgage is right for you.

CAN I AFFORD TO TAKE A VARIABLE RATE MORTGAGE

There is some risk associated with variable rate mortgages, so if  you go this route, you must be able to mitigate the risk if rates do rise.  One method of protecting yourself involves setting your payment to a fixed amount that’s higher than the minimum requirement.  For example, setting your payments based on the current 5 year fixed rate will allow you to provide a buffer in the event that rates rise and, because you’re paying more than the minimum amount, you’ll be paying more of your principal as well.

DOES A VARIABLE RATE MORTGAGE FIT MY RISK PROFILE?

Once you have decided you can afford a variable rate mortgage,  the next thing to assess is whether a variable rate mortgage fits your personality, lifestyle and comfort zone. If you’re the type of person that can’t sleep at night knowing that your rate and payment may change by 0.25%, then a variable rate mortgage may not be the best option for you.

WHAT TYPE OF VARIABLE RATE MORTGAGE SHOULD I CHOOSE?

There are three main factors to consider when choosing a variable rate mortgage:

  1. Payment frequency – Make sure you are aware of the options available before deciding. Some lenders may not allow certain variations of payment frequency (i.e.accelerated biweekly or weekly payments).
  2. Rate changes – Some lenders change their variable rates in line with the Bank of Canada eight times per year while others do it quarterly.
  3. Conversion to fixed rate – Does the lender allow the mortgage to be converted to a fixed rate mortgage at anytime? If so, what rate are you guaranteed on conversion – the best discounted rate or the posted rate?

If you would like to discuss all of your options in detail please contact me directly at 250-819-6536 or 1-888-819-6536 or email me at lisa@mortgageplayground.com

Lisa Alentejano

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BC First Time Home Buyer Downpayment Loans

save_moneyThere has been a lot of changes with regards to qualifying for a mortgage as of late, but I was happy to see that there is now some relief available for Canadian first time home buyers when it comes to buying a home and  saving for a downpayment.

The BC Government has implemented the BC Home Owner Mortgage and Equity Program granted to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have never previously owned a property and only apply to homes worth less than $750,000. A buyer must be able to     pre-qualify for a mortgage (that’s where I come in) and have a gross household income of less than $150,000. Applications open Jan. 16, and the program ends March 31, 2020.

The government would put a second mortgage on a property to reflect the amount it loaned, but not require any interest payments or payments on the principal for the first five years. After that, the 20-year repayment plan would be set at the prime lending rate plus 0.5 per cent, leaving the homeowner to pay back both the original mortgage and the down-payment loan at the same time.  There is no restriction to pay the loan out in part or full at any time.

The loans are available for condos, townhouses or detached homes. On a property worth $600,000, the government loan could help a buyer meet or exceed the federally set minimum down payment of $35,000. In one example, provided by B.C. Housing, a person who saved $30,000 could apply to get an additional $30,000 from the province, giving the buyer a $60,000 down payment.

Another example for reference is; as the minimum downpayment requirement is 5%, you, the consumer,  would have to come up with 2.5%, then the government would match the additional 2.5% required to make up the total 5% downpayment.  There are different sources of downpayment to consider as well;  RRSP, Borrowed, gifted from a family member or your own savings.

As always if you’re considering purchasing a home in the near future, the best thing to do is be informed.  My consultations are free and there is no obligation.  If you are simply looking to explore your options or curious and have some questions, please do not hesitate to email me at lisa@mortgageplayground.com or call me toll-free at 1-888-819-6536.

Lisa Alentejano

 

 

 

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Prepay your mortgage – retire without a mortgage?

save_moneyI came across this information and thought it was worth a share.  Its scares me to think of retiring with a mortgage and if your making minimum payments on a long term mortgage, it should scare you.
The stats are no joke:
  • 43% of 55 year olds say they haven’t saved enough for retirement.
  • 50% of Canadians believe they’ll run out of money within 10 years of retiring.
  • 1 in 4 retirees bear the load of a mortgage.
  • 51% of today’s borrowers expect to carry a mortgage into retirement.

Imagine the trauma of depleting your savings, being without full-time income, and still having a mortgage payment. For some, it’s a doomsday financial scenario.

Luckily, there is a straightforward New Year’s resolution that can help forestall this outcome:

 Increasing one’s mortgage payments.

You don’t need to raise them by much. For someone with 20 years left on a mortgage, for example:

  • A 2% annual payment increase will retire that mortgage 3.6 years sooner
  • A 3.5% annual payment increase will retire it 5.3 years sooner
  • A 5% annual payment increase will end it 6.7 years sooner

(Assumes a static 3.49% interest rate for simplicity.)

Every extra $1 of principal that you pay down today saves a minimum of $1 in interest over a typical mortgage lifespan.

So, while you’re making New Year’s pledges to exercise more, eat better or the like, consider a resolution that dramatically improves your financial health. If you don’t have a better use of your free cash flow (i.e., you don’t have higher yielding investments, higher interest debt to pay off, etc.) then take a step towards the peace of mind of owning your home free and clear. Do what 60%of Canadian mortgagors never do, and voluntarily raise your mortgage payments.

For more information about your mortgage please feel free to call me at 1-888-819-6536.

Lisa Alentejano

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Variable Rates looking good again

With the hike of fixed rates again last week with some of the 5 big banks variable rates are looking attractive with a discount if -40 off prime interest rate currently at 3% making a 5 year variable rate 2.6%.  A 5 year fixed is 3.39-3.79 depending on lender.

Variable rate mortgages are a great option but also come with a few challenges too,  to qualify for a variable rate we must use a higher rate which can impact your borrowing power as well they fluctuate with the Bank of Canada prime lending rate so there definitely is more risk attached.

Best way to know if variable rates are for you is get informed and look at all your options.  Any questions you can call me or email me! 1-888-819-6536 or lisa@mortgageplayground.com.

Cheers

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Rebuilding Your Credit

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Rebuilding your credit

A good credit score is required to obtain “A” lenders best mortgage rates.

But what are some options out their for you  to rebuild your credit so you can take advantage of A lenders and A mortgage rates.

Lendit created a GIC Investment Loans to help people build up their financial savings and also re-establish their credit history. No matter why you have bad credit, Lendit’s loans are designed to help you re-establish your credit history, invest your loan in a secure GIC, jumpstart your savings, and even earn you interest on your investment. They specialize in lending to people with poor credit, and their products are affordable and designed not  to take advantage of our customers.

Here is how LendIt works;

 

How a Lendit GIC Investment Loan Works      
Your Lendit loan is automatically invested into a GIC (Guaranteed Investment Certificate) with a Canadian Financial Institution – in trust for you.
Your investment is insured by the CDIC, so you know your money is safe.
Your repayment history is reported to your credit profile helping you build your credit rating.
Only 12.99% per annum, much lower than secured credit cards or bad credit card loans!
Three loan options to fit your budget: $2,300, $3,200 or $5,500.
Access cash during the term of your loan based on the equity you’ve built up in your GIC.
Get full access to your GIC plus interest at the end of the loan term.
Lendit GIC Loans are available even if you haven’t been discharged from bankruptcy or are still making payments under a consumer proposal.

 

Applying for a Lendit GIC Investment Loan is simple and approvals can be obtained within 48 hours.

Contact me at lisa@mortgageplayground.com for more information or by phone at 1-888-819-6536