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NOV
22

Get your mortgage rate checked before closing on your new-build home

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When you’re in the final stages of closing on your new house, you have a million things on your mind. You might be thinking about what paint colours to buy, what furniture you need, or even what you plan to do with the backyard. The last thing you might be thinking about is checking your mortgage rate. That was finalized awhile ago anyway. Right? 

As a homebuyer of a new-build home, you likely had to apply for mortgage pre-approal to confirm to your builder that you have the funds to pay for the home. But remember: A pre-approval is just a rate-hold—not a binding approval.

We recommend you get your rate checked at least 90 days before closing on your new build home. You may be able to get a better deal! Rates may have gone down, or new borrowing options (with lower rates or better terms and conditions) may be available. 

At MortgagesMadeEasy.com, we compare mortgage deals from 30+ lenders and negotiate the best deals for your situation. If you want your deal compared, or have mortgage questions, apply online or contact us today.

 

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MAY
10

Can’t qualify for a bank mortgage? Apply with us!

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It may seem like it’s becoming more difficult to buy your dream house. Changes to mortgage rules and regulations, high real estate prices, and low inventory have made Ottawa’s real estate market extremely competitive. We’ve seen properties go on and off the market in four days. 

Don’t be discouraged, though: At MortgagesMadeEasy.com, we can help you be ready to make an offer on a great home within your price range!

Already talked to your bank? Here’s what they might not have told you:

If you go to your bank to start the mortgage process, your banker will tell you the first step is to get “pre-approved.” But what they may not tell you is that a pre-approval is just a rate-hold—not a binding approval. Your pre-approval protects you from rate increases for up to 120 days and confirms the amount you qualify to borrow based on your proven income (line 150 on your tax return) but does not guarantee the lender will loan you that amount! 

If you’re in any of the following situations, your bank may pre-approve you for your mortgage based on stated income, but then later reject you due to lack of income proof or other reasons:

  • You have bruised credit history
  • You are a business owner or self-employed
  • You are paid by commission/tips
  • You rely on pension/support money
  • You are working two jobs
  • You are looking to take out a second mortgage
  • You are a newcomer to Canada
  • You are on probation
  • You are looking to buy an unconventional/commercial property

If you take steps to buy a home based on a pre-approval from your bank, but then are later rejected for your mortgage, you could be put in a situation where you are owing a large sum of money on a tight deadline. When that happens, your banker won’t be able to do much to help you. But MortgagesMadeEasy.com can.

At MortgagesMadeEasy.com, we won’t waste your time with pre-approvals that don’t pan out. We have close connections with more than 30 lenders, including the big banks. We know what information and documents they look for. We’ll ask you the tough questions about your income upfront because it is our goal to make sure the amount you are pre-approved for is the same amount you are loaned. This will help you close the deal on your home fast, without any hassles or surprises.

No matter your situation, we have options for you

Since 1989 we’ve been helping all types of clients get a mortgage. If you don’t qualify for a traditional mortgage with your bank, we have options for you, including our own in-house fund for private lending. Even if you do qualify for a bank mortgage, give us a call, because we’ll beat your bank’s offer. Let us see what we can do for you. Call us at 613-563-3447 or use our contact form.

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APR
06

Buyer beware: A mortgage pre-approval from your bank is not a guarantee

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Anyone who is considering purchasing a home should get pre-approved for their mortgage. A mortgage pre-approval confirms the amount you qualify to borrow and protects you from rate increases for up to 120 days. If you’re considering going to your bank to get pre-approved, rather than using a broker, you should know that there are important details your banker may not tell you up front.

A pre-approval at your bank is not an approval 

A few weeks ago, a couple came to us because the mortgage amount they were pre-approved for by their bank was not the same amount they were actually loaned. They went to buy a home under the impression they would be loaned the amount they were pre-approved for, and when they weren’t, they were stuck owing a large sum of money on a tight deadline. In this case, we had to secure the client a private mortgage, which is an interest-only loan, to pay for the remainder of their home. 

It’s important for homebuyers to remember that a mortgage pre-approval confirms your rate and the amount you qualify for but does not guarantee the lender will loan you that amount. Mortgage approval will depend on your documentation and proof of income.

Your stated income vs. your proven income

When you file for a pre-approval with your bank, your banker will ask you to state your income, and then they take that information at face-value. What they may not tell you is that lenders have to look at your proven income (line 150 on your tax return) to approve your mortgage.

If you’re in any of the following situations, your bank may pre-approve you for your mortgage based on your “stated income”, but then later reject you due to lack of proof or other reasons:

  • You are a business owner or self-employed
  • You are paid by commission/tips
  • You rely on pension/support money
  • You are working two jobs
  • You are looking to take out a second mortgage
  • You are a newcomer to Canada
  • You are on probation

At MortgagesMadeEasy.com, your mortgage pre-approval is treated the same way as if you were purchasing a home. We ask the tough questions up front about your income and documentation so the amount you are pre-approved for is the same amount you are loaned. This will save you from embarrassment, stress, and legal issues when you go to pay for your home.

Mortgages are all we do—let us get you ready to buy your first home

Unlike your banker, mortgages are all we do. We are not trying to sell you a specific mortgage product. Our brokers are here to show you all the best mortgage options you qualify for, and explain the fine print, so you can make smart decisions.

We want your mortgage to go as smoothly as possible. Let us walk you through the process and explain what kind of documentation you will need to get approved for your mortgage. Call us at 613-563-3447 or use our contact form.

And when you are ready to apply for your mortgage pre-approval, use our secure online form. We’ll get back to you within hours with the best mortgage in the market for your unique situation.

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MAR
07

Save money on your mortgage: You may qualify for a special promotion offer

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Before buying a home, you would explore all your options. Your mortgage should be no different. If you only mortgage shop with one or two major banks, you may miss your opportunity to find a better mortgage with better rates, terms and options. 

When you apply for your mortgage through MortgagesMadeEasy.com, you gain access to several mortgage options from multiple lenders—not just the big banks. You also get insider access to our lenders' limited time offers and unpublished promotions. These unlisted, quick closing specials can help you save money upfront and over the course of your mortgage.

Whether you're qualifying for your first home, renewing your mortgage, or taking out equity, our experienced brokers can help you make the most informed decision and get the best mortgage for your situation. We connect you to the best deals and give you the information you need to feel comfortable and confident with your mortgage decision.

Just starting your search? The rates on MortgagesMadeEasy.com are always up-to-date. But no matter where you are in the process, call us, apply online, or book a free consultation to get your questions answered and learn about quick closing specials. Because the more you know, the more you can save, and the closer you get to making your dreams come true.

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FEB
08

Shopping for a new-build home this winter? Make your mortgage experience stress-free

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If you’re considering hiring a contractor to a build a new homeor want to purchase a completed new homethe first step is to get pre-approved for your mortgage.

A pre-approval confirms to the builder that you qualify for funds to pay for the home. It also confirms your price range, so you can shop for homes without any unexpected surprises.

 At MortgagesMadeEasy.com, we make it easy to get pre-approved for your mortgage. You can apply with us online or book a free consultation and we will tell you everything you need to make the process go as smooth as possible. For example, we will tell you upfront if we see any issues that may prevent you from getting pre-approved for your mortgage. We will also let you know what documentation you will need once you have a firm offer in place.

 When you get pre-approved for your mortgage, you are under no obligation to accept the offer, but it will be there if you need it. We have lenders who will hold your new-build mortgage offer for up to 6–12 months. If rates go up during that time period, your rate will not be affectedand if rates go down, we will get you the lower rate.

We want to make your mortgage experience stress-free! Have questions? Wondering what kind of documentation you will need before putting down a deposit? Call a MortgagesMadeEasy.com broker at 613-563-3447 or use our contact form.

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JAN
05

Find out if a private mortgage is right for you

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Under Canada’s new ‘stress test’ mortgage rules (implemented January 1st, 2018), many homebuyers may no longer qualify for a traditional mortgage. Fortunately, with the help of MortgagesMadeEasy.com, you still have options to help you get the property of your dreams, through alternative lenders or a private mortgage.

What is a private mortgage?

Compared to more conventional mortgage types, private mortgages are a unique financing option for the thousands of mortgage applications that do not fall within the banks’ parameters. Private mortgages are typically short-term (1–3 years), interest-only loans, secured through an individual investor or institution—instead of through a bank or chartered financial institution. This means you get fast financing, skipping the red tape and lengthy approval process of big banks. 

More importantly, private mortgage approval is based on the property’s value, not on your credit score or income. That makes private mortgages a viable option for people with a below average credit rating, little down payment, or those who can’t provide traditional proof of income. 

Why use a private mortgage?

A private mortgage may be right for you if you are in any of the following situations:

  • You’ve had trouble getting approved by a bank or traditional lender because of:
    • Bruised credit history
    • Un-confirmable income (self-employed, contract, etc.)
    • Little down payment
    • Too many properties in your portfolio
  • You’re looking to buy an unconventional property such as a farm, garage, or multi-unit commercial property.
  • You can’t wait for the banks’ approval process and need fast financing.
  • You are looking to take out a second mortgage.
  • You prefer a short-term loan.
  • You are looking to resell or build.

If you were turned down by the banks for any of the above-mentioned reasons, a private mortgage may be the answer.

Securing a private mortgage through MortgagesMadeEasy.com

Your MortgagesMadeEasy.com broker can help you decide if a private mortgage is right for you and your situation. Moreover, you’ll save time and hassle searching elsewhere for a private lender with access to our large, ‘in-house’, private mortgage fund. Our team of experts connects you to the best lenders, lowest rates, and quick approvals. 

We have experience processing hundreds of unique private mortgages on both 1st and 2nd residential and commercial properties, such as:

  • Almost any type of property: farms, restaurants, garages, vacant land, rentals, commercial, condominiums, and multi-units
  • Construction mortgages (both residential and commercial)
  • Interim financing
  • Tax arrears (personal or property), recent bankruptcy, or foreclosures
  • Credit proposals or refinance for debt consolidation

Worried about qualifying under the new mortgage rules? You can rest easy knowing we are available to answer all your questions, and can quickly get quotes for your deal with our ‘in-house’ fund.

If you have questions about private mortgages, the new rules, or want to discuss your options, contact your MortgagesMadeEasy.com broker today. Call 613-563-3447 or use our contact form.

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DEC
08

Canada’s new mortgage rules start January 1, 2018: Here’s what you need to know

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As of January 1st, 2018, passing a “stress test” will be a requirement for all insured and uninsured mortgages. Previously, only insured borrowers (those with less than 20% as a down payment) had to undergo the stress test. 

The stress test is designed to simulate a borrower’s financial situation if they had to pay back their loan at the posted average rate. To pass the stress test, homebuyers will now have to qualify on the greater of the Bank of Canada benchmark rate (currently 4.89%) or their actual rate +2.00%. For those with variable-rate mortgages, the Bank of Canada recently announced that their prime interest rate will stay the same, so the majority of lenders’ prime rate is 3.20%. 

For some homebuyers, these new mortgage rules could mean they no longer qualify for a mortgage, or do not qualify to buy the home they really want. It’s important for homebuyers to lock down their mortgage now—before the rules change—to ensure they get a great deal on their dream home.

If you’re thinking about buying a home, don’t wait until the new year to apply for your mortgage. Apply for a pre-approved mortgage with us before December 15th, 2017. Our lender will give you a quote under the current rules (on approved credit), and hold your deal until April 1st, 2018. Those who apply for a pre-approved mortgage are under no obligation to accept the lender’s offer.

Apply now for your no-obligation, pre-approved mortgage through our online form: https://www.mortgagesmadeeasy.com/apply/9-site-elements/mortgage-application-1/mortgage-application/84-mortgage-app

Have questions? Wondering how Canada’s new mortgage rules will impact you? Call a MortgagesMadeEasy.com broker at 613-563-3447 or use our contact form.

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JUN
28

How to avoid the hidden trap of mortgage penalties

How to avoid the hidden trap of mortgage penalties

Every mortgage shopper wants the lowest mortgage rate possible, but be careful; sometimes a low rate comes with unrealistic terms and conditions, or potential future penalties and fees that could nullify your initial savings.

I recently read in the news about a Toronto man who had to shell out $13,000 in fees for breaking his mortgage contract early. Nadim Kara didn’t know homeowners with a fixed term longer than five years can only be charged a penalty of three months’ interest if they break their mortgage after the fifth year. If Nadim had waited 60 more days to break his contract, he would have paid $3000 in fees rather than $13,000. This pertinent information was not in his contract, or explained to him until after the fact.

This story is an example of why having an experienced mortgage broker on your side is so important. Brokers take a forensic approach to examining the details of your mortgage contract to ensure you are protected, and that includes checking that the contract isn’t missing any information. Mortgage contracts must disclose all information on penalties for ending a mortgage early and how they will be calculated. Our brokers have been around the block a few times and won’t let mistakes fall through the cracks.

Many homebuyers can be overwhelmed by the technical language in mortgage contracts and may not pay close enough attention to the details before signing the dotted line. Our brokers are here to answer your questions and explain the fine print, so you don’t have to worry about overpaying on your mortgage, or being taken advantage of later.

We’ve been helping our clients navigate the mortgage industry since 1989. Give us a call at 613-563-3447 and let us take the confusion out of planning your mortgage.

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MAY
09

Is a CHIP Reverse Mortgage Right For You?

Is a CHIP Reverse Mortgage Right For You?

If you are a homeowner, 55 or older, and considering selling your home or downsizing, you should know there are other options available. One such option is a CHIP Reverse Mortgage. 

What is a reverse mortgage?

A reverse mortgage is a home loan that gives owners access to their home equity and turns it into tax-free money for you to spend as you wish. Instead of selling or downsizing to save money for your future, you can keep the home you love. 

How does a reverse mortgage benefit me?

A reverse mortgage allows you to receive up to 55% of the value of your home (depending on your age, type of home and location). The money from a reverse mortgage can supplement monthly income and help you enjoy your retirement or cover expenses, without dipping into your savings. With a reverse mortgage, you can avoid taking out a line of credit. Any outstanding loans will be paid out by the proceeds from your reverse mortgage.

Also, as long as you live in your home, you won’t have any regular mortgage payments. You retain ownership and control of the house and will never be asked to leave or sell (as long as you pay taxes, insurance and maintain the property).

Homeowners can receive the money in three ways:

• As one lump sum in advance

• Some now and some later

• Planned advances over a set period of time

Finally, once the CHIP Reverse Mortgage is repaid, you keep the remaining equity on your home. On average, the amount left over is 50% of its value when sold. 

Call one of our mortgage brokers today to find out if a CHIP Reverse Mortgage is right for you.

 

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JAN
09

The rules have changed, so you better have your credit story straight.

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The recent mortgage rule changes in Canada have been all over the news. In short, it’s tougher to get a mortgage today than it was just a few weeks ago. That doesn’t mean you can’t get a mortgage, but it does mean that you need to be really well prepared before you go shopping. When the rules tighten up, presenting yourself in your very best light can go a long way to increasing your options. One brilliant way to make a great impression on a lender is to have your credit story in order.


One thing that becomes an Achilles heel for a lot of borrowers is their credit score – and that even holds true for borrowers with really high incomes. You would be amazed how much weight your credit score carries. So, before you go for pre-approval, here are some sure-fire steps you can take to put the odds in your favour.

Find out where you stand, not where you hope you stand.

Your credit report can be had for free. It’s the same report that lenders will reference when they assess your credit-worthiness as far as them lending you their money. Good, bad or ugly, your journey starts with a review of your credit score, because the truth will set you free. The last thing you want is to be turned down over a bad report or even an error in your report. You’d be surprised how few times people actually go into their report and clear out long out of date information that could be hurting their credit rating. The more accurate the report, the faster you’ll know where you stand.

Be obsessed with paying your bills on time

This is hugely important to your credit health. Pay your bills on time. By on time, I mean in time for the payment to be received and processed before the due date so that your payment is registered on time, not submitted on the day it is due. And if you can’t pay the full bill, pay your minimum balance. If you do, you’ll be rewarded in your credit report.

And if you’re in a short-term jam and can’t make ends meet one month, call your creditor immediately, in advance of the payment due date and explain the situation.  Great communication with your creditor can also prevent a late payment form being reported to the credit bureau and repayment reliability is the single biggest influencer on your credit score. 

Are you a first time buyer? Build your credit score now.

New buyers often think that they stand a better chance at getting a mortgage if they don’t have credit cards of a history of debt. Sorry, but that’s not true.

When you don’t have any credit record, lenders can get leery. Lenders actually love seeing a healthy record of borrowing and repaying on time, as per agreement. It tells them that you have experience and you can handle the obligations that come with borrowing money. Being able to own and manage a credit card and also stay within your limit gives you a green light with lenders.  Of course, there are essential strategies that need to be employed, and simply running a credit card to the limit then only making months of the minimum payment won’t actually be great for your score. Remember, whether it’s a credit card bill, or your Internet and cable bill, paying them on time every time sets you up for mortgage success.

And here’s a tip no one usually knows: If you have more than one credit card or an old card you no longer use, don’t close the account. Having an active card that you don’t use also sends the message that you don’t use credit for the sake of using credit and lenders like seeing that too. It’s all a test and sticking to a simple payment plan can yield great scores in ways most people could never imagine,  

Lay off that “fist full of cards”

Opening multiple credit cards at the same time as you plan to seek a mortgage can also send a bad signal to a lender. You might think being approved for several credit cards at once is a sign of credit worthiness, but a mortgage lender looks at it differently. The mortgage lender sees a red flag as they assume you need these to pay bills and make ends meet regularly. That’s an instant stress test when it comes to assessing your ability to repay your mortgage with a lot of high interest debt on your plate. Once again, having a couple of cards that you manage well is fine, having a wallet full of high interest debt, is not.

Stay in touch with your credit report

We help our clients devise and execute many more credit strategies – all aimed at improving their ability to borrow for a mortgage at the best rate. One thing we always tell clients: now that you’re armed with credit IQ, make sure you occasionally check in on your credit report. It keeps you completely current on your most important asset when searching for a mortgage (or anything else of high net worth): your credit worthiness.

Pick an expert’s brain, for free

Ok, so I’ve just shared some sound advice about how to give you a better mortgage experience by building credit score.  But we’ve got plenty more ideas and strategies available, if you really want to supercharge your credit story. Trouble is – and stats will bear me out on this one – most of us need help to understand our situation and what the best way to improve it is. We’ve been helping clients secure mortgages and get their credit house in order for more that 30 years, and we can help you. It costs nothing to get our opinion and our quick form is effortless and completely confidential. The rules have changed and more than ever, today someone should be looking out for your interests. We’re happy to take on that challenge.

Looking for a mortgage? Wondering if you qualify? Interested in refinancing? Our secure and completely confidential “no obligation” quick-form can give you answers, fast. Find it here.

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DEC
12

Canada’s new mortgage rules: who’s looking out for your interests now?

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Recently, the CEO of the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation stated they would issue a “red level” warning for the Canadian housing market. 

In case you’re wondering, a “red level” warning indicates evidence of problematic conditions in the housing market and is primarily based on 4 factors: 

  • Overheated demand, which is marked by the number of houses for sale being greater than number of new listings
  • Accelerating rise in house prices
  • The overvaluation of homes as reflected in prices that are not justified by income, mortgage rates and population
  • Overbuilding of new homes

What does it mean for you as you prepare to get a mortgage? Well, like most things, there is more than one theory about the warning, who it might effect and how.

Some economists, knowing the economy is moving forward and a housing slowdown is already in the works, feel that this warning may really be about slowing down Vancouver’s out-of-control property run and influencing federal policy around housing.

In our opinion, the warning won’t have much impact on buyers, but once again, the new mortgage rules (and coming rule changes) will definitely impact buyers in regards to the new “repayment stress tests” that borrowers will be facing for new mortgages. This could significantly impact first time buyers in the market.

In simple terms, if you are a new buyer with less than 20% down payment, you’ll most likely be approved for less home ownership.

Of course, there are still many excellent options out there, as long as you know how to access them - even for first time buyers.

If you’re trying to get yourself approved for a new mortgage under the new rules, there may never be a more profitable or more valuable time to put a great mortgage broker to work on finding you the best solution out there.

Think about it: Ottawa Carleton Mortgages currently works directly with more than 20 quality lenders, including banks as well as some of the leading “non-big-bank” mortgage lenders in Canada. Nothing works better for you than having lenders compete for your business.  Add in the unimpeachable guidance of a 30+ year proven track record and there is simply no way you can get yourself the same options and advantages on your own.

The government and the big banks are not motivated to help you succeed in your mortgage quest, but we are, and I guarantee it. Put us to the test today and see just how much mortgage you can actually get for yourself.

It’s your money, so make them work for it. We’ll help you do that.

Looking for a mortgage? Wondering if you qualify? Interested in refinancing? Our secure and completely confidential “no obligation” quick-form can give you answers, fast. Find it here.

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OCT
20

Canada’s new Mortgage Rules: A message to First Time Home Buyers 

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Canada’s new mortgage rules came into effect this week. The bottom line is that they make it more difficult for anyone seeking a new mortgage, trying to buy a rental property, looking to transfer a mortgage or seeking to renew an existing mortgage.

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SEP
20

It’s a Great Day to Refinance

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As the Globe and Mail (and countless other Canadian news outlets) have recently reported, the ratio of Canadian household debt to disposable income has hit a new record high. Statistics Canada says that, on average, households hold $1.65 in debt for every dollar of disposable income. As is always the case, a lot of that new debt comes in the form of mortgages, but consumer credit is also at an all time high.


So what now? Well, if your mortgage rate is greater than 3% or if you’re looking to manage high interest credit debt at much lower rates, this just might be the best time in our history to refinance.

It’s a Great Day to Refinance

Mortgages are at record-lows today, but if you’re paying into a 5-year fixed rate mortgage and still have a few years left on the mortgage, you might not be feeling so great. You might want to explore the possibilities of a new mortgage, because it could save you a bundle – especially if you have enough equity to let you eliminate some high interest personal debt you might be carrying.

Of course, every situation is unique so do your research.  Before you refinance you’ll need to be sure that the savings you’ll gain will trump any penalties connected with breaking an existing mortgage.  A good mortgage broker can easily give you the answers you seek.

Leverage your home equity

Housing prices continue to rise everywhere, so you may have more equity in your home than you think you do. That’s important because it can change your ratios, and give you more borrowing power, which opens up all kinds of new opportunities. Just imagine repackaging high interest debt or paying off a credit line or starting that major renovation or taking that trip you’ve always dreamed of. If you find yourself house rich and cash poor, borrowing money at today’s incredibly low interest rates could change your world.

Consolidate your high-interest debt

I touched on it above, but if you find yourself fighting off high interest debtors, debt consolidation can solve your personal debt situation while letting you keep your home. When you roll your existing debt into a single low interest loan, your life greatly improves. Knocking your high credit score down to low single digit interest rates means your new mortgage pays off your existing debts and you get a clean start. And once again, you get to keep your home.

Do the real math on mortgage penalties

The simple truth is that if you have a closed mortgage, you’ll have to pay a penalty to escape your existing deal with your bank. If you have a variable rate mortgage, the formula is simple: It will cost you three months’ interest on the existing mortgage. If your current mortgage rate is fixed, you’ll have either pay three months’ interest or something called the Interest Rate Differential (IRD); whichever is higher. Interest Rate Differential can be scary in some instances, so make certain you and your mortgage broker do the real math for your current mortgage to make certain that refinancing makes sense in your situation. What’s the point if it’s going to cost you money instead of saving you?

It’s pretty clear: today could be a great day to refinance.

Get started & give us a call.

Looking for a mortgage? Wondering if you qualify? Interested in refinancing? Our secure and completely confidential “no obligation” quick-form can give you answers, fast. Find it here.

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AUG
15

How to crush your mortgage debt

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Paying off your mortgage early isn’t easy, but it’s certainly worth it.

Of course, tightening up your spending belt is a core tactic for freeing yourself from mortgage debt, but it’s not the only way. There are other tricks that won’t cost you a dime but will save you a ton. Here’s some foolproof guidance.

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JUN
30

The Best Mortgage Is NO Mortgage

Debt free just ahead

Getting Started

There is GOOD & BAD credit debt, as I used to tell my two kids when they were teenagers.  When I got them their first credit cards they were aghast.  “Dad you’ve told us that debt is bad.” I clarified by stating that there is GOOD debt, such as mortgage debt on your home, and BAD debt, such as paying high interest rates on credit cards.  In order to qualify to borrow for GOOD debt and owning your own home, you need to have a plan and discipline. Having two credit cards & using them properly is a great strategy to achieve the goal of home ownership.


 

The Plan

To obtain a prime mortgage for your home requires good credit, a minimum credit score of 650-680 points is required. Using two credit cards for at least 2 years and paying them properly will help make this happen. You must have credit cards to create a good credit score. Not having a credit score will cause you to be declined for prime mortgage terms & rates! Paying your credit card debt in full on or before the due dates is the best plan.  You get to use the banker’s money for approximately 45 days without paying any interest!  And you’re not paying the monthly minimum payments with the 9% -20% interest rates!  This allows you to put some savings away for the down payment on your new home. Of course, you can pay the minimum payment every month with the high interest charges and still have a good credit score.  It’s just a dreadful financial plan that can lead you to the abyss. (See other blogs on credit).

The Best Mortgage Is No Mortgage

I’ve said this for many years when I’m asked what the best mortgage is; my answer is always the same, NO MORTGAGE.  People always say that’s impossible and for the majority this is the true, not because of the mortgage amount but because they didn’t have a plan. But for those that have discipline and the right plan it’s not only possible- it’s a guarantee.

You must have a plan to pay the mortgage BEFORE the amortization time, which is usually 25-30 years.  You can’t do this without the right plan or discipline.  The plan is simple and guaranteed to work; all mortgages allow you to prepay lump sum payments as well as increasing your payments.   As much as 20% can be increased in payments or lump sums deposits. I know, you are wondering where can you find that extra cash?  Prepaying even 10% on a $250,000.00 mortgage will set you back $25,000.00! This for most people is too much but what about $1,000.00 each year, or an increase in your payment by $20-$25.00?  Most people can find a way for these small amounts.  And if you do this, I guarantee even the small amounts add up to the point you will have your mortgage paid in full many, many years ahead of schedule.  In addition, taking even a slightly shorter amortization period will not increase your payment by very much but save you thousands of dollars in mortgage interest.

We can help you with your mortgage plan and show you the proof and the savings of what these smaller amounts can do. The savings of interest & the quickness of your mortgage balance dropping are amazing and improve each month and year. And seeing this in print is a huge motivator.

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Looking for a mortgage? Wondering if you qualify? Interested in refinancing? Our secure and completely confidential “no obligation” quick-form can give you answers, fast. Find it here.

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Purchase-Plus Improvement Mortgage

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With summer off to a great start, this is no doubt the most hectic time of the year for real estate agents and mortgage brokers.  The busiest closing months for new purchases are at the end of June and July.  The great weather during the preceding months makes it very easy for clients to list and show off their homes for sale.  With the increased number of homes listed and so many potential purchasers competing for properties, it can be difficult for clients to find their dream home with all their desired features. This is where our PURCHASE-PLUS IMPROVEMENT MORTGAGE can be very beneficial.

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Credit score has a huge impact on your financial health

Checking credit score

When it comes to mortgages, your credit score can be the difference between getting a good mortgage rate and qualifying for a mortgage at all.

As a mortgage and finance professional, it’s my job to guide you through some simple, yet important steps to help you get your credit score right where it needs it to be so you can realize your mortgage goals and dreams.


 

Five key factors

Credit scores can range for a low of 300 to a high of 850. The higher the numbers, the more loan-worthy you become to lenders.

Up to 1 in 8 people applying for a mortgage may not qualify because their credit score is between 500 and 600. Here’s a simple chart that let’s you know how mortgage underwriters assess applicants:

720 and over

Terrific - Best Rates and Terms offered to you

700-719

Excellent - High Value Borrower

680-699

Good - In good position to purchase

660-679

OK - Wouldn't receive exceptions to policies

640-659

Borderline - Ok if strong in other factors

620-639

Weak - File would need to be perfect

600-619

Difficult - will need work or a special program

Below 600

Trouble! - you will need to fix your credit

 

Scores are determined using 5 factors...

  • Payment History accounts for 35% of your score. Late payments have a negative effect and missing a big payment hurts your score more than missing a small payment.
  • Outstanding credit balances also account for 35% of your score.  Keeping your credit card balance below 70% of your available limit will make a positive difference in your credit score.
  • Your credit history accounts for 15% of your score.  An experienced borrower often scores better than a brand new borrower.
  • The type of credit you owe accounts for 10% of your score.  A mix of credit cards, auto loans and mortgages is better for your score than a high concentration of credit card debt.
  • The number of inquiries made about your credit history accounts for 10% of your score. Each formal inquiry can cost 2-50 points on your score, so if you apply for a lot of credit, it can negatively impact your score. 

Here’s a tip

I’m an expert at helping my clients employ debt strategies that can help improve their credit score. Here’s just one example:

When a credit report is run, it’s simply that day’s snapshot of your credit profile.  If you get approved for a mortgage, you need to be sure to stay very responsible with your spending. If you were to decide to go on a major shopping spree after you qualified for your mortgage and as a result, increased your credit burden, you could change your debt ratios and find you’re no longer qualified for that mortgage. 

If you’d like more information or help on maximizing your credit score, just drop me a line or email me.

Looking for a mortgage? Wondering if you qualify? Interested in refinancing? Our secure and completely confidential “no obligation” quick-form can give you answers, fast. Find it here.

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14

How's your plan working?

Plan, act, evaluate, improve

It’s been said before, but there’s never been a better time to get a mortgage. Rates today continue to be historically low, which means you’ll never be able to buy more home than you can now.

Of course, a mortgage is simply a low interest secured debt and as such, should really be entered into with some sort of long term plan that goes beyond getting the mortgage approved. If you have a home buying plan, great. If you don’t, here are some things to consider.


 

A mortgage without a plan is like a gym membership without a plan.

Well, actually there’s one difference; one costs a heck of a lot more than the other. That aside, the lesson is that without a mortgage plan, your success could be limited.

Every mortgage client wants the lowest rate available and everyone in the mortgage lending space knows exactly who’s offering what rates, so there are no surprises there.

But beyond searching for a great rate, you still need a plan to ensure that allows you to take full advantage of the potential a great mortgage offers you.

Your goals are unique. Your mortgage should custom-fit your goals.

Again, it’s essential that you understand your situation, how to reach your goals and what mortgage details and terms will serve you best. The best way to get those answers is to research more than one perspective, and that must include asking a mortgage professional for their opinion. It can only help you make a great decision, so take the time and do this right.

Track records matter

You’re probably going to own your home for a long time, it might be wise to talk with people who have succeeded helping others over a long period of time. Why? Well, this is the biggest financial commitment most of us make and having the peace of mind that comes with a proven track record is really worth its weight in savings. It’s nice to know that when you pick up the phone that the person you dealt with picks it up on the other end. That accountability is critical to your long-term mortgage success, and that’s our stock-in-trade.

Be brutally honest with yourself: If your plan isn’t working, get a new plan

Many mortgage clients are smartly folding their high interest debt into their new mortgage, which is obviously a brilliant way to stop the big interest wheel form churning relentlessly.

That’s a great way to start down a new path, but you also need to make changes in your life so that you can capitalize on this new easier, lower payment so that you don’t simply fall right back into high interest spending.

We’re experts at helping our clients link their new mortgage to their goals – not just for the moment, but for the years ahead as well. We may sound obsessive about linking your mortgage to a better financial future for yourself, but the truth is that when this is done right, many of our home owner clients experience the kind of freedom and control that they never thought they could, and that can be life changing. If your current plan isn't getting you where you need to be, you owe it to yourself to drop us a line and drop in for a chat. There’s no obligation and the very worst you can do is leave with a greater understanding of what it’s going to take to get you where you want to go with your next mortgage.

Many can offer a mortgage rate, but few will share what we will with you.

We specialize in “mortgages made easy”, and we’ll show you just how easy.

Looking for a mortgage? Wondering if you qualify? Interested in refinancing? Our secure and completely confidential “no obligation” quick-form can give you answers, fast. Find it here.

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We've been where you are

Compass laying on mortgage rate charts

The mortgage landscape is changing. Fast. A simple Google search will tell you that. Of course, getting approval for a mortgage and just as importantly, getting approved for the best mortgage for your set of circumstances may not be nearly as straightforward. Mortgages are exceptional financial tools that are tied to the biggest decisions most of us ever make: buying a home. Of course getting a great mortgage isn’t a one-time decision, as most homeowners renew that commitment every 3-5 years. And no matter whether it’s your first home purchase, your 4th home purchase, or you’re simply looking to eliminate high interest debts through a mortgage renewal, it’s crucial to do your homework. As we always say, the devil is in the details and the only great mortgage is a mortgage that’s great for you.


 

No matter what your situation, we've been through it and the folks we've helped have been through it, and that experience is what really makes us a great choice for you.

I started this company a long time ago and I can tell you I’ve personally seen the highest highs and the lowest lows. I went from the penthouse to almost wiped out in the mortgage crash in the 80’s. It wasn’t pleasant, it wasn’t easy, but it was entirely fixable. Because of my deep hands-on experience in finance and mortgages, I made tough decisions and executed a financial plan that allowed me to rebuild myself into a stronger person and a better businessman.

So why should you care?

The advice and guidance we offer is proven. Beyond getting the best mortgage rates in the market, the advice and guidance we offer is simply not taught in books. Between what we've experienced and the thousands of clients we've helped, we've been where you are and we have solutions for your goals and dreams.

Looking to eliminate high interest debt? We've been there. Got decent credit and looking for the best options that reward your hard work and responsibility? We have some superb options for you. Are you a first time homebuyer? We've all been there. Rebuilding or protecting your assets after a break up? We've helped hundreds in the same situation.

There is no financial situation we haven’t seen or found solutions to. That's the difference with a company like ours. Getting a great rate is simply table stakes. The starting point. Getting the perfect plan for you? Well that’s something entirely different. Your situation and goals are entirely unique to you so your solution should be too. Our experience and generosity are anything but cookie cutter.

When we promise you “mortgages made easy”, we mean it.

Looking for a mortgage? Wondering if you qualify? Interested in refinancing? Our secure and completely confidential “no obligation” quick-form can give you answers, fast. Find it here.

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21

I love Variable Rate Mortgages

Couple putting change in piggy bank

When it comes to mortgages, you have two options: fixed rate and variable rate. Fixed rate means just what it says; your mortgage is at a fixed rate for the entire length of the mortgage. A variable rate mortgage is linked to the prime lending rate which fluctuates, and can change with market conditions.

Many people still choose fixed rate mortgages, but during this unprecedented run of historically low interest rates, a fixed rate can actually be a costly decision.

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  • Ottawa-Carleton Mortgage Inc
    381 Richmond Road Ottawa,
    Ontario K2A 0E7
  • Phone: 613-563-3447
    (24 hours)
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