Mortgages Made Easy Blog

Our brokers post interesting news, tips, and industry updates every week.
JAN
09

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

Know the rules

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.

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DEC
12

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

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation logo

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
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OCT
20

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

New mortgage rules

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

Refinance mortgage application form

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.

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AUG
15

How to crush your mortgage debt

Crush mortgage debt

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.

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JUN
07

Purchase-Plus Improvement Mortgage

Couple planning home layout

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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MAY
18

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.

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APR
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.

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APR
14

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.

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MAR
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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MAR
08

Independent online mortgage hunting vs. working with a mortgage broker...

Couple planning mortgage with mortgage broker

...Why not choose both?

Online mortgage searches and options are becoming more popular than ever. So the question that sometimes comes up is, should I work with a good mortgage broker or go it alone myself with online options.

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MAR
04

The brutal truth about getting a mortgage

Time for truth

We meet all kinds of mortgage shoppers in our business. Young and old, people buying their fifth home and people hoping to buy their first. Some people have zero debt, good income, and no credit history; There are also people with tons of debt hoping to refinance and make the kind of changes that get them back on track. You name the situation and I guarantee we’ve come across it, and can give the mortgage advice you need. To that end, I thought I’d take some time to boil down the act of getting a mortgage, into areas we like to call the brutal truths of mortgages:

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FEB
22

Sometimes looking beyond rate can save you a fortune

 Save a fortune

 We understand our business and we know that every client wants the lowest rate possible, but like I always say, rate – though important, is really only one component of the best mortgage possible. I’ll prove it through a series of questions every borrower needs to have clear answers to...

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FEB
10

So who pays the Mortgage Broker?

 

What does a mortgage broker do?

I’m a registered mortgage broker – not an agent (I’ll explain the difference in another later blog post). In a nutshell, my job consists entirely of arranging mortgage financing for people either looking to buy a home or refinancing a home they already own. I’ve been happily doing this job for 28 years.

So who pays the Mortgage Broker?

Good question. I am 100% self-employed, which means I am not paid a salary. Everything I earn is simply a result of being paid a commission by a mortgage lender, and I only get commissioned if I’m successful in connecting the right lender with my clients. You are my priority, so for that reason, I never deal with a single lender. Every client has unique circumstances, which is why I work with a pool of about 20 different lenders, including Banks, Trust Companies, and Credit Unions. This gives my clients more and better options and it makes lenders compete harder for your business. This results in the best mortgage experience for my clients.

In the simplest of terms: If I don’t keep you happy, I don’t get paid.

The only time there might be a charge to you the borrower is when I’m arranging finances for someone with a challenging credit situation or income issues that may make it necessary to borrow from “B” type or private lenders. Sometimes people need help, even when the big banks say no. In this situation, all fees are required to be disclosed up front, by law, so there’s never a surprise and never an obligation before you decide what’s best for you.

This is a tiny list of some of the things I do. If you’re looking to buy or refinance your home, always do your homework and ask questions, because you need to be sure that the mortgage you get is right for your needs – both today and down the road.

I do this stuff every single day. I get paid to help people. In fact, it’s the only way I get paid.  I love what I do, and I’d love to help you.

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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FEB
09

Avoiding the First-time Home Buyer Blues

Homebuyer blues

A lot of young adults are eager to break out of their parents’ houses as soon as they finish school. Most rent, but more and more young adults are intrigued by the idea of owning and either renting or sharing costs and accommodations. It’s an exciting idea that begins to build asset wealth early, but first time home ownership comes with a set of challenges that you need to plan for if you are going to be successful.

The best place to start is by understanding how lenders think and act, and what they expect from an applicant.

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JAN
26

Credit and Christmas: As the bills come in, a little credit wisdom for next time.

Red gift box on credit card

Credit companies are in the business of making money; a lot of money. Most of it in the form of high interest charges on balances not paid back within 30 days. So, as we look at another Christmas spending season in our rear view mirrors, I thought I would share a few credit tips to help reduce the future cost of using your credit card.

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JAN
14

Budgeting for your new home? It’s all in the details.

Buying home loans

Buying your first home is an exciting event. In fact, for most of us, it’s the most significant purchase we may ever make. As a new homeowner, you put a lot of work into buying the right home for you at the right price and getting the best first mortgage possible, but there are other costs you need to plan for. If you don’t, you could be in for a bit of a rude awakening. I’m going to show you how to avoid this additional financial stress.

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JAN
04

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage can pay dividends, but only if you understand how and why

Mortgage 3D word cloud

Getting your mortgage pre-approved has some obvious benefits:

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DEC
28

Do the math: it’s tough to beat what a Mortgage Broker offers you.

 

Boy holding chalkboard with math equation

A skilled mortgage professional deals with multiple lenders. While there are options other than mortgage brokers available, the simple truth is that the mortgage industry revolves around Canada’s big banks, and it’s hard to imagine any option fully out-flanking our six big banking brands. Banks control funding markets. They own trusted brands and they possess extraordinary resources. And while the banks competitors will continue to earn decent slices of the lending market, I believe that banks will retain their dominance in mortgages.

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