What is the difference between an ARM (Adjustable rate mortgage) and a VRM (Variable rate mortgage)?
This is a great question and one that has become extremely relevant over the past few years. Both options are tied to the lender’s Prime lending rate. For example, you may receive an option for your mortgage rate to be “Prime minus 1%”, this simply means that your mortgage interest rate would be the lender’s Prime rate minus 1%. If the Prime lending rate was 6.7%, your effective interest rate would be 5.7% (6.7% - 1%).
With the increase of interest rates and inflation, many consumers are feeling the effect of increased prices and cost of living. There may be a solution that can help without the burden of an additional monthly payment. In fact, in many cases, not only is there no additional monthly payment but the existing monthly payments may be erased as well. The result is a much needed stress relief and the ability to live at the lifestyle that we have been accustomed to while at the same time age in our own home. The Reverse Mortgage may be the answer and the process is very simple.
This is a great question, and is on the minds of many mortgage holders. The answer is not so simple and may not have such a simple answer as “Yes” or “No”. Let’s analyze what may be involved in this decision. The best decision will be the one that you can live with and be comfortable with.
If you are a real estate investor who is into buying and selling properties (flipping homes for profit) and do this full time then you know it is a very arduous process when securing a short term mortgage through a traditional bank type lender.
This is simply because the traditional bank type lender is designed to operate their business with long term return on investment in mind. Also, the guidelines they function under requires fully underwritten applications involving credit, income, debt, and documentation review.
Purchasing a piece of property to call it your own seems like a dream that keeps getting farther and farther away for many folks. With high demand and tight supply continuing to have a chokehold on today’s sky high prices, resulting in often multiple bids for one property many are coming up short on having access to adequate down payment, even if they qualify for the purchase amount.
This is where the little known but long time Insurer backed Flex Down Program comes to assist.
When getting into a mortgage contract there are options and features that most of us do not think of, with rate being the only factor in our minds. Much of the reason why we do not is simply because multi-millions of dollars are spent each year brain washing the general population into thinking that the mortgage rate is all there is to worry about.
Mortgage rates are carrots being dangled from sticks above, where the stick is the rest of the verbiage in the contract, including the mortgage penalty should you have to break this contract before maturity.
When the pandemic introduced itself and made a permanent impact into our daily lives most of us thought that along with many other industries the housing market would come screeching to a halt, like an 18 wheeler with all its brakes seized, burning rubber and blowing smoke in its wake. In short we expected a disaster.
But that idea was short-lived to say the least. It seems that many of us decided to make the move to become home-owners, or upgrade/downgrade during these trying times.
Fast forward to the present market and it seems the market has not really cooled down over the last few months.
Bidding wars and waiving all conditions, and thereby any safety nets in an offer has become a common experience.
The mortgage stress test is an interest rate set by the mortgage regulators that needs to be used in the qualifying steps of the mortgage approval process. The stress test interest rate, as of June 1, 2021, has been set at 5.25% or 2% above the interest current interest rate, whichever is greater.
For most of us who do not work in the mortgage industry the only lenders we know of and come across when needing a mortgage related service are the traditional schedule “A” Banks.
There are 5 major banks in Canada. Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto Dominion, Bank of Montreal, Scotiabank, and CIBC. However, there are many more lenders, who do not fit the brick and mortar profile of the traditional bank but have been in the mortgage market for many years.
These lenders are known as monoline lenders, because their primary focus and often the only product/service is mortgage related.
So what are…
It is a well-known fact that when a borrower is not putting a minimum of 20% of the purchase price as down payment, he/she must purchase the mandatory CMHC backed Mortgage Default Insurance (MDI). Below are some key factors that can help you understand this insurance product a little better.
What is MDI (Mortgage Default Insurance?
This is a Government backed mortgage loan insurance policy that a borrower must purchase when putting less than 20% down payment. The policy protects the bank providing the mortgage loan in the event the borrower is unable to make the mortgage payments and the loan goes…
For many of us, our home is our largest asset, and we have spent many years taking care of it. Over the years we may have created quite a bit of equity through our hard work in paying off/down the mortgage, as well as the appreciation in property value of our home over the last several years.
Even though we may have quite a bit of equity built up, accessing it may sometimes be difficult.
If we refinance the property to take the equity out, we will have to make the monthly payments on this new loan. This may not always…
Our focus is solely on our customers in providing the best possible services that we are capable of in taking care of them. As a small business this is paramount to our success, to build strong relations with our clients by treating them right, working on their situations as if they are our own, and staying in touch through advices and assistance whenever they need us. Below are some of the highlights that set us apart from the services offered at the local bank branch.
If you’re going to be responsible for paying a mortgage for the next twenty-five to thirty years, you need a complete understanding of the subject. However, with several mortgages services available today, clients have a ton of questions but find answers difficult to come by. We want to arm you with the most accurate information available to help you find the mortgage solutions you need. To do this, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about mortgage services and mortgage features.
New mortgage rules such as the stress test have made it more challenging for home seekers to get on to the property ladder. To stay abreast of the laws, and understand the mortgage options available, it’s best to enlist the services of a mortgage agent.
Attempting to obtain a mortgage can create deep anxiety due to the sheer size of the amount of money to be borrowed and the complexity of the paperwork involved. Besides, sieving through the numerous mortgage products, weighing the pros and cons and subsequently submitting a duly filled application, can be quite a task.
Tick tock tick tock.....yes, before you realize, it is time to renew the mortgage you currently have with your lender.
Your lender may have already done so, or will be sending a renewal letter stating that you should "take advantage of their low rate offer before the rates rise, as well as avoid any mortgage renewal fees by doing so". The old carrot and stick approach that unfortunately gets many to sign the dotted line without a second thought.
But is your lender putting their best foot forward to retain YOU, their valued client?
If you sign and send that letter back, you will never…