31 Jan

RRSP Season Is Upon Us

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Posted by: Sarah Boudreau

It is RRSP Season!

RRSP season is upon us. We have an opportunity for First Time Homebuyers to obtain a down payment of up to $25,000 to help with a home purchase this Spring.

How does it work?

We can assist clients in setting up a loan for the purchase of an RRSP at the time we begin the pre-approval process. The borrowed funds are placed into an RRSP account and can then be withdrawn after 90 days to be used for a down payment under the Canadian First Time Homebuyer’s Plan. The rate, term, and repayment of the loan are determined by the issuing lender on a case-by-case basis.

This can be a fantastic opportunity for someone to get into the market this spring, even if they don’t have their down payment set up yet.

What is the catch?

Clients MUST have great credit to qualify for this program and they must be able to afford the monthly loan repayment, along with the usual mortgage qualifying criteria.

Bonus:

Many clients who take advantage of this program also end up with a healthy tax rebate when they file their taxes.

The RRSP deadline is February 28th. Please contact me for more details about this program or with any other questions you might have.

 

17 Jan

A Shifting Market…. Again

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Posted by: Sarah Boudreau

The recent data sure has changed the tone of rates in the coming months.

The prime rate – what variable rates are based on, while a few short weeks ago was expected to rise three times in the next 18 months now with the data on the slowing of the market and uncertainty in projects moving forward as expected, there are signs increases could be delayed until next spring.

The bond market– what fixed rates are based on, has dropped, which means rates (after the banks have hung on as much as possible ) should come down slightly.

What does his mean for borrowers? Let’s break it down per segment:
1. Homebuyers – more affordability due to the recent dip in prices – pending price category anywhere from 10-30%. Remember, working with an unbiased mortgage professional we do a full look back upon closing to ensure the lowest cost of borrowing.
2. Home sellers – price sharp if you want to sell or else no point in being on the market.
3. Renewals – rejoice – payment shock shall be reduced upon renewal.
4. Those carrying debt outside of a mortgage ex: credit cards, car payments, lines of credit – now is your time to see how much money moving that debt into a new restructured mortgage will improve your cash flow. It’s the most effective strategy for protecting your credit.

The market is always changing, yesterday’s news is exactly that. Aligning yourself with frontline experts will help you with clarity in the ever-changing market. While experts can give you the data on the current market – it’s always subject to change, and I will always do my best to keep you informed.

Original article posted by:
ANGELA CALLA
Dominion Lending Centres – Accredited Mortgage Professional
Angela is part of DLC Angela Calla Mortgage Team based in Port Coquitlam, BC.

22 Nov

Why You Should Buy Now

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Posted by: Sarah Boudreau

Why you should consider buying now and getting ahead of the market correction:

Rates are going up. Fast. Why?

5 year fixed rates are up about 1.25% since last year this time.

The Federal Government. They have taken steps in attempt to regulate our housing market in the last few years. Toronto and Vancouver housing markets have grown beyond economic norms due to a variety of factors. The government began its steps to manage this by implementing new mortgage guidelines and rules nation-wide. Many of these are direct to the consumer, such as the benchmark qualifying rules, restrictions on rental and investment mortgages, and foreign investor restrictions/taxes. In addition, there have been new rules that are indirect to the consumer, and unfortunately not as publicized. Intense OSFI regulations have affected all lenders, including the major banks, monoline lenders, trust companies, credit unions and private lenders. Perhaps most notable, is the drastically increased capital reserve requirements for mortgage lenders. The government mandated a 3 year time window for mortgage lenders to fund these capital reserve requirements. Much of this is being funded by increased mortgage rates for the consumer. In addition, there have been regulations implemented regarding back-end insurance for conventional borrowers. The cost for this is also funded by the consumer in the form of higher interest rates.

Canadian Bond Yields. Bond yields determine the discounted 5 year fixed rate. They have been trending upwards, especially in the last 18 months.

US Economics. (Aside from social political views of course) the Trump administration has grown the US economy, and they are incurring the longest expansion in US history. Basic economics will tell us that a recession is due soon. When that occurs, it will likely drive our interest rates downward. Timing for this is difficult to predict, and I am by no means an economist.

Most Canadian Economists predict that 5 year fixed rates will rise another 0.5% by this spring, and another 0.50% through 2019. Mortgage holders and prospective buyers should expect rates to be around 5% in the next 2 years, at which point we predict a further stagnation in the market and then rates dropping again.

Why Should I buy now, with all off this market correction business going on? I’m waiting for prices to drop.

Now is an opportunity to get ahead of the housing market with a 5 year fixed rate.
For example:

If monthly payment is your concern:

• Buy a home at $400,000 today with 5% down @ 3.69% and your payment will be $2012.96
• If you wait for a year, and rates are 4.69% and you want to have that same payment, you’ll have to buy a house for $361,000. You would be looking at a monthly payment of $2229.26 on a $400,000 purchase
• This is a huge range in the Calgary market. Depending on the area you’re looking at, this can be the difference between condo or freehold, or attached or detached. Housing prices are not going to drop that quickly, these things take time. Also, if you work with us on a pre-approval, we can hold your rate for 120 days while you shop.

If longer term interest savings is your concern:

• Buy a home today at $400,00 with 5% down. 3.69% and monthly payment at $2012.96
• After 5 years your principle paydown will be $53,045.00
• Buy a home next year at $400,000 with 5% down. 4.69% and monthly payment at $2229.26
• After 5 years your principle paydown less payment differential will be: $34,168.00
That’s $18,877.00

If qualifying is your concern:

• If your annual household income is $92,000 today, you would qualify for the above loan scenario ($400,000 with 5% down) assuming you have good credit and do not have excessive loans/debts.
• If rates are 1% higher next year, with 5% down, you would only qualify to buy at $366,000.

Whatever your scenario may be, you can feel free to call me for mortgage advice.

1 Nov

Pot is Legal: Now What?

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Posted by: Sarah Boudreau

Pot is Legal: Now What?

 

As we all know, recreational marijuana is now legal in Canada. The law is set, but implementation and how policies and guidelines will impact our industry are yet to be determined. Generally, 30 grams for personal possession, basically an ounce baggie for those who might relate and up to 4 plants at home.

 

For realtors, mortgage brokers and their clients we are facing many months of the lenders sorting out their guidelines. If a borrower or seller voluntarily discloses they have been growing four legal marijuana plants, which should produce more than 30 grams, as a point of interest, how will the lenders, mortgage insurers and home insurers react?

Lenders:

As of today, many lenders do not have a policy. Some say yes four plants will be OK, some say case by case, and some say four plants will be a hard no. For the common existing house stigmatized as a “grow-op”, there are still very few lender options. We do have a couple of lenders for fully remediated grow-ops, and CMHC does consider those applications.  

Mortgage Insurers:

CMHC says they will carry on the same as they have been. Genworth and Canada Guaranty are saying either, case by case or the policy will be determined shortly.

Home Insurers:

As or right now we have not been able to get any consistent information on this subject. However, home buyers and homeowners are encouraged to check with their provider for their policy information.

 

For those folks growing up to four plants and looking for financing, expect your clients to get mixed results from banks and many lenders. Some lenders are considering air quality tests, home inspections, statutory declarations and other means to determine if the home has been impacted or damaged by four plants. For now, we have identified willing lenders. CMHC will consider the applications.

 

Please contact me if your clients have any questions on how the new legalization laws affect their options or to avoid complications with four plant files.  

 

Written by Croft Axsen, Broker Owner DLC Jencor Mortgage

11 Oct

Dr. Sherry Cooper: Poloz Holds The Line On Rates

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Posted by: Sarah Boudreau

VANCOUVERSept. 5, 2018 /CNW/ – As expected, the Bank of Canada held its key overnight rate this morning at 1.5%, asserting that July’s surprising spike in CPI inflation to 3% was in large part because of a jump in airfares. The Bank expects inflation to move back towards 2% in early 2019, as the effects of past increases in gasoline prices dissipate. The Bank’s core measures of inflation remain firmly around 2%, consistent with an economy that has been bumping up against full capacity for some time. Wage growth, as well, remains moderate.

Incoming information on the global economy is consistent with the Bank’s forecast in the July Monetary Policy Report (MPR). The U.S. economy has been particularly strong, growing at a 4.2% rate in the second quarter. This compares to Canada’s growth rate of 2.9% last quarter, which follows a 1.4% pace of economic expansion in Q1. Second quarter growth in the U.S. was boosted by strong consumer spending and business investment. In Canada, third quarter growth is expected to slow temporarily, mainly because of fluctuations in energy production and exports.

Indeed, this morning, Statistics Canada reported that Canada’s trade deficit all but disappeared. A sharp export gain to the U.S. combined with a decline in imports took Canada’s overall merchandise trade deficit to its lowest level since December 2016.

Canada’s merchandise trade surplus with the U.S., targeted by President Donald Trump in NAFTA negotiations, grew to the widest in a decade. Stats Canada said that gains in global exports were led by automobiles and energy, almost all of which were bound for the U.S. Crude oil led the energy gains as prices rose 9.4% in July. The import decline was driven by aircraft and metal ores.

These figures are likely to impact the resumption of bilateral talks in Washington regarding NAFTA, as the Trump administration has negotiated a new deal with Mexico and has threatened to leave Canada out and impose stiff auto tariffs if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government does not make concessions, especially on dairy supply management and dispute mechanisms.

The Bank of Canada highlighted that “elevated trade tensions remain a key risk to the global outlook and are pulling some commodity prices lower…The Bank is also monitoring the course of NAFTA negotiations and other trade policy development closely, and their impact on the inflation outlook.”

It was wise of the Bank of Canada to hold its powder dry at today’s policy meeting given the continued uncertainty on the NAFTA front. An agreement on NAFTA would provide the central bank with more comfort in moving ahead with a hiking cycle that has already lifted the benchmark overnight rate four times since mid-2017.

Noting that “activity in the housing market is beginning to stabilize as households adjust to higher interest rates and changes in housing policies”, the Bank reaffirmed that the economy is doing well enough to require higher interest rates in the future to achieve the inflation target. Another rate hike could come as soon as the next policy meeting on October 24th.

It is widely expected that a NAFTA deal will have come to fruition by then, opening the way for the Bank to resume monetary tightening. According to Bloomberg News, “Investors see near-certain odds that by October, the Bank of Canada will raise borrowing costs for the fifth time since the hiking cycle began in July 2017, with as many as two additional increases by mid-2019.”

For more information about Dominion Lending Centres visit www.dominionlending.ca.

About the Dominion Lending Centres Group of Companies:
Dominion Lending Centres Group of Companies is Canada’s#1 national mortgage company with more than 5,700 Mortgage Professionals in 700 offices spanning the country. Launched in January 2006, DLC Group of Companies quickly grew to fund more than $38 billion in mortgage volume in 2016 – the largest originator in Canada. DLC continues to be recognized by PROFIT Magazine as one of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies – making the PROFIT HOT 50 list of Emerging Growth Companies (2009 & 2010), PROFIT 200 (2012) and PROFIT 500 (2013 – 2017). DLC and our agents are recognized annually at the CMP Canadian Mortgage Awards – the Oscars of the Canadian mortgage brokering landscape.

About Dr. Sherry Cooper: Dr. Sherry Cooper took the position of Chief Economist, for Dominion Lending Centres in early 2015. Prior to joining DLC, Dr. Cooper was the Chief Economist with one of Canada’s largest financial institutions and is well versed in the mortgage sector. Dr. Cooper has an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. She began her career at the United States Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. where she worked very closely with then-Chairman, Paul Volcker, a relationship she maintains today. After five years at the Federal Reserve, she joined the Federal National Mortgage Association as Director of Financial Economics. 

SOURCE Dominion Lending Centres

13 Sep

New To Canada

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Posted by: Sarah Boudreau

By Karen Penner and Heather Hellings

Welcome to Canada!

Canada is made up of hundreds of thousands of people and some did not start in Canada but have made it their home. Buying a home, especially when you are new to Canada can be mind boggling, BUT, we have a mortgage for you!

The New to Canada Program is designed to help new Canadians purchase their first home sooner and become established faster.

What are the qualifications for this program?

Firstly, you must have immigrated or relocated to Canada within the last 3 to 5 years to qualify for the New to Canada Program.  You must have proof that you have been working full time in Canada for at least 3 months and that you are not on probation with your employer. The lender will require a letter of employment from your employer with your salary and employment status. Copies of your valid work permit or landed immigrant status card (front and back) will also be a requirement.

Down payment is a minimum of 5% and at least 5% of the funds must come from your own savings and be verifiable with 3 months worth of bank statements from a Canadian Bank.  Some lenders will allow the 5% to be a gift from an immediate family member and gift letter from the lender will be required.  Please speak to your broker in advance when a gift is being used. That way we can provide you with information for monies coming from other countries and ensuring you are following all the banking rules and regulations.  With a minimum of 5% down payment you will need default insurance and that can be provided by Canada Guaranty, Genworth or CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing).  Each of these insurers offer programs that will work with the lender.

The lender will need to see your credit bureau and as you are new to Canada you may be just starting that, so we will require an international credit report from your country of origin.  Just starting up your credit, we can assist you with that by providing valuable information to get you ready for the road to homeownership. You can obtain an International or US Bureau by contacting Equifax and they will point you in the right direction.  Your international credit report is taken into consideration by the lender as it will show that you are a responsible borrower and have kept your accounts in good standing.  We would advise that a letter of recommendation from your current bank be done as that is also very helpful in the process. If you cannot provide an international credit bureau the lender will ask you for to confirm your good standing by providing 12 months history of bills that must be paid on time (rent, utilities, cable or insurance premiums).

Working with your Jencor Mortgage Advisor will provide you with options and answers to your questions. Our advice is always free, we are here to help you make home ownership a reality.

Remember, when looking for your home, use a professional to assist with not just financing but the search as well.  Realtors are great negotiators and can also help you determine your requirements in a home, “needs vs wants”.  Do you need to be close to schools, public transportation, etc.

This process can take some time but again, that is why you have a Jencor Mortgage Advisor at your fingertips!

By the way, Welcome to Canada!!

Original Post: https://www.jencormortgage.com/blogs/mortgage-blog-canada/209527-new-to-canada#.W5q0Cs5KjIU

 

15 Aug

Reason #10 To Consult a Mortgage Broker: Money

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Posted by: Sarah Boudreau

Reason #10 To Use a Mortgage Broker: Money

Everyone always wants the best interest rate, that’s a given, and yes, often a mortgage broker can actually get you a better rate from your very own bank than you can. Mortgage brokers also have access to a very large pool of lenders that cannot be accessed by the general public. Many of these are smaller, otherwise known as Monoline Lenders, who often offer bulk discounts on mortgage products and offer rock bottom rates. interest rates are changing on a daily basis. We are always up to date with the rates and terms each lending institution is offering.

Aside from rate, there are many other factors to consider when choosing a mortgage. Payout penalties, for example, can be a huge cost if you terminate your mortgage before the term is up. It is important to understand how your mortgage lender calculates the penalty. A mortgage broker can save client ten’s of thousands of dollars over the term, just by placing the mortgage with a lender who has a more lenient penalty, or into a mortgage term that has a lesser penalty.

Utilizing pre-payment privileges can also be an integral part of the overall mortgage planning. A good mortgage broker will help you strategize this and have you mortgage paid off as quickly as possible.

The various insurer programs like the Purchase-Plus-Improvements and the CMHC Green program can save buyers a ton of money by creating the opportunity to capitalize improvements and renovations into the low-rate mortgage, rather than carrying the cost on a much higher rate credit card or line of credit.

Don’t leave money on the table- make sure you call a trusted mortgage advisor for a free mortgage consultation before you sign with your bank.

As Always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Sarah

8 Aug

Reason #9 To Consult a Mortgage Broker: Ongoing Service Commitment

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Posted by: Sarah Boudreau

Reason #9 To Consult a Mortgage Broker: Ongoing Service Commitment

Once a broker places a mortgage for a client, you are a client for the life of that mortgage! Mortgage brokers encourage clients to call us at any time for advice on their existing mortgage, and we will keep the client up to date on any mortgage news and how it pertains to their situation. A client may be in a variable rate or adjustable mortgage product. Brokers can provide guidance as to whether locking in the rate is in the client’s best interest or if its more favorable to stay with their current product.

 

A mortgage broker will always encourage their clients to call for advice on future plans for any additional purchases as well. With the ever-changing mortgage guidelines, brokers can help navigate the process for any new properties and subsequent mortgage financing for vacation properties, rental properties or a second home for a child attending university.   Life is unpredictable and mortgage brokers are there for their clients to assist with all of life’s circumstances. A mortgage broker has experience in dealing with many different situations such as refinancing to renovate a home, a new marriage, a divorce situation that requires a spousal buyout or perhaps an out of province move.

 

Brokers like to keep in touch with their clients in order to pass along any pertinent mortgage news or changes that are taking place in the market. Brokers want their clients to be aware and knowledgeable about how any changes may affect them currently or in the future. An experienced broker is always transparent with their clients, providing the information and options available to help their clients make the best decision given their circumstances. Because of this, brokers will be in touch various times throughout the year as changes pop up in the market.

 

Knowledge is powerful, therefore brokers provide an ongoing service commitment to keep in touch with their client base and pass along as much knowledge as possible.

 

As always if you have any questions or concerns, let me know.

 

Sarah

 

2 Aug

Reason #8 To Consult a Mortgage Broker: Understanding the Fine Print

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Posted by: Sarah Boudreau

Reason #8: Understanding the Fine Print

Obtaining a mortgage is a very paperwork intensive process. You will be initialing, signing, and waiving things like never before. A good mortgage broker will never tell you to just “sign here”.  We will educate you and make sure you understand everything you are signing, as a knowledgeable third party.

Your documentation package for review will include the following:

  • Lender’s Commitment including all of the terms and conditions, which can vary from lender to lender.
  • Full cost of borrowing disclosure. How much does your mortgage actually cost you over the term of the loan. What is the APR on your loan?
  • Your property appraisal (if applicable).
  • The mortgage life and disability insurance options that might be available to you.

The final review and signing of documents for either a purchase or a refinance is done at your lawyer’s office. As your mortgage broker, we ensure that you arrive for your meeting at the lawyer’s office educated and well prepared to finalize the mortgage.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns let me know.

Sarah

26 Jul

Reason # 7 To Consult a Mortgage Broker: A-B-C Lending Solutions

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Posted by: Sarah Boudreau

Reason #7: A-B-C Lending Solutions.

We have relationships in place with a variety of lenders including major banks, trust companies, credit unions, monoline lenders,  alternative lenders and private lenders.

Not everyone has a perfect application for an ‘A’ type mortgage product. For example, self employed individuals with lower taxable earnings or those with a bruised credit history may not fit under ‘A’ criteria. There are still several lending options available for those who may not be able to secure mortgage financing with a traditional ‘A’ lender.

A great mortgage broker has strong relationships with various alternative lenders to assist in these situations. Slightly higher interest rates and fees are associated with these type of applications. Alternative lending is best positioned as a short term solution until the clients get their credit back in line or has established the required income needed to qualify with an ‘A’ lender.

Due to the new mortgage underwriting guidelines, private lending has also become more prevalent. Private lending is more expensive than alternative lending in the short term, but can be a good option for those that don’t fit A or B qualifying criteria. Real estate investors and ‘flippers’ can benefit from these private lending solutions.

To summarize, it is valuable to have an experienced mortgage broker working on behalf of the client as brokers have a broad range of lenders to work with and can offer clients the best combination of service, price and product features available depending on the clients situation and their future goals.

As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Sarah