Higher home prices & higher interest rates

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Higher Home PricesHigher home prices & higher interest rates

What people looking to be homebuyers can expect from the current home market headlines in the mass media?

Now that higher home prices & higher interest rates (slightly) than last year’s are becoming rout news, and while the Bank of Canada has kept interest rates with no changes (for now), some people who are currently looking to become home buyers may feel some level of distress even to look deeper into their real financial situation and learning about their possibilities to be approved for the much-needed financing to purchase their home and finally stop renting.

To understand that distress, one needs to consider that salaries and general income have not increased in the same proportion as the home prices in the Greater Toronto area, yet understanding may not be enough to help people become homebuyers, more needs to be done.

Higher Interest RatesAs the mortgage interest rates are also climbing, when being factored, this is perhaps the one factor that should worry the least for now since even after their increase, they still remain very low.

The distress turns from mild to moderate or perhaps severe when is known that renting a home is not cheaper and that available inventory is not even there to satisfy all the needs at a convenient rate for a hard worker two income family who sees that years pass by along with their dream of homeownership

What can certainly help people in this huge financial distress is knowledge,

Media coverage of home prices and affordability are meant to be headlines and run on average tilting at times to stress on the highest levels of the home sales transactions, a sense of impressionism has to be included in that coverage to satisfy ratings that certainly lead to help advertising sales.

Not every family’s financial situation is the same, in fact, every family’s financial situation is unique, is different; Knowing exactly what is or not affordable, what is or not approvable, what is or not convenient, is what matters and what can remove this kind of distress in this kind of situation.

SolutionThe knowledge of the real possibilities to become a homebuyer can be obtained through the practice of a mortgage assessment which is offered free of charge with the intention of building a customer-service relationship.

A decision of whether to continue renting or to buy a home should not be taken lightly and certainly not without fundament nor fear.

Exploring the possibilities regardless of credit should not be considered a waste of time.  The importance of mortgage assessments in the process of home purchase and financial peace of mind, but they are distributors or content, so here is their content

Will opportunities to become a homeowner be better or worse in a few years from now?

The importance of mortgage assessments in the process of home purchase and financial peace of mind is huge, and more people should know it. share it if you will.

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New rules affecting high ratio mortgages

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New mortgage rules high ratioNew rules affecting high ratio mortgages

The new rules affecting high ratio mortgages are effective from October 17th, 2016.

The following are new mortgage rules for high ratio mortgages, (under 20% down payment = high ratio mortgage).

From October 17th, 2016 onwards all borrowers (including those seeking a mortgage with a 5 year or longer fixed rate, insured mortgage with a variable rate, fixed under 5 years term) will need to qualify at the benchmark rate set by the Bank of Canada (currently at 4.64%) even if the mortgage loan will carry a lower mortgage rate. The monthly payments will consider the agreed rate (not the 4.64% benchmark rate)

Scenario:

A $500,000.00 mortgage at an annual benchmark rate of 4.64% (This is a test rate) on a 25 years amortization will require a monthly payment of $2,806.41

A $500,000.00 mortgage at an annual contracted rate of 2.39% on a 25 years amortization will require a monthly payment of $2,212.53. (This would be the real payments)

Simply put: Well qualifying borrowers that before the new rules were able to qualify for a certain amount mortgage, will qualify for a lesser amount mortgage after October 17th, 2016 when the new rules take effect.

The periodic payments maybe the same amount as they are factoring the loan amount, the contracted mortgage rate and the amortization period, once the mortgage is approved.

What can you as a borrower interested in a mortgage do now?

  • Increase considerably your down-payment.
  • Increase your qualifying income.
  • Look for an alternative property.
  • Try to keep your debt low and your credit high.

As of October 17, 2016, all insured mortgages regardless of the term must be qualified at the Bank of Canada Benchmark rule (currently at 4.64%)

What should you do at this moment?

There is no one single financial move as each borrower has different needs and different circumstances,  however with you should apply on line now, call or text 416-262-7139and request a confidential one on one meeting to look at specific answers and help you get the best mortgage deal. Delays to take action may cost you! Don’t delay!

The new refinancing rules have been postponed to start taking effect on May 1, 2017,

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A Co-signer story

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A co-signer story Considering co-signers to help your mortgage may be a very smart thing to do in regards to money-saving, however, this advantage may come with some potential risks that may end up consuming some of those savings or even worse, potential legal conflicts.

A good family that I know wanted to buy a house to stop renting, they had been renting for a long while and they wanted to start owning, however, their income was insufficient to prove affordability to a lender that they would be able to repay the requested mortgage. They have saved for their down payment, their credit was ok, It was only the insufficient income.

They approached a good friend in whom they trusted enough to ask to help them being a co-signer so that they could qualify to purchase the home for their family. He would need to commit to their mortgage obligations and responsibilities, except that he wouldn’t be paying the monthly mortgage payments unless the couple couldn’t make them.

The family was able to qualify and purchase their home, they were able to make the payments and live a better life, build some wealth and save more money than when renting. The co-signer was offered a very small percentage of the value of the property for the diligence of being included in the property title.

Suddenly, the good friend that was the father to a teenager passed away, this brought some complications and extra legal work and expenses to the family a couple of years after as they were planning to refinance their mortgage, and they needed to remove the co-signer from the title.

This is an example why it is wise to accept the mortgage protection plan offered with your mortgage.

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Reverse mortgage – Income advantage

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Chip – Reverse Mortgage – Income Advantage

On a reverse mortgage, interests paid are tax-deductible and lower than the increase of the equity of your home

Chip - Reverse MortgageChip – Reverse mortgage

A reverse mortgage is a loan secured against the value of your home. Unlike a loan or a regular mortgage, with CHIP you are not required to make payments. You only repay the loan when you move or sell your home.

  • Pay off debts
  • Renovate or make your home more accessible
  • Handle unexpected expenses
  • Help your children or grandchildren
  • Improve your day-to-day living standard
  • Make a special trip or purchase

Income Advantage MortgageIncome advantage

Income Advantage from HomEquity Bank is a loan secured against the value of your home.
It lets you convert part of your home equity into cash — without requiring you to sell or move.

  • Provide you with additional income;
  • Preserve your investment portfolio longer;
  • Lower your tax liability long-term

If you are both 55+ you should not struggle anymore and do what other people have done like:

  • Home improvements or renovations to the house you long have lived in
  • Get a retirement villa to live peaceful moments in your own way.
  • Improve your portfolio and earn higher dividends

Learn more about your next reverse mortgage

Interests paid are tax-deductible and lower than the increase of the equity of your home, you only have a win-win decision to make

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Mortgage for single parents

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Mortgage for single parents

Child Support incomeIn Ontario, as of 2011 according to Stats Canada, there were more than 604,000 lone-parent families, and in a staggering 80% of them, the female parent was living with their children!.

Now, this days is very difficult enough for a married or common-law couple to qualify for a mortgage in order to become a home owner, that difficulty is significantly greater for the single parent.

The distress of the single parents enhances their vulnerability against debt and for many their incapacity to understand that they too should be able to afford home ownership, even if they are separated from their spouse or partner

Mortgage for single parents, however, is possible when the qualifications are available, to help with the income, when applying for a mortgage, a single parent should include the following sources of income on top of the regular salary or earnings as a self-employed

Some of our mortgage lenders offer very helpful mortgage products where other proven income rather than the traditional are accepted, ask for details

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Mortgage insurers support single parents in their endeavor of home ownership by allowing that their proven child support or alimony is accepted as part of their qualifying income when they meet the following criterias that need to be collected by the mortgage agent in order to present to the mortgage lender:

  • Court ordered or an executed separation agreement (lender must obtain)
  • No more than 50% should be used for qualification purposes
  • 100% may be used provided income represents <30% of gross income and borrower has demonstrated receipt – through T1 General – for a minimum of 1 year.

It is common that many single parents do not know how much is the child support that they should receive for each child, to help with an estimate, here below you can find a table with some income amounts that could help them get an idea of what they should receive as child support in Ontario

Under the Federal Child Support Guidelines, the table amount is determined by:

  • The number of children;
  • The province or territory where the paying parent lives; and
  • The paying parent’s before-tax annual income.

Annual gross income# of Children Monthly child support
$80,0002$1,172.00
$50,0001$450
$55,0001$498.00
$60,0001$546.00
$65,0001$594.00
$70,0001$639.00
$75,0001$682.00
$80,0001$724.00
Annual gross income# of Children Monthly child support
$50,0002$743.00
$55,0002$817.00
$60,0002$892.00
$65,0002$966.00
$70,0002$1,037.00
$75,0002$1,105.00

Table Look-up Disclaimer

The Child Support Table Lookup has general information only. It is not a legal document. The tables were last updated December 31, 2011. To determine how much child support is owed from May 1, 2006, to December 31, 2011, use the 2006 tables. Note that provincial or territorial guidelines may apply in some cases.

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Financial character

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Character

Financial character

Financial character is the mental and moral group of qualities presented by an individual in regards to his/her behaviors when it comes to his/her financial agreements.

Your credit score may not be good enough to qualify for a mortgage!
Your high income may not be sufficient to qualify for a mortgage!

Have you suffer disappointments or being declined for a mortgage even when your credit score is higher than others?

Do yo have a high income, yet have being declined for a mortgage or are currently paying high interest rates?

Learning how financial character affects your ability to qualify or to obtain better mortgage rates means a great deal of money in your pockets.

Understanding that money is not everything should very important to you as it is to the financial institutions or lenders that you will seek a loan from.

Your credit score may not be good enough to qualify for a mortgage!

It is in the way your earn money and the way you use it that you create behaviors and may tell of what you give priority when you spend, how respectful and committed you can be to a promise made when requesting a loan, and what capacity you have to continue repaying a long term debt that you are asking for.

To some people making money is very easy at a time, but spending more than what they make maybe easier, to them going into credit card’s debt may be not important because they can pay the money back (at first) but without a conscience, of repaying with respect to the institution that lent them the money and the integrity to recognize that the lending and repaying transactions are a mutual commitment, the behavior patterns of those people most likely will lead to a higher un-affordable debt.

Some people pay on time and what is agreed their mortgages, but fail to do the same with their telephone or utility bills or car loan or others, this deteriorates the character of the borrower.

Paying responsibly, with consistency, on time and agreed amount (that is not yours, yo borrowed it) with consistency to all who you have celebrated a financial agreement with, will help you build a pattern of good character, one that respects financial institutions and that is always observed by the lenders when requesting a mortgage loan.

Your high income may not be sufficient to qualify for a mortgage!

Some people may have a high income, yet they may have previous commitments to car and student loans, credit cards, other monthly commitments and may not see in time that their debt ratios are getting out of hand as what they make or more is already committed.

The above example is common and may be as a result of poor management of their income.

Some people may be earning enough money to afford mortgage payments but may not be able to document all their income, this represents a higher risk for the lender. Different lenders have different appetite for risk and therefore some people may be able to support their income in different ways and qualify for a mortgage loan, but the borrower needs to understand that a higher risk means a higher interest rate in their mortgage loan.

There are also people earning good money but not capable to save for the down payment on their own, and have no assets, so where does the money go?

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All this examples and a thousand more that you may be familiar with, are considered as factors that build a financial character in a person by his/her own, and are always considered by the lenders when underwriting before they decide to approve or decline a mortgage loan.

Keeping a good financial character helps you project a good image of your self when it comes to requesting a mortgage loan, it shows your respect to your agreements, to, other people, to institutions and mainly to your own commitments

With a good financial character, you could picture yourself as the client all lenders want to have in their portfolio, it gives everyone a peace of mind, you would be a promise of a long lasting relationship, it is good business for everyone, and it means to you a great deal of savings.

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Reverse Mortgage

Reverse MortgageAbout reverse mortgage

Reverse mortgage has experienced an extraordinary 26% increase demand compared to last year.

Reverse mortgage is a financial instrument that allows seniors to access at very convenient terms the equity in their home

The funds are available to the homeowner in a very short time after the application, and all the process can be done from the comfort of their home.

The purpose of the funds is up to the homeowner but, here below we enlist some common reasons.

91% of Canadian Boomers do not want to sell their home

  •         A study by CBC found that 91% of Canadian Boomers do not want to sell their home.
  •         As home values continue to rise in Canada, many senior women have tapped into the equity in their home.
  •         Low-income seniors that do not qualify for a traditional mortgage or secured line of credit often are placed into private loans with higher interest rates, high closing costs and annual renewal fees.

How can you help yourself?

If you know a senior that fits into the low income category, have a conversation with me about HomEquity Bank’s Line of Credit – with option to make payments, or simply defer payments

Is reverse mortgage good?

The Reverse mortgage is simply fantastic, for a number of reasons, but most of all, because it provides easy and secured the access to funds through the equity that is already owned

How is the mortgage loan repaid?

The mortgage rates have always been lower than the rate of the equity increase and homeowners do not have to make periodic payments to the mortgage. The loan and interests will be repaid when the house is sold or inherited to other owners.

It is simple and very affordable. *Free personal consultations* are available, no pressure to commit, just detailed information is provided at the meeting to show you the reverse mortgage fees and qualifications. Get your reverse mortgage application now.

What are homeowners with reverse mortgage using their funds for?

  • Enjoy some traveling
  • Need to improve your health
  • Make some home improvements
  • Help your family financially
  • Increase your cash flow
  • Investing

If you are 55+ Home Equity Income Advantage can help you get the piece of mind you are looking for to continue with your life and plans without worries of un-eligibility.

Here are the highlights of the Home Equity Income Advantage:

  • Exclusively for homeowners 55 and older
  • There are no credit or income qualifications
  • You can access up to 50% of the value of your home
  • You receive the money tax-free
  • You can take the money as monthly cash flow and as a series of lump sums
  • No payments are required while you or your spouse live in your home
  • You maintain ownership and control of your home
  • You keep all the equity remaining in your home
  • Your estate is well protected
  • You can save on taxes

Home Equity Bank

We offer the Home Equity Income Advantage in partnership with Home Equity Bank.

HomEquity Bank is a schedule I Canadian Bank and is the only national provider of reverse mortgages to homeowners aged 55 and over

HomEquity Bank’s product line is now officially endorsed and recommended by CARP as a trusted financial solution!

How much can you borrow on a reverse mortgage loan?

Click here to try a free pre-approval reverse mortgage calculation and find out how much funds you ca access from your own equity

Free reverse mortgage calculation

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Home sale prices in Ontario

Home sale prices in Ontario

Is it really worth it to buy a house? That is a question that some renters that I have come across with have or had, like John and Sue (not real names) from Toronto, who were renting because they never thought that they could buy a house considering their financial situation. After our first meeting at that corner coffee shop (it was very crowded by the way), they felt comfortable enough to take the next step

The next step was, to decide whether to start their mortgage assessment or not, they decided to go ahead as they had nothing to lose and now they own a condo on a 15th floor that is more comfortable than the apartment they were renting and in a safer area; their mortgage payments are currently lower than what they were paying as rent.

The following chart from CHMC, illustrates in a simple way the average home sale prices in Ontario, includes a forecast for the years 2013 & 2014.

What you as a borrower can take from this is that, those who in the past years, were able to invest in a real estate and capable of keeping their investment, have now benefited by the growth of their equity, even through the slow economy that we lived in the past few years.

In the graph, as we observe a steady increase in home sale prices, we should also consider the savings resulting from low mortgage rates (not expressed in the chart below).

The growth of wealth in equity offered by the residential real estate industry, should be considered as a clear message, and an invitation to those who are currently renting, to invest securely and buy their homes now, rather than later.

Situations that prevent renters from buying a home like, low credit, no initial down payment, low income and others can be overcomed with a clear and solid strategy and here is where I can help you.

Home Sale Prices in Ontario

Source CHMC

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Non owner occupied rental mortgage

Non Owner Occupied Rental

The non owner occupied rental mortgage loans help you qualify by adding the monthly rental income to your current income. As a result you are able to purchase or refinance a rented property and let the property pay for itself with the rent

Scenario: You currently have a steady job or business, a decent credit score, some savings but no time to start another business or job, and you would like to earn residual income from a real estate property.

The non-owner occupied rental mortgage is designed for those who would like to become real estate investors.

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