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Ontario Land Transfer Tax

Ontario Land Transfer TaxOntario Land Transfer Tax is charged to the homebuyer and applies whenever a land or an interest in land in Ontario is purchased,

The applicant buyer pays the Ontario’s land transfer tax at the time of purchase, the term “land” includes any buildings, buildings to be constructed, and fixtures (such as light fixtures, built-in appliances, and cabinetry).

Land transfer tax is normally based on the amount paid for the land, in addition to the amount remaining on any mortgage or debt assumed as part of the arrangement to buy the land.

In some cases, land transfer tax is based on the fair market value of the land, for example, where:

  • The transfer of a lease with a remaining term that can exceed 50 years
  • The transfer of land is from a corporation to one of its shareholders, or
  • The transfer of land is to a corporation if shares of the corporation are issued.

Current Ontario Land Transfer Tax rates as of January 1, 2017

Current Ontario Land Transfertax RateFirst-time homebuyers rebate

Up to December 31, 2016, first-time homebuyers qualify for up to 2,000 land transfer tax rebate.

Ontario Land Transfer Tax rates as of January 1, 2017

Ontario Land Transfer Tax Rate

From January 1st, 2017 onwards, the new Ontario Land Transfer Tax for first-time home-buyers will be exempted on the first 368,000 of a land purchase price and first-time home-buyers will also be eligible for up to a 4,000 tax rebate on the non-exempted amount.

Also from January 1st, 2017 the new Ontario Land Transfer Tax rate increases on properties which purchase price exceeds 2 Million, the increase is to 2.5% from a 2%.

An appraisal of the properties before the purchase is most likely going to be ordered.

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Small rental mortgage program tips

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SmallRentalProgramTipsThe following may help you get a more realistic expectation on a rental mortgage program and how you can speed up the process and benefit sooner from the investment of that second home (not owner occupied) or third or even fourth home.

Purchasing a second home is not the same as buying your first home, yet, the investment on real estate may be worth the difference.

The rental mortgage program’s terms may vary among lenders, so it is advisable that you check with your mortgage agent the details of your mortgage.

One of the variants between your first mortgage on your owner-occupied property and your non-owner-occupied property might be the lower loan-to-value offered on the first mortgage of your non-owner-occupied property.

Another variant could be the higher net worth of the borrower needed on the rental mortgage program.

The percentage amount of the rental income that can be added to the borrower’s income might also a variant in the mortgage process.

Consulting your mortgage agent saves you time speeding up the mortgage approval process so that you can enjoy the benefits of your investment

Credit, income and down payment affect rates and affordability in any qualification process.

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Dufferin County Homeownership

Dufferin County HomeownershipThe Dufferin County Homeownership Component program is designed to provide moderate income individuals and families with an interest-free down payment assistance loan to help them in purchasing their own home.

The Dufferin County Homeownership is an affordable housing program and might provide you with an interest-free down payment assistance loan of up to five percent (5%) of the cost of an eligible home, to a maximum of $20,000.00.

 To be eligible for down payment assistance you must be a renter household and meet the following criteria:

  • Combined gross household income at or below $88,000
  • Must not currently own a home or have a legal interest in a property
  • Must be buying a sole and principal residence within the County of Dufferin
  • Have assets of no more than $20,000.00
  • Must not owe any social housing arrears, including damages
  • Be a minimum 18 years of age
  • Be able to secure financing on the property

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Home Trust Secured Visa

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Home Trust Secured Visa, improve, build, rebuild, improve your credit, get all details and apply online.

Learn how it works, apply online now, get your visa in the mail soon.

Helps you improve and control your credit

This Visa reports monthly to both Equifax and Trans-Union.

To assure accurate and timely processing of this application, please review the following:

Security Deposit: The preferred method is to send a personal cheque drawn from your Canadian Bank account; third-party cheques are not acceptable. The minimum deposit amount is $500.00 and the maximum is $10,000. Please make the cheque payable to Home Trust Company.

When providing a personal cheque as a security deposit, if you know that your credit bureau is less than 6 months old, the maximum deposit amount we can accept is $1,500.00. Additionally, please also include a copy of a utility bill (which shows your name/address) or 2 pieces of photo ID (Government issued).

We can also accept a Canadian bank draft or money order. However, with this payment method, you must also include a copy of a recent Bank statement (showing your name, the name of your Financial institution, type of account (i.e., savings, chequing) and your partial account number).

Consumer Proposal: This product is available to clients in a Consumer Proposal; letter of good standing is not required.

Bankruptcy: This product is NOT available to those who are currently bankrupt, however, applicants who have been discharged from bankruptcy can apply at any time, but must include their “Certificate of Discharge” with their completed application.

Secured Visa applications along with their respective deposits/additional documents can be mailed to 145 King Street W, Suite 2300, ATTN Visa Department, Toronto, ON M5H 1J8.

Get control on your own credit, select the Home Trust Secured Visa of your choice:

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Be prepared for your mortgage

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Be prepared for your mortgage

Plan Ahead and SaveAnticipating for your coming mortgage renewal, refinancing or home purchase will always pay off, it’s a smart decision and an excellent financial practice. Since you are not in control of all the factors that affect your future transaction, it is most convenience to stay ahead of the curve.

Unless you prefer the stress of higher interest rates, mortgage penalties and being declined in the worse scenarios, you surely want to plan ahead every step of your coming mortgage process.

Whether you know where to start or you have no clue, that is not the issue here, because with the right guidance, all you need to know is why you want or need a mortgage. We’ll take care of the how and perhaps even the when.

Timing is important, have your mortgage assessment practiced 6 months ahead to avoid rate increases, missed opportunities, or even false expecttations

If you are a first time home buyer,  planning to renew your mortgage or to refinance existing debt and would like to know about your mortgage, prepare the following before you arrange your mortgage assessment meeting.

  • Personal picture ID’s including your SIN
  • Employment history
  • Information about your income and most recent supporting documents
    • If not all your income can be supported, detail what you can and the type of income you earn (Waitress tips, construction workers, etc)
  • Details about your financial commitments or debts
  • Details about your savings
  • Your home rental or living history
  • Current mortgage statement (for renewals and refinancing)
  • Have your questions ready

There are always more chances you help you when you plan ahead of time

Practice your mortgage assessment, then just follow your strategy, say NO to procrastination and achieve your goal. Where there is a will, there is a way!

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Region of Waterloo affordable home ownership

The Region Of WaterlooRegion of Waterloo affordable home ownership offers to allocate for families and individuals with the 5% down payment in a forgivable loan to help them purchase a home with the intention of living in it.

The residential property must be:

  • In the Region of Waterloo
  • A maximum purchase price of $243,300
  • Approved by the region of Waterloo

To be eligible to qualify for this program families and individuals must:

  • Qualify for a mortgage
  • Have a maximum household income of $73,050
  • Be at least 18 years old and currently renting
  • Not own or have an interest in a home
  • Not owe money to a Community Housing landlord
  • Be a legal resident of Canada
  • Intend to have this home as your one and only residence

This is a limited time, limited funding mortgage product.

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Effects of Recession

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RecessionEconomists officially define a recession as two consecutive quarters of negative growth in gross domestic product (GDP). This is a significant decline in economic activity spread across the entire country.

A short analysis of how recession might affect our families and the positive perspective at the end of all

But, how does affect you as a home owner with a mortgage?

There are a number of different scenarios and a solution to a single scenario should not be considered as a solution to all.

The impact of an economy in recession, besides the slowdown of the industrial production and manufacturing, might be a greater number of job losses affecting first the low levels of a work force, like in retail positions, service industry as the consumer spending slows down, due the decline in real income.

So a small business sees less dynamism in sales ,products may stay longer in shelves as demand of the products slows down as well, obtaining a line of credit now should be considered to improve cash flow

Large companies may stop hiring or even reduce workforce or reduce benefits and other alternatives seeking to cut costs.

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In regards to credits, as income from sales or salaries decreases, repayments to debts may suffer the same effect, damaging credits and leading to reduction of possibilities to obtain new credits or even to keep existing ones, seriously affecting the cash flow in a family or business.

Borrowers with current mortgages with fixed rates, may be more at peace than those with a variable rate if the devaluation of the currency persist, as the bank of Canada may be dragged to increase the prime lending rate and mortgages with variable rates may become un-affordable suggesting an early refinancing early rather than late may be the best to do.

For those who are currently renting and planning to finally purchase their home in the near future, and their source of income is not at risk of being lost, the best advise might be to accelerate their plan as much as possible (see mortgage assessment) and secure a mortgage with a low fixed mortgage rate and take advantage of the first time home buyers credits offered by the government.

The good part of the story is that history shows that those who were prepared to stand during recessions, may become stronger once the economy rebounds, and it will, there is no question about it. They be stronger as some competitors may fade or even be out of business because they were not prepared.

Recessions don’t last forever be prepared!

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Residential Construction Mortgages

Residential Construction Mortgage

Faster approvals and easy advances

For you who are looking to start a new project and looking for financing options, why not getting faster approvals and easy advances, simply the best lending solution.

Residential Construction Mortgages details: 

  • For builders or borrowers wanting interim financing for a new construction project, for renovating an existing structure and for land acquisition
  • Loan commitments are made at the time of approval and may not exceed 85% of budgeted costs, up to 75% of the land value and may not exceed 65% of Pro-forma appraised completion value
  • Draw advances are easy with support from our Construction Specialist and can be made up to 5 times though the project
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Owner occupied rental

Owner Occupied Rental

The owner occupied rental mortgage offers the flexibility needed to own a property while renting a fraction of it to someone else, so you can use the rental income to help repay your mortgage.

The owner occupied rental mortgage is normally used by small but growing families when their own income alone may not be sufficient to qualify for the property you need.

This type of mortgage gives you the advantage to qualify for a bigger property than what you can afford with your income

Not all properties and not all rental agreements may qualify for this type of mortgage, ask me before buying the property.

The owner occupied rental is available for purchases or refinance.

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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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Mortgage

MortgageMortgage is a registered agreement in a land titles office where security interest in a specific real property is held by a lender as a security for debt repayment by the borrower, a debt pledge

Each mortgage is a claim against the property; should the property be sold or foreclosed each claim is satisfied in order

What kind of mortgage can I help you with?

MortgageSecond MortgageRefinance
Reverse mortgageHome Equity Line of CreditCommercial Mortgage

First mortgage: is the first loan registered in the title against the property

Second Mortgage: Is the loan that is registered second in time in the title against the property, is normally used to trade high credit card debts that carry high-interest rates for a low mortgage rate that eventually will reduce the cost of borrowing making it easier to eliminate that debt

A Mortgage can be conventional or high ratio
Conventional mortgage: Usually when a borrower contributes a 20+% of the value of the property
High ratio mortgage: Usually when a borrower contributes less than a 20% of the value of the property

A Mortgage can be open or closed:
Open: Allows the borrower to repay all or part of the principal at any time without penalties
Closed: Does not allow any prepayments or early repayments of the mortgage

There are different types of mortgage loans because they try to satisfy different needs according to the borrower’s lifestyles and affordability.

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New To Canada Mortgage

 

New To CanadaNew to Canada Mortgage is for people who have immigrated or relocated to Canada within 60 months, offers credit record or history flexibility, lower down payment required than a conventional mortgage.

The New to Canada  mortgage is for the new immigrants that have obtained landed status and have not already owned a house It presents the opportunity to start owning a home instead of renting.

The following are some borrower qualifications for the New to Canada Mortgage:

  • High ratio secured mortgage loans with only 5% Down payment from own resources; For LTV’s less than 95%, the remainder may be gifted from an immediate family member or from a corporate subsidy. (3 years landed immigrant)
  • Or Conventional unsecured mortgage loan with 35% Down payment or more from own resources.
  • Amortization up to 30 years in Conventional & 25 years insured mortgages
  • No 3rd party/Guarantors

  • Number of units, Max 2

  • Must provide valid work permit or verification of landed immigrant status

  • International Credit Report or 2 alternative sources of credit

  • Bank reference letter or 6 months bank statements
  • 3 months minimum full-time employment in Canada (borrowers being transferred under a corporate relocation program are exempt)
  • All debts held outside of the country must be included in the total debt servicing ratio (Rental income earned outside of Canada is to be excluded from the GDS/TDS calculation)
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Zero down payment mortgage

Zero down paymentZero down payment mortgage is a Mortgage loan offered by only some lenders that offer a 5% cash back, that can be used towards the down payment.

It helps realize the dream of homeownership even before the down payment has been saved.

If you are currently renting and prefer to own your own home, but you haven’t been able to save enough for your down payment, this is your chance call now

To qualify for a Zero down payment mortgage you to have good credit (read below), a steady source of income that can show your capacity to repay the loan, (we’ll do the math together) and savings of about a 1.5% of the value of the property that you are seeking to purchase

Excellent credit is necessary for the zero down payment mortgage when available.

Click here to apply for your zero down payment mortgage or other mortgage options if necessary

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First mortgage

First MortgageFirst mortgage is the first loan registered on the real estate title.

Looking to buy your first home?

Save thousands on your first mortgage, know your options & get approved

Other mortgage loans can also be registered on the same property title, they would be called second or third mortgages

Whether you enjoy good credit or have bad credit, we can absolutely help you with mortgage approval application process

Reading the following will help you get approved when applying for your first mortgage

You are excited about buying your home and wouldn’t like disappointments if this is the case read the following:

  • Is smart to have your mortgage assessment practiced before you start viewing homes, that way you’ll know what you can or can’t afford.
  • Learn about the unique advantages you are entitled to if you are a first time home buyer
  • Learn about your credit and mortgage loans and credit score
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