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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Ontario Land Transfer Tax

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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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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 purchase assist program

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Purchase Assist program - First Swiss MortgageHome purchase Assist program from First Swiss Mortgage Corporation

First Swiss Mortgage will lend a second up to 95% LTV, that client can use to reduce the first mortgage amount below CMHC margin. Which means – no CMHC premiums, and less down-payment form client’s own sources

Not everyone can afford 20% down-payment, especially at the current property price level. That’s exactly why First Swiss Mortgage came up with Purchase Assist – a handy second mortgage product designed to make it easier for the would-be home buyers to get a dream home they always wanted.

Learn more about First Swiss Mortgage

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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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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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Low cost home ownership

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Low cost ownershipLow-cost home ownership are financial assistance programs offered by the government to assist lower income families with the purchase of a residential property to live in it.

There are currently a number of programs with different alternatives and yet we experience an all time high home prices in Toronto. Programs like Home in Peel region affordable ownership and the Region of Waterloo affordable home ownership, and the idea of creation of other programs should be supported with more funding by all levels of government.

If you think that we are living on a time that demands more programs to assist home ownership, estate your opinion in the poll below.

As mortgage agent serving the greater Toronto area and beyond, I receive information of many mortgage rates updates from the numerous lenders, whether they are banks, financial institutions, credit unions and private lenders with the purpose promoting them among my clients, some products offer temporary advantages to the borrower or specific timing on a deal, the mortgage products from lenders are not the same.

By the way, offering a variety of mortgage products is a starting advantage that help my clients decide in dealing with me rather than their bank, they prefer options that deliver more savings, it makes them feel comfortable

The Bank of Canada recently lowered the key overnight rate, that lead to a reduction on mortgage rates from many of our lenders, besides the rates we also see unique government incentives for first-time home buyers, and even the opportunities of tax sheltering and tax returns with the rrsp’s home buyers plan that helps buyers save for their down payment, all this helps a great deal to practice a good mortgage assessment that will certainly lead to the approval of a mortgage loan and a low-cost ownership, what do you think?

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If you are interested in finding out if you qualify for a mortgage this year so that you can purchase your home, do not hesitate in contacting me now

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Bank of Canada lowering rates

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Bank of Canada Lowering interest ratesBank of Canada lowering the Canadian overnight loans rates unexpectedly from 1.00% to .75% in response to the fall of the oil prices.

Canada is the first of the group of 7 richest countries to adopt such a measure, and the following is Canadians should expect in regards to their mortgage:

  • Lower mortgage rates. In fact we have received from our lenders new revision of their mortgage rates bringing them to a new low.
  • Depending on the performance of their funds, some Canadians should expect lower expectations in the growth of their wealth.
  • We have also seen some news from oil related companies experiencing massive layoffs due to the fall of the prices if oil
  • The International Monetary Fund has also lower their growth expectations of the Canadian economy and other countries for the year 2015

This could be summarized to an advise to those borrowers who are thinking about purchasing a real estate property to go ahead as soon as possible if they to enjoy the benefit of paying less and being easier to qualify for those with a tight budget, and for those who have being saving in RRSP’s this might be the best time to borrow them towards their down payment

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Peel region affordable housing

Home in Peel regionThe Home in Peel Affordable Ownership Program is designed to provide low to moderate income residents who are currently renting in the Region of Peel (Brampton, Caledon or Mississauga) the opportunity to qualify for down payment loan assistance to buy a home.

The program assists eligible applicants who have a total annual gross income of $87,800 or less, per household income, to purchase a resale home in the Region of Peel that does not exceed a purchase price of $330,000.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and cannot already own a home, or interest in a home, inside or outside of Canada.

Approved applicants are eligible for a $20,000 down payment assistant for the purchase price of an eligible home located in the Region of Peel. This is a secured forgivable loan for down payment assistance only; applicants are responsible for all other related closing costs including, but not limited to the deposit, home inspection fee, lawyer’s fees, land transfer costs, title search, possible land and/or municipal property tax payments, and any other unanticipated costs.

Should no default occur, the down payment loan will become forgivable on the 20th-anniversary date of the purchase of the home.

This program is currently suspended.

If you are interested in this program, fill up the next form to enroll in a call back list to be notified when and if the program is reinstated.

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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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Family Plan Mortgage

Family Plan MortgageFamily plan mortgage is a mortgage loan that allows an immediate family member to assist financially another immediate family member in the purchase of a new home

Family plan mortgage is one of the insured, owner-occupied mortgage loans, good credit rating is necessary and both members of the family must be included in the property title.

Family plan mortgage is great for the following examples:

  • A parent who wishes to help an adult entrepreneurial child buy a home

  • A parent helping to buy a home for an adult child at a post-secondary educational facility

  • An adult helping to buy a home for elderly parents who are living on a fixed income

Insured Mortgage Facts:

  • 2+ members of the family purchasing a home

  • All applicants must be on title

  • For immediate family members

Eligible properties:

  • Number of units: Max 2 – at least one should be owner occupied

  • Good conditions property in marketable area in municipality with resale value stability

  • New constructions or existing properties

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Cash Back Mortgage

Cadh Back MortgageCash back mortgage is a convenient mortgage loan use to purchase a home and get additional financing for other purposes at low mortgage rates, that are generally lower than the rates on the credit cards

Different percentages of cash back (1%, 2%, 3%, 4%, 5%) are offered by different lenders, some mortgage lenders allow you to use your cash back to purchase new furniture for your new home, home remodeling or restorations, some for legal fees and some even for down payment.

With a cash back mortgage, you extend the repayments through your mortgage amortization period making it easy to repay

Cash-Back MortgageIn a cash back mortgage, the mortgage rates may not be as low as in a conventional mortgage where at least a 20% of the purchase price of the property has to be invested upfront by the borrower, however, the rates are much lower than other financing channels like credit cards or personal loans.

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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 home ownership 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

These mortgage loans are not available for borrowers that:

  • Are prior bankrupts, consumer proposals, collections or repossession
  • Have high credit cards or other consumer loan debt with no assets and no evidence that they can save
  • Have no assets to show for the length of their working career

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