Is a reverse mortgage right for you?
What is a CHIP reverse mortgage?
A CHIP reverse mortgage allows Canadians 55 and older to unlock up to 55% of the value of their home to assist with any financial need. The money received from a reverse mortgage is tax-free, there are no health checks to qualify for and no payments are required interest or principal for as long as at least one borrower lives in the home. The homeowner(s) maintains title ownership of the home at all times. The home must be your principal residence and the property can be a house, townhouse, or condo, as long as there is enough equity to qualify.
Reverse mortgage loans can be used to:
● Pay off or consolidate debt;
● Supplement income;
● Finance home renovations or repairs;
● Pay for unexpected medical or emergency expenses;
● Financially aid a family member(s) or,
● Improve your standard of living by paying for a vacation getaway or making a special purchase.
The truth is, debt in retirement used to be a faux-pas, but today, more and more Canadians are entering retirement with growing debt. The average life expectancy is higher than ever and the cost of living is often greater than pension incomes.
Since 2005, HSBC has surveyed more than 140,000 people in 15 countries about retirement. The following are keys findings for Canada:
● Retirees 23% saw their standard of living deteriorate after retiring. 31% feel they did not adequately prepare for retirement.
● Working Age 81% had a major life event hamper their ability to save. 18% had their ability to save hurt by the economy. 37% are not saving for retirement.
● Pre-Retirees 61% worry about having enough money to live day-to-day. 40% are not confident they can maintain a comfortable retirement. 68% worry they will run out of money. 44% are not preparing adequately and 52% cite their mortgage or debts as the reason.
● Non-Traditional Sources of Income 65% point to a domestic second property. 32% consider a foreign second property as a source of funds.
A reverse mortgage is a smart way for seniors to access the equity theyve accumulated in their home as tax-free cash. Despite the fact that reverse mortgages have been in Canada since 1986, there are still a lot of misunderstanding. Much of the media and misinformation about reverse mortgages is rooted in the U.S. In the U.S., there are numerous reverse mortgage providers, each offering different features. HomEquity Bank, the only provider of reverse mortgages in Canada, is a federally regulated Schedule 1 Canadian Bank, which ensures that you have a trusted and secure bank providing you with your reverse mortgage. Over the years, HomEquity Bank has been improving the reverse mortgage program, making interest rates more competitive, adding term options and increasing the amount of home equity a client can access. It is also mandatory for clients to seek independent legal advice before being approved for a reverse mortgage.
After first learning about CHIP from her mortgage broker, Karen used her money to pay off debt that had built up after her husbands stroke. Creditors are no longer calling and she is now free to spend quality time with her husband.
Bill and Linda learned about the CHIP benefits and used the money for much needed home renovations and repairs which they werent able to previously pay for.
Miriam was able to take a trip she always promised herself with extended family and friends without having to take money from her precious retirement savings.
Contact me today if you would like more information on a reverse mortgage and find out if it is the right product for you.
Diane Sainsbury, Certified Reverse Mortgage Specialist
(Simcoe County) 705-445-2584 (Toronto) 416-820-8471
Construction intentions for multi-family dwellings in Montréal continue to climb
In October, the value of permits for both single-family and multi-family dwellings increased in the CMAs of Montral and Toronto. However, in the Vancouver CMA, both residential components fell, offsetting the gains in September.
Municipalities in the CMA of Montral issued $538.1 million in permits for multi-family dwellings in October, higher than in Toronto ($409.2 million) and Vancouver ($330.6 million). In regards to single-family homes, Toronto registered $451.3 million in permits, followed by Vancouver ($148.1 million) and Montral ($122.4 million).
The Montral CMA issued permits approving the construction of 2,956 new units, stemming mainly from multi-family dwellings (2,720). October marked the fifth consecutive month where the number of units approved for multi-family dwellings exceeded 2,000. Vancouver approved the construction of 1,860 new units for multi-family homes, while Toronto (1,691) approved fewer despite having a higher value for the component.
Housing Market Digest by Will Dunning, Economist for Mortgage Professionals Canada
The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) now requires that all residential mortgages by federally-regulated lenders must be stress-tested, at two percentage points above the contract interest rate (or the 5- year posted rate, if that is higher). In combination with the requirements for mortgage insurance, about 90% of all new mortgages will be tested.
This can be expected to reduce housing activity by 10-15%. It is on top of the impact from recent rises for mortgage interest rates (another 5-10% drop in activity). The combined 15-25% drop in housing activity will affect the broader economy.
In two years, employment could be 150,000-250,000 lower than it would otherwise be. There is a risk that house prices will fall. In a modern economy, a sustained drop in house prices is one of the most dangerous things that can happen: as happened in the US a decade ago, falling house prices can turn into widespread economic decline.
Resale activity recovered a bit more in September, to 492,900, due to partial rebounds in BC and Ontario. Activity is flat in most other areas.
CREAs House Price Index was flat in September. The year-over-year change is now 10.7% (down from the peak of 19.7% that was seen in April).
The sales-to-new-listings ratio (SNLR) was 55.7% in September, slightly above the balanced market threshold of 51%. This indicator points to an outlook for stable prices (at worst). But, as noted, OSFIs stress test policy creates a risk of falling prices.
We should, in general, expect that resale activity will trend upwards over time, because the population is growing and the housing inventory is expanding. Therefore, it is useful to look at sales on a per capita basis. Recent activity is below the long-term average.