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
A good credit report and credit score are important factors in determining whether or not you will be approved for a mortgage. Here are some simple steps you can take to maintain a good credit history, and improve your chances of being approved.
What is a Credit Score
Your credit score is a number that illustrates your financial health at a specific point in time. It also serves as an indicator of your financial past, and how consistently you pay off your bills and debts. This is one of the factors mortgage professionals consider in qualifying you for a mortgage.
How to Check Your Credit Score
To find out your credit score, contact Canadas two credit-reporting agencies: Equifax Canada at www.equifax.ca and TransUnion Canada at www.transunion.ca. For a fee, these agencies will provide you with an online copy of your credit score as well as a credit report a detailed summary of your credit history, employment history and personal financial information on file. You can also obtain a free copy of your credit report by mail. If you find any errors in your report, notify the credit-reporting agency and the organization responsible for the inaccuracy immediately.
If You Do Not Have a Credit Score
Its important to begin building a credit history as early as possible. You can begin to build one by applying for and responsibly using a credit card. Your financial institution or mortgage professional can help.
How to Improve Your Credit Score
Demonstrating your ability to manage credit is key to maintaining a good credit score. There are a number of things you can do to improve your credit score. These include: Always pay your bills in full and on time. If you cannot pay the full amount, try to pay at least the required minimum shown on your monthly statement. Pay off your debts (such as loans, credit cards, lines of credit, etc.) as quickly as possible. Never go over the limit on your credit cards, and try to keep your balances well below the limits. Reduce the number of credit card or loan applications you make. Once your credit score has improved, work with your mortgage professional to obtain a mortgage that works for you.
Find Out More
To find out more about credit scores and reports, visit the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada website and download or request a free copy of their guide, Understanding Your Credit Report and Credit Score. This guide provides practical, straightforward information on how to obtain and understand your credit report and score, as well as how to build and maintain a good credit history.
CMHC’s 2017 Mortgage Consumer Survey
In March 2017, CMHC completed an online survey of 3,002 recent mortgage consumers, all prime household decision-makers who had undertaken a mortgage transaction in the past 12 months. Sixty-five percent had undergone a mortgage renewal, 15% had refinanced their mortgage, and 20% had purchased a home with mortgage financing (11% First-Time Buyers and 9% Repeat Buyers). CMHC has conducted this survey since 1999. It is the largest and most comprehensive survey of its kind in Canada.
The Home Buying Process
Sixty-four percent of First-Time Buyers indicated they were renting before purchasing, and 34% lived with family.
Wanting to buy their first home (37%) and feeling financially ready (31%) were the most important reasons First-Time Buyers gave for purchasing a home in the past year. Low interest rates was the most important reason noted by Repeat Buyers at 33%.
Fifty-three percent of buyers were aware of the latest mortgage qualification changes, and 19% noted that it impacted their purchase decision. For example, 11% of buyers said they increased their down payment, 6% purchased a smaller home, 5% purchased in a dfferent location, and 3% delayed their purchase.
Buyers interact with a wide variety of people, and are most likely to consult a real estate agent (72%), or look to a family member or mortgage lender for advice (both at 57%). Forty-one percent reported interacting with a mortgage broker. Of all interactions, real estate agents were noted as most valuable.
Seventy-one percent of First-Time Buyers accessed savings for their down payment, while 18% received a gift from a family member.
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