Congratulations! You’ve decided to begin your search for a new home, or perhaps you’ve already found the home of your dreams and are ready to make an offer. It’s now time to consider your mortgage options. With so many different choices available, how do you choose the right mortgage?
As a mortgage professional, I want to help you find the product that best fits your needs. Whether purchasing a home, renovating your current home, helping your children, or purchasing an investment or vacation property - investing in real estate is a major decision. My goal is to help make your experience a positive one. In addition to arranging mortgage financing, I am able to help you with:
There’s absolutely no charge for my services on typical residential mortgage transactions. Like many other professional services, mortgage brokers are generally paid a finder’s fee when we introduce trustworthy, dependable customers to a financial institution.
Because my work hours are flexible, we can work on your mortgage any time. I am available evenings and weekends, which means you don't have to book time off work to get a mortgage. I am happy to meet with you either by phone or in person (depending where you are), and am always just a call away to answer any questions you have. My service and support do not end once you have your mortgage - I am available to answer questions and help with follow up whenever you need me.
Choosing the right lender, and the mortgage that best suits your needs, is an important decision. I want to help make the process a smooth one for you. Let me help you achieve your dreams.
BUYING A HOME Part 3 of 3
BUYING A HOME - SHOP WISELY
This article provides a brief overview of the process of shopping for a home. It is best to connect early with a mortgage professional so that you are well preprared to start down the road to home ownership.
In addition to knowing what you can afford, it is equally important to connect with a realtor that you are comfortable working with. Realtors are experts with respect to the legal aspects of purchasing a home, and are knowledgeable about the features and characteristics of your community. Your realtor will arrange for you to view several homes, and once you have decided on a home your realtor will guide you through the process of making an offer. Your realtor will support you until the keys have changed hands.
Before you start shopping, take some time to think about your priorities. Consider your future plans. For instance, is there a particular area you want to live? Do you need to be close to work, schools, shopping, or medical services? Is access to public transportation important? Will your family be expanding in the near future?
Put everyhing you can think of on your wish list, but remember to be flexible. Sometimesbuyers have to compromise because their funds are limited. It is important to get into a house you can afford and consider cosmetic upgrades down the road. Even if you cant afford to replace the hideous shag carpet in the family room right away, it might be worth living with for awhile to get into a home that meets most of the big ticket items on your wish list that are hard to change (ie: location, number of bedrooms). Alternatively, if there are major renovations to be done you might consider a purchase plus improvements mortgage.
One way to be prepared is to do some of your own research. If there are certain areas that you are interested in, take some time to drive around and look at the type of homes available. If you see for sale signs, jot down the address or listing number. Another way is to visit the Realtor.ca site. Enter your preferred options and price range to get a better idea of listings available. Your realtor will also do homework on your behalf to identify suitable properties, and will be able to provide advice and information about different neighbourhoods in your community. Being very clear about what is most important to you in terms of wish-list items will help your realtor narrow down the scope of your search.
When you start to look at homes, be careful not to be caught up by a house where minor upgrades and cosmetic fixes create the look that you are after but that do not include the important features you need. For instance, dont buy a two bedroom house when you know youre planning to have a family and will need more rooms soon. Dont make a compromise that will likely create a major strain down the road. If youre on a budget, look for a home whose full potential has yet to be realized. A good strategy is to look for a house that you can add value to, as this will help you build equity for when you decide to upgrade. If your budget allows, buying a brand new home means you wont have much to do in terms of upgrades or finish work.
After looking at multiple houses, you may find it hard to keep them straight in your mind. One suggestion is to write notes on the listing sheets are each house you view. Write down your general impression, as well as any specific features you want to remember. After you have looked at a few properties you will likely start to refine your wish list. This will help save time for both you and your realtor as you become very clear on what you want.
Once you choose your ideal property, its time to make an offer. Your realtor will write up the documentation and present it to the realtor representing the sellers.It is not unusual for offers to go back and forth several times before all of the details are finalized. Your realtor will explain the process to you, and help you arrange anyrequired inspections and documentation.
After you havev an accepted offer (agreed upon by you and the sellers), your mortgage professional will submit your application for final approval. Once final approval is in place and you have removed all of the conditions of your offer, your documents will be forwarded to your lawyer to finalize all of the necessary paperwork. Shortly after the money changes hands, you will receive the keys to your new home!
Buying a home may seem daunting, but having the right team to support you will make itseem far less intimidating. If you have any questions, please call me at 250-826-5857 or email me directly at email@example.com. Lets get you up to speed and into your dream home!
Stress Test Best Practices Tool Kit
With the new Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions stress test rules firmly in place since January, Canadian homebuyers have learned they need to arm themselves with practical information on how they can ensure they are stress-test ready.
The following is a guide and best practices tool kit for those about to embark on securing their new or next mortgage:
Make a financial plan
Any time a big purchase is at stake, laying out a financial plan is always the best first step to take. By creating a plan, home buyers can protect themselves from increased interest rates and ensure they are staying on budget.
Have a contingency fund
Without question and now more than ever, home buyers need to establish contingency funds. Its incredibly important to have funds set aside when unexpected costs such as property repairs arise. An established contingency fund also looks good to financial lenders.
Pay off debts and increase downpayment
The most important tool in the Best Practices Tool Kit is to pay off debts as quickly as possible and maximize your down payment. If you already have a mortgage, increase the frequency of payments by taking advantage of what the financial institution offers such as accelerated bi-weekly payments.
Broaden search parameters
Although you may have an ideal neighbourhood in mind, it is important to also consider broadening those search parameters. Often there are homes in other neighborhoods that could be a perfect choice if you are willing to commute a little longer.
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I can help you to navigate confusion surrounding the stress test. Ultimately, being stress test ready means being ready for future increases in rate so that you can afford your next home comfortably on your budget.
Preventing Falls on Stairs
Accessible housing refers to homes that are designed or modified to enable independent living for all residents, including seniors or persons with disabilities. Accessibility can be achieved through architectural design and also by integrating accessibility features, such as lowered light switches, grab bars, walk-in bathtubs, lowered shelves and cupboards, modified furniture or by installing electronic devices in the home.
Stairs in the home can be dangerous and can be a barrier to accessibility unless they are designed or modified to reduce the risk of falls. If residents have limited mobility, it may be necessary to install ramps, home elevators or stairlifts to make the home safe and accessible.
A high percentage of Canadians who visit hospitals after a fall on or from stairs or steps in their homes are seniors (men and women 65 years or older). When seniors fall, the consequences can be severe and long-lasting.
Most falls on stairs can be prevented. Prevention starts by keeping in mind that there are risks in using stairs. Good planning and simple strategies can help prevent falls and injuries.
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