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Is a Re-Finance Worth it For You? See Here.
How to Check if Re-Financing Today Will Save or Cost You Money
Depending on your current interest rate, you may be thinking of looking into a re-finance to take advantage of todays low rates. Of course, as you probably know it isnt just as easy as switching your mortgage out for a lower rate, there are several costs and factors you need to consider. Things such as penalty to break your mortgage and closing costs on a new mortgage are all determining factors in the decision to re-finance or not. Were going to show you how to break down the costs and make an educated decision. Of course, the below is only to give you a guideline and although fairly accurate, should not be used as a quote or promise of any kind. (Seems obvious but we have to write that, youd be surprised). Now that the legal mumbo-jumbo is out of the way, heres what you do:
Determine what your penalty is. Unless your mortgage is open, then there will be a penalty to pay it off early. If your mortgage is a variable rate, then you will be paying 3 months interest only which is a simple calculation.
Mortgage Balance x Interest Rate = A
A 12 = B
B x 3 = 3 months interest penalty.
$300,000 balance at 2.30% (300k x 2.30% = $6,900. $6,900 12 = $575 x 3 months = $1,725
If you are on a fixed rate then your penalty will be the greater of three months interest (above) or Interest Rate Differential (IRD). IRD is where the lender takes your current rate and puts it against the rate being offered for the term that most closely matches the time remaining on your mortgage term. So if you have 2 years left on your mortgage, they would use the 2 year term. The math for this is slightly more complicated.
Current Rate Reinvestment Rate = A
Mortgage Balance x A = B
B 365 x Number of days left to maturity = IRD Penalty.
Lets see an example using a mortgage balance of $300,000 with an interest rate of 3.19% with 2 years left on the term and a current 2 year rate of 2.29%. Remember, these numbers are for example purposes only.
Ex. 3.19% 2.29% = 0.90%. $300,000 x 0.90% = $2,700 365 x 730 = $5,399.81 IRD penalty
You can also take into consideration your pre-payment privileges on the balance.
So now that you are able to calculate your penalty all on your own, lets move to step two
Get an estimate of any closing costs you are likely to incur. For this example we will use the IRD results from above and assume our mortgage balance is $300,000 at 3.19%, we will also estimate the following:
Appraisal cost: $350
Legal Fees: $1,500
Penalty using IRD method: $5,399.81
Now that you know what it will cost you to break your mortgage and close a new one, its time to determine your potential savings on a new mortgage. Again, we will assume our balance is $300,000 with our current interest rate at 3.19% and our potential new rate being 2.64%.
Over the last two years remaining on your term, you would be paying roughly $16,500 of interest at the 3.19%
and on the first two years of your new mortgage at 2.64% you would be paying about $14,500 of interest, a savings of around $2,000. Or you can look at your existing payments of $1,449.14/month vs your new payments of $1,364.90 a savings of $84.24/month. Over two years $2,021.76. This of course does not outweigh the cost of breaking the mortgage and would therefore be better to wait until your penalty is lower. In the case where you are paying three months interest, then it would be worth it to re-finance.
Keep in mind you should always double check with your mortgage broker to be sure what the penalty is. In a lot of cases, they may be able to get you a discount on the penalty or help you avoid legal fees and appraisals costs. If you are thinking about re-financing to get your rate lowered, check in with us and well let you know where you stand. Hope this helps you understand your mortgage a little better.
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Canadian home sales edge down from December to January
According to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales were down slightly in January 2017 on a month-over-month basis.
- National home sales declined 1.3% from December 2016 to January 2017
- Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity in January was up 1.9% from a year earlier
- The number of newly listed homes dropped 6.7% from December 2016 to January 2017
- The MLSHome Price Index (HPI) in January was up 15.0% year-over-year (y-o-y)
- The national average sale price was little changed (+0.2%) y-o-y in January
Sales activity was down from the previous month in about half of all local markets, led by three of Canadas largest urban centres: the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Greater Vancouver, and Montreal.
Actual (not seasonally adjusted) sales activity was up 1.9% compared to the same month last year. While sales were up from year-ago levels in about two-thirds of all local housing markets including in the GTA, Calgary, Edmonton, London and St Thomas, and Montreal, they were down significantly in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.
The number of newly listed homes dropped 6.7% in January 2017, the second consecutive monthly decline. New listings were down in about two-thirds of all local markets, led by the GTA and environs across Vancouver Island.
With the monthly decline in new listings surpassing the decline in sales, the national sales-to-new listings ratio jumped to 67.7% in January compared to 64.0% in December and 60.2% in November.
The ratio was above 60% in about half of all local housing markets in January, the vast majority of which are located in British Columbia, in and around the GTA and across southwestern Ontario. A monthly decline in newly listed homes further tightened housing markets that were already in sellers market territory.
There were 4.6 months of inventory on a national basis at the end of January 2017 unchanged from December 2016 and a six-year low for the measure.
The imbalance between limited housing supply and robust demand in Ontarios Greater Golden Horseshoe region is without precedent (the region includes the GTA, Hamilton-Burlington, Oakville-Milton, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Brantford, the Niagara Region, Barrie and nearby cottage country). The number of months of inventory in January 2017 stood at or below one month in the GTA, Hamilton-Burlington, Oakville-Milton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Brantford and Guelph.
In the Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver, prices have receded from their peaks posted in August 2016. That said, home prices in these regions nonetheless remain well above year-ago levels (+24.9% and +15.6% respectively).
Meanwhile, benchmark prices continue to climb in Victoria and elsewhere on Vancouver Island together with Greater Toronto, Oakville-Milton and Guelph. Year-over-year price gains in these five markets ranged from about 18% to 26% in January.
By comparison, home prices were down 2.9% y-o-y in Calgary and by 1.0% y-o-y in Saskatoon. Prices in these two markets now stand 5.9% and 4.3% below their respective peaks reached in 2015.
Home prices were up modestly from year-ago levels in Regina (+3.8%), Ottawa (+3.7%) and Greater Montreal (+3.1%). In Greater Moncton, home prices for the market overall held steady (-0.2%), reflecting an increase in townhouse row units prices (5.8%) that was offset by a decline in prices for one-storey single family homes (-1.0%).
The actual (not seasonally adjusted) national average price for homes sold in January 2017 was $470,253, almost unchanged (+0.2%) from where it stood one year earlier.
The national average price continues to be pulled upward by sales activity in Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto, which remain two of Canadas tightest, most active and expensive housing markets.
That said, Greater Vancouvers share of national sales activity has diminished considerably over the past year, giving it less upward influence on the national average price. The average price is reduced by almost $120,000 to $351,998 if Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto sales are excluded from calculations.
Canadian Housing Starts Trend Increased in January
The trend measure of housing starts in Canada was 199,834 units in January compared to 197,881 in December, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.
CMHC uses the trend measure as a complement to the monthly SAAR of housing starts to account for considerable swings in monthly estimates and obtain a more complete picture of the state of Canadas housing market. In some situations analyzing only SAAR data can be misleading, as they are largely driven by the multi-unit segment of the market which can vary significantly from one month to the next.
The standalone monthly SAAR for all areas in Canada was 207,408 units in January, up from 206,305 units in December. The SAAR of urban starts increased by 1.0per cent in January to 189,688 units. Multiple urban starts increased by 4.2per cent to 125,886 units in January and single-detached urban starts decreased by 4.6 per cent, to 63,802 units.
In January, the seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased in Ontario and Atlantic Canada, but decreased in British Columbia, the Prairies and Quebec.
Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 17,720 units.