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4 Things To Consider Before You Buy Your First Home
MARKs MORTGAGE SMART TIPS WHY USE A MORTGAGE AGENT? Simple .... we work for YOU! What can you afford? Have a Budget: Buying a home shouldnt be taken lightly; it is a big step and probably the largest financial decision you will make. Before making the decision to buy, take time to work out your personal budget which includes what you can afford and the different costs you will incur between renting and owning. (Email me for a free easy to use budget planner) Your budget is not necessarily referring to the maximum you qualify for, but what is more in line with your own personal spending habits. This is imperative if you dont want to have to change your lifestyle significantly because each month you are financially strapped, or worse, regret it and lose your home because you cant afford it! Use our FREE Budget Planner Tool to figure out what you can realistically afford. Financial Difference between Renting and Owning: Working thru a budget and knowing what your new expenses will be as a home owner versus what you pay now (as a tenant or if you are living with family) will give you a clear idea of how buying a home will impact your lifestyle choices. Things to consider would be; 1) will your transportation costs change as you will be moving closer to or further from work? 2) Will you eat out less or more now that you have your own place? 3) What are the extra utility costs? 4) What are the maintenance costs of the property etc.? You might be surprised to see that buying your first home may cost you less than renting! But if it doesnt, how much of a difference is it and are you prepared for that? Our Rent Versus Buy Budget Planner Tool will breakdown the difference between your expenses as a renter versus a home owner giving you all the answers you need. Please keep watch for our Smart Tips for your Mortgage Needs! If you found this useful, please dont hesitate to forward onto any other friends, family or colleagues you know that might also be thinking of purchasing their first home and would benefit from being informed with this information. As always, please do not hesitate to call or email if you have any questions at all. Take care Cashin Mortgages Inc. #12543 | MarkCashin@CashinMortgages.ca | www.MarkCashin.ca www.CashinMortgages.ca | 8- 3100 Ridgeway Drive, Mississauga, ON L5L 5M5 | phone 416-898-7600 Ext. 288 | fax 416-655-8997
OSFI tightens mortgage rules Edit
The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (OSFI) published the final version of Guideline B-20 Residential Mortgage Underwriting Practices and Procedures. The revised Guideline, which comes into effect on January 1, 2018, applies to all federally regulated financial institutions. The changes to Guideline B-20 reinforce OSFIs expectation that federally regulated mortgage lenders remain vigilant in their mortgage underwriting practices. The final Guideline focuses on the minimum qualifying rate for uninsured mortgages, expectations around loan-to-value (LTV) frameworks and limits, and restrictions to transactions designed to circumvent those LTV limits. OSFI is setting a new minimum qualifying rate, or stress test, for uninsured mortgages. Guideline B-20 now requires the minimum qualifying rate for uninsured mortgages to be the greater of the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada or the contractual mortgage rate +2%. OSFI is requiring lenders to enhance their loan-to-value (LTV) measurement and limits so they will be dynamic and responsive to risk. Under the final Guideline, federally regulated financial institutions must establish and adhere to appropriate LTV ratio limits that are reflective of risk and are updated as housing markets and the economic environment evolve. OSFI is placing restrictions on certain lending arrangements that are designed, or appear designed to circumvent LTV limits. A federally regulated financial institution is prohibited from arranging with another lender a mortgage, or a combination of a mortgage and other lending products, in any form that circumvents the institutions maximum LTV ratio or other limits in its residential mortgage underwriting policy, or any requirements established by law. To find out how this will affect you, please contact me at anytime.
Easy ways to keep more money in your pocket
It goes without saying that most of us would appreciate a little more money in our pockets. Believe it or not, its actually an achievable goal. In fact, a few simple tips can help you uncover meaningful savings each and every month. Need some ideas? Heres a little inspiration to get you started: 1. Pack food from home for lunches and snacks. Skip sandwich bags and opt for reusable containers, cutlery and drink bottle. 2. Switch light bulbs to CFLs. On average, it costs $250 a year in energy costs to light your home with incandescents. Save $150 by going with CFLs. Theyre more expensive initially, but will last 10 times longer. 3. Review and negotiate your service plansphone, internet, cable and television content. 4. Invest in topping up your insulation. Attic insulation can settle and compact over time, diminishing its original R-value and increasing heating/cooling costs. Topping it up with a quality batt insulation, like Roxul Comfortbatt, will immediately help improve the comfort of your home and reduce your monthly energy bills. 5. Pay off credit card debt and swap cards for lower interest rate options. 6. Install low-flow water fixtures to cut down on excess water consumption. 7. Lower your thermostat by two degrees in cold weather and increase it by two degrees in warmer weather. 8. Launder your clothes in cold water and at off-peak times. 9. Avoid impulse shopping. Stick to your list and avoid window shopping, which tends to draw buyers in. 10. Save money on entertainment by looking for free activities. For options in your area, try a simple internet search. You might be pleasantly surprised at the wide variety of activities and entertainment available for no or low cost. Collectively employing the tips above could potentially add up to thousands in annual savings, proving that sometimes change can be a good thing. www.newscanada.com