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Summary of Mortgage Rule Changes
Happy New Year !
I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for your business and your help in making 2016 a successful year.Your supportmeans the world to me. I look forward to 2017 being another great year of helping people find their perfect mortgages!
As I am sure you are aware, there were a lot of unexpected mortgage policy changes in 2016.I am going to do my best to keep you up to date in 2017 with regular postings regardingpolicy, product and market changes that may impact you. You can find these updates on my facebook page, website, twitter and my blog. Please see links below.
With all these rule changes it is more important than ever to ensure you have someone experienced working for you! Let me put my 20+ years to work for you!
Below is a summary of the changes that came into effect in 2016.I havealso included some valuable information regarding the recently announced B.C. Home Owner Mortgage and Equity Partnership program, also known as theFirst Time Home Buyers Interest Free Loan program. There are still a number of questions to be answered regarding this program and I will keep you updated as we get the most recent news.
Summary of the New Rules and Down Payment Program
On October 17th, new housing policies came into effect and have left many Canadians unsureabout how these have impacted them. Outlined below is a very clear and concise summation of howyou have been affected.
How do the changes affect you?
High Ratio Mortgages
For home buyers with less than 20% down payment, mortgage qualification will be based on the Bank of Canada posted rate. This is to stress test borrowers, as Bank of Canada rates are higher than the rates offered by banks and lenders.
Low Ratio Mortgages
All remains the same for home buyers with a down payment of 20% or more. Specifically, borrowers with down payments of 20% or more will still be able to qualify for mortgages using the contract rate - unless the mortgage has a term of 4 years or less and/or is a variable rate mortgage, which are subject to the new Mortgage Qualifying Rate.
Understanding Key Mortgage Terms:
High Ratio Mortgage-A mortgage in which the borrower has a down payment of less than 20% of the purchase price.
Low Ratio Mortgage-A mortgage in which the borrower has a down payment equivalent to 20% or more of the purchase price.
Mortgage Qualifying Rate-The Bank of Canada conventional 5 year fixed posted rate. On average, 2% higher than rates offered by lenders.
BC HOME Partnership Down Payment Program
Last week the BC government announced the Home Owner Mortgage and Equity (HOME) Partnership. This program will provide down payment assistance to home buyers with less than 20% down.
Through the B.C. HOME Partnership program, the province is helping first-time home buyers by contributing to the amount they have already saved for a down payment with a loan that is interest-free and payment-free for the first five years.
The brief details about the program are as follows:
The B.C. HOME Partnership program will meet the buyers contribution up to 5% of the homes purchase price, to a maximum purchase price of $750,000.
After 5 years, buyers can either repay their loan or enter into monthly payments at current interest rates.
Loans through the program must be paid off in 25 years - the same length as most mortgages.
The program is set to start on January 16, 2017.
To be eligible for the program, eligible first time buyers must meet the following conditions:
Have been a Canadian citizen or permanent resident for at least five years.
Have resided in British Columbia for at least one year immediately preceding the date of application.
Be a first-time buyer who has not owned an interest in a residence anywhere in the world at anytime.
Use the property as their principal residence for the first five years.
Purchase a home that has a purchase price of $750,000 or less (excluding taxes and fees).
Obtain a high-ratio insured first mortgage on the property for at least 80% of the purchase price. Down payment of 5-19%
Have a combined, gross household income of all individuals on title not exceeding $150,000.
Have saved a down payment amount at least equal to the loan amount for which the buyer applied.
The B.C. Government will start accepting applications for the Down Payment program on January 16, 2017.
If you have any questions regarding the mortgage rule changes, downpayment program or your situation in general, please call or email me anytime. I can answer all your questions about the process, run you through your options, and make sure you get expert advice.
Jacquie Claggett | Bayfield Mortgage Professionals | 604-302-1502 | email@example.com|http://www.valleymortgages.ca/
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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