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Many Canadian homeowners pay too much for their homes because they are not getting the best mortgage financing available in the market.
THE STORY OF TWO BROTHERS
The Story of Two Brothers
This is a story of two brothers each of whom secures a mortgage to buy a $200,000 home. Each earns $70,000 a year and has $60,000 in savings.
The first brother, Brother A believes in the old way of paying off a mortgage, which is as soon as possible. Brother A bites the bullet and secures a 25 year mortgage at the 5 year fixed rate and shells out all $60,000 of his savings as a 30% down payment leaving him zero dollars to invest. This leaves him with a monthly payment of $698.00
Brother B, in contract, subscribes to the new way of mortgage planning, choosing instead to carry a big, long-term mortgage. He secures a 30 year mortgage at a 5 year variable rate and shells out only $40,000 of his savings as a 20% down payment leaving him $20,000 in an investment account (specifically a TFSA, earning annual interest of 8% tax free). This leaves him with a monthly payment of $639.00. Every month he adds the $60 difference to his investment account to earn additional income at 8%.
Results after 5 years
Brother A has a mortgage balance of $120,769.87
Has $0 in savings and investments
Brother B has a mortgage balance of $141,154.15
Has $33,154.15 in savings
Ahead by $13,110.97
The story becomes even more compelling over 15 years.
Brother A has a mortgage balance of $70,728.18
Has $0 in savings and investments
Brother B has a mortgage balance of $95,309
Has $87,039 in savings and investments
Ahead by $62,458
More importantly Brother B has less than a year left before his savings and investments exceeds his balance owing on his mortgage and therefore if he wished he could stop making mortgage payments and use his savings to payoff the mortgage. Additionally saving him $75,358 in mortgage payments.
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.
Click here for more information https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/odpub/pdf/63637.pdf?fr=1441901329905