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All you need to know about the new mortgage insurance premiums effective May1st, 2014
Questions and Answers
1. What if a purchase and sale agreement is signed prior to May 1st, 2014 and the mortgage insurance application is submitted on or after May 1st, 2014?
In this scenario, the new premium rates would apply. Even though the purchase and sale agreement was signed before May 1st, 2014, the mortgage insurance application was received by Genworth after the effective date of the new premium rate price change, and therefore the new rates apply.
2. What if I have signed a purchase and sale agreement and I require mortgage insurance, however, the closing date is after May 1st, 2014, will the current premiums still apply?
As long as the application was submitted to Genworth prior to May 1st 2014, the current premiums will still apply.
3. I have a mortgage pre-approval from a lender from before May 1st, 2014, will I still be eligible for the current premium rates if I dont have a signed agreement of purchase until on or after May 1st, 2014?
All applications for mortgage insurance must be submitted prior to May 1st, 2014 with a binding purchase and sale agreement in place to be eligible for current premium rates.
4. If I bought a new construction property (i.e. condo) that is not expected to be built for another two years, will the new premium rates apply?
As long as the application for mortgage insurance was submitted to Genworth prior to May 1st, 2014 and the closing date is prior to the expiry of the Genworth commitment, then current premiums will apply.
5. If I have a Progress Draw mortgage that has been submitted to Genworth prior to May 1st 2014 and the draws are occurring on or after the May 1st, 2014, will the new premium rates be charged?
As long as the application for mortgage insurance was submitted to Genworth prior to the May 1st, 2014, the current premium rates will be charged.
6. What if I am thinking about refinancing my home on or after May 1st, 2014, will I be eligible for the current premium rates?
To be eligible for the current premiums, applications must be submitted to Genworth prior to May 1st, 2014. If the refinance application is submitted on or after May 1st, 2014, the new premium rates will apply.Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Company Canada
7. How will the new premiums apply to an existing Genworth insured loan if the mortgage is ported to a new property?
For applications submitted on or after May 1st 2014, the new premium rates plus any applicable surcharges will apply when there is a port and increase to the current mortgage amount.
Changes On Or After May 1st, 2014
8. If I submit an application for mortgage insurance to Genworth prior to May 1st, 2014, and the application then gets resubmitted with changes or updates on or after May 1st, 2014, will the application continue to be eligible for the current premiums.
As long as the original application was submitted to Genworth prior to May 1st 2014, and there are no changes to the property, then the current premiums will still apply.
9. If a lender has cancelled (in error / technology issues/ making changes) a file that Genworth received prior to May 1st, 2014 and then needs to re-open or resubmit the application on or after the May 1st, 2014, can they resubmit and still be charged the current premium rates?
Where the submitting lender does not change, and there are no changes to the property, the mortgage insurance application will still be eligible for the current premium rates.
10. What would happen if there was a previous approval with Lender A under the current premium rates and the same application is then submitted by Lender B on or after May 1st, 2014?
New premium rates would apply to Lender Bs application as it was submitted to Genworth after the May 1st, 2014 deadline.
Ontario just introduced a 16-point plan to control real estate, including a Foreign Home Buyer Tax
On April 20, 2017, the Ontario government introduced the Ontarios Fair Housing Plan, a 16-point plan to control real estate, address thedemand for housing, increase supply, and protect buyers and renters.
The 16 measures in the plan include a legislation that would implement a new 15 % Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST), similar to the 15 % tax on foreign buyers already introduced in Vancouver last May.
Once legislation passes, the tax would be effective retroactively to April 21.
The measures are aimed at cooling down the hot housing market in the Greater Toronto Area, where prices were up 33 % from a year ago while condominium rents rose 8.3 % in the first quarter from a year ago.
Now that two major cities have been impacted by a Foreign Buyer Tax, only time will tell if investors will look to other Canadian cities to invest their funds.
Canadian home sales up on a month-over-month basis in March
According to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales were up on a month-over-month basis in March 2017.
- National home sales rose 1.1% from February to March.
- Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity in March was up 6.6% from a year earlier.
- The number of newly listed homes climbed 2.5% from February to March.
- The MLS Home Price Index (HPI) was up 18.6% year-over-year (y-o-y) in March 2017.
- The national average sale price increased by 8.2% y-o-y in March.
Home sales over Canadian MLS Systems edged up 1.1% in March 2017, surpassing the previous monthly record set in April 2016 by one-quarter of a percent.
March sales were up from the previous month in more than half of all local markets, led by the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, London St. Thomas and Montreal.
Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity in March was up 6.6% year-over-year, with gains in close to 75% of all local markets. Sales in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) posted the biggest increase, which offset a decline in the number of homes changing hands in Greater Vancouver.
The number of newly listed homes rose 2.5% in March 2017, led by gains in the GTA, Calgary, Edmonton and the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.
With new listings having climbed by more than sales, the national sales-to-new listings ratio eased to 67.4% in March compared to 68.3% in February.
A sales-to-new listings ratio between 40 and 60 is generally consistent with balanced housing market conditions, with readings below and above this range indicating buyers and sellers markets respectively.
The ratio was above the sellers market threshold in about 60% of all local housing markets in March, the majority of which are located in British Columbia, in and around the GTA and across southwestern Ontario.
There were 4.1 months of inventory on a national basis at the end of March 2017, down from 4.2 months in February and the lowest level for this measure in almost a decade. The number of months of inventory in March 2017 stood at or below one month in the GTA, Hamilton-Burlington, Oakville-Milton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Brantford, Guelph, Barrie District, parts of the Niagara Region and parts of cottage country.
The Aggregate Composite MLS HPI rose by 18.6% y-o-y in March 2017. Price gains accelerated for all benchmark housing categories tracked by the index.
Prices for two-storey single family homes posted the strongest year-over-year gains (+21%), followed closely by townhouse/row units (+17.9%), one-storey single family homes (16.6%) and apartment units (16.3%).
While benchmark home prices were up from year-ago levels in 11 of 13 housing markets tracked by the MLS HPI, price trends continued to vary widely by location.
In the Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver, prices have been recovering in recent months after having dipped in the second half of last year. On a year-over-year basis, home prices in the Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver remain well above year-ago levels (+19.4% y-o-y and +12.7% y-o-y respectively).
Meanwhile, y-o-y benchmark price increases were in the 20% range in Victoria and elsewhere on Vancouver Island. Guelph recorded a similar price gain, while Greater Toronto and Oakville-Milton saw prices rise in the 30% range in March.
By comparison, home prices eased by 1.2% y-o-y in Calgary and by 1.5% y-o-y in Saskatoon. Prices in these two markets now stand 5.4% and 5.1% below their respective peaks reached in 2015.
Home prices were up modestly from year-ago levels in Regina (+1.7%), Ottawa (+4%), Greater Montreal (+3.3% y-o-y) and Greater Moncton (+4.7%).
Year-over-year price gains were led by different benchmark housing categories in each of these markets. In Regina, apartments posted the biggest price increase, which snapped a long series of price declines for apartments that began in early 2015. In Ottawa, prices rose most for one-storey single family homes. In Montreal, two-storey single family home prices posted the biggest gain; meanwhile in Moncton, it was townhouse/row unit prices that climbed the most.
HPI) provides the best way of gauging price trends because average price trends are prone to Home Price Index (MLSThe MLSbeing strongly distorted by changes in the mix of sales activity from one month to the next.
The actual (not seasonally adjusted) national average price for homes sold in March 2017 was $548,517, up 8.2% 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.