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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.
Professionals who can help you with home buying
Because purchasing a home is probably the biggest investment you will ever make, youll definitely want a team of professionals working with you throughout the process.
The Real Estate Agent
Helps you find the ideal home
Writes an Offer of Purchase
Negotiates on your behalf
Gives you important information about the community Can help you plan the home inspection
A lawyer (or a notary in Quebec) protects your legal rights. He or she will review all contracts before you sign them, especially the Offer (or Agreement) to Purchase. Remember that a lawyer/notary should:
Be a licensed, full-time lawyer/notary
Be local and understand real estate laws, regulations and restrictions Have realistic and acceptable fees
Be able to explain things in plain language
The Home Inspector
Performs an inspection of the visible components of the home
Tells you the condition of the house; what is working properly; what needs to be changed; what is unsafe; and what repairs need to be made
Can tell you where there may have been problems in the past
Usually belongs to a provincial or industry association
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.