Home Ownership... It is one of the most important and complex decisions you will ever make. They key to making the right decision is to know and truley understand your financing options. Our role is to be your unbiased and expert advisor thus ensuring you have access to the best mortgage solutions in the industry. This means the most competetive rates and terms that fit your specific needs and long term goals.
As home buyers, you must be able to trust and have confidence that your best interests are being looked after. You need a dedicated professional who will find the best mortgage product on the market for you and negotiate with lenders on your behalf.
With access to over 300 mortgage products to choose from - not just one suite of products at one bank, we will analyze which mortgage product will suite your specific needs. Create a plan for saving you the largest amount of interest over the term of your mortgage.
Whether you are looking to purchase a home, renew a mortgage or implement a refinancing strategy, I am committed to communicating with you every step of the way and smoothly and expediently guidling you through the process. Our goal is to provide you with a positive, stress free experience so you can focus on the bigger picture - finding your dream home and achieving financial security.
3 Reason You Should Consider Refinancing
A lot of people view their mortgage as a life sentence when they sign on the dotted line. Just because you signed a five-year mortgage term, doesnt mean you cant see what else is out there. Whether youre borrowing money for that walkout patio youve always dreamed of or youd like to invest in a rental property, refinancing your mortgage may be the answer. With home prices shattering the stratosphere in many cities, homeowners find themselves house rich, cash poor. By refinancing your mortgage, you can unlock some of that valuable equity and put it to work. Here are three reasons you should consider refinancing your mortgage.
1. Low Mortgage Rates
When it comes to mortgages, security comes at a cost. Interest rates may be low now, but whos to say theyll be this low in five years when your mortgage is up for renewal? This is why many homeowners choose the safety and security of a fixed rate mortgage. Although youre protected if you lock-in you could find yourself paying a lot more than the going rate, especially if there is a new heating unit in the home.
Before you refinance, its important to know its worth your while. With a closed term mortgage, youll have to cough up mortgage penalties to your bank to escape the shackles of your existing mortgage. Its important to calculate what your savings outweigh the penalties youll incur. If youre not a math whiz, no need to panic Eva Neufeld can help you run the numbers and see if breaking your mortgage is the right move for you.
2. Tap into Your Homes Equity
Whether youre looking to add a second story on your bungalow for your growing family or you need some extra money to fund your retirement, refinancing your mortgage may be your ticket. By refinancing your mortgage, you can borrow up to 65 percent of your homes value. Best of all, you can do it without selling your home.
When you take out a Home Equity Line of Credit or HELOC for short or you blend and extend your mortgage, you can take advantage of interest rates as low as prime plus 0.5 percent. With interest rates today near a record low, theres never been a better time to invest!
3. Consolidating Your Debt
Are you drowning under a mountain of debt? Are you struggling to pay those high interest credit card bills? Consolidating your debt may be the answer. As mentioned above, your mortgage is one of the cheapest forms of debt out there. If you have high-interest consumer debt like credit card interest, car loan or the dreaded payday loan, refinancing your mortgage is a no-brainer.
When you consolidate your debt, you get the best of both worlds. Heres how it works: your mortgage lender will pay off your existing debts. After that youll only have one monthly payment to make; you wont have to deal with the hassle of trying to manage multiple statements.
Not only is a consolidated loan more convenient, but it can also save you mega bucks! The interest rates on some store credit cards are highway robbery at near 30 percent! With a consolidated loan, more money will go towards principal and less towards interest, so youll be debt-free sooner.
The decision to refinance your mortgage can be overwhelming, so its important to sit down with your mortgage broker. By looking at all your options, you can decide whether financing makes sense for you.
Forecast Update: Economies Shutting Down
Rapidly evolving developments necessitate an update to the forecasts we published just last Friday. Additional quarantine or shut-down measures have been put in place in a number of countries in the last few days. As a result, we now anticipate global GDP growth to be 0% in 2020, followed by a sizeable rebound in activity in 2021 given our view that economic activity will rebound quickly once the virus is no longer a serious threat to public health. At present, we believe activity will begin to return to normal in the third quarter, except in countries where containment measures were aggressively deployed in the first quarter (essentially the Asian economies), where activity resumes in the second quarter. In Canada, the closure of non-essential business in Quebec and Ontario announced earlier this week will have large economic consequences. At present, we believe Canadian economic activity will fall by 28% in Q2 as these measures are felt. If other provinces follow, the fall in Q2 economic activity would be in the 35% range. We now assume that economic activity resumes by the start of the third quarter and that growth rebounds sharply at that time. However, the 20% drop in US economic activity in the second quarter will restrain the rebound in Canadian activity in the third quarter owing to the usual lags between US and Canadian economic outcomes. Under these assumptions, Canadian GDP would fall by slightly more than 4% in 2020 and rebound by 5.1% in 2021. Though we have not included any additional measures in this update beyond those already announced, we believe a substantial ramping up of fiscal support measures in Canada is forthcoming. There is a chance that aggressive virus management measures are required beyond Q2 to ensure the virus is truly well-contained. Evidence in Asia this week suggests that even in countries where aggressive management measures have been put in place, COVID-19 can come back quite quickly. If measures in Canada are not lifted by the end of Q2, growth would fall again in Q3, and GDP would fall by 6.3% in 2020 instead of the 4.1% we currently expect. A key question for forecasters is the length of the virus-related restrictions on firms and households. As noted above, a shift of one quarter in the resumption of normal operating conditions can have a large impact on growth outcomes. Since we do not have a good handle on the ultimate length of the interruptions, we consider it more informative to assign probabilities to the time at which virus containment measures end. At this time, we believe there is a 75% chance that activity resumes by Q3 and a 25% chance that activity returns to more normal levels by Q4. How officials manage virus containment internationally, as well as the evolution of the virus, will inform our assessment of probabilities going forward.
Source: Scotiabank Economics
Home resale market was gaining momentum prior to Covid-19
At the national level, resale home prices were gaining momentum in February. The 0.4% monthly gain in the Composite index was double the average of the previous ten years for a month of February. In particular, after 12 consecutive monthly declines, Vancouver HPI rose in each of the last five months, reflecting the fact that Vancouver resale market recently returned to balance. Sure, we still saw weakness in other regions, such as the Prairie Provinces (Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan) where markets were still favorable to buyers. But CREA just reported a rather generalized increase in home sales in February, including for Calgary and Edmonton. Unfortunately, then came the outbreak of Covid-19 and its impact on oil prices and disruptions in the supply chain. The unprecedented sanitary measures imposed by the authorities to tackle the pandemic will severely impact business activity and jobs over the coming months. In that situation, the home resale market should be heavily curtailed for the coming months.
Source: Teranet Inc., and National Bank of Canada