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.
Similar Housing Demand Conditions in Canada and US
Housing markets in Canada and the US are sizzling. Recent headlines have used superlatives to describe housing market conditions in both countries and the data do back this up. Still, a closer look reveals some interesting distinctions as well. Home price and sales metrics show that while the US market is hot, Canadas is hotter. For example, existing home sales, which make up the majority of overall sales in both countries, is well above historical averages, but Canadian home sales have outperformed. As of March 2021, home sales in Canada were 75% higher than the average over 2018 and 2019, while it was 13% above in the US. Likewise, home prices also spiked. In Canada, the average home sold was 32% more expensive than what it was a year ago, and it was 17% higher stateside.
From a high level, the list of commonalties across markets during the pandemic is longer than the areas of difference, particularly on the demand side. Perhaps the most influential demand-side driver has been historically low mortgage rates. Responding to the impacts of the pandemic, the Bank of Canada and the Federal Reserve slashed rates and enacted large quantitative easing programs early last year, resulting in a sharp drop in borrowing costs. Given that the US conventional mortgage rate is a 30-year rate compared to Canadas 5-year benchmark, borrowing costs fell faster in America as flight to safety flows lowered longer term yields at the onset of the pandemic.
CANADA HOUSING MARKET and new stress test
Canadian home sales took a turn in April 2021, declining by 12.5% (sa m/m) from the highest level on record in March 2021. Listings followed suit, falling by 5.4% (sa m/m). While both sales and listings decreased in April, the smaller decline in listings further eased the national-level sales-to-new listings to 75.2% from record high readings earlier this year (the highest being 91% in January). While this is a move in the right direction towards a better supply-demand balance, the ratio is still significantly higher than its long-term average of 54.5%. As a result of this persistent tightness in the housing market, the composite MLS Home Price Index (HPI) rose by 2.4% (sa m/m). This is a deceleration in price gains from paces observed over the last two months, owing in the most part to a slowing in prices for single-family homes and townhouses. Apartments, which had remained relatively close to pre-pandemic levels before accelerating earlier this year have maintained momentum in April.
Movements in the housing market this month continued to be broad-based rather than market-specific, as declines in sales were spread out across much of the country.
The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) also announced that, effective June 1, the minimum qualifying rate for uninsured mortgages (i.e., residential mortgages with a down payment of 20 percent or more) will be the greater of the mortgage contract rate plus 2 percent or 5.25 percent.