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.
Virtual Tours and Live Streams a Hit on REALTOR.ca
While staying home to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Canadians are spending more time looking at properties on REALTOR.ca, Canadas No. 1 real estate platform*. During the week of March 9, visits to REALTOR.ca dropped by 30%; however, since April 12 traffic has crept back up by 14% and consumer inquiries to REALTORS through the site rose by 25%similar to levels during the same period last year. Despite the pandemic, REALTOR.ca has seen a 14% increase of visitors during the first quarter of 2020.
As COVID-19 is limiting how buyers can visit homes that interest them, REALTOR.ca makes it possible for Canadian REALTORS to virtually showcase listings by integrating video and 3D tours from 10 of the most popular services. Since April 7, REALTORS can also schedule and promote live stream open houses using popular platforms such as Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Zoom and YouTube.
If theres one thing 30-plus years in this business has taught me, its that as an industry we are early adopters of technology, said Costa Poulopoulos, Chair of the Canadian Real Estate Association. With restrictions on how we can continue to serve our clients, Im proud that weve been able to add features for REALTORS that allow them to continue to show homes to interested buyers.
Canada's Manufacturing heavily impacted in March
Manufacturing shipments fell 9.2% in March after climbing 0.4% the prior month. This result was more than double the drop expected by consensus (-4.5%). Lower sales were registered in 17 of the 21 industries surveyed, including transportation (-26.5%), petroleum and coal products (-32.2%), and plastics/rubber products (-10.9%). Alternatively, shipments increased for food manufacturing (+8.2%) and paper manufacturing (+8.4%). With the price effect removed, total factory sales decreased 8.3% m/m, while inventories grew 0.8%. As a result, the real inventory-to-sales ratio rose from 1.56 to 1.72, a bad sign for future production.
Manufacturing sales came in much worse than expected in March, matching their largest one-month decline on record (December 2008). Sales retraced all the way back to their level in June 2016. It should come as no surprise that disruptions from COVID-19 were the chief cause of the decline. Indeed, 78.3% of manufacturing businesses reported being impacted by the pandemic. Transportation saw a significant decline owing to plant closures, while refineries lowered production as demand and prices waned. Not everyone experienced an adverse shock, as evidenced by marked increases for food (groceries) and paper manufacturing (toilet paper) in the month. This will likely be transitory, however, as households rushed to stock up in March. Eight of the ten provinces reported lower sales, with Ontario and Quebec posting the largest declines. All told, given that confinement measures had been in place for only two weeks in March, the April manufacturing picture can be expected to be even worse.
Home sales fell 56.8% from March to April, to the lowest level recorded since the inception of seasonally adjusted data in 1988. The fall was generalized to all the 26 major markets tracked by CREA except Newfoundland and Labrador, where sales rose 13.6%. New listings also fell sharply (-55.7%) but active listings only 8.7%. Therefore, the active-listings-to-sales ratio (our preferred gauge of market conditions) skyrocketed from 4.3 months of inventory in March to 9.2 in April, the largest since the 2008-09 recession.
Source: National Bank of Canada