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.
National house price index rises again in August
The national HPI has grown at a below-inflation rate of 0.6% over the last 12 months. However, the weakness is not regionally broad-based. The national HPI has been depressed by 12 consecutive months without a rise in Vancouvers index, which dropped a cumulative 6.6%. Other Western metropolitan areas (Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg) also contributed to slow the national HPI. At the opposite, annual growth has been decent in most of the regions located in the central and eastern part of the country. That being said, home sales in August were up 55% from March in Vancouver, where market conditions went from favorable to buyers to balanced. Over that period, home sales rose 19% in Calgary and 12% in Edmonton. These improvements, if sustained, will sooner or later help limit home-price deflation in this region.
The TeranetNational Bank Composite National House Price IndexTM increased 0.4% in August, a fourth gain in a row after an eight-month string without a rise.
On a monthly basis, the index rose in 8 of the 11 markets covered: Victoria (+0.2%), Calgary (+0.6%), Hamilton (0.7%), Winnipeg (0.7%), Toronto (+0.8%), Montreal (1.1%), Ottawa-Gatineau (1.7%) and Halifax (1.8%). The index was down in Vancouver (-0.8%), Quebec City (-0.4%) and Edmonton (-0.1%).
From August 2018 to August 2019, the Composite index rose 0.6%. Over the period, the HPI declined in Vancouver (-6.6%), Edmonton (-3.1%), Calgary (-2.3%). It was marginally up in Quebec City (0.1%), Victoria (0.7%) and Winnipeg (1.1%). It grew more convincingly in Toronto (+3.8%), Hamilton (+4.4%), Halifax (5.5%), Montreal (+5.7%) and Ottawa-Gatineau (+6.4%).
Source: National Bank, Marc Pinsonneault
CREA Updates Resale Housing Market Forecast
The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has updated its forecast for home sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) Systems of Canadian real estate boards and associations for the rest of 2019 and looking ahead to 2020.
Economic fundamentals underpinning housing activity remain strong outside of the Prairies and Newfoundland and Labrador. Population and employment growth have both remained supportive and the unemployment rate remains low. At the same time, expectations have become widespread that the Bank of Canada is unlikely to raise interest rates over the rest of the year and into next.
More importantly for home buyers and housing markets, longer-term mortgage rates have been declining. Among those that have declined is the Bank of Canadas benchmark five-year rate used by banks to qualify mortgage applicants.
Additionally, the Federal Government has recently launched its First-Time Home Buyer Incentive, a shared equity program in which the federal government finances a portion of a home purchase in exchange for an equity share of the homes value.
Of these factors supporting Canadian housing activity, the decline in mortgage rates is arguably the most important development since the release in June of CREAs most recent forecast. The decline in the benchmark five-year mortgage rate has marginally relaxed the B-20 mortgage stress-test, which has dampened housing activity more than other policy changes made in recent years.
Home sales have improved by more than expected in recent months and there are early signs that home price declines in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia and across the Prairies may be abating. Meanwhile, home prices are re-accelerating across Ontarios Greater Golden Horseshoe region.
Strong economic fundamentals, previously unexpected declines in mortgage interest rates and stronger than previously expected housing market trends in British Columbia and Ontario have resulted in CREA upwardly revising forecast home sales in 2019 and 2020. Nonetheless, the overall level of national sales activity this year and next is anticipated to remain below levels recorded prior to the implementation of the B-20 stress test.
National home sales are now projected to recover to 482,000 units in 2019, representing a 5% increase from the five-year low recorded in 2018. While this is an upward revision of 19,000 transactions compared to CREAs previous forecast (85% of which is due to upgraded British Columbia and Ontario forecasts), it represents a return of activity to its 10-year annual average. It also remains well below the annual record set in 2016, when almost 540,000 homes traded hands. Notwithstanding the upward revision, the forecast for 2019 on a per capita basis remains the second weakest since 2001.