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Many Canadian homeowners pay too much for their homes because they are not getting the best mortgage financing available in the market.
The mortgage process can be intimidating for homeowners, and some financial institutions don't make the process any easier.
But I’m here to help!
I’m a VERICO Mortgage Advisor and I’m an independent, unbiased, expert, here to help you move into a home you love.
I have access to mortgage products from over forty lenders at my fingertips and I work with you to determine the best product that will fit your immediate financial needs and future goals.
VERICO mortgage specialists are Canada’s Trusted Experts who will be with you through the life of your mortgage.
I save you money by sourcing the best products at the best rates – not only on your first mortgage but through every subsequent renewal. So whether you're buying a home, renewing your mortgage, refinancing, renovating, investing, or consolidating your debts — I’m the VERICO Mortgage Advisor who can help you get the right financing, from the right lender, at the right rate.
Rent vs. Buy - Five Year Scenario
No matter your situation, one of the main necessities in life is having a place that you, and possibly your family, can call home.
Given this assumption, it is probably safe to assume that the Rent vs. Buy debate is something you have thought about or discussed with family,friends and colleagues.
As a Mortgage Professional I like to let the numbers do the talking. Take a look at these two Five Year Plan scenarios:
Purchase Price of home: $250,000
Min. down payment required: $12,500
Five year fixed rate as of Feb. 21, 2014: 3.19%
Mortgage Amortization: 25 years
Monthly Principle and Interest Payment: $1,178.79
Estimated Monthly Property taxes: $200
Total Monthly Payment: $1,378.79
Estimated Annual Appreciation of Home (3% based onaverage for HRM):
$250,000 * .03 = $7,500
Estimated Value of home at the end of your Five year term(not compounding):
$250,000 + ($7,500 * 5) = $287,500
Balance owing after Five years based on Monthly payments:
Equity accumulated after Five years:
Monthly Rent: $1,000
Monthly Rent paid over five years: $60,000
Monthly Rent: $1,200
Monthly Rent paid over five years: $72,000
Monthly Rent: $1,400
Monthly Rent paid over five years: $84,000
I am sure we can all make the conclusion that we would rather have several thousands of dollars in Equity, as opposed to paying several of thousands of dollars to cover someone else’s mortgage.
However some of you may be saying to yourself this is great, and I can easily afford the mortgage payment, but the main obstacle to achieving this five year plan, is coming up with the start-up funds (i.e. down payment,Closing costs).
This is where setting up a consultation with an experienced Mortgage Professional can help get the ball rolling. There are different options available,depending on your qualifying details, to get you on track to purchase sooner then you may think.
So whether you feel like this is your time to buy, want to setup a plan, or are just interested in gathering information and options, I work for you and am here to help!
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Canadian home sales activity strengthens in July
Statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales were up from June to July 2018.
National home sales rose 1.9% from June to July.
Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down 1.3% from July 2017.
The number of newly listed homes edged down 1.2% from June to July.
The MLS Home Price Index (HPI) in July was up 2.1% year-over-year (y-o-y).
The national average sale price edged up 1% y-o-y.
National home sales via Canadian MLS Systems rose 1.9% in July 2018, building on increases in each of the two previous months but still running below levels recorded from mid-2013 to the end of last year. Led by the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), more than half of all local housing markets reported an increase sales activity from June to July.
Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down 1.3% y-o-y. The result reflects fewer sales in major urban centres in British Columbia and an offsetting improvement in activity in the GTA.
This years new stress-test on mortgage applicants continues to weigh on home sales but its effect may be starting to fade slightly in Toronto and nearby markets, said CREA President Barb Sukkau. The degree to which the stress-test continues to sideline home buyers varies depending on location, housing type and price range. All real estate is local, and REALTORSremain your best source for information about sales and listings where you live or might like to in the future, said Sukkau.
Improving national home sales activity in recent months obscures significant differences in regional trends for home sales and prices, said Gregory Klump, CREAs Chief Economist. Regardless, rising interest rates and this years stress test on mortgage applicants will likely prove to be difficult hurdles to overcome for many would-be first time and move-up homebuyers, heading into the second half of the year and beyond.
Hacks to slash your car expenses
(NC) When you consider the rising costs of gas and insurance, owning a vehicle can get pricey. Fortunately, these easy tips can help lower how much you spend on your car so theres more room in your budget for other expenses, like groceries and recreation.
Increase your fuel economy. Did you know that a small spark plug problem can lead to a big expense? A dirty spark plug can cause a misfire, which wastes fuel and can ultimately harm your engine. To combat this, look for a spark plug thats designed for improved fuel economy, like the those from Fram. Try the Autolite Iridium XP Enhanced Alloy Technology line, which is precisely engineered with a focused ignition point for maximum power, efficiency and life.
Get regular tune-ups. When a vehicle is properly tuned, all systems work in harmony, including the fuel, ignition, emission and computer systems. While it can be a hassle getting to regular appointments at your mechanic or dealer, remember that you are investing in the long-term performance of your car, saving you time and money. Regular engine tune-ups bring power and efficiency back to your car, ensuring that its reliable, safe and road-ready.
Change your filters. There are many ways to keep your engine in good shape, helping it to last longer. One is checking the air filter every time you have the oil changed, because engine life and durability are directly related to keeping incoming air clean. Its an air filters job to remove contaminants from the air before it goes into the engine, and neglecting this component results in reduced performance. Fram extra guard filters provide premium engine protection and are proven to let in two times less dirt than the average leading standard retail brands.