Associated with Verico Financial Group, a top Mortgage Broker Network in Canada, I aim to provide you with the best possible independent professional mortgage advice.
Starting with your own financial goals, I will advise on the best lenders and products available to you, lead you through the Mortgage approval process and keep you well informed as we move towards completion.
I offer advice both as in individual with the practical experience of shopping for a family home, in addition to that of a business owner when financing a business through both good and bad economic times, plus valuable experience as a commercial and residential property owner and investor.
Whether you are taking a mortgage for your first home, remortgaging, or re-financing, the priority remains the same – developing an ongoing mortgage strategy centred around your own particular needs.
Time for some Independent, Professional advice
Sourcing a mortgage which is right for you Independent Professional advice
Most home buyers today need a mortgage, and in todays market there is good reason to get an early start to organising your finances.
By using the services of an independent mortgage broker you not only are able to access all lenders and products to get the best fit for you, but in the majority of instances, the service is free!
Your consultation with a broker is without obligation and it will put you in a strong position to offer on a property when you find the right home.
By taking time to meet with a mortgage professional you will go through a pre-approval process which will result in a conditional pre-approval or, more accurately, a 120 day rate hold.
Subject to receiving and approving financing key words to remember
It is important to realise that although you may now be pre-approved at a certain rate there will remain a number of Lender conditions to be met. In addition, the Lender still needs to approve of the property which you wish to purchase.
For these reasons never offer on a property without inserting a subject to receiving and approving financing clause.
Be ready to make your move
Once you have met with your mortgage broker you will be on a forward footing and know:
What price range of home you should be looking at;
What your monthly mortgage payments will be;
How much deposit you will need to come up with;
What your various purchase costs are likely to be including Property Transfer Tax;
Start dealing with any wrinkles
Your discussion with your Mortgage Broker will also let you know:
How strong your credit score is and whether you need to take any remedial action;
Whether you need to arrange Gift letters (if a family member is helping with your deposit); NOAs; letters of employment and so on.
Whatever you do
Do not enter into any new credit card or financing arrangements until you have purchased your new home. A $100 monthly credit payment will reduce your purchasing power by $100,000!
Almost no annual growth for national HPI
The national HPI has grown at a below-inflation rate of 0.5% over the last 12 months, the smallest gain since November 2009. Moreover, the fact that monthly gains are reported for May and June does not mean that the market recently turned the corner. These two months typically register the strongest growth rates in a year. Indeed, the two latest rises were among the weakest in history for months of May and June. If seasonally adjusted, the national HPI would been down in both months this year. However, the weakness is not regionally broad-based. The national HPI was dragged down by 12-month home price declines in Western Canada metropolitan areas (Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg) and a tiny increase in Victoria. In Central Canada and in the East, home price growth ranges from decent to strong (left chart). This is consistent with the state of home resale markets. For example, the Vancouver market turned favorable to buyers at the end of last year, while the Toronto market remained balanced and Montreal’s market has never been this tight since 2005. That being said, a rebound in home sales recently occurred in Canada which was also felt in the largest Western metropolitan areas. This should help limit home-price deflation in these areas.
The Teranet–National Bank Composite National House Price Index increased 0.8% in June, a second 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: Winnipeg (0.1%), Quebec City (0.3%), Montreal (0.8%), Toronto (1.3%), Halifax (1.5%), Hamilton (+1.6%), Victoria (+2.1%) and Ottawa-Gatineau (+2.2%). The index was down in Calgary (-0.1%) and Vancouver (-0.3%), and flat in Edmonton.
From June 2018 to June 2019, the Composite index rose 0.5%, the smallest 12-month gain in ten years. The HPI declined in Vancouver (-4.9%), Calgary (-3.8%), Edmonton (-2.6%) and Winnipeg (-0.4%). It was up in Victoria (0.3%), Quebec City (1.5%), Halifax (2.7%), Toronto (2.8%), Hamilton (4.8%), Montreal (5.4%) and Ottawa-Gatineau (6.3%).
Source: National Bank Financial Markets; Marc Pinsonneault
NORTHERN STAR (FOR NOW...)
In contrast to the US, Canadian growth is accelerating sharply going into the second quarter, following a solid gain in domestic demand to start the year.
Fast, and accelerating, population growth, and remarkably strong employment growth are providing a solid underpinning to consumer spending and the housing market.
Positive export data suggest that the ongoing strength in domestic demand will be buttressed by net exports in the second quarter, and possibly beyond.
Canadian inflation is at the Bank of Canadas target, in sharp contrast to the US, where it has moved away from the Feds objective. This gives the BoC room to keep rates on hold if inflation remains on target.
Downside risks remain important and are all linked to US-centric developments, with worries about US trade policy ongoing despite the pause with China.
Recent Canadian developments stand in sharp contrast to events in much of the rest of the world. Whereas US growth is clearly decelerating, Canadian growth is on an upswing, with recent indicators pointing to a very sharp rebound from a somewhat sluggish start to the year. Canadians appear to be, for the time being, largely insulated from the broader malaise facing the global economy as consumer and business confidence has improved sharply in recent quarters, owing to strong sales and job creation. While there are a number of factors suggesting that the growth rebound observed will persist through 2020, there is a risk that a divergence between Canadian and US outcomes may not last.
Source: Scotiabank Economics