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!
Record December caps record year for Canadian home sales
Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales set another all-time record in December 2020.
Home sales recorded over Canadian MLS Systems jumped by 7.2% between November and December to set another new all-time record.
Seasonally adjusted activity was running at an annualized pace of 714,516 units in December 2020 the first time on record that monthly sales at seasonally adjusted annual rates have ever topped the 700,000 mark.
The month-over-month increase in national sales activity from November to December was driven by gains of more than 20% in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Greater Vancouver.
Actual (not seasonally adjusted) sales activity posted a 47.2% y-o-y gain in December the largest year-over-year increase in monthly sales in 11 years. It was a new record for the month of December by a margin of more than 12,000 transactions. For the sixth straight month, sales activity was up in almost all Canadian housing markets compared to the same month in 2019.
For 2020 as a whole, some 551,392 homes traded hands over Canadian MLS Systems a new annual record. This is an increase of 12.6% from 2019 and stood 2.3% above the previous record set back in 2016.
Mortgage Deferral Agreements and Their Impact
CMHCs Fall 2020 Residential Mortgage Industry Dashboard discusses mortgage deferral agreements and their impact.
At the end of the second quarter, credit unions, mortgage finance companies (MFCs) and mortgage investment entities (MIEs) have allowed mortgage deferral agreements for about 6%, 7% and 7% of their respective residential mortgage portfolios.
Chartered banks have allowed 16% of mortgages to go into deferral since the beginning of the pandemic. Of these, close to 2 out of 3 borrowers had resumed payments on their mortgages at the end of the third quarter of 2020. In the coming months, we could see higher delinquency rates if some borrowers are unable to resume their payments; these mortgages will have to be booked as arrears.
These deferral agreements have affected financial institutions cash flows, with reductions of:
4% in scheduled mortgage payments
3% in non-scheduled payments (accelerated monthly payments and lump-sum payments)
While remaining at low levels, mortgages in arrears (90 or more days delinquent) have increased slightly between the first and second quarters of 2020 from:
0.24% to 0.26%, on average, for chartered banks
0.23% to 0.25%, on average, for non-bank mortgage lenders
We also observe an increase in early-stage delinquencies (31 to 59 days and 60 to 89 days), which suggests that arrears could continue on an upward trend.