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!
Forecast Update: Economies Shutting Down
Rapidly evolving developments necessitate an update to the forecasts we published just last Friday. Additional quarantine or shut-down measures have been put in place in a number of countries in the last few days. As a result, we now anticipate global GDP growth to be 0% in 2020, followed by a sizeable rebound in activity in 2021 given our view that economic activity will rebound quickly once the virus is no longer a serious threat to public health. At present, we believe activity will begin to return to normal in the third quarter, except in countries where containment measures were aggressively deployed in the first quarter (essentially the Asian economies), where activity resumes in the second quarter. In Canada, the closure of non-essential business in Quebec and Ontario announced earlier this week will have large economic consequences. At present, we believe Canadian economic activity will fall by 28% in Q2 as these measures are felt. If other provinces follow, the fall in Q2 economic activity would be in the 35% range. We now assume that economic activity resumes by the start of the third quarter and that growth rebounds sharply at that time. However, the 20% drop in US economic activity in the second quarter will restrain the rebound in Canadian activity in the third quarter owing to the usual lags between US and Canadian economic outcomes. Under these assumptions, Canadian GDP would fall by slightly more than 4% in 2020 and rebound by 5.1% in 2021. Though we have not included any additional measures in this update beyond those already announced, we believe a substantial ramping up of fiscal support measures in Canada is forthcoming. There is a chance that aggressive virus management measures are required beyond Q2 to ensure the virus is truly well-contained. Evidence in Asia this week suggests that even in countries where aggressive management measures have been put in place, COVID-19 can come back quite quickly. If measures in Canada are not lifted by the end of Q2, growth would fall again in Q3, and GDP would fall by 6.3% in 2020 instead of the 4.1% we currently expect. A key question for forecasters is the length of the virus-related restrictions on firms and households. As noted above, a shift of one quarter in the resumption of normal operating conditions can have a large impact on growth outcomes. Since we do not have a good handle on the ultimate length of the interruptions, we consider it more informative to assign probabilities to the time at which virus containment measures end. At this time, we believe there is a 75% chance that activity resumes by Q3 and a 25% chance that activity returns to more normal levels by Q4. How officials manage virus containment internationally, as well as the evolution of the virus, will inform our assessment of probabilities going forward.
Source: Scotiabank Economics
Home resale market was gaining momentum prior to Covid-19
At the national level, resale home prices were gaining momentum in February. The 0.4% monthly gain in the Composite index was double the average of the previous ten years for a month of February. In particular, after 12 consecutive monthly declines, Vancouver HPI rose in each of the last five months, reflecting the fact that Vancouver resale market recently returned to balance. Sure, we still saw weakness in other regions, such as the Prairie Provinces (Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan) where markets were still favorable to buyers. But CREA just reported a rather generalized increase in home sales in February, including for Calgary and Edmonton. Unfortunately, then came the outbreak of Covid-19 and its impact on oil prices and disruptions in the supply chain. The unprecedented sanitary measures imposed by the authorities to tackle the pandemic will severely impact business activity and jobs over the coming months. In that situation, the home resale market should be heavily curtailed for the coming months.
Source: Teranet Inc., and National Bank of Canada