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!
Increase in residential mortgages extended by non-bank lenders
The value of residential mortgage loans extended by non-bank lenders grew by 25.4% to $41.1 billion in the second quarter of 2019. The total number of extended residential mortgages also increased during the quarter to 166,482an increase of 34.1%.
Mortgages extended during the second quarter of 2019 represented 12.6% of the total value and 9.8% of the total number of outstanding residential mortgages.
The average value of mortgages extended during the quarter was $246,802, down 6.5% from the previous quarter, as the number of mortgages extended grew at a faster rate than the value. Increased sales in key housing markets of condominiums and townhouses, which are often more affordable than other property types, could be responsible for the lower average mortgage value.
Although the majority of mortgages extended by non-bank lenders was uninsured, insured mortgages grew faster (+33.0%) than uninsured mortgages (+19.6%) in the second quarter of 2019. In terms of number of mortgages, both insured and uninsured mortgages extended posted growth above 30% (+34.9% and +33.5%, respectively).
Minister Morneau announces new benchmark rate for qualifying insured mortgages
For many Canadians, their home is the most important investment they will make in their lifetime. That is why the Government of Canada has introduced measures to help more Canadians achieve their housing needs while also taking measured actions to contain risks in the housing market. A stable and healthy housing market is part of a strong economy, which is vital to building and supporting a strong middle class.
Today, Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, announced changes to the benchmark rate used to determine the minimum qualifying rate for insured mortgages, also known as the stress test. These changes will come into effect on April 6, 2020. The new benchmark rate will be the weekly median 5-year fixed insured mortgage rate from mortgage insurance applications, plus 2%.
This follows a recent review by federal financial agencies which concluded that the minimum qualifying rate should be more dynamic to better reflect the evolution of market conditions. Overall, the review concluded that mortgage standards are working to ensure that home buyers are able to afford their homes even if interest rates rise, incomes change, or families are faced with unforeseen expenses. This adjustment to the stress test will allow it to be more representative of the mortgage rates offered by lenders and more responsive to market conditions.
The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) also announced today that it is considering the same new benchmark rate to determine the minimum qualifying rate for uninsured mortgages. OSFI is seeking input from interested stakeholders on this proposal before March 17, 2020.