My Rates

6 Months 3.34%
1 Year 3.19%
2 Years 3.19%
3 Years 3.64%
4 Years 3.79%
5 Years 3.74%
7 Years 4.24%
10 Years 4.39%
6 Months Open 6.70%
1 Year Open 4.45%
*Rates subject to change and OAC
Michelle Lapierre Mortgage Associate

Michelle Lapierre

Mortgage Associate

213, 4935 55 Ave. NW, Edmonton, Alberta









Home ownership is one of the most important and complex decisions you will ever make.  The key to making the right decision is to fully understand your financing options.  My role is to be your unbiased and expert advisor.  I will provide you with access to the best mortgage solutions in the industry.  This means the most competitive rates and terms that fit your specific needs and long term goals. 


My services are free and can provide you with a positive, stress free experience so you can focus on the bigger picture - finding your dream home and achieving financial security.


Let's start the conversation today!

Thinking about purchasing a home?  Is your mortgage renewal coming up?  Need to refinance?  I can find a solution for you.

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Separation And Your Mortgage - The Matrimonial Home

As the largest asset in most relationships, the matrimonial home often becomes a major focal point in a separation. In turn, mortgages become a key part of separation discussions. Here are some common options for dealing with the matrimonial home in a separation: Sell This is definitely the simplest way of putting joint debts behind you by releasing all ownership and mortgage obligations. One Party Stays Mortgage Lender Releases Other Party If one person would like to stay in the home you can start by contacting your mortgage lender to get the other person released from the mortgage. They will generally confirm that the remaining person can handle the mortgage on their own. This only works if you do not need to pull equity out of the property to pay out the person leaving the home. You do not want to be removed from title until you are removed from the mortgage loan. You would still be responsible for the debt and any fallout from missed payments or default (including impact on your credit!) but have no ownership rights. One Party Stays - Refinance To Remove Other Party If you do need funds to pay out the party leaving or if your current mortgage lender will not release them from the mortgage loan, then you should consider a refinance. This is where the mortgage is fully restructured to take one person off the mortgage. This only works if you have significant equity in the property because refinances are limited to 80% of the current value of the home. The person who will keep the property needs to be able to qualify for the home on their own. One Party Stays - Spousal Buyout If one party would like to stay but you do not have 20% equity in your property for a refinance, there is still an option to buyout your spouse. This is an insurer program than not all banks use, so you want to speak to a mortgage broker about this option. One party can purchase from the other with the minimum required down payment (5% down payment on the first $500,000 of value and 10% down payment on any value above $500,000). It is treated as a new purchase so the amortization can be up to 25 years and there is no limitation on the type of term or product. Here are some conditions and features of a spousal buyout: The down payment can be equity in the house Valid for marital and common law separation, and some joint ownership situations Only available on the primary residence in the relationship (no investment properties) Both individuals must have been on title prior to the separation There must be a legal separation agreement in place The purchaser must still qualify based on income, credit, etc. An appraisal determines the sale price No realtor involvement Standard mortgage insurance premiums apply The current mortgage lender must allow it. Some value mortgages do not allow a private sale to a related party (ex. BMO Low-Rate Mortgage) The seller is now off the property title and off the mortgage, allowing them to move on to a new purchase if they choose. If you are going through a separation or know someone who is, I can provide information about the mortgage options available and help prepare you to qualify for the new financing you may require.

Interest Rate And Your Buying Power - What Is The Impact Of Increasing Rates?

The story of 2018 was one of increasing interest rates and a tighter lending environment. I was recently asked - how much are buyers impacted if rates continue to move up? Your maximum mortgage is determined by two calculations. The first, called GDS (Gross Debt Service) is the percentage of your gross income going towards your housing costs, including the mortgage payment, property taxes, heating, and half of the condo fees. Under standard guidelines for an insured mortgage (less than 20% down payment) GDS can be no more than 39%. Your TDS (Total Debt Service) is the percentage of your gross income going towards your housing costs and other debts. TDS can be no more than 44% of your gross income. As interest rates increase the mortgage payment factored into these calculations goes up, pushing down your maximum mortgage amount. The Numbers For this example, I assumed a household income of $80,000, property taxes at $3500/year, no condo fee, and for simplicity, no debt. I also assumed this was an insured mortgage, so a maximum amortization of 25 years, and GDS/TDS ratios of 39%/44%. Here are the maximum mortgage calculations for a range of interest rates: 4.34% - maximum mortgage $400,900 5.34% - maximum mortgage $363,200 - $37,700 less or a 9.4% drop 6.34% - maximum mortgage $330,700 - $32,500 less or an 8.9% drop 7.34% - maximum mortgage $302,600 - $28,100 less or an 8.5% drop Rule Of Thumb Based on this range of interest rates here is a good approximation or rule of thumb: When rates increase by 1%, buying power drops by 9%. . Its All About The Qualifying Rate, Not Your Interest Rate When looking at these calculations it is important to remember that the interest rate you actually get is not what is important for your qualifying mortgage amount. The stress test implemented in fall 2016 required lenders to qualify insured mortgages at the Bank of Canada Benchmark Rate, not the rate you actually get. That rate is currently 5.34%. The stress test on conventional mortgages (those with 20% or more down) implemented in January 2018 are even harsher, requiring you to qualify at 2% above the rate you actually get or the Benchmark Rate, whichever is greater. Get pre-approved today under current rates and guidelines and find out where you stand. If you wait to purchase and rates have increased, you may find you no longer qualify for the purchase price you are targeting. By knowing where you stand you can be ready to jump on a good opportunity as it comes up.


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