Congratulations! You’ve decided to begin your search for a new home, or perhaps you’ve already found the home of your dreams and are ready to make an offer. It’s now time to consider your mortgage options. With so many different choices available, how do you choose the right mortgage?
As a mortgage professional, I want to help you find the product that best fits your needs. Whether purchasing a home, renovating your current home, helping your children, or purchasing an investment or vacation property - investing in real estate is a major decision. My goal is to help make your experience a positive one. In addition to arranging mortgage financing, I am able to help you with:
There’s absolutely no charge for my services on typical residential mortgage transactions. Like many other professional services, mortgage brokers are generally paid a finder’s fee when we introduce trustworthy, dependable customers to a financial institution.
Because my work hours are flexible, we can work on your mortgage any time. I am available evenings and weekends, which means you don't have to book time off work to get a mortgage. I am happy to meet with you either by phone or in person (depending where you are), and am always just a call away to answer any questions you have. My service and support do not end once you have your mortgage - I am available to answer questions and help with follow up whenever you need me.
Choosing the right lender, and the mortgage that best suits your needs, is an important decision. I want to help make the process a smooth one for you. Let me help you achieve your dreams.
BUYING A HOME Part 3 of 3
BUYING A HOME - SHOP WISELY
This article provides a brief overview of the process of shopping for a home. It is best to connect early with a mortgage professional so that you are well preprared to start down the road to home ownership.
In addition to knowing what you can afford, it is equally important to connect with a realtor that you are comfortable working with. Realtors are experts with respect to the legal aspects of purchasing a home, and are knowledgeable about the features and characteristics of your community. Your realtor will arrange for you to view several homes, and once you have decided on a home your realtor will guide you through the process of making an offer. Your realtor will support you until the keys have changed hands.
Before you start shopping, take some time to think about your priorities. Consider your future plans. For instance, is there a particular area you want to live? Do you need to be close to work, schools, shopping, or medical services? Is access to public transportation important? Will your family be expanding in the near future?
Put everyhing you can think of on your wish list, but remember to be flexible. Sometimesbuyers have to compromise because their funds are limited. It is important to get into a house you can afford and consider cosmetic upgrades down the road. Even if you cant afford to replace the hideous shag carpet in the family room right away, it might be worth living with for awhile to get into a home that meets most of the big ticket items on your wish list that are hard to change (ie: location, number of bedrooms). Alternatively, if there are major renovations to be done you might consider a purchase plus improvements mortgage.
One way to be prepared is to do some of your own research. If there are certain areas that you are interested in, take some time to drive around and look at the type of homes available. If you see for sale signs, jot down the address or listing number. Another way is to visit the Realtor.ca site. Enter your preferred options and price range to get a better idea of listings available. Your realtor will also do homework on your behalf to identify suitable properties, and will be able to provide advice and information about different neighbourhoods in your community. Being very clear about what is most important to you in terms of wish-list items will help your realtor narrow down the scope of your search.
When you start to look at homes, be careful not to be caught up by a house where minor upgrades and cosmetic fixes create the look that you are after but that do not include the important features you need. For instance, dont buy a two bedroom house when you know youre planning to have a family and will need more rooms soon. Dont make a compromise that will likely create a major strain down the road. If youre on a budget, look for a home whose full potential has yet to be realized. A good strategy is to look for a house that you can add value to, as this will help you build equity for when you decide to upgrade. If your budget allows, buying a brand new home means you wont have much to do in terms of upgrades or finish work.
After looking at multiple houses, you may find it hard to keep them straight in your mind. One suggestion is to write notes on the listing sheets are each house you view. Write down your general impression, as well as any specific features you want to remember. After you have looked at a few properties you will likely start to refine your wish list. This will help save time for both you and your realtor as you become very clear on what you want.
Once you choose your ideal property, its time to make an offer. Your realtor will write up the documentation and present it to the realtor representing the sellers.It is not unusual for offers to go back and forth several times before all of the details are finalized. Your realtor will explain the process to you, and help you arrange anyrequired inspections and documentation.
After you havev an accepted offer (agreed upon by you and the sellers), your mortgage professional will submit your application for final approval. Once final approval is in place and you have removed all of the conditions of your offer, your documents will be forwarded to your lawyer to finalize all of the necessary paperwork. Shortly after the money changes hands, you will receive the keys to your new home!
Buying a home may seem daunting, but having the right team to support you will make itseem far less intimidating. If you have any questions, please call me at 250-826-5857 or email me directly at email@example.com. Lets get you up to speed and into your dream home!
Canadian home sales activity eases in October
Ottawa, ON, November 15, 2018 Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales declined between September and October 2018. Highlights:
National home sales fell 1.6% from September to October.
Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down by 3.7% from one year ago.
The number of newly listed homes eased 1.1% from September to October.
The MLS Home Price Index (HPI) was up 2.3% year-over-year (y-o-y) in October.
The national average sale price slipped by 1.5% y-o-y in October.
Home sales via Canadian MLS Systems edged back by 1.6% in October 2018. While activity is still stronger compared to the first half of 2018, it remains below monthly levels recorded from early 2014 through 2017. (Chart A) Transactions declined in more than half of all local markets, led by Hamilton-Burlington, Montreal and Edmonton. Although activity did improve modestly in many markets, it was offset by a decline in sales elsewhere by a factor of two.
Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down 3.7% compared to October 2017 and in line with the 10-year average for the month. While sales were down y-o-y in slightly more than half of all local markets in October, lower sales in Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley more than offset the rise in sales in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Montreal by a wide margin.
This years new mortgage stress-test has lowered how much mortgage home buyers can qualify for across Canada, but its effect on sales has varied somewhat depending on location, housing type and price range, said CREA President Barb Sukkau. All real estate is local. A professional REALTOR is your best source for information and guidance in negotiating a purchase or sale of a home during these changing times, added Sukkau.
National sales activity lost momentum in October, said Gregory Klump, CREAs Chief Economist. In part, this reflects waning activity among some urban centers in Ontarios Greater Golden Horseshoe region and the absence of an offsetting rise in sales in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Even so, the balance between sales and listings in these regions points to stable prices or modest gains. By contrast, the balance between sales and listings for housing markets in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland indicates a weak pricing environment for homeowners who are looking to sell.
The number of newly listed homes edged down 1.1% between September and October, led by the GTA, Calgary and Victoria. The decline in new supply among these markets more than offset an increase in new supply in Edmonton and Greater Vancouver.
As for the balance between sales and listings, the national sales-to-new listings ratio in October came in at 54.2% close to Septembers reading of 54.4% and its long-term average of 53.4%.
Considering the degree and duration to which market balance readings are above or below their long-term average is the best way of gauging whether local housing market conditions favour buyers or sellers. As a rule of thumb, measures of market balance that are within one standard deviation of their long-term average are generally consistent with balanced market conditions.
Based on a comparison of the sales-to-new listings ratio with the long-term average, about two-thirds of all local markets were in balanced market territory in October 2018.
Most First-Time Homebuyers Spending All They Can Afford
Millennials have made up a significant portion of homebuyers in recent years and based on the 2018 Mortgage Consumer Survey, they continue to do so, representing just under half (49%) of first-time buyer respondents. Although this is a decrease from 60% in 2017 and 58% in 2016, Millennials continue to influence and shape the homebuying and mortgage process.
Heres more of what we learned about Millennials and first-time buyers as a whole, powered by the 2018 Mortgage Consumer Survey.
What does the typical first-time buyer profile look like? Forty percent are married, 80% are employed full-time and about one-quarter (26%) have a household income between $60,000 and $90,000. A strong percentage of them were born outside of Canada, with 22% identifying as newcomers to Canada. Mortgage professionals can help meet the unique needs of newcomers with the support of CMHCs homebuying information which is available in 8 different languages.
The top 2 reasons first-time buyers bought a home: they wanted to get a first home and they felt financially ready. Although certain urban markets continue to exhibit high house prices and other barriers to entry, the survey found that 61% of first-time buyers bought a single-detached home. In fact, single-detached home was the top housing type purchased in all regions across Canada, except in British Columbia where condominium apartment was the most popular housing type.
The vast majority (85%) of first-time buyers spent the most they could afford on their home, compared to 68% of repeat buyers. This indicates that first-time buyers, including Millennials, may be stretching themselves financially to purchase their home. When it comes to the down payment, savings from outside an RRSP was the main source for first-time buyers. This suggest there is an opportunity to further educate first-time buyers about other options to help fund their down payment, such as the Government of Canadas Home Buyers Plan (HBP).
To get assistance with the mortgage process, first-time buyers contacted, on average, 2 brokers and 3 lenders. First-time buyer satisfaction levels with mortgage brokers and lenders remains high. However, mortgage professionals could further increase satisfaction levels by conducting more post-transaction follow-up and by providing clients with more information on closing costs, house purchase fees, interest rates, and steps involved in buying a home. CMHCs Step by Step guide is a valuable tool for mortgage professionals to share with homebuyers to ensure they feel confident throughout the entire homebuying process.