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What you can do about mortgage payments during the COVID-19 outbreak!
What you can do about mortgage payments during the COVID-19 outbreak! WE ARE HERE FOR YOU! The continued spread of COVID-19 has understandably raised concerns for you and your families. You may have questions about the financial market and/or your mortgage. Please know that we are available to help guide you and your family through these turbulent times. We at Capital Home Lending understand this is an uncertain time for everyone and we are here to continue to support you, whatever your needs may be. Many people have been asking about the COVID-19 Deferred Mortgage Payment Program. During these challenging and uncertain times, many lenders have programs in place to address payment difficulties caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic. This includes a deferral of mortgage payments for up to six months. Keeping you informed. Here is what you need to know: This is not a loan/debt forgiveness program Many banks and mortgage lenders, in partnership with our mortgage insurers, have announced they will work to support and assist individuals whose income has been impacted by the COVID-10 outbreak. This is tremendously comforting to those individuals who will find themselves in financial hardship as a result of income reduction or cessation due to quarantine or business challenges. These supports are provided by the lenders who offer them on a case-by-case basis, and individual borrowers circumstances will determine their respective eligibility. Industry members are reporting that some Canadians have incorrectly interpreted media reporting of these programs as providing a payment amnesty or loan forgiveness, regardless of your current financial circumstances. Lenders are becoming inundated with calls from borrowers asking for assistance who have not been directly financially impacted by the crisis Lenders maintain the legal right to timely repayment of their mortgages. Mortgage payment deferral programs are offered at their sole discretion. No lender is going to forgive your mortgage payment. A deferred payment program allows you to roll a defined number of mortgage payments into your mortgage. You still pay all of the money you owe, with interest. Borrowers are still responsible to meet their obligations where they can. You must be able to demonstrate true financial hardship. These programs are for people who are genuinely struggling to make their next mortgage payment. Those who have lost their job and/or most of their income, and dont have reserves to draw on. If youre not in this group, you arent likely to be eligible. Be prepared to submit a detailed breakdown of your personal assets, income and expenses. Note: If you dont fall into this distressed category, please dont call your lender right now. Frequently Asked Questions: What does payment deferral mean? And why isnt it interest free? A payment deferral means your lender will allow you to have a break from your regularly scheduled principal and interest payments for an agreed-upon period of time. The interest on your mortgage loan continues to accrue but it is added to your outstanding mortgage principal instead of becoming due on your usual payment dates. Note that payment deferrals could extend the amortization period of your loan. However, once you are able to re-start a regular payment schedule, lenders can help you get your amortization back to where you want it to be by using one of your flexible pre-payment options. There is no interest free deferrals. Note: Any deferral granted will not apply to tax and insurance payments, which must continue to be paid by you. I own a rental property, the tenant cant pay the rent because they have been laid off, what can I do? Please contact your lender to discuss your situation and options. The last thing any lender wants is your mortgage going into a delinquency status. If you are having financial hardships, this will be assessed on a case by base situation. Note: Some provincial governments have introduced tenant relief programs. Rental-property owners can also encourage their tenants who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 to apply for these programs if available. Is there a fee to hold or defer my payment? Most lenders are waiving / refunding the non-sufficient funds (NSF) fee for missed or stopped payments If I defer a payment(s), will this impact my credit rating? A lender-approved deferment isnt counted as a missed payment. Deferring your loan payment doesnt have a direct impact on your credit score. Your loan may continue to accrue interest, and you might pay more in the long run, once you resume making payments. I am having trouble getting through to my lender, what can I do? Communication is key. Lenders are experiencing an unprecedented volume of requests. If youre about to miss a payment, call first. Wait times may be longer, however, specific lender hotlines have been facilitated to accommodate the current volumes. If you are about to miss a payment and cant get through on the phone lines, send your lender an email. Lenders will often waive NSF fees if you miss a payment but can demonstrate that you tried to notify them in advance. If your payment is not due within the next 7 days, try to email first. If you can, contact the person/broker/agency that arranged your mortgage in the first place. They can help answer any questions you have or navigate you through any requests. Other options are often available. In addition to rolling payments into your mortgage for a specified period of time, lenders also have the ability to refinance your mortgage to pay out other debt (subject to qualification), restore your original amortization (which lowers your payment amount), hold a payment (during a temporary suspension of income), or offer you a reduced payment for a specific time. You can also choose to borrow from your home equity line of credit (HELOC), which is a revolving credit line that essentially uses your home as collateral. It provides flexibility when borrowing and repaying. Of course, youll still have to eventually repay your HELOC and keep up with minimum payments, but its a decent temporary solution if you already have a HELOC set up. These are difficult times, and lenders are working around the clock to respond to customer inquiries and help the borrowers who are adversely impacted by COVID- If its taking a long time for you to make contact, please do keep that in mind, when you do finally get a live person on the other end of the phone. We are here for you! Keep well stay safe! Sources: Mortgage Professionals Canada, First National, Verico Communications
Virtual Tours and Live Streams a Hit on REALTOR.ca
While staying home to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Canadians are spending more time looking at properties on REALTOR.ca, Canadas No. 1 real estate platform*. During the week of March 9, visits to REALTOR.ca dropped by 30%; however, since April 12 traffic has crept back up by 14% and consumer inquiries to REALTORS through the site rose by 25%similar to levels during the same period last year. Despite the pandemic, REALTOR.ca has seen a 14% increase of visitors during the first quarter of 2020. As COVID-19 is limiting how buyers can visit homes that interest them, REALTOR.ca makes it possible for Canadian REALTORS to virtually showcase listings by integrating video and 3D tours from 10 of the most popular services. Since April 7, REALTORS can also schedule and promote live stream open houses using popular platforms such as Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Zoom and YouTube. If theres one thing 30-plus years in this business has taught me, its that as an industry we are early adopters of technology, said Costa Poulopoulos, Chair of the Canadian Real Estate Association. With restrictions on how we can continue to serve our clients, Im proud that weve been able to add features for REALTORS that allow them to continue to show homes to interested buyers.
Canada's Manufacturing heavily impacted in March
Manufacturing shipments fell 9.2% in March after climbing 0.4% the prior month. This result was more than double the drop expected by consensus (-4.5%). Lower sales were registered in 17 of the 21 industries surveyed, including transportation (-26.5%), petroleum and coal products (-32.2%), and plastics/rubber products (-10.9%). Alternatively, shipments increased for food manufacturing (+8.2%) and paper manufacturing (+8.4%). With the price effect removed, total factory sales decreased 8.3% m/m, while inventories grew 0.8%. As a result, the real inventory-to-sales ratio rose from 1.56 to 1.72, a bad sign for future production. Manufacturing sales came in much worse than expected in March, matching their largest one-month decline on record (December 2008). Sales retraced all the way back to their level in June 2016. It should come as no surprise that disruptions from COVID-19 were the chief cause of the decline. Indeed, 78.3% of manufacturing businesses reported being impacted by the pandemic. Transportation saw a significant decline owing to plant closures, while refineries lowered production as demand and prices waned. Not everyone experienced an adverse shock, as evidenced by marked increases for food (groceries) and paper manufacturing (toilet paper) in the month. This will likely be transitory, however, as households rushed to stock up in March. Eight of the ten provinces reported lower sales, with Ontario and Quebec posting the largest declines. All told, given that confinement measures had been in place for only two weeks in March, the April manufacturing picture can be expected to be even worse. Home sales fell 56.8% from March to April, to the lowest level recorded since the inception of seasonally adjusted data in 1988. The fall was generalized to all the 26 major markets tracked by CREA except Newfoundland and Labrador, where sales rose 13.6%. New listings also fell sharply (-55.7%) but active listings only 8.7%. Therefore, the active-listings-to-sales ratio (our preferred gauge of market conditions) skyrocketed from 4.3 months of inventory in March to 9.2 in April, the largest since the 2008-09 recession. Source: National Bank of Canada