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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!
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