The mortgage process can be intimidating. Navigating amortization, compounding factor, pre-payment privileges, substantially different methods of payout penalty calculations and the cumbersome documentation process can have your head spinning. For 18 years I have been simplifying the process. I have helped over 3000 families enjoy a net savings of more than 3 Million Dollars.
I have access to mortgage products from multiple lenders, and I work with you to determine the best product that will fit your immediate financial needs and future goals. Mortgages are not created equally.
I am a member of the VERICO MORTGAGE BROKER NETWORK, 5 time winner of Canada's Mortgage Company of the year. Being part of Canada's largest Mortgage company allows for access to unbeatable pricing and technology, but being locally operated allows us to be personal and understand the local market and your needs. Never before has experience mattered so much. Mortgage rule changes, government intervention and shifting markets have made mortgages very complex.
I save you money by sourcing the best products at the best rates – not only on your first mortgage but through every subsequent renewal or additional purchase. So whether you're buying a home, renewing your mortgage, refinancing, renovating, investing, or consolidating your debts — I’m the Mortgage Planner who can help you get the right financing, from the right lender, at the right rate.
I have only 3 days to get this done!
12 days into a 14 day financing condition I received a text from a Realtor... Can you take a call right now?
That call was about a young client who had been pre-approved by her bank 3 months earlier yet when it came time to get the file completed they could not help her. 2 things were very alarming: 1) they had pre-approved her for nearly $100 000 more than she purchased the home for, 2) they had been avoiding her inquiries into why she was not hearing from them.
I suppose there was one other thing that was a bit alarming, and that was the interest rate they had pre-approved her for and the fact that they didnt use the correct calculations on her CMHC insurance premiums. At the time this wasnt really an issue as there really wasnt an approval in place in the first place.
Fast forward 3 days (yes we needed a short extension as there was no way to get the file completed in just the 2 days remaining on the original condition period) and the file was completed. The file required a lot of supporting documentation from the client in order for me to build a strong case for an approval. Working with a lender that was focused on finding solutions rather than working inside a small box of policies was going to be important. One of the very important things to understand in this industry is that mortgages are not created equally and that my relationships with lenders and underwriters play a significant role in getting files funded.
As we get ready to enjoy Easter with friends and family I am humbled by the fact we were able to see this one through. We were able to get this young lady and her daughter into her home (she takes possession next week). We were able to satisfy the needs of a seller whom we dont even know, Realtors on both sides have a saved/completed deal, Solicitors on both sides have a file to work on. There are a lot of people involved in a transaction and when we can pull that together it is a wonderful feeling.
If you are in a similar situation I would be honoured to help you and your family. I am days away from completing my 3000th mortgage and each one brings the sum of savings well north of 2 million dollars.
P.S. We calculated her CMHC premium correctly, and I was able to secure a rate that was .55% lower than her original pre-approval. This is going to save her thousands of dollars over the life of he mortgage. What a great way to head into home ownership.
Similar Housing Demand Conditions in Canada and US
Housing markets in Canada and the US are sizzling. Recent headlines have used superlatives to describe housing market conditions in both countries and the data do back this up. Still, a closer look reveals some interesting distinctions as well. Home price and sales metrics show that while the US market is hot, Canadas is hotter. For example, existing home sales, which make up the majority of overall sales in both countries, is well above historical averages, but Canadian home sales have outperformed. As of March 2021, home sales in Canada were 75% higher than the average over 2018 and 2019, while it was 13% above in the US. Likewise, home prices also spiked. In Canada, the average home sold was 32% more expensive than what it was a year ago, and it was 17% higher stateside.
From a high level, the list of commonalties across markets during the pandemic is longer than the areas of difference, particularly on the demand side. Perhaps the most influential demand-side driver has been historically low mortgage rates. Responding to the impacts of the pandemic, the Bank of Canada and the Federal Reserve slashed rates and enacted large quantitative easing programs early last year, resulting in a sharp drop in borrowing costs. Given that the US conventional mortgage rate is a 30-year rate compared to Canadas 5-year benchmark, borrowing costs fell faster in America as flight to safety flows lowered longer term yields at the onset of the pandemic.
CANADA HOUSING MARKET and new stress test
Canadian home sales took a turn in April 2021, declining by 12.5% (sa m/m) from the highest level on record in March 2021. Listings followed suit, falling by 5.4% (sa m/m). While both sales and listings decreased in April, the smaller decline in listings further eased the national-level sales-to-new listings to 75.2% from record high readings earlier this year (the highest being 91% in January). While this is a move in the right direction towards a better supply-demand balance, the ratio is still significantly higher than its long-term average of 54.5%. As a result of this persistent tightness in the housing market, the composite MLS Home Price Index (HPI) rose by 2.4% (sa m/m). This is a deceleration in price gains from paces observed over the last two months, owing in the most part to a slowing in prices for single-family homes and townhouses. Apartments, which had remained relatively close to pre-pandemic levels before accelerating earlier this year have maintained momentum in April.
Movements in the housing market this month continued to be broad-based rather than market-specific, as declines in sales were spread out across much of the country.
The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) also announced that, effective June 1, the minimum qualifying rate for uninsured mortgages (i.e., residential mortgages with a down payment of 20 percent or more) will be the greater of the mortgage contract rate plus 2 percent or 5.25 percent.