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.
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