RENEW YOUR MORTGAGE THE RIGHT WAY!
If you are contemplating renewing your mortgage then you should really consider the opportunity that is before you. There are many things that may have changed since you first took out the mortgage. You may be looking to use your home equity to fund a renovation project on your home. Alternatively, you may want to use that equity in other ways, such as purchasing a cottage or holiday home. You may also want to make some long-term investments to secure your future.
There is also the option of putting your other high-interest debts into your mortgage when it is up for renewal. This is one way that Canadians are able to reduce their debt and save on interest payments. In fact, there are many ways to save money when you renew your mortgage.
Saving Money with Your Mortgage Renewal
There are three basic things you need to do to get the best deal on yourmortgage renewal. Be prepared, create a plan, and set an early meeting with a broker.
This means dont be caught off-guard when your mortgage comes up for renewal or you will miss the opportunity to get the best rate and one that suits your needs. You can start talking with lenders a couple of months before your mortgage is up for renewal. Keep in mind that the longer you wait, the less chance you have to save money.
Create a plan
Before you start talking to your broker about renewing your mortgage, decide what you want to do. Consider the best way to use the equity you have earned on your home. You can also take the opportunity to change mortgage lenders. There is no need to stay with your current provider. A mortgage renewal presents a chance to find a lender who better fits what you want in a financial institution.
Meet a broker
Before you decide on whether to sign with your current lender or switch to a new one, meet with a mortgage broker. These are professionals who can offer you advice based on your unique situation. They can also help you find better lending terms if that is what you are looking for.
While it can take a little extra effort on your part, getting a mortgage that works for you is worth the effort. It is important that you are prepared when you renew your mortgage so that you can make the most of the equity you have. This means you need to be ready on your renewal date, have a clear idea of what you want to do with your equity and set a meeting with your broker well in advance.
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Almost one-quarter of Canadian seniors are caregivers
While older Canadians may be more likely than their younger counterparts to require help and care in their daily lives, almost one-quarter of Canadian seniors aged 65 years and older are caregivers themselves. And while the roles and responsibilities of these senior caregivers may have changed in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenges they face could be heightened.
Although the pandemic has affected the lives of all Canadians, seniors have been identified as a population particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Not only are seniors more at risk of severe illness, they are also more affected by isolation measures. As a result, many senior caregivers who help people living outside of their household may not have been able to provide the same level of care that they usually do. Senior caregivers providing help to their spouse may also have seen their burden of care increase, given the possible lack of other support during the pandemic. For example, older caregivers who are usually supported by their adult children to provide help and care for their spouses, may have had to perform additional activities and provide more hours of care than usual. While the data in the current study were collected prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the results highlight the many challenges senior caregivers already faced.
A new study, The experiences and needs of older caregivers in Canada, uses data from the 2018 General Social Survey on Caregiving and Care Receiving to provide a profile of senior caregivers in Canada. Senior caregivers are those who have provided help or care to a spouse, another family member, or a friend with a long-term health condition, a physical or mental disability, or problems related to aging.
Senior caregivers are likely to continue to play an important role in the years to come. As the needs for care and help increase with an aging population, smaller families and geographic mobility among Canadians may reduce the supply of potential younger family caregivers. Within this context, many older Canadians may be relied upon to become care providers, even though they may develop health issues of their own, including age-related physical and cognitive declines, chronic illness and some level of disability.
Week in review
Real GDP continued to recover in August, gaining 1.2% m/m, a result above the +0.9% print expected by consensus. This marks the fourth monthly gain in a row for this indicator, however total output is still down 4.6% from its pre-pandemic (February) level. Production rose in 15 of the 20 industrial sectors covered in August, with two others remaining flat in the month. Goods sector output climbed 0.5% on decent rises for construction (+1.5%) and manufacturing (+1.2%). Industrial production edged up 0.1%. Services-producing industries, meanwhile, experienced a 1.5% surge in production, with the steepest progressions occurring in arts/entertainment (+13.7%), accommodation/food services (+7.3%) and educational services (+3.4%). Year on year, total economic output was down 3.8%.
Canadian GDP registered yet another advance in August but the economic recovery remains highly uneven. Some sectors have now fully recovered from the COVID-19 shock and currently stand above their pre-pandemic peaks. That is the case for agriculture/forestry/fishing/hunting (+2.5% compared with February), finance/insurance (+2.1%), real estate (+1.5%), wholesale (+1.3%), retail (+1.2%) and utilities (+0.8%). That said, certain industries continue to suffer. For instance, production in the mining/quarrying/oil and gas extraction segment remains 17.2% below its February level thanks in large part to depressed energy prices. The sectors most affected by social distancing measures are also struggling to recover. Output in the arts/entertainment segment is roughly half what it was before COVID. Production in accommodation/food services, meanwhile, remains 28.2% short of pre-pandemic levels. Transportation and warehousing is also tracking 20.5% below February. While the economic rebound is likely to have extended into September Statistics Canada advance estimate suggests production expanded another 0.7% in the month the steep gap between the best and worst performing industries is likely to endure in a context in which people continue to avoid social contacts. Looking further ahead, the real question remains whether the recovery can be sustained, especially now that COVID-19 cases are surging back up, forcing some provincial governments to reintroduce social distancing measures.