Sarah is new to the Mortgage industry and the My Better Mortgage Family. Sarah comes to us with a Diploma from Georgian College in Hotel Management. With more than 10+ years of Retail Management experience and 15+ years of Customer Service experience (customer experience certified). Sarah has a vast knowledge of how to exceed client expectations. Sarah has a proven track record of getting results in the most difficult of situations.
As a mom of 4 and wife of 10 years Sarah understands the importance of maintaining, growing and exceeding financial goals and freedoms. With having 4 children in 5 years Sarah knows the hardships of trying to maintain financial freedom while providing for her family. Sarah is passionate about supporting families and committing to helping them meet and exceed their financial goals whether it is: first time home buyers, refinancing or being Mortgage FREE sooner. Sarah is dedicated to helping meet your NEEDS.
For those of you who do not know me I am Sarah, a mortgage agent for My Better Mortgage. In 2007 I gained a diploma in Hotel Management where I went on to work in the retail and customer service industry for 10+ years and have retained a certification in customer excellence. Growing up with parents who were entrepreneurs I always felt a need to follow in there foot steps. So when Rachael presented me with the opportunity to work with her helping families and individuals, while growing my own business, I jumped at the opportunity. This was hands down one of the easiest life decisions I have made. Rachael gave us the opportunity to better my families financial future and help meet our long term goals. With my passion to help others and there families how could I say, NO! I am a mom of four young girls and I understand the importance of maintain, growing and exceeding your financial goals and gaining freedom. I had my four girls Payten 7, Abigail 6, Kylie 3 and Keaghan 3 in 5 years. The hardship of trying to maintain financial freedom while providing for our family was always a major stress point, as it is for most families. I understand what it is like to walk into a bank with not having the best credit score, as it is hard at times for young families to maintain PERFECT CREDIT and left feeling defeated. That feeling your goals are dreams out of your reach. My advice is to never give up. When I called Rachael I was already waiting for the NO on the other end of the phone. Like most after the 2nd NO you figure it must be true, this wont happen for me. So when I finally heard YES! it was emotional and surreal. I am committed to giving other this same opportunity to hear YES, the feeling that your dreams will finally become your reality.
I want to say THANK YOU to my wonderful Husband who for the past 12 years has supported any and all my career choices. When telling him that I wanted to JUMP into the world of Mortgages he smiled and said yes dear. He made sure every night after he had worked all day that I had a quite place to study (which is a difficult task in our household with 4 girls under the age of 7) and cheered me on after I passed every quiz. When I wrote the Mortgage Agent exam I came home feeling defeated, unsure that I had passed. He said to me you got this. His support has been unwavering and made this transition from Retail Manager/Stay at home Mom to Mortgage Agent easy. My Second THANK YOU goes out to my parents. Thank you always for your unconditional Love and being my voice of reason. As a young girl and now as a women I watch my parents do it all run a successful business for the past 30 years, maintain a house, be therapists, nurses, raise three kids, and help me raise my grandchildren, they are the true the definition of SUPER PARENTS/ GRANDPARENTS. With all these titles under their belt they still always finds the time to support my dreams and ambitions. For this I am eternally grateful. I can only hope one day I am the Entrepreneur, Wife, Friend, Parent and Grandparent you are and I do it with as much DETERMINATION, AMBITION, SELFLESNESS and GRACE (because we all know grace is not my strong suit) as you have. Last but not least, THANK YOU to the one and only RACHEAL BEEMER (principle broker of My Better Mortgage). I met Rachael last summer when I called her office needing some advice on MORTGAGES. My husband and I needed to move as our home was far to small for our growing family. At the time I was on a leave of absence from work and all the banks told me, I had to return to work! in order to be approved for a mortgage. I heard Rachaels ad on the radio and thought, what do I have to loose. After talking briefly with Rachael, she managed to ensure a TRUST with me that she had my families NEEDS covered and we were on our way to our GOALS! Rachael not only managed to get us into a mortgage that fit our lifestyle but was able to get us into our dream home without breaking the bank. When it came time for me to find a career that fit my lifestyle Rachael was there again to SUPPORT and INSURE my families financial future. Rachael has an amazing understanding for what MOMS need. She understands BALANCE; the need for moms to be with their children but contribute financially to their families. I am excited and happy to call Rachael my MENTOR and FRIEND. I look forward to our JOURNEY together and knowledge to come. I want to THANK YOU my future clients. Thank you for trusting me with your families, your dreams and your future. Thank you for making my families dreams possible.
Record December caps record year for Canadian home sales
Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales set another all-time record in December 2020.
Home sales recorded over Canadian MLS Systems jumped by 7.2% between November and December to set another new all-time record.
Seasonally adjusted activity was running at an annualized pace of 714,516 units in December 2020 the first time on record that monthly sales at seasonally adjusted annual rates have ever topped the 700,000 mark.
The month-over-month increase in national sales activity from November to December was driven by gains of more than 20% in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Greater Vancouver.
Actual (not seasonally adjusted) sales activity posted a 47.2% y-o-y gain in December the largest year-over-year increase in monthly sales in 11 years. It was a new record for the month of December by a margin of more than 12,000 transactions. For the sixth straight month, sales activity was up in almost all Canadian housing markets compared to the same month in 2019.
For 2020 as a whole, some 551,392 homes traded hands over Canadian MLS Systems a new annual record. This is an increase of 12.6% from 2019 and stood 2.3% above the previous record set back in 2016.
Mortgage Deferral Agreements and Their Impact
CMHCs Fall 2020 Residential Mortgage Industry Dashboard discusses mortgage deferral agreements and their impact.
At the end of the second quarter, credit unions, mortgage finance companies (MFCs) and mortgage investment entities (MIEs) have allowed mortgage deferral agreements for about 6%, 7% and 7% of their respective residential mortgage portfolios.
Chartered banks have allowed 16% of mortgages to go into deferral since the beginning of the pandemic. Of these, close to 2 out of 3 borrowers had resumed payments on their mortgages at the end of the third quarter of 2020. In the coming months, we could see higher delinquency rates if some borrowers are unable to resume their payments; these mortgages will have to be booked as arrears.
These deferral agreements have affected financial institutions cash flows, with reductions of:
4% in scheduled mortgage payments
3% in non-scheduled payments (accelerated monthly payments and lump-sum payments)
While remaining at low levels, mortgages in arrears (90 or more days delinquent) have increased slightly between the first and second quarters of 2020 from:
0.24% to 0.26%, on average, for chartered banks
0.23% to 0.25%, on average, for non-bank mortgage lenders
We also observe an increase in early-stage delinquencies (31 to 59 days and 60 to 89 days), which suggests that arrears could continue on an upward trend.