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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Home sales plunged as interest rates continued to rise in May
On a seasonally adjusted basis, home sales slumped 8.6% from April to May, bringing the level of sales slightly below its 10-year average for the first time in 24 months. This decline also represents a third consecutive decrease, with sales down a cumulative 23.0% between February and May. The downward trend is now well established in the country as 75% of the markets have seen their number of transactions decrease during the month. We believe this market moderation should continue in the coming months as the tightening of monetary policy should push variable rates higher and make the stress test even more biting for buyers. Indeed, the stress test uses the higher of 5.25% or the contractual interest rate +2%. Until now, only customers opting for a fixed rate had to qualify with a rate of more than 5.25%. With the Bank of Canada policy rate increase expected in July, the qualification for a variable rate will also exceed 5.25%, a development that should cool the market further since over half of new mortgages are at variable rates.
According to CREA, new listings rose 4.5% in May, the first increase in three months. With the reduction in sales and the increase in new properties for sale, the number of months of inventory rose from 2.3 to 2.7 months in May, its highest level since July 2020. Based on the active-listings-to-sales ratio, market conditions loosened in almost every province during the month, but the housing market continued to be tight in the country as a whole. There are now 3 provinces out of 10 in balanced territory; B.C., Saskatchewan, and Alberta (the latter switched this month). The others continued to indicate market conditions favourable to sellers mainly due to lack of supply.
On a year-over-year basis, home sales fell 21.7% compared to the strongest month of May recorded in 2021. For the first five months of 2022, cumulative sales were down 17.8% compared to the same period in 2021.
Housing starts in Canada increased for a second month in a row by 21.SK in May to 287.3K (seasonally adjusted and annualized), the strongest print since November 2021 (at 305.9K). Starts were well above consensus calling for a 255K print in May while building permits remained high on a historical basis and housing supply continues to be tight. As interest rates rise and demand in the resale market declines, we expect housing starts to also moderate in the coming year.
The Teranet-National Bank Composite National House Price Index increased 2.0% in April compared to March and after seasonal adjustment. On a year-over-year basis, home price increased by 18.8% in April. Ten of the 11 markets in the composite index were up during the month, with Edmonton being the exception.
Canada’s Housing Supply Shortages: Estimating what is needed to solve Canada’s housing affordability crisis by 2030
Were in a housing crisis. This report looks at the overall affordability for the entire housing system in Canada. The report has taken steps to estimate how much additional housing supply is required beyond current trends to restore housing affordability by 2030.
CMHC projects that if current rates of new construction continue, the housing stock will increase to close to 19 million housing units by 2030. To restore affordability, CMHC projects Canada will need an additional 3.5 million units.
Two-thirds of the 3.5 million housing unit gap is in Ontario and British Columbia where housing markets are least affordable.
Additional supply would also be needed in Quebec, a province once considered affordable. It has seen a marked decline in affordability over the last few years. Other provinces remain largely affordable for a household with the average level of disposable income. However, challenges remain for low-income households in accessing housing that is affordable across Canada.