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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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.