If you are thinking of buying your first home, next home or a rental property, now is the time to get a mortgage pre-approval and lock in that rate for up to 120 days. This way, you’ll know exactly what you can afford and have your mortgage ready in hand.
I will support you every step of the way from shopping for your home, to making an offer to getting your keys.
I will help you understand the process and ensure that you get personalized advise on the best mortgage solution for you and your needs.
Things that make your loan officer cry!
If you have ever applied for a mortgage you know how much paperwork it can be. Although we still close average transactions in less than 4 weeks, there are situations where unexpected things happen. This blog is a quick guide to the 3 things that can throw off deals, and sometimes make your mortgage originator cry. Consider it a list of things not to do during the loan process.
1. When a borrower quits their job (or gets fired) in the middle of the loan process. This shouldnt be much of a surprise but if you are trying to qualify for a loan based on your income dont change jobs during the transaction. You dont have to stay at your job forever, just dont quit in the middle of your mortgage process.
2. SURPRISES! Although life is full of surprises try to be as honest and upfront about all of your debts and financial information with your loan originator up front. Its never good when all of a sudden your mortgage team pulls your information and finds out you make great money but you have $23,000 in collection debt on that boat you forgot about. Remember you dont need to over exaggerate your income to impress your mortgage company, we are more impressed with honesty and organization.
3. Disappearing Acts. Nobody loves vacations as much as we do but there are a lot of moving parts in the real estate and mortgage process and you may need to be around to sign documents and communicate. You can still take vacations just make sure to let everyone involved in the transaction know so that they can plan around your travel.
Just remember, your Realtor, your loan originator and an entire team of others are working their to their best level to help you close on your real estate transaction- before you make a bone head move, just think What Would My Loan Officer Do?
No harm can come from asking a question so whether you are already in the mortgage process or you are thinking about jumping in soon, you can call me or email me any time for free advice that will avoid tears in the future!
Minister Morneau announces new benchmark rate for qualifying insured mortgages
For many Canadians, their home is the most important investment they will make in their lifetime. That is why the Government of Canada has introduced measures to help more Canadians achieve their housing needs while also taking measured actions to contain risks in the housing market. A stable and healthy housing market is part of a strong economy, which is vital to building and supporting a strong middle class.
Today, Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, announced changes to the benchmark rate used to determine the minimum qualifying rate for insured mortgages, also known as the stress test. These changes will come into effect on April 6, 2020. The new benchmark rate will be the weekly median 5-year fixed insured mortgage rate from mortgage insurance applications, plus 2%.
This follows a recent review by federal financial agencies which concluded that the minimum qualifying rate should be more dynamic to better reflect the evolution of market conditions. Overall, the review concluded that mortgage standards are working to ensure that home buyers are able to afford their homes even if interest rates rise, incomes change, or families are faced with unforeseen expenses. This adjustment to the stress test will allow it to be more representative of the mortgage rates offered by lenders and more responsive to market conditions.
The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) also announced today that it is considering the same new benchmark rate to determine the minimum qualifying rate for uninsured mortgages. OSFI is seeking input from interested stakeholders on this proposal before March 17, 2020.
The Contagion of Fear
Fears of a possible coronavirus pandemic are sweeping the world. Markets are jittery with little hard data to go on.
With the first case now reported in Canada, many are recalling the 2003 SARS where Canada was one of the epicenters. Arguably the biggest (economic) lesson from that experience is that fear is the biggest risk to the outlook.
The impact of the SARS pandemic on the Canadian economy is difficult to estimate, confounded as it was by the slowing US economy, the invasion of Iraq and other events, but the Bank of Canada estimated -0.6ppt hit to annualized growth in Q2-2003, or just over 0.1% on the level of GDP.
While it is premature to predict the path of todays coronavirus outbreak, we estimate that a SARS-equivalent pandemic today could have a similar impact on the Canadian economy with an estimated hit of just over 0.1% on the level of GDP by mid-2020, at which point a pandemic should be contained. This estimate is subject to a significant degree of uncertainty with risks skewed to a potentially larger impact.
The effect should not be significant enough to trigger a broader economic malaise, but could this finally push Governor Poloz over the line to proactively stimulate the economy in his next rate call?