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CHIP Reverse Mortgage
Wouldnt it be nice if you had the money to do more of the things you want to do? A CHIP Reverse Mortgage could be just what you need. Its the simple and sensible way to unlock the value in your home and turn it into cash to help you enjoy life on your terms. BENEFITS OF A CHIP REVERSE MORTGAGE You receive the money tax-free. It is not added to your taxable income so it doesnt affect Old Age Security (OAS) or Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) government benefits you may receive. You can use the money any way you wish. Maybe you want to enjoy your retirement or cover unexpected expenses. Perhaps you want to update your home or help your family without depleting your current savings. The only condition is that any outstanding loans (e.g. existing mortgage or home equity line of credit) secured by your home must be paid out with the proceeds from your CHIP Reverse Mortgage. No regular mortgage payments are required while you or your spouse live in your home. The full amount only becomes due when you and your spouse no longer live in the home You maintain ownership and control of your home. You will never be asked to move or sell to repay your CHIP Reverse Mortgage. All thats required is that you maintain your property and stay up-to-date with property taxes, fire insurance and condominium or maintenance fees while you live there. You keep all the equity remaining in your home. In many years of experience, 99 out of 100 homeowners have money left over when their CHIP Reverse Mortgage is repaid. And on average, the amount left over is 50% of the value of the home when it is sold. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Got questions? Here are frequently asked questions. How does a CHIP Reverse Mortgage work? A CHIP Reverse Mortgage is secured by the equity in your home. Unlike a traditional mortgage in which you make regular payments to someone else, a reverse mortgage pays you. The big advantage with the CHIP Reverse Mortgage is that you do not have to make any regular mortgage payments for as long as you or your spouse lives in your home. Thats what has made reverse mortgages such a popular solution in Canada, the U.K., the U.S., Australia and other countries. Who is it for? The CHIP Reverse Mortgage is designed exclusively for homeowners age 55 and older. This age qualification applies to both you and your spouse. How much can I get and how is it calculated? You can receive up to 55% of the value of your home. The specific amount is based on your age and that of your spouse, the location and type of home you have, and your homes current appraised value. You can contact me and I can quickly give you an estimate of how much you may be approved for. How do I receive the money? You can choose how you want to receive the money. The CHIP Reverse Mortgage gives you the option of receiving all the money youre eligible for in one lump sum advance, or you can take some now and more later, or you can receive planned advances over a set period of time. Planned advances are available on the Income Advantage product. Will the homeowner owe more than the house is worth? The homeowner keeps all the equity remaining in the home. In our many years of experience, over 99% of homeowners have money left over when their loan is repaid. The equity remaining depends on the amount borrowed, the value of the home, and the amount of time thats passed since the reverse mortgage was taken out. Will the bank own the home? No. The homeowner retains title and maintains ownership of the home. Its required for the homeowner to live in the home, pay taxes on time, have property insurance, and maintain the property in good condition. What if the homeowner has an existing mortgage? Many of our clients use a reverse mortgage to pay off their existing mortgage and debts. Should reverse mortgages only be considered as a loan of last resort? No. Many financial professionals recommend a reverse mortgage to supplement monthly income instead of selling and downsizing, or taking out a conventional mortgage or a line of credit. What fees are associated with a reverse mortgage? There are one time fees to arrange a reverse mortgage such as an appraisal fee, fee for independent legal advice as well as our fee for administration, title insurance, and registration. With the exception of the appraisal fee, these fees are paid for with the funding dollars. What if the homeowner cant afford payments? There are no monthly payments required as long as the homeowner is living in the home. Contact me today if you have any questions or if youd like to see how much you can get!
Employment continues to rebound in July
From February to April, 5.5 million Canadian workers were affected by the COVID-19 economic shutdown. This included a drop in employment of 3.0 million and a COVID-related increase in absences from work of 2.5 million. Employment rose by 419,000 (+2.4%) in July, compared with 953,000 (+5.8%) in June. Combined with gains of 290,000 in May, this brought employment to within 1.3 million (-7.0%) of its pre-COVID February level. The number of Canadians who were employed but worked less than half their usual hours for reasons likely related to COVID-19 dropped by 412,000 (-18.8%) in July. Combined with declines recorded in May and June, this left COVID-related absences from work at just under 1 million (+972,000; +120.3%) above February levels. By the week of July 12 to July 18, the total number of affected workers stood at 2.3 million, a reduction since April of 58.0%.
Canadian home sales and new listings up again in June
Home sales recorded over Canadian MLS Systems in June 2020 rebounded by a further 63%, returning them to normal levels for the month some 150% above where they were in April. Transactions were once again up on a m-o-m basis across the country. Among Canadas largest markets, sales rose 83.8% in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), 75.1% in Montreal, 60.3% in Greater Vancouver, 99.7% in the Fraser Valley, 54.9% in Calgary, 59% in Edmonton, 22.5% in Winnipeg, 34.8% in Hamilton-Burlington, 67.9% in London and St. Thomas, 55.6% in Ottawa and 43.6% in Quebec City. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) sales activity posted a 15.2% y-o-y gain in June. REALTORS across Canada are increasingly seeing business pick back up, stated Costa Poulopoulos, Chair of CREA. With sellers and buyers returning to the market, we continue to make sure clients stay safe by complying with government and health officials directives and advice, increasingly using technology to list and show properties virtually while providing secure methods to complete required forms and contracts. As always, but maybe now more than ever, REALTORS remain the best source for information and guidance when negotiating the sale or purchase of a home, continued Poulopoulos.