Variable Rate Mortgages & How They Work

Variable rate mortgages are getting lots of attention lately as the bank are offering some specials. You will see the variable rates being offered anywhere from prime minus 0.90% to prime minus 1.15%. Prime rate is currently 3.45%. One major bank has their prime rate at 3.60% to make their variable offer seem more attractive. … Continue reading Variable Rate Mortgages & How They Work

Bank of Canada Raises its Benchmark Rate

Last week the major banks all raised their posted rates which initiated an increase by the Bank of Canada on its Benchmark Rate. Effective today, the Bank of Canada has increased its Benchmark Rate from 5.14% to 5.34%. This rate is used as a 'Stress Test' on your mortgage application, it will not have any … Continue reading Bank of Canada Raises its Benchmark Rate

The Four Types of Insurance in a Home Purchase

When purchasing a home you are going to hear the word insurance a few times through your conversations with the people who are going to help you get into your home. It would be nice if we just had one insurance and that covered everything but that is not the case. There are four different … Continue reading The Four Types of Insurance in a Home Purchase

New mortgage rules coming effective Oct 17, 2016

The Department of Finance just hit us with a mortgage rule change this morning. http://www.fin.gc.ca/n16/data/16-117_1-eng.asp Effective October 17, 2016 insured mortgages will now have to qualify using the benchmark interest rates. Currently only mortgages in a variable or for a term less than 5 years need to be qualified using the benchmark rate. So effective … Continue reading New mortgage rules coming effective Oct 17, 2016

New Down Payment Rules for Mortgages Over $500,000

Rule changes that come into effect starting Feb 15, 2016 and the dates that everything gets effected. Minimum Down Payment Policy Changes for all CMHC and Genworth Applications As a reminder, on December 11th, 2015, the Government of Canada announced the minimum down payment requirement will be increased from 5% to 10% on the portion … Continue reading New Down Payment Rules for Mortgages Over $500,000

Being To Rate Focused Can Come Back To Bite You

Everyone loves a low rate mortgage. The less the rate the less you're paying the lenders, The less you pay the lenders the more that goes into your pocket. You do have to remember that not all mortgages are created equal. Some deep discounted mortgages have restrictions on your pre-payment or pay out abilities. Some … Continue reading Being To Rate Focused Can Come Back To Bite You

The Lowest Rate Mortgage May Not Be The Best Mortgage For YOU!

You see the advertisements, one company is offering a lower rate than the other. On paper that is the best way to go, But is it the best thing for YOU and your situation? A lot of lenders offer a quick close, or a No Frills mortgage, and with this they will offer you a lower … Continue reading The Lowest Rate Mortgage May Not Be The Best Mortgage For YOU!