Ever since the variable rate mortgage was introduced, the question became do I choose the fixed or variable rate mortgage. With the recent rate increases borrowers will usually choose the security of a fixed rate mortgage. This does, however come with a premium as variable rate mortgages are generally 0.75% less than their fixed counterpart. On a $350,000.00 mortgage this translates to a payment difference of about $135.00 per month. You as the borrower can take the lower payment and use it for purposes such as: Debt reduction - Paying down higher interest rate debt such as credit card, lines of…
The Government of Canada has changed the bank guidelines for qualifying a conventional mortgage. As of Jan 01 / 18 borrowers with 20% or more down payment or 20% or more equity when refinancing will qualify based upon the published five-year benchmark rate, currently at 4.89% or their contract rate plus 2% whichever is greater. For most people, this will mean about a 25% smaller mortgage. Also, the government wants regulated lenders to have more scrutiny around loan to value ratios. Wonder what that means?? Mr. Rudin, the OSFI regulator championing these changes will someday be remembered as either, 1) That really smart regulator…
The mortgage rule changes that were passed by the Ministry of Finance in October 2016 are still having their effect one year later. Higher qualification requirements and new bank capital requirements have split the industry into two segments – those who qualify for mortgage insurance and those who don’t. Mortgages that qualify for mortgage insurance are basically new purchases for borrows that have less than 20% down and can debt-service at the Bank of Canada Benchmark rate (currently 4.89%). Those who don’t are basically everyone else – people with more than 20% down payment but need to qualify at the lower…
A mortgage in its simplest form is a contract. It has terms, conditions, rights and obligations for you and the lender. When you sign on the dotted line, you are agreeing to those terms for the length of time laid out in the contract. However, sometimes life throws us an unexpected event that brings around the need to make key decisions and changes. One of these changes, for whichever reason, might be needing/wanting to break your mortgage contract before the end of the term. Can you do that? What are the penalties? Let’s take a look! To answer the initial question…
While the headline net jobs gain was a disappointing 10,000--well below the average monthly increase in the past year--the underlying data in this morning's StatsCanada release were quite robust. The jobless rate remained unchanged at 6.2 per cent as the acceleration in wage gains suggests that the economy is close to full employment. Average hourly pay gains hit 2.2 per cent year-over-year, the fastest pace since April 2016, mostly reflecting a long-awaited acceleration in wages in the past few months. The Bank of Canada has cited sluggish wage growth as evidence of slack in the economy. In a reversal of…
You’ve been squirreling away your bonus cheques, savings and reducing the amount of times you visit Starbucks so you can finally get into your own home to build solid equity for your future. Now that you know what you want and what you can afford, it’s time to visit your local Dominion Lending Centres mortgage specialist to get yourself pre-approved for a mortgage. Note, we did not say go to your bank to get pre-approved! A mortgage broker works with banks (including yours), credit unions and other lending institutions to help find you the best rate on your mortgage. Since they work with…
Rates are Rising
Preserve your Buying Power - Get Pre-Approved now
Many banks and mortgage lenders have hiked their 5-year fixed rates.
Jencor still has 2.99% 5-year fixed rates for insured or uninsured purchases,
refinances and pre-approvals, 90-day rate holds, also a 12-month rate hold
for new construction properties.
You Can “Save Money”