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What to Know Before Renewing Your Mortgage for the First Time

Posted onSeptember 21/2020By

Have you received your first mortgage renewal letter yet? Before you sign it, there are a few things you should know. Your mortgage will need to be renewed at the end of each term, which is usually 5 years. At this time, your lender will send you a letter with their proposed words. However, you don’t have to accept those terms. You might be able to get better conditions if you put in a little effort. Mortgage Renewal When your mortgage term ends, and you sign up for a new one, which is called a “mortgage renewal.” Renewing your mortgage…

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How Are Mortgage Businesses Impacted by the Rise of Robo-Advisors?

Posted onJune 15/2020By

Technology has been disruptive across many economic sectors, and the next group to be affected is the mortgage broker. Robo-advisors won’t make the mortgage broker obsolete, but they will provide savings for consumers. The process is a simplification of the current system that the majority of Canadians are amenable to, but it comes with a caveat. Borrowers say that they still want some human contact with a mortgage broker to help them with the significant decision of buying a home. Robo-advisors will link customers to lenders, finding lower rates, and assist with refinancing for a current mortgage. Through the use…

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How Monthly Payments Work for a 30-year Fixed-rate Mortgage

Posted onSeptember 05/2019By

When looking for mortgage solutions, the number of options at your disposal can be daunting. For instance, some people may opt for a second mortgage, while others may opt for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage instead. In Canada, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is more popular than the second mortgage option, and accounts for roughly 80% of all home purchases; its popularity has not waned since its inception. Here, we will focus on how monthly payments work for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. What is a fixed-rate mortgage? A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is a loan issued by a financial institution that has an interest rate that is fixed for the duration of the loan. It usually has a repayment term of three decades, although the homeowner can refinance or sell their home before the 30-year term ends if they wish. The interest rate is determined when the loan is first issued to the…

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Can Mortgages be Transferred to Another Property?

Posted onJuly 26/2019By

If you are thinking of moving to another property while still having a mortgage, then you may be considering various mortgage solutions and worrying about things such as having to pay land transfer taxes. You may also not be aware of whether or not your mortgage can be transferred to another property. The good news is, you can transfer your mortgage and it is generally a fairly easy process, as most mortgages in Canada are designed to be portable. Talk to Your Lender First   If you are thinking of moving to another home then we would suggest that you first discuss the matter with either a qualified mortgage broker or your current lender. It should also be noted that most mortgages in Canada are portable, meaning they can be transferred over from one property to another. However, your lender will value the property that you wish to move to,…

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The 3 Most Important Numbers for Your Mortgage Application

Posted onJune 18/2019By

If you are thinking of buying a property then you will likely need to obtain financing to purchase the home of your dreams. Many Canadians will begin the process by trying to crunch the numbers, looking at how much they will bring in each month from their jobs, as well as the down payment amount that they can afford to put down on their new home. However, there are 3 even more important numbers that you will need to assess in order to maximize the chances that your application will be approved. Credit Score   Your credit score will serve…

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