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financing tips, home purchase, mortgages / 28.05.2019

When is it time to think about saving for a down payment? I would say about a year before you think about buying a home. While that’s ideal in today’s world, we often do not have much time to save for a down payment. Sometimes your landlord is planning on retiring and wants to sell the property. How do you get a down payment? Here’s a few ways to get a down payment for your home: Save – it’s old fashioned but it works. Open a Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) and put a set amount into it. If you don’t...

home purchase / 17.05.2019

There’s nothing quite like stepping into your dream home for the very first time. You have achieved your goal of homeownership! However, the journey from home seeker to home buyer can be challenging – unless you have a well-defined plan and guidance from the right professionals. As a mortgage broker, here’s how I will help you reach your objective: STEP 1 GETTING TO KNOW YOU In the discovery phase, we will discuss your situation, the essentials and “nice to haves” you’d like in your new home, and how long you plan to live there. Based on your desired move-in date, we’ll work out...

home purchase, mortgages, Uncategorized / 07.05.2019

You know at one time I could give you a quote over the phone and not worry that I would be too far out. Today is a totally different story, here are some of the variables that come into play. 1. What’s your credit score? A 700 FICO score is the new 650 for many lenders as their investors demand better quality borrowers. 2. Where is the property located? Rural areas are getting harder to finance. 3. Is it an insured file, are you putting less than 20% down payment? 4. Is it insurable? Are you putting down more than 20% on the purchase...

home purchase, mortgages / 04.04.2019

It’s important to understand the home buying process, so here’s a 7-step checklist. Step 1: Down Payment The hardest part to buying a home is saving the down payment (a gift from the Bank of Mom & Dad also works). • For purchases under $500,000 minimum down payment is 5%. • Buying between $501-999,000 you need 5% on first $500,000-PLUS 10% down payment for anything over $500,000. • Buying a home over $1 million you need 20% down payment. For any home purchases with less than 20% down payment, you are also required to purchase Mortgage Default Insurance. Step 2: Strategize, Define Your Budget and get Pre-Qualified Unless...

home purchase, mortgages / 20.03.2019

In its fourth fiscal plan, the Trudeau government spent its entire revenue windfall leaving the deficit projection little changed. In this election budget, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced $22.8 billion over six years in new spending initiative mostly for homebuyers, students and seniors. Trudeau promised in his first budget to have eliminated all red ink by this year. He will instead head for an October election with an annual deficit of nearly $20 billion. Ottawa is projecting a string of double-digit deficits through the end of 2022. The key debt-to-GDP ratio is expected to be 30.8% this fiscal year and edges...

home purchase, mortgages, real estate / 07.03.2019

Homebuyers are starting to see relief and the pendulum swing their way for the first time in years. It’s no surprise, as we’ve have had a collision of circumstances that have both slowed the local real estate market and dropped prices down as much as 30 per cent. We have the stress test forcing borrowers to qualify at two per cent higher, a speculation tax in B.C. and raised interest rates from record lows. We had a seller’s market with less than four months of supply on the market, then four to six months of a balanced market and now a buyer’s market,...

home purchase, mortgages / 22.11.2018

Over the last month, as the big banks and many of our monolines mortgage lenders wind down their fiscal year, we are starting to see some very obvious changes in what your credit score can get you. I heard a few months ago that 720 beacons were going to become the new 650. The 650 beacon credit score for many years was the mid-range norm for most mortgage lenders. Today on many of the sites we use, we are seeing that the primary borrower must have a credit score of 720 and the secondary beacon can’t be below 650. It’s a...

home purchase, mortgages / 16.10.2018

Dominion Lending Centres’ leading lady in the new national commercial campaign has a few questions of her own. As a young Canadian looking to get into the housing market, Laura Steponchev has a candid Q&A with one of our pro’s. You could say Laura Steponchev is a pretty typical Canadian millennial. The aspiring actress moved to Toronto from Regina five years ago to pursue her career. And over the years, she’s moved around quite a bit. Steponchev lived on her own for a while, and loved it, but paying the bills was tough and she needed to be more reasonable. She...

home purchase, mortgages / 05.10.2018

For a first-time home buyer, the types of insurance surrounding a mortgage can be confusing, so it’s important to know what insurance covers what. There are 3 main types of insurance to know about when buying a home. Mortgage Default Insurance – If you put less than 20% down on a home you are buying, Government rules are you must pay for Mortgage Default Insurance which covers the lender should you default on your mortgage payments. There are three mortgage default insurers in Canada – Canadian Mortgage & Housing Corp. (CMHC), Genworth or Canada Guaranty) The purchase of this insurance solely benefits the bank/lender. Mortgage...

home purchase, mortgages / 25.09.2018

There are generally three different situations you can find yourself in when it comes to living situations; living with parents, renting, or owning. A lot of the times the first decision someone will need to make is whether they buy a home to live in, buy a home to rent to someone else, or buy a home to live in while also renting out a portion of it. There are lots of pro’s and con’s to both. Below are some of the numbers and things to consider when looking at each of them. Buying with The Intention to Rent Buying a property for...