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Mortgage Rates


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Special Rate Mortgages


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Rates
Payment
  Per $100k
Our Rates Payment
  Per $100k
Savings
6 Months 3.34% $490.86 3.30% $488.77 $2.09
1 Year 3.59% $504.03 3.04% $475.30 $28.73
2 Years 3.74% $512.02 2.89% $467.62 $44.40
3 Years 3.89% $520.07 2.89% $467.62 $52.45
4 Years 3.94% $522.77 2.94% $470.17 $52.60
5 Years 5.34% $601.11 2.69% $457.48 $143.63
7 Years 5.80% $627.97 3.44% $496.11 $131.86
10 Years 6.10% $645.76 3.70% $509.88 $135.88
 Variable   2.95% $470.68 2.95% $470.68 $0.00
Prime Rate 3.95%
Please Note: Payment per $100K and possible savings shown above are based on a 25-year ammortization. Rates are subject to change without notice and the rate you receive may vary depending on your personal financial situation. *OAC E&OE. Please reply to this email and I will be happy to provide you with greater detail and determine the best rate available for you.

 

Please note that rates shown above are subject to change without notice. The rates shown are  posted rates and the actual rate you receive may be different, depending upon your personal financial situation. “Some conditions may apply. Rates may vary from Province to Province. Rates subject to change without notice. *O.A.C. E.& O.E.” Check with your Mortgage Professional for full details & to determine what rate will be available for you.

Mortgage Rates have been provided by different Mortgage providers such as:
Homefree Mortgages, Dominion Lending Centres, Mortgage Alliance.

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Helping Retired Canadians


Hope you are having a great week.

A quick update on one of our Mortgagors areas of expertise. The reverse mortgage....there I said it, I know it can be considered a dirty word.

 

I still like this product for seniors whom are house rich and cash poor that don’t have the income to support a new traditional line of credit or mortgage and do not want to sell.  A bit of information on this product for you below.

 

Top 3 Misconceptions About Reverse Mortgages:

 

1. The Bank Owns Your Home. 

2. Your Estate Can Owe More Than Your Home. 

3. The Best Time to take a Reverse Mortgage is at the End of Your Retirement.

 

Let’s examine each misconception in more detail. 

1. The Bank Owns Your Home. 

Over 50% of Canadian homeowners over the age of 65, believe the bank owns your home once you’ve taken a reverse mortgage. Not true! We simply register our position on the title of the home, exactly the same as any other mortgage instrument, with the main difference in the flexibility of not having to make P&I payments on the reverse mortgage.

 

2. Your Estate Can Owe More Than Your Home. 

A reverse mortgage, unlike most traditional mortgages in Canada, is a non-recourse debt. Non-recourse means if a borrower defaults on the loan, the issuer can seize the home asset, but cannot seek any further compensation from the borrower - even if the collateral asset does not fully cover the full value of the loan. Therefore, when the last homeowner dies (and the reverse mortgage is due), the estate will never be responsible for paying back more than the fair market value of the home. The estate is fully protected – this is not the case for almost any other mortgage loan in Canada, which is  full recourse debt. So read the fine print the next time you offer to co-sign for a loan for mom!!

 

3. The Best Time to take a Reverse Mortgage is at the End of Your Retirement. 

This is a common mistake that reflects the “old-school” financial planning mentality.

For the majority of Canadians (without a nice government pension), the old school financial planning mentality is about cash-flow, and is as follows: 

a) Begin drawing down non-taxable assets to supplement your retirement income. 

b) Once your non-taxable assets are depleted, begin drawing down more of your registered assets (RSP/RIF) to supplement retirement income. 

c) Once your registered assets are depleted, sell your home, downsize and re-invest to generate enough cash-flow to last you until you die.

 

The problem with the “old-school” financial planning model is two-fold: 

1. 91% of Canadian seniors have no plans to sell their home (CBC News “Canadian Boomers Want To Stay In Their Homes As They Age). 

2. You are missing out on a huge tax-saving opportunity by not taking out a reverse mortgage in the beginning of your retirement. 

“Research has consistently shown that strategic uses of reverse mortgages can be used to improve a retiree’s financial situation, and that reverse mortgages generally provide more strategic benefits when used early in retirement as opposed to being used as a last resort.” - Jamie Hopkins, Forbes

 

In Canada, a reverse mortgage can be set-up to provide homeowners with a monthly draw  out of the approved amount. For example: client is approved for $240,000 and decides to take $1000/month. This is deposited into the clients’ bank account over the next 20-years. Interest accumulates only on the amount drawn (i.e.: not on the full $ amount at the onset).

 

This strategy allows clients to draw down less income from their registered assets to support their retirement lifestyle. In turn, this can create some excellent tax savings, since home equity is non-taxable. Imagine lowering your nominal tax bracket by 5 – 10% each and every year over a 20 year period?! 

 

The tax savings can be huge.  You are also able to preserve your investable assets, which historically, can generate a higher rate of return when invested over a greater period of time.

 

In summary, Canada and the U.S. both have aging populations and both have misconceptions about reverse mortgages. Learning about these misconceptions will allow you to be knowledgeable on how to balance retirement, lifestyle and cash-flow, with the desire for retirees to age gracefully within their own homes. 

 

 

Have a great week!  

 

As always feel free to get in touch with me about any mortgage questions.

 

Steven Burrows

 


WHY CHOOSE TO MAKE LESS THAN A 20% DEPOSIT ON YOUR MORTGAGE.


Less is more when it comes to a down payment? 

Bizarre but maybe true. Find out why a 20% home down payment may not be worth it in the article below.

 

 It's tough to feel financially prudent when buying a house these days. That's why an increasing number of first-time buyers are saving a down payment of 20 per cent or more. In doing so, they avoid having to buy mortgage default insurance which, in the case of a house price of $487,095 (the national average) bought with a 10 per cent down payment, would be 3.1 per cent or $13,590. This premium is generally added to the mortgage, which means more interest to pay.

 

It certainly sounds financially prudent to make a 20-per-cent down payment where possible, but this isn't always the case. In fact, you may save money both now and in the future by making a slightly smaller down payment and taking on the cost of mortgage default insurance.

 

Listen up if you're concerned about the new mortgage lending rules that were announced last week and will take effect on Jan. 1, 2018. When making a down payment of 20 per cent or more, the new rules require that you be able to qualify for a mortgage at the greater of the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada, or the original contractual rate plus two percentage points. An easier path to a mortgage may be to make a smaller down payment.

 

To even propose this seems bizarre. "The story has been that you're just throwing money away with mortgage insurance," said Mike Bricknell, a mortgage agent with CanWise Financial. What this thinking ignores is the way today's mortgage market discriminates against people who make down payments of 20 per cent or more. They may pay a fair bit more for a mortgage than someone with a high-ratio mortgage (down payment of less than 20 per cent) both now and on renewal.

 

A lender dealing with a client who has a sub-20 per cent down payment can take comfort from the fact that the loan is covered by government-backed insurance that is paid for by the borrower. A conventional mortgage (20 per cent or more) can be insured as well, but by the lender. All in all, a high-ratio mortgage is preferable from the lender's point of view and often results in a lower mortgage rate.

 

Mr. Bricknell has lately found that rates on five-year fixed rate mortgages are about 0.45 of a percentage point less for high ratio as opposed to conventional mortgages. Maybe your lender can do better than that. If not, consider this example of how a down payment less than 20 per cent can pay off.

 

We start with a $450,000 house and a buyer with a 20-per-cent down payment already saved. With a conventional mortgage amortized over 25 years, Mr. Bricknell figures this person could get a five-year fixed rate mortgage at 3.29 per cent. That means a monthly payment of $1,758.

Now, let's see what happens when this borrower makes a 19-per-cent down payment. A smaller down payment means borrowing a bit more, and thus more interest over the life of the mortgage. Also, mortgage insurance will be required at a cost of $10,206. All of this nets out to a monthly payment of $1,743, with the mortgage insurance premium included. How is this possible? Mr. Bricknell said it's because the high-ratio borrower gets a mortgage rate of 2.84 per cent.

 

There's a stress test for high-ratio mortgages as well, but it's marginally less onerous than it is for conventional mortgages because you only have to be able to handle the Bank of Canada benchmark rate, currently 4.89 per cent. Thus the high-ratio mortgage in Mr. Bricknell's example would have a qualifying rate of 4.89 per cent and the conventional mortgage would be at 5.29 per cent (the client's actual rate plus two percentage points).

 

The two mortgages outlined by Mr. Bricknell are pretty much a wash right now when compared on cost. Looking ahead, the high-ratio mortgage offers the potential for lower interest rates when it's time to renew your mortgage. This assumes that lenders will continue to look more favourably at high-ratio mortgages.

 

Mortgage industry data shows that even as house prices increased from the early 2000s through the past few years, the percentage of people making down payments of less than 20 per cent has declined to 39 per cent from 54 per cent. If the rationale for this is to save money and be financially prudent, a rethink is required. Depending on the rates offered by your lender, a slightly smaller down payment could save you money in the long run.

 

Contact me for more details if need be. If you or someone you know is thinking of buying another home, please contact me. Your referrals are greatly appreciated!

 


‘Spousal Separation Program’


A few lenders have a special ‘Spousal Separation Program’  that you need to know about. How does this work? 
 

- One spouse can purchase up to 95% LTV (Loan to Value) from the other on title, allowing them to remain in the family home.  Biggest misconception I hear is that 80% LTV is the max.

- Separation agreement must clearly state the division of assets from the matrimonial home.

- Appraisal is required.

- Purchase and Sale agreement is required

- Must income qualify as per any other regular mortgage.

 


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