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Down Payment Confirmation
Confirming the source is as important as having the funds available

The time leading up to the closing day on your new home purchase can be very stressful and there are a number of things that must come together before you are handed the keys to your new home. One of these requirements involves your down payment and the verification of the source of your down payment. This is to ensure that borrowed money is not being used for the down payment. This information is required by your lender, as well as, in some cases, insurance providers such as the Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation (CMHC). Down payment sources fall into one of the following three categories: Down Payment from the Sale of Your Current Home When selling your current home

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New mortgage rules help first time home buyers
The latest Federal Budget has incentives to purchasers

Finally, some relief in the mortgage world. While the winds of change aren’t as forgiving as we would have hoped, they are at least moving in the right direction. The centerpiece of budget is a plan to boost home ownership and help ease the difficulty of obtaining a new mortgage. The new First-Time Home Buyer Incentive, for those with an annual income of $120,000 or less, would provide an interest free loan of up to 5% of the value of an existing property or 10% of a new construction home. The government says the $1.25 billion in financing will help 100,000 Canadians over three years. Another $100 million in financing will be administerd by third party groups, including non-government organizations.

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Mortgage Pre Approvals in Cambridge

I Read a great post by Elan Weintraub the other day and had to share his thoughts as it mirrors our opinion. Should pre-approvals be made illegal?  These Cambridge Mortgage Brokers agree with Elan Weintraub. He says that there’s no weight behind actual pre-approvals, and that they only serve to confuse consumers and we agree. “The word ‘pre-approval,’ as anyone who has experience in the mortgage industry knows, has no weight behind it, and it creates misinformation for buyers and for realtors,” he told Mortgage Broker News.  “That misinformation can have dire consequences. There are some lenders who advertise prequalification in 30 seconds, but that cements in buyers’ minds that they could buy a house for, say, $800,000 and then

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Is it time to go Variable?
Find out what some experts are saying...

Many industry and economic insiders were pointing to 3-4 more rate hikes in the next 18 months. The central bank’s recent change of heart has many believing we will only see one more hike in the near future and likely not until the spring. As a mortgage broker in Cambridge for almost 30 years now I am never quick to jump on one band wagon or another. There are just too many variables to consider and many times what is said in press releases vs what actually occurs are two very different things. The price and distribution of Canadian Oil, for example, wasn’t expected to be this much of a concern to the Canadian Economy as it has turned out

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7 steps to get the best mortgage renewal
With 47 per cent of homeowners scheduled to renew their mortgages this year, 2018 is a year of change for lots of Canadians. Here are the top 8 things you can do to get the best renewal:

1. Pull out your mortgage renewal now, and start early. When you are proactive instead of reactive you can see if there is anything on your credit score or lifestyle that we can modify to ensure you are positioned for the best renewal. You are only in a position to do this when you start early- in the last year of your mortgage you will have the most amount of options available. For example, there can be an inaccuracy in your credit report or you may be considering an income/job change that would impact your options. We can look at timing accordingly for you. 2. Most people think the best rate is the best renewal – WRONG. The terms are

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New mortgage rules decoded
How new mortgage rules affect you

This week, OSFI (Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions….the rule makers ) announced that effective January 1, 2018 the new Residential Mortgage Underwriting Practices and Procedures (Guidelines Bill B-20) will be applied to all Federally Regulated Lenders. Changes to the guidelines are focused on • the minimum qualifying rate for uninsured mortgages • expectations around loan-to-value (LTV) frameworks and limits • restrictions to transactions designed to work around those LTV limits. What the above means in layman’s terms is the following: OSFI STRESS TESTING WILL APPLY TO ALL CONVENTIONAL MORTGAGES (those with a down payment higher than 20%) The new guidelines will require that all conventional mortgages will have to undergo stress testing. Stress testing means that the borrower

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Beyond the Rate: The “Self-Employed” Question

This is the second post in a new blog series, Beyond the Rate, in which our team will use detailed examples to show you why you need be thinking about more factors in your mortgage search than just locking down the best interest rate. “What rate did you get?” is a hot-topic question right after a home is purchased. A low rate seems to mean mortgage victory. And when you’re considering your options, it may seem like a no-brainer: the one with the lowest rate should be the winner, right? It’s time to challenge that assumption. Let’s do that by looking at a situation that affects many Canadians: the case of the self-employed. If you’re self-employed, it can be downright

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Beyond the Rate: Mortgage Penalties

This is the first post in a new blog series, Beyond the Rate, in which our team will use detailed examples to show you why you need be thinking about more factors in your mortgage search than just locking down the best interest rate. A mortgage is more than just a loan. It could be the key to securing a home for you and your family. Or, it might be a way of refinancing your home to start the business you’ve always been dreaming of. Maybe it’s an option that you’re considering to help you deal with unexpected debts – because you never know what kind of curve balls life might throw in your direction. No matter how you say

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What are the penalties if you cancel early?

Most people feel their job is secure, their relationship is in great shape, and that they won’t need to move. And so they agree to crippling penalties if they choose to break their mortgage contract before its expiry date.