Mortgage Renewal

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It’s Mortgage Renewal time

Is your mortgage coming up for renewal within the next several months? Don’t settle for less. If you don’t look around you’ll never know if your existing lender is offering you the best mortgage renewal package. This is where we come in. As a mortgage brokerage we shop around on behalf of our clients to make sure they get the best overall suited mortgage product for their mortgage renewal needs. And never compare yourself with another person’s mortgage as everyone’s personal situation could be different, which in turn will require customized approaches towards getting the right mortgage at mortgage renewal time.

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Different Reasons for mortgage renewals

So you’ve been thinking lately about what to do with your mortgage. Contact us and lets think about it together. You’ve also heard that the lower your mortgage balance is the higher your home equity would be and the more money you can access from your home. That is true, as your mortgage balance decreases the percentage of the equity you can access from your home increases.

Here are some reasons why you should contact us:

  • You want to do a mortgage renewal for a better rate than what your current lender has offering you
  • You want to do a mortgage renewal to consolidate your debts and pay a lower interest rate on the new larger mortgage amount
  • You want to do a mortgage renewal with a new lender to add a home equity line of credit to your house
  • You want to do a mortgage renewal so you can change lenders to a new one because you’ve heard good things about them and like their offerings, or have other accounts with the new lender
  • You have other personal doing a mortgage renewal with a new lender

Perks to switch to a new lender

The lenders have internal perks, unadvertised for the general public for switching your mortgage that only the mortgage broker community knows about. For example, if we switch your mortgage the new lender could cover the legal, appraisal, and the discharge fees. Therefore not only are you benefiting with getting expert unbiased professional advice for your renewal from Trusterra Mortgage, you are also getting competitive mortgage rates, and are switching your mortgage at minimal cost to you.

 

If you recently got a new mortgage or renewed your existing one, you can always give us your details and let us know when to contact you for when the time comes to renew again by using our free Mortgage Renewal Reminder Service.

Ready to start or maybe you have some questions to ask first? Contact us and we’d be happy to help you.

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Americans buying Canadian Real Estate

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Americans buying Canadian Real Estate

With the value of the Canadian dollar being so low in comparison to the US dollar, it’s never been a better time as it is now for Americans buying Canadian real estate.

Now that the U.S. dollar has so much buying power here in Canada, American’s are finding it difficult to avoid the opportunity to invest in their second home, or vacation property in such places as cottage country in Alberta or Ontario.

If you have considered the possibility of purchasing real estate in Canada we can help you with any mortgage related matters. As well, we would be able to connect you to Realtors in the area you are considering to buy. Contact us to find out more about your options.

Americans buying Canadian real estate

Americans buying Canadian real estate are finding many options of properties to choose from with reasonable down payment requirements from the Canadian lenders.

Another good reason why Americans are buying Canadian real estate is due to their close proximity to Canada, the longest border in the world and only a few hours away in many instances.

Having very similar credit score rating systems in Canada and the United States of America the Canadian lenders accept U.S. credit reports and employment making the mortgage application process fairly routine and the same as the American would go through in the U.S.

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New Mortgage Down Payment Rule

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New Mortgage Down Payment Rule

On December 11, 2015 the Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced changes to the rules related on how much mortgage down payment for government-backed mortgage insurance the consumer must provide. As stated in the Department of Finance Canada’s press release, the purpose of new mortgage down payment rule changes are “to contain risks in the housing market, reduce taxpayer exposure, and support long-term stability.”

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The new mortgage down payment rule comes into effect on February 15, 2016 for home purchase prices above $500,000 with changes to the minimum down payment amount a home buyer can provide. Up to a home purchase price of $500,000 the 5% mortgage down payment rule is unchanged. Any amount above and beyond $500,000 the borrower must now provide 10% of the above and beyond amount.

Here’s how to calculate how much mortgage down payment you will need if the purchase price is more than $500,000.

Example

Before the mortgage down payment rule becomes effective

Purchase price: $750,000 x 5% = $37,500

Mortgage amount: $750,000 – $37,500 = $712,500

After the mortgage down payment rule becomes effective

Purchase price: $750,000

$500,000 x 5% = $25,000

$250,000 x 10% = $25,000

Total down payment you will need is $25,000 + $25,000 = $50,000

Mortgage amount: $750,000 – $50,000 = $700,000

 

For the above example and comparable, after February 15, 2016 when the new mortgage down payment rules come into effect the borrower will need to have an additional $12,500 to pay towards the down payment.

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Curious to know how much the mortgage payment’s will be? Head over to our mortgage calculator page. You can select a mortgage rate from any of our mortgage terms on our mortgage rates page to use in the mortgage calculator.

Contact us for more complex calculations and for any questions you may have regarding the new mortgage down payment rule or any other mortgage related questions. We’re here to help!

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Mortgage Calculator

Mortgage Calculator

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Mortgage Calculator

With the advancement of the world wide web, and the progress of technology making it easier than ever for the consumer to perform research online for almost every subject under the cloud, more people are also using online mortgage calculators to find out how much their potential monthly mortgage payments would be, or how much they can get approved for.

Trusterra Mortgage also offers a mortgage calculator for visitors to explore their options. For basic calculations the mortgage calculator will get the job done, but for more advanced and accurate results it is always best to consult directly with a mortgage professional. That is why we here at Trusterra Mortgage always take the extra steps and time to really understand our clients need to be able to better serve them and provide the best suitable information and advice for our client. mortgage calculator

As mortgage professionals we have access to an advanced industry grade professional mortgage calculator that takes into consideration all the needed numbers and information in order to provide accurate results.

Whether you are ready now to apply for a mortgage or just wondering how much you could get approved for, or want to know what would be your monthly mortgage payments, we suggest that you Contact Us, at no cost to you of course, and let us help you and answer all your mortgage related questions.

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Mortgage for Cottage

Mortgage for Cottage

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Getting a Mortgage for Cottage Could be Within Your Reach

Do you have a dream cottage that you plan to own one day? You’ve probably been doing the whole cottage rental thing every summer, paying a weekly or daily cottage rental fee to go up North to that amazing spot by the lake with the family and friends. Many people feel that cottage ownership is out of reach and reality for them due to high cottage prices. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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Mortgage for Cottage is attainable for more people than you think

Planning is key to buying any real estate, cottage property included. What better time than when you’re young and just started your career to put money aside on a monthly basis. For those families who already own a house and are starting to build equity on their property and paying down the mortgage, it can be an opportunity to use it for a down payment on the cottage.  There are so many different case scenarios that each one should be looked at on its own merits.

How does getting a Mortgage for Cottage work?

Like any other mortgage application for purchasing real estate the same process is involved with getting a mortgage for cottage. Best is to work with a Mortgage Broker or Mortgage Agent as they have specialized experience and skills with mortgages and have access to multiple lenders who would entertain your cottage mortgage application.

There are three main areas that you have to consider when applying for a mortgage for cottage:

(1) Income / Employment

Like any other loan application the lender needs to make sure you can afford to pay the monthly principal and interest payments on their loan / mortgage. Whether you are employed or self-employed it is possible to apply for a mortgage for cottage. You just need to be able to show proof of income and employment or self-employment through such things as pay stub, and employment letters for those who are employed, and business licenses, articles of incorporation, Government tax filings showing self-employed declared income for those who are self-employed.

(2) Down Payment

There is no such thing as a free mortgage. In Canada you need to have at least 5% of the purchase price from your own resources. Meaning you can’t borrow money from individuals (excluding immediate family), or companies, or a lender to pay for your down payment. You must be able to show that you have that money in your bank accounts or other investments. Many people don’t realize that there are still a few lenders out there who will entertain a mortgage for cottage application with as low as 5% down. Remember that the less down payment you provide the more income you will need since the total mortgage amount will be higher than if you had more down payment.

(3) Historically strong and healthy Credit

And the third main item that the lenders look at when someone applies for a mortgage is how strong and healthy their credit report is. There should be at least a two year history of credit activity in your credit report from Equifax and Transunion, who are the two main credit reporting agencies in Canada. Lenders don’t like to see late payments, credit collections, or bankruptcy’s in your report. This is not a good sign that you are able to pay back money you borrow.

 

Trusterra Mortgage is here to Help

We’re here to help from the start to the finish, working along your side until all is done. Have you been considering the idea of cottage ownership? Not sure if you could afford to buy a cottage property? With any questions you have don’t hesitate to Contact Us.  And its no cost to you; a win-win situation!

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Mortgage Panic

Mortgage Panic

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Having a Mortgage Panic incident?

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Well, don’t panic. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. As home prices in major cities across Canada increase they become less and less attainable by the average Canadian. Naturally this is a cause of concern, or shall we say a Mortgage Panic, as many first time home buyers could be pushed out of the market.

Sometimes a mortgage panic is justifiable and sometimes it isn’t. We’re here to help you figure out whether your mortgage panic attacks are rightly so or not. As well, we should keep in mind that maybe its just not your time to buy your first home, because if you do it could put you in a real mortgage panic as the mortgage payments start to pile up and put stress on the other parts of your financial responsibilities.

That’s why we always advise the consumer to first consult with a mortgage professional and have them analyze your financial health and strength. You can call it a personal financial stress test.

A common result of a mortgage panic is confusion

Confusion as to what steps to take first, then second and so on. When in a mortgage panic mode you can inadvertently create unduly high stress levels and further confusion as to what to do with the whole home buying process. Many times when we consult with our clients it becomes clear for them where they stand in the affordability chart and it provides them with a sound level of knowledge to make an informed decision as to whether to buy their first home or to wait a little longer.

If you are feeling the mortgage panic and the confusion coming we advise you to contact us so that we can consult with you, and bring things down to perspective, which will in turn calm you down allowing you to better assess your situation and make the right decisions.

At the end

You find out that there is in fact a light at the end of the tunnel and your mortgage panic will disappear allowing you to start working towards your home ownership goals and dreams. After the consultation and analysis of your financial health and reality we will advise you on what steps to take next. For example, it may be that you don’t have enough down payment, and all you have to do is to spend the next year saving more money. Or it may be that your credit score is poor. The goal here would be to accompany you and guide you on what to do to improve the health of your credit report and its score, known as the beacon score. It could even be a combination of several issues that need attention and nourishment.

So don’t be shy and reach out to us. We’re here to help!

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Harper Government Teams up With Canadian Home Builders Association

Harper Government Teams up With Canadian Home Builders Association

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Harper Government Teams up With the Canadian Home Builders’ Association

Here is the press release from the Government of Canada dated 5 March 2015 about the Harper Government Teams up With Canadian Home Builders Association to ensure Canadians Get it in Writing!

Harper Government teams up with the Canadian Home Builders' Association to ensure Canadians Get it in Writing!

Harper Government teams up with the Canadian Home Builders’ Association to ensure Canadians Get it in Writing!

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.P., M.P., Minister of National Revenue, announced today that the Government of Canada is providing approximately $745,000 over the next three years to support the Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s (CHBA) Get it in Writing! campaign. The campaign helps Canadians and legitimate businesses protect themselves from unscrupulous contractors in the construction industry who are operating through the underground economy. Minister Findlay made the announcement at the CHBA’s National Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Get it in Writing! campaign raises awareness about the safety and financial risks the public face if they participate in the underground economy by purchasing construction or home renovation services “under the table.” It provides consumers and home renovation contractors with tools and information to discourage and reduce participation in the underground economy.

The Government of Canada works closely with industry and other levels of government to combat the underground economy in Canada. Minister Findlay launched a three-year Underground Economy Strategy, Reducing Participation in the Underground Economy last fall, and formed an Advisory Committee of industry representatives.

For more information, visit: www.cra.gc.ca/undergroundeconomy.

 

Quick facts

  • In 2011, Statistics Canada estimated the value of underground economy activity in Canada at 2.3% of the GDP.
  • In 2013-2014, the CRA audited almost 8,000 cases involving participation in the underground economy, and identified an additional $718 million in unreported income.
  • The CRA’s strategy, Reducing Participation in the Underground Economy, will:
    • promote better understanding of Canada’s underground economy – where, when and how it occurs;
    • reduce the social acceptability of participation in the underground economy; and
    • reduce participation in the underground economy through a range of initiatives over the next three years.
  • On November 17, 2014, the Minister of National Revenue’s Underground Economy Advisory Committee held its first meeting in Toronto, Ontario. The Committee has representatives from academia and key industry associations representing the financial, restaurant, retail, home building, and construction industries, as well as small businesses and chambers of commerce.

Quotes

“The Canadian Home Builders’ Association is a valuable partner, and a leader among peers in raising awareness about the pitfalls of participating in the underground economy in the construction industry. We are proud to support the Get it in Writing! campaign. It is a clear example of how government and industry can work together to make a genuine difference in the safety and economic health of our communities.”

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue

“Participating in the underground economy provides an unfair advantage to unscrupulous businesses, and undermines the competitiveness of the millions of legitimate Canadian entrepreneurs. By simple actions like always getting a receipt, Canadians can do their part and join our Government and industry partners in tackling this pervasive and costly problem.””

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue

“Contractors who cut corners when it comes to their taxes are also likely to cut corners in their work. That’s bad news for Canadian consumers. The Canadian Home Builders’ Association urges Canadians to not expose themselves to undue risk, both physical and financial. The Government of Canada’s underground economy strategy is a significant step in fighting the underground economy. We thank the Government of Canada for its renewed support for the Get it in Writing! campaign.””

Kevin Lee, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Home Builders’ Association

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Beginners Guide to Owning a Mortgage

Beginners Guide to Owning a Mortgage

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A Beginners Guide to Owning a Mortgage

Beginners Guide to Owning a MortgagePreviously we talked about the Beginners Guide to Getting a Mortgage. Now that you got your mortgage here is a beginner’s guide to owning a mortgage.

Well, technically you don’t “own” your mortgage. In fact as soon as you get the mortgage you “owe” money to the lender who gave it to you. In this article A Beginners Guide to Owning a Mortgage we will raise awareness about and the importance of managing one of the largest debt’s that you will ever have; a mortgage loan

Mortgage Payment Frequency Options

At the most basic and elementary level, you need to pay back your mortgage on an on-time and regular basis as per the payment frequency you agreed upon with the lender. The Canadian Chartered Banks, Credit Unions, Trust companies, monoline lenders, and others will normally give you the borrower several payment frequency options to choose from; monthly, bi-monthly, bi-weekly, accelerated bi-weekly, weekly, and accelerated weekly.

The shorter between the payment frequency’s the more you are paying the lender back and therefore helping reducing the overall life of your mortgage, called the amortization. As well, the more payments you make, the less interest you pay and more of your payments go towards the principal owing, which in turn, the less you owe in principal the less interest is calculated on the lower principal amount.

We recommend to our clients to consider something in the middle ground. This way they won’t feel the pressure of making weekly payments, and at the same time will be taking advantage of making a little more payments than just 12 a year; the bi-weekly accelerated payment frequency option . The accelerated part means that the lender will increase your bi-weekly payment amount a little more by a certain percentage. For example if your bi-weekly payments are $1,000, then your accelerated bi-weekly could be $1,095. This extra $95 every two weeks can go a long way towards helping you save on interest payments.

Mortgage Prepayment Options

In a beginners guide to owning a mortgage we don’t want to forget telling you about the mortgage prepayment options the lenders give you throughout the year. Depending on which lender your mortgage is with, you are allowed to increase your regular mortgage payments by up to 10%, 15%, 20%, or 25% of the original payment amount.

As well, you are given the option to make a lump sum deposit towards paying down your outstanding mortgage balance. Again, depending on which lender your mortgage is with, you can make a lump sum payment of up to 10%, 15%, 20%, or 25% of the original mortgage amount towards your outstanding mortgage balance. And most lenders permit multiple lump sum payments throughout the year, as long as you don’t exceed the maximum percentages each year.

Although people don’t want to worry about any extra money being paid to the bank during their term with the lender, it is a good idea and a wise one to be mindful of setting aside a set amount each month for making lump-sum payments in the year or at the end of each year. By sacrificing a small amount earlier on in the life of the mortgage you are helping to pay less interest to the lender in the total life of the mortgage. For many borrowers who normally buy their homes at the prime of their life and having job security with a steady flow of income, making extra payments towards reducing their mortgage amount is definitely part of ‘owning’ your mortgage.

Be Wise and Prudent

Beginners Guide to Owning a Mortgage

A beginners guide to owning a mortgage wouldn’t be complete without a mention about being a wise and prudent borrower. Never borrow in excess and beyond your means. You wouldn’t want to put yourself in a situation where in the middle of your mortgage term you are unable to make mortgage payments or the high payment amounts create undue stress on your personal finances. The lenders are flexible and accommodating to a certain extent when it comes to late payments, or missed payments, however, they don’t like to see it happen too often, and certainly not regularly. Otherwise, you could find yourself in a legal mess and at the worst case scenario losing your home.

There are many resources out there, and since this article is a beginners guide to owning a mortgage here is one for your reading. Visit the Financial and Consumer Services Commission of New Brunswick and check out their Saving Money tip, which can help you towards controlling your debts and saving more money towards paying down your mortgage balance.

We always like to hear from our readers relevant feedback and information. What has been your experience with having a mortgage? Would you add anything else in a beginners guide to owning a mortgage?

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Beginners Guide to Getting a Mortgage

Beginners Guide to Getting a Mortgage

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A beginner’s guide to getting a mortgage

In this beginner’s guide to getting a mortgage we will take you through the main steps of applying for a mortgage application. This beginners guide to getting a mortgage will cover the main points that will help you better understand what is involved when getting a mortgage in Canada.

Beginners Guide to Getting a Mortgage

A beginner’s guide to getting a mortgage STEP 1 – find a mortgage professional

We strongly recommend you working with a Mortgage Broker or Agent. They are licensed with their respective Provincial Governments and have met all the required educational standards to become a licensed mortgage broker or agent.

There are many advantages to acquiring the services of a mortgage broker or agent. To name a few;

  1. They work for their client’s best interest,
  2. Mortgages are what they do day-in, day-out,
  3. Because a mortgage broker or agent is not working for any of the lenders there is no conflict of interest for them towards pushing you to one lender or the other,
  4. They constantly stay up to date with the real estate financing world by participating in continuing educational courses and workshops.

A beginner’s guide to getting a mortgage STEP 2 – ‘checks and balances’

Buying real estate is, for most people, the largest single investment they will ever make, and because of this, getting a mortgage should not be taken lightly. Every person thinking about buying their own home whether now or in the future should start planning for the inevitable. What is the inevitable you ask? It is being able to show the lender that you are able to pay them back on a timely manner as agreed upon based on your credit strength and income. And how do you show this in practicality? Lenders such as Chartered Banks, Trust Companies, and Credit Unions follow Government underwriting guidelines, and as well their own internal policy’s, all designed to test how strong or week someone’s personal financial strength is in comparison to their debt level’s to be able to pay back the mortgage loan. To do this the lenders have certain requirements and they ask for information from the borrower when considering whether to approve them for a mortgage loan or not. They want to make sure at minimum the borrower has:

  • Enough income to pay back the monthly principle and interest of the loan
  • At least 5% down payment or more; you can even use gifted money from immediate family
  • A satisfactory credit history and a healthy credit score
  • We also recommend checking your credit report and score regularly, perhaps every year or two at Equifax and Transunion. This is great preparation for when you are ready to apply for a mortgage by making sure there are no discrepancies or fraud activity in your accounts.

Beginners Guide to Getting a Mortgage

That means from now you can start putting aside money each month in your bank account for your down payment and making sure that you have a steady job or income coming in to show the lender that you can afford to pay back the loan. As well, you want to make sure that you are paying back your debt on time, and on a monthly basis, and not be late making those payments.

A beginner’s guide to getting a mortgage STEP 3 – Consult with your Mortgage Broker or Mortgage Agent

Beginners Guide to Getting a Mortgage

Now that you have done your checks and balances, you can contact your Mortgage Broker or Mortgage Agent and consult with her or him about your current financial strength and debt obligations. They will ask you to fill out their mortgage application so that they can better assess your financial health and credit worthiness/readiness to apply for a mortgage. Your mortgage professional will, after reviewing your financial and debt history, ask further questions and give you advice on what steps to take next; whether to continue with your mortgage application or to wait until other matters are taken care of to strengthen and improve your chances of getting approved for a mortgage.

 

This post and its content, we hope, has provided you with the basic information you need when considering applying for a mortgage. Don’t hesitate to Contact Us with your questions, and if you would like to start the mortgage application process. As well, we invite you to share any thoughts you may have about the mortgage application and approval process below in the comments section.

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Home Buying Defining Financial Terms

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Home Buying Defining Financial Terms

In the video Home Buying Defining Financial Terms, the Canadian Real Estate Association of Canada explains what the amortization period is. #FinancialLiteracyMonth


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November is Financial Literacy Month and Trusterra Mortgage is here to spread the word about it.  When home buying defining financial terms is on your mind it is always important to seek all avenues of information and resources that are available across the world wide web and more importantly from industry professionals, such as #MortgageBrokers, MortgageAgents, #Realtors, and others.

At the federal level you can find more information about this initiative from the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada. You can also search for hashtag #FLM2014.

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