Infill Construction Financing

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Infill Construction Financing

In real estate markets in many of Canada’s largest urban centres infill construction financing has become a common request by many builders and investors. Even home owners consider infill construction financing for rebuilding their homes on the existing land they are living on.

Infill Construction Financing

 

In places like Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and the surrounding cities of these urban centres infill construction financing applications have become a normal and routine process in attaining the funds needed to start a residential construction project. It is pretty well the same with non-residential or commercial construction projects.

This is yet another important reason why a borrower, investor, and or builder should work with a Mortgage Broker as many of them have extensive experience in working with many lenders who provide infill construction financing.

For the most part infill construction refers to the process of getting money for financing the construction of a real estate project in which the applicant has or will be purchasing an existing property and the land it is on for the purposes of knocking it down to build a new property on it. At times infill construction financing also refers to the acquisition of raw land on which plans are in place to build residential or commercial property on it.

Infill Construction Financing requirements

  • Each lending institution will have their own borrowing requirements, but some of these can be applied across the board with many if not all lenders.
  • Minimum and maximum loan amounts
  • Borrower qualification standards for income / employment
  • Credit worthiness in the way of credit checks and its history and strength
  • Past experience in home or commercial building projects
  • Lending interest rates will vary based on each projects unique realities and other variables like, location, size, and funds required.
  • Usually there is a lender and broker fee
  • Appraisals will be required throughout the project to verify land and property value before and after infill construction project
  • Sometimes even environmental tests must be done depending on the type of property and land currently on site
  • With infill construction the lenders typically give up to 100% of the hard construction costs and up to 75-80% of the lot purchase price or appraised value

Infill Construction Financing

The above items should give you a good idea of what is involved with applying for infill construction financing. At Trustterra Mortgage we’re always here to help our clients attain the best possible mortgage financing options available to them based on their credit and income realities. If you have any questions or wish to start on a infill construction financing project Contact Us. We would be happy to help!

 

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Pre-Construction Mortgage Approval

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Pre-Construction Mortgage Approval

Have you ever purchased a pre-construction home? If you have, then you know how the financing works, but if you are a first time home buyer and looking at purchasing a pre-construction property, then you will want to read this post about pre-construction mortgage approval.

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It is common practice and policy by the builders to ask potential home buyers to get a pre-construction mortgage approval to make sure they can be qualified if they were to buy the property right now, even though pre-construction projects normally take over one year to finish.

So what do first time home buyers do? They go to their Mortgage Broker and ask him or her to qualify them on a pre-construction mortgage approval. This is no different than a regular pre-approval. In fact they’re one and the same.

When you have a pre-construction mortgage approval you are showing the builder that if the home was available to be moved in as of now your mortgage was approved and the builder would get paid.

The cautionary tale here is the fact that pre-construction mortgage approvals a.k.a. have a maximum life span of 120 days after which point they expire and there is no guarantee from the lender they will honor the rate hold or anything else on the mortgage approval.

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What typically happens with pre-construction mortgage approvals is that the home buyer will return back to their Mortgage Broker no earlier than four months before the actual and final closing date of their property and apply again for an actual mortgage approval. Because this time around the pre-construction project will have been completed and be ready for transfer of ownership to the purchaser in no more than 120 days.

In this second time of applying for the mortgage the process can be more strenuous as you will need to provide a whole lot of documentation to the lender to satisfy all their conditions of approving your mortgage. Here is a list of items that the lender will ask the applicant to provide; this is just an example:

  • Updated mortgage application
  • New credit check, which the Mortgage Broker will do
  • Proof of income
  • Proof of down payment
  • Copy of the builders final and signed Agreement of Purchase and Sale including all schedules, waivers, amendments and any other documents that comes with the agreement
  • Proof that you have at least 1.5% of the purchase price in your personal accounts to cover closing related costs such as legal fee, appraisal fee …etc.

This is why we always recommend that you consult with your Mortgage Broker and work with her or him closely along the path towards your final closing date and home ownership. We recommend that you also work with a Lawyer and even consider asking a Realtor to go through the builder’s documents for you as they can catch certain things that you may not to be able to better negotiate with the price.

We’re here to answer your questions. Contact Us with any questions you have, or if you would like to start your pre-construction mortgage approval application process.

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Rental Property Mortgage

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Rental Property Mortgage

Purchasing or refinancing a rental property can be a lot more complicated when it comes to getting a rental property mortgage. Another industry description of it is investment property mortgage; where investment property could be a residential rental property, or none residential property.

In Canada the Chartered Banks and many National institutional lenders offer the same discounted rates and features as regular owner occupied mortgages for rental property mortgages up to 4 units. But once you go passed the 4 unit cap then the mortgage becomes categorized as a commercial transaction and it is underwritten and viewed as such, including more strenuous ‘stress’ tests and mortgage conditions and policies.

Rental property mortgage or investment property mortgages

Are still available through the Chartered Banks but they can be very difficult to be approved by them, whereas other institutional lenders and private lenders can be more flexible and forgiving on certain personal and corporate borrower realities that the banks won’t be flexible on.

Many times than not, when a borrower cannot get their rental property mortgage application approved by the Chartered Banks they approach mortgage brokers, or mortgage agents for help. Mortgage Brokers or Mortgage Agents have specialized training and knowledge of the mortgage industry and can help with finding the suitable lender who would be the right fit for their client’s rental property mortgage.

A rental property mortgage would generally be called and categorized by some as a commercial mortgage. With these types of mortgages the time needed to get the mortgage approved and closed is much longer than traditional residential owner occupied mortgages. On average it can take one month or longer to complete a rental property mortgage transaction.

There are different sub categories or types of rental property mortgages and we will go through each of them in terms of the borrowing features they have:

Multi-Unit up to 2 units

One of the units must be occupied by the owner

duplex rental property mortgage

Can borrow up to 95% of the appraised value

Most of the time the mortgage is portable to another property

If providing less than 20% down payment the rental property mortgage must be insured through Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation CMHC

Although CMHC allows flexibility of where the down payment comes from, most lenders do not, and require that the borrower of the mortgage has the down payment in his or her bank accounts for at least three months (two months if not insured)

Maximum amortization is 25 years

All employment and credit history / strength requirements apply

Have mortgage questions about rental property mortgages or investment properties in general? Reach out to us. We can help.

Multi-Unit 3-4 units

One of the units must be occupied by the owner

Can borrow up to 90% of the appraised value

Most of the time the mortgage is portable to another property

If providing less than 20% down payment the rental property mortgage must be insured through Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation CMHC

Although CMHC allows flexibility of where the down payment comes from, most lenders do not, and require that the borrower of the mortgage has the down payment in his or her bank accounts for at least three months (two months if not insured)

Maximum amortization is 25 years

All employment and credit history / strength requirements apply

If you are considering purchasing this type of property or refinancing an existing one please contact us.

Multi-Unit 5 units and up

With any properties of 5 units or higher Chartered Banks refer the application to their commercial departments and Mortgage Brokers or Mortgage Agents would submit their applications to specialized commercial lenders, and some who have relationships with local commercial bank branches in the locality of the subject property may also submit the application to them.

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Chartered Banks work with CMHC when the clients have between 15% and up to but not including 20% down payment. Some of the National lenders also work with CMHC and may accept applications with less than 20% up to 15%.

With CMHC insured rental property mortgages a minimum of 15% down payment is required when purchasing or refinancing.

Most commercial lenders for rental property mortgages work with CMHC even if the client provides 20% down payment. This is to protect themselves in the event of a default.

CMHC also charges a premium fee for each unit in the property. Detailed calculation of the premiums are done by CMHC and provided to the lender, which is then forwarded to the Mortgage Broker or Agent to share with the client. The fee schedule could also be found on CMHC’s web site

To mitigate risk and to avoid CMHC insurance lenders will consider a lower mortgage amount and higher down payment by the borrower, normally anywhere between 60% to 70% of the appraised value.

We are here to help and accompany you through the complicated mortgage application process of multi-unit 5+ properties. Contact us and let’s work together.

 

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To Stay or Not to Stay

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To Stay or Not to Stay!

To Stay or Not to Stay is the question many home owners ask themselves when trying to decide whether to stay or not to stay with their current lender or to go to a new lender when its mortgage renewal time.

With mortgage interest rates at all time lows it makes more sense than not to consider switching your mortgage to a new lender who has a better rate than the rate your current lender can offer you at renewal time.

However most consumers do not consider this fact and do not know that it is not as cumbersome and even pretty well free to switch your mortgage from one lender to another. Many Banks and mono-line lenders have promotions that cover the cost of the client switching their mortgage to the new lender.

It is for this reason that you should consult with your trusted mortgage broker or agent, when considering to stay or not to stay with your current lender, so that he or she can assess your current situation and figure out if it is worth it for you to either stay or move your mortgage. Sometimes after doing the calculations the mortgage professional will advise you that it is not worth your time and money to switch and better to just stick with your current lender, and other times the mortgage professional will advise you that it is in fact beneficial for you to switch your mortgage to a new lender due to their lower rates and other promotions.

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The most obvious reason to switch

The most obvious reason to switch your mortgage would be for many the lower mortgage interest rate that the other lender is offering. But there are other reasons why people switch their mortgage, such as not being happy with the service levels of the current lender, and wanting to take advantage of the mortgage products the other lender has to offer that the existing lender does not have.

The most obvious reason to stay

Perhaps the most obvious reason to stay with your current mortgage lender at renewal time is because of the relationship that you have developed with them throughout the years of your mortgage with the lender. Some home owners who have mortgages with the big banks want to stay with them at renewal time to take advantage of the other bank products that they may potentially be able to get approved for and receive discounts on for staying with the bank.

At Trusterra Mortgage we are here to answer your questions and help you make the right decisions when it comes to your mortgage. Don’t hesitate to Contact Us!

 

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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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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 Brokers

Mortgage Brokers

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Why work with Trusterra Mortgage Brokers you ask?

That’s a good question. Trusterra Mortgage likes to think of it as a win-win situation for the consumer when they work with Mortgage Brokers. There are many reasons why you should work with Trusterra Mortgage Brokers.

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Advantages of working with Trusterra Mortgage Brokers

  • Trusterra Mortgage helps you explore options that will make you earn and save more money
  • Trusterra Mortgage will assist you in securing a competitive interest rate
  • Trusterra Mortgage shops around for the best rate and product for your unique needs
  • To avoid frequent credit checks / hits to your name, Trusterra Mortgage only does one credit check and uses the same one to share with multiple lenders if required
  • Trusterra Mortgage is working for your best interest and is not biased towards one particular lender and their products
  • Whether you are employed, self-employed, commission based, bad or good credit, Trusterra Mortgage has access to a diverse group of mortgage programs and products for your circumstance
  • With over 10 years of professional experience Trusterra Mortgage has the accumulated knowledge and know-how to get the job done the first time around
  • For those odd and isolated instances that we cannot get you a mortgage we will be honest with you and tell you upfront

We’re here to help. Contact us with any questions you have about mortgages. If you’re in the process of purchasing your first home, or second property, or need to refinance to consolidate your debts or anything else, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

 

Relevant posts and links you might like to check out

Beginners Guide to Owning a Mortgage

Why Your Credit Score is Important

Resources for Home Buyers and Sellers

CREA Resources for Buyers and Sellers

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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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Red Carpet Treatment

Red Carpet Treatment

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You deserve Red Carpet Treatment

As the Oscars approach, and Oscar fever heats up we wanted to remind you that Trusterra Mortgage too is rolling out its red carpets, not just for this weekend, but every day we strive to provide exceptional customer service to all our clients. You may think that only Hollywood actors and royalty get the red carpet treatment, but no, you too can as well.

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At Trusterra Mortgage we believe that providing a honest straight forward and ethical advice and service to our clients is in fact a type of red carpet treatment. Following the law and regulations that govern our industry we believe is part of the red carpet treatment as well.

So don’t be shy and Contact Us to get started and let’s roll out the symbolic red carpet together and let us pamper you with that red carpet treatment you deserve when getting your mortgage financing in order.

Off topic, but related, since we’re at it might as well see what’s happening over at the Oscars.

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Refer Friends

Refer Friends

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Refer friends, Refer family, Refer colleagues

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Let’s cut to the chase,

WE WANT YOUR REFERRAL! There, we said it. Phewww, glad that’s off our shoulder. Refer friends, Refer family, Refer colleagues. Whether its for business or any other form of transaction, word of mouth referrals are a time tested way of getting quality leads for whatever you are doing; providing a service, selling something, or anything else that requires people to be part of your venture.

At Trusterra Mortgage,

We value referrals and appreciate it greatly when you Refer friends, Refer family, Refer colleagues, because it show’s that you put great trust and value in our company and the services we provide to the consumer. Our company is based on ethical and moral values such as honesty, integrity, truthfulness, and providing a positive customer service experience for all our clients; just to name a few. One of the nicest compliment’s we could receive would be when you Refer friends, Refer family, Refer colleagues.

Home Sweet Home,

For the majority of the consumer purchasing real estate – home sweet home – will be the largest investment they’ll ever make, and we feel it’s that much more important for them to work with credible, well mannered, and trustworthy people and company. When you Refer friends, Refer family, Refer colleagues to us we know that you’re putting your neck out on the line and vouching for us. We wouldn’t want to disappoint you or your friends. We will work with our clients from day one, and all the way to the last day when their mortgage closes, looking after them and making sure that the right mortgage solutions and decisions are made that best suit their financial reality’s and needs. Although once the mortgage closes it is out of our hands, but we still, after the closing, continue to assist all and in any way we can our clients when they have mortgage questions.

This is the Call To Action part

This is the part of the blog that we ask kindly for your trust in us and to Contact Us and Refer friends, Refer family, Refer colleagues. You won’t regret it, and we’ll humbly appreciate it and ever be thankful.

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