Resources for Home Buyers and Sellers

Resources for Home Buyers and Sellers

The Canadian Real Estate Association of Canada (CREA), one of Canada’s largest single-industry trade Associations has recently updated and relaunched a web site full of resources for home buyers and sellers.

The CREA resources for home buyers and sellers site is catered for families, individuals, and investors who are looking to buy or sell real estate in Canada. The resources for home buyers and sellers site is full of helpful, educational, informative, and fun tools for everyone of all real estate investment backgrounds.

Resources for Home Buyers and Sellers

To wet your appetite here are some of things you will find on the the CREA resources for home buyers and sellers site:

1.) Assess Financial Readiness

Assess your present household budget and your annual income to determine if you are eligible for a mortgage and how much you can comfortably afford.

2.) Consider Mortgage Options

A mortgage is a loan, generally used to buy a property. How much you pay depends on how much you borrow (the principal), the loan’s interest rate, and how long you take to pay it back (the amortization period).

3.) Mortgage Default Insurance

When you buy a home with less than a 20% down payment, the mortgage needs to be insured against default. This type of insurance protects the mortgage lender in case you are not able to make your mortgage payments. It does not protect you.

4.) Research Government Programs

The federal government has assistance programs to help homebuyers. Research government program requirements to see if you are eligible.

5.) Finding a Home

Finding your perfect home can be a long process. Your REALTOR® will help identify the right type of home for you and continually research new listings in neighbourhoods that meet your needs.

6.) Making an Offer

After seeing many different homes, you have finally found one worthy of an offer! What are the next steps?

7.) Closing and Related Costs

Closing costs are the legal, administrative and disbursement fees associated with buying a home. Understanding these fees will help you budget more accurately. Remember these are additional costs over and above the price of the home.

Buy a condo or house

Buy a Condo or House

Both are good options; to buy a condo or house or semi-detached house or a townhouse. Each home buyer will have their own unique needs and requirements. Ultimately a first time home buyer should do her or his homework allowing them to make an educated and well informed decision on whether to buy a condo or a house.

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Here are just a few of many factors that a first time home buyer should consider when weighing their options on whether to buy a condo or house.

1) Are you set on where you want to live? i.e. urban or suburban, down town or up town, close to your work or don’t mind driving long distance … you get the picture.

2) If you are set on where you want to live, what are the options available at your disposal based on your income, credit strength and down payment? i.e. maybe there is a nice house in the urban area you like to live, but can you get approved for a mortgage and would the monthly mortgage payments be comfortable for you to pay without putting too much stress on the rest of your monthly expenses.

3) If you know what is the maximum amount of a mortgage you can get approved for, what is within your practical reach; a condo or a house? i.e. sometimes first time home buyers first home will be a condo, and then, for example, when their mortgage is up for renewal five years later, they are ready to move into a house.

4) If none of the above is an issue, and financing is not a problem, then a suggestion would be to consider buying a detached home. You will have the most flexibility and freedom. No condo fee’s to pay, and you will have such benefits as having your own front and back yard, private parking, potentially less noise since there are no neighbours directly attached to your property and more.

5) Should you be someone who likes to travel a lot then a condo might be a better option as it is much easier, and most of the time safer, to just lock the doors and go away on holidays or even longer without worrying about whose looking after your home.

6) Living in a house has some work cut out for you as you have to cut the grass, shovel the snow, water the plants, maintain the outside of the property as it gets older, and other related matters. And if you decide to hire someone to do this work for you, it can become a large one time or monthly expense. Living in a condo you have to pay a condo maintenance fee, but you don’t worry about cutting the grass, shoveling the snow, and maintaining the wear and tear of the outside structure of the building. Plus, the majority of the condominiums will have around the clock security personal look after the premises.

Why rent when you can own

Why rent when you can own?

First Time Home Buyers why rent when you can own your home! Switch from paying rent, to making monthly mortgage payments that’s going towards your property instead of someone else’s.

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What is cohabitation agreement

Have you ever asked yourself what is cohabitation agreement?

Are you planning to buy a property with your girlfriend or boyfriend?

Before moving in together, couples should consider property rights.

Sarah Millar, from the Toronto Star has a great article that explains in detail about cohabitation agreements.

It is worth your while to read further down and check out the informative article about what is cohabitation agreement.

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First Time Home Buyers Will You Buy your Home in 2014

First Time Home Buyers Will You Buy Your Home In 2014

Another year is behind you and its time to set goals for the new year. We want to hear from you; first time home buyers will you buy your home in 2014? Will this be the year when you will STOP paying rent or someone else’s mortgage?

Mortgage interest rates are at all time lows and if they even do move upwards, it won’t be by a whole lot. This could be your year!

Some things that you can start doing now for when the time comes:

1) Build up your down payment money.Traditionally lenders like to see that you have had your money in your own bank accounts for 3 months. Some lenders even allow you to receive gifted money from your immediate family members.

2) In addition to having enough money to put down for a mortgage, you should always calculate that what ever will be the purchase price of the home you want to buy you should have an additional 1.5% of that purchase price in your accounts. This is to make sure you have enough money to pay for your closing related costs, such as legal fee’s, inspection fee, appraisal fee, tax’s, …etc.

3) Make sure your Canadian credit score is healthy and strong. Best way to do that is to perform your own credit check. It will cost you about $30, but it’s money well spent. You will see exactly what has been your credit activity almost up to the date that you checked it. We’ve even seen cases of fraud or clients who had paid all their debts back but the lending institution had forgotten to report that to the credit bureau’s Equifax and Transunion.  If you do notice any discrepancy’s or fraud you will have time to fix it and get your credit all sorted out.

We’d like to hear from you. Leave your thoughts or questions below in the comments section. Or if you have any questions that you wish to talk to us in private with send us a private message by way of our Contact Us page and we would be happy to talk with you.


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Helping Realtors Close more Deals

Real Estate agents and brokers work hard for their clients when it comes to selling or buying properties for them. That is why at Trusterra Mortgage we do our best in helping Realtors close deals. We work with Real Estate Agents and Brokers every step of their clients way towards buying or selling their homes.

Helping Realtors close more deals means that we provide mortgage options for their clients to make an informed decision about which mortgage product to get. Not only that, we make sure the client is at a right time in their lives to be able to afford to buy a home and pay for its mortgage. Helping Realtors close more deals sometimes means that their clients first need to get a mortgage pre-approval so they know exactly how much of a house they can afford to buy. Helping Realtors Close More Deals

By helping Realtors close deals even implies that when selling a home they can let the other real estate agent, the buying agent, know that they have a trustable and honest source for mortgage financing that can help their clients buy the house.

If you are a Real Estate agent in Canada and are reading this article, contact us to see how we can help you close more deals and have a satisfied customer who will for sure refer more of his or her family and friends to you.

Mortgage Happy

Are you a Mortgage Happy person?

Are you a mortgage happy person or not a mortgage happy person?  We want to hear about what was your good and bad experiences when going through the mortgage application process when you were buying a home whether as a first time home buyer or an existing home owner.

Share with us and the world why you are a happy person, or not when it comes to the mortgage application process.

If you were to go through the mortgage application process what changes do you want to see in the mortgage industry, what can be improved on?

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How to Select Mortgage Broker

How to Select Mortgage Broker

Are you planning to buy your first home, or refinance your existing home? Maybe you have been thinking about purchasing an investment property. Whatever your plans are, you should know how to select mortgage broker.

In the mortgage industry, these professionals are called mainly Mortgage Brokers, or Agents. There are many reasons why you should know how to select mortgage broker and we will provide a few here, and invite you to also share your points and experiences on how to select mortgage broker in the comments section below.

An experienced and licensed mortgage broker or agent specializes in helping you get a mortgage to purchase real estate. Mortgage brokers or agents for the most part do not sell other products as part of their mortgage services and they are here to work on your behalf and for your benefit in applying for a mortgage with one of the lending institutions in Canada.

First you need to make sure when selecting a mortgage broker or agent that they are licensed with the provincial governing body of the province they reside in. You can go onto the Governments web site and check to see if their name is on their approved list. Or you can call in and check that way.

Another way on how to select mortgage broker would be to see how many years of experience they have in the field. Being a member of the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals CAAMP  is a bonus and a good sign as well of the mortgage broker or agents level of professionalism, and commitment to the industry.

As part of how to select mortgage broker you should also make sure that you interview the mortgage broker or agent over the phone or in person. This will allow you to gauge their sincerity and personal demeanor and respect for their clients by way of their tone of voice and body language; are they showing interest in you and listening to all your questions and concerns?

Referrals from a close friend or family member are another method in which you can funnel out the mortgage broker s or agents. These are individuals who would have worked with a mortgage broker or agent in the past and will have your best interest in mind.

Don’t be fooled or swayed towards advertisement promoting best and lowest rates around, but not knowing who the company is or person advertising the rate. You might be promised a low rate, but how will the service and trust factor be?

These are just a few suggestions, and we hope to hear your comments as well below.

How to select a Realtor

Whether you are a first time home buyer or an existing home owner looking to buy or sell,  it is very important for the consumer to know how to select a Realtor, and you can do this in several ways; research online, and in person by way of speaking with their family members, friends, and colleagues about their personal experiences of working with a Realtor when they bought their first home or sold it. Many times, our clients are referred to their Realtors through their trusted network of friends.

Most importantly, you should be interviewing the real estate professional so you know how to select a Realtor.


Some questions that can be asked from your potential Realtor are:

1) How many years have you been working in the real estate industry as a licensed Realtor?

2) What is your area of specialty in real estate?

3) What is your geographical coverage? You want to make sure you work with someone who knows the city, town, neighbourhood, or village that you are looking to buy in.

4) Ask the Realtor if they can provide you with any references from past clients.

5) You can also ask to see the Realtors portfolio of homes he or she had sold in the past.

6) How are you planning to advertise and sell my home in the market place?

7) Why should I work with you instead of your competitor?

8) Are there any fee’s in working with you?

9) Do I have to sign a contract to exclusively work with you, or can I go somewhere else if I am not satisfied with your service?

6) [you can ask yourself the following questions]

(a) How many listings does the Realtor have currently?

(b) Does the Realtor have a professional presence online, such as a web site, and social media feeds?

(c) When meeting in person with the Realtor what is her or his attitude and demeanor towards your interest in buying a home?

(d) Perform an online search of the Realtors name to see if any positive or negative results in the way of good or bad reviews / comments are said about the individual.

(e) Call the Real Estate Board in which the Realtor is part of and check with them to see if the Realtor is in good standing or not.

Ontario Land Transfer Tax First-Time Home Buyers

Ontario Land Transfer Tax Refund

Did you know that under the Ontario Land Transfer Tax a first-time home buyer may be eligible for a tax refund for purchasing a home?

The Ontario Government states the following information as to who falls into the Ontario Land Transfer Tax First-Time Home Buyers plan to be for transfers where:

  • the agreement of purchase and sale was entered into after December 13, 2007, the refund applies to all homes, whether newly constructed or resale.
  • the agreement of purchase and sale was entered into before December 14, 2007, the refund only applies on the purchase of a newly constructed home.

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How much is the Land Transfer Tax refund?

The maximum amount of the refund is $2,000. If the refund is claimed at time of registration, it may offset the land transfer tax ordinarily payable. If not claimed at registration, the refund may be claimed directly from the Ministry of Finance. No interest is paid on this refund.

For further details about the Ontario Land Transfer Tax for First-Time Home Buyers you can visit the Ontario Ministry of Finance’s web site by clicking ‘LINK’.