Why The Best Mortgage Rate May Not Always Be The Lowest

Mortgage Rates London Ontario

Just like when looking for a car, it isn’t always the best option to choose the cheapest one you find, it is the one that is best suited for you and your lifestyle. So just like when looking at mortgages, choosing the one with the lowest interest rates might not be the best option for you, as it could end up costing you more.

How can it cost me more?

One of the reasons why some of the interest rates are low, is that they come with restrictions and sometimes aren’t that flexible. While lenders can entice you with low fixed rates, they might be able to get that money back further down the road with penalties and fines if you were to adjust or change your mortgage. This is not an uncommon practice, similarly insurance companies do this by offering us less for insurance but charge us a higher deductible if something were to happen with our car.

Just like interest rates with additional features and flexibility, these can cost a bit more than a fixed, low interest rate. By paying a little bit extra in interest rates, you can have a little bit of breathing room when it comes to an unexpected change in events and you may need to change your mortgage.

Some Considerations

Here are some questions you should ask yourself when you consider locking in your next mortgage:

  1. What if I need to refinance due to an unexpected job loss, break-up, unexpected home repairs, etc.?
  2.  Can I put extra money down to pay off the mortgage? If so, how much and when?
  3. Are my closing dates flexible? What happens if they aren’t?
  4. What if I move and sell my house before the mortgage is up?

So, what is the best rate?

Life is unpredictable! We may not be able to foresee our future, especially when signing our first mortgage. A no-frills, low-interest mortgage that can end up penalizing you for adjusting or breaking your mortgage can be devastating! The last thing you want is to be penalized a substantial amount on fees and penalties in unexpected charges.

We’ll sit down with you and go over your present situation, as well as discuss your future needs. We can go over all the options available and choose the best options that will suit your needs.

 

My Mortgage Application Was Denied, Now What?

Mortgage Application was denied, now what?

Owning your home is not only a dream but a financial goal for many in Canada. However, factors like housing prices, interest rates, and new mortgage rules that came into effect have made it a little more difficult to get a home.

If you have recently had your mortgage application denied you may be wondering about some of the next steps you can take. Before you put your dream on hold, here are a few things to consider

Why was your mortgage application denied?

The first thing to consider after your mortgage application was denied, was why it was rejected in the first place. Your credit report or credit history may be one of the reasons. A low credit score can sometimes act as a warning sign to your lender. It would be a good idea to check your credit report to see whether it is accurate and then get to work on improving that credit score.

Proof of income might be another reason why you may not get that mortgage. For those that are self-employed or business owners, it may be a little more difficult to get approved for a mortgage, as lenders most often associate them with unpredictable income and are a higher risk.

The amount of debt you have can also affect your ability to get approved. Lenders will look at something called your debt service ratio when considering your mortgage application. Your Total Debt Service Ratio (TDS) is calculated by adding your family’s monthly mortgage payments, property taxes, and other debt payments, then dividing it by your family’s gross monthly income.

Is it really time to buy?

If your mortgage application was denied and you have considered the reasoning behind it, it is probably a good idea to double check to see if it is an appropriate time to buy a home. If right now you find that you have a lot of debt and are having difficulty paying some bills on time, it may be worth it to pay off some of that debt and set up a budget to put towards your home purchase. If you have however gone through your finances and figured that right now is a good time to buy, you can consider other available options.

What other options are available?

It is a big misconception when it comes to big banks and mortgage loans. There are other lenders available. Not only are there other lenders out there, some of them include: mortgage companies, insurance companies, trust companies, loan companies and credit unions.

Mortgage Brokers can help

If your application was denied, an experienced mortgage broker can work with you to help determine if it is indeed a good time for you to buy a home. They can help investigate some of the alternative options available Mortgage brokers negotiate on your behalf and have relationships with various lenders. Meaning a mortgage broker can help get you approved, even if your first application was denied.

5 Important Tips for First-time Home Buyers

first time home buyer tips

The cost of buying a home is the biggest investment you will ever make. Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. It can also be a bit complex, especially if you don’t know what to expect. The rising home values and stricter guidelines can also make it difficult for first-time buyers. From mortgages to tax credits, here are some tips to consider if you are a first-time homebuyer.

1) Research the area and the market

Most people looking to buy a home know which neighbourhood or community they would like to live in. Unfortunately, it isn’t really a practical option when it comes to a value-cost perspective. While you are looking at the neighbourhood it is great to check out the local amenities, quality of the neighbourhood and consider what the travel to and from work will be like. Research the area thoroughly and decide what the right compromise might be, given your lifestyle, budget and needs.

2) Work with a broker

Fewer Canadians are going straight to their bank. Instead they are heading to mortgage brokers for a better set of options that are available. There are more than just the five major banks when it comes to the mortgage industry and there is a good chance that a smaller lender will provide you with a better rate. Brokers work on your behalf and look through the market for the best rate for your situation, this isn’t always possible when using a bank.

3) Make use of government programs

There are several first-time buyer governments grants available to help make your home buying experience easier. The Homebuyers Plan allows you to purchase your first home with as little as a 5% down payment. This is a great opportunity to become a homebuyer and start building equity at a younger age. The RRSP homebuyers’ plan also allows you to withdraw up to $25,000 from your RRSP account to buy or build a qualifying home.

4) Don’t feel rushed

Certain markets can create a sense of urgency to buy a home, one that may not even meet your criteria. While it is important to have a sense of purpose when buying a home, there will always be new listings popping up each and everyday. If you set your criteria wide enough, you’ll be sure to find something that suits your needs in a reasonable time frame.

5) Calculate all the costs of homeownership

In addition to your mortgage payment, you also need to factor utilities (heat, hydro and gas), insurance and property tax. When it comes to closing costs, there are also costs associated with buying a home, luckily first-time buyers in Canada save the Land Transfer Tax and get a nice tax refund.

Breaking Your Mortgage Early

breaking your mortgage early

Sure, it started out great, it got you the home you dreamed of and met your financial needs… back then. But things have changed, now you are probably looking to start a brand-new mortgage and end this one.

Why break it?

Mortgage break ups can happen for a variety of reasons. Life changes, things happen in your life, maybe you need a bigger home to accommodate your growing family? Maybe you need to move for your new job (which is in a new city). These are some common reasons why people may need to break their mortgage before the five years are up. A decrease in interest rates, while giving you the ability to save some money is also another common reason to break your mortgage early.

Why you may want to break it

When interest rates drop, it may be tempting to see what other options are out there for your mortgage. A lower interest rate means that your mortgage payments will be reduced each month and you’ll save money in the long-run. On the opposite end though, if you do stay with your mortgage you may be able to pay off your mortgage earlier.

You should be careful when you are looking at your options. There are some qualified professionals to go to (like myself) that can help you determine which route you may want to go. It is important that you are aware of the negative impacts of breaking your mortgage early. there are penalties and fees attached when you decide to break your mortgage contract that could mean that you end up not saving any money at all. Don’t forget that you may now need to pass the new mortgage ‘stress test’ to qualify for a new mortgage.

So, what happens when you decide to break your mortgage early?

So, you decided it is time to break your mortgage. Typically, penalties for breaking a mortgage agreement vary depending on the type of mortgage and the type of lender. In many cases, a smaller lender and a variable mortgage have lower penalty fees that bigger lenders and fixed-rate mortgages.

When it comes to paying the penalty, the penalty amount you will need to pay is calculated using something called an interest rate differential. You’ll likely end up paying the interest for the remainder of the term on the remaining balance, or the amount of three months’ interest on the remaining balance – whichever is greater.

Still unsure about if you should break your mortgage? Contact me today and I will go over all the options you have!

RRSP Home Buyer’s Plan

RRSP Home Buyer's Plan

One of the best sources for funding your mortgage down payment is using a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP). The Canadian Government’s Home Buyer’s plan allows first time home buyers to borrow up to $25,000 from your RRSP for a down payment. This is tax free! If you are purchasing a home with someone else, you can both access $25,000 from your RRSP. This means that combined you can have access of up to $50,000 ($25,000 each) for a down payment. Since this is considered a loan, it must be repaid within 15 years.

Eligibility

In order to qualify for the first-time home buyer plan you must:

  • The RRSP funds you borrow must be in your account for at least 90 days prior to their  withdrawal
  • You cannot have owned a home within the previous four years
  • If you’re buying with a spouse (or common law partner) who is not a first time homebuyer, you cannot have lived in a house they owned for 4 years
  • You have entered into a written agreement to buy or build a qualifying home
  • You must intend to live in the home within one year of purchase as your primary residence
  • If you have used the Home Buyers’ Plan before, you cannot have any outstanding balance due
  • You must make the withdrawal from your RRSP within 30 days of taking title of the home
  • You must be a Canadian resident

If you make a withdrawal from your RRSP and do not meet the first-time home buyer eligibility, this will be taxed as income and should be included in your income tax as taxable income.

Buying with a partner

If both you and your spouse (or common-law partner) meet the first-time homebuyer eligibility requirements, each of you can withdraw up to $25,000 from your RRSPs for a total of $50,000.

If only you qualify as a first-time homebuyer, you will be able to withdraw the $25,000, provided you have not lived in, as your primary residence, a house owned by your spouse or common-law partner.

What’s The Deal? Needing an Appraisal with 20% Down Payment

Need An appraisal with 20% Down Vlog

I’m Andrew Young of Mortgage Wise Financial and Community Mortgage Movement.

What’s the deal with Needing An Appraisal When You Have 20% Down?

To begin with, an appraisal is an unbiased estimate of the value of a home you want to buy or already own by a third party appraiser. It is basically an analysis of recently sold properties, active properties, terminated properties, and expired properties around your area to determine the value of your home right now. Most lenders will consider recent within the last 30 days. A lot of people ask me “Why do the lenders need an appraisal when I have 20% down or more?” This a real easy question to answer. When you have less than 20% down for a down payment, a lender has to go to CMHC, Canada Guarantee, or Genworth to get third party insurance. This then means that the onus is on the insurance company if you were to default on your mortgage. When you have 20% down or more, this means that the onus is on the lender itself. Therefore the lender wants to make sure that the value for the home, if the worst-case scenario were to happen (you were to default on your insurance). They have to go in, take the home and then sell it again on the market. This is why you need an appraisal, even if you are paying 20% or more for your down payment I’m Andrew Young and that’s the deal.

What’s The Deal? Winning

Winning Community Mortgage Movement

I’m Andrew Young of Mortgage Wise Financial and Community Mortgage Movement.

What’s the deal with Winning?

I am proud to announce that Mortgage Wise Financial is the recipient of the 2018 Canadian Mortgage Award for Top Brokerage in Canada with fewer than 25 employees!

Don’t believe me? Head over to http://canadianmortgageawards.com/winners-finalists/2018-winners-finalists for a full list of the finalists.

the Canadian Mortgage Awards (CMA) celebrates excellence across the entire spectrum of mortgage brokering in Canada and continues to be the leading independent awards event for the mortgage industry. 21 prestigious industry awards are designed to ensure national recognition for large and small organizations and individual mortgage professionals.

Winning a CMA is a career-defining moment!

I can’t tell you how truly proud I am of my entire team at Mortgage Wise Financial, from the brokers to the agents, to the administrative staff. Everyone is so incredible! I also have to thank the Realtors, the Insurance Agents, the lawyers, everybody that is and has supported us in what we do throughout the years. We really want to thank you and for all being part of something very special!

I would also like to thank the award committee and everyone that voted for us and lastly thank you to whomever nominated us, we really appreciate the opportunity!

I’m Andrew Young and this is awesome award! That’s the deal with winning!

What’s The Deal? Community Mortgage Movement

Community Mortgage Movement

I’m Andrew Young of Mortgage Wise Financial and Community Mortgage Movement.

What’s the deal with Community Mortgage Movement?

I originally started the Community Mortgage Movement back in 2016 as a passion project. The whole point of the organization is to give back to the community that has helped to make me who I am today.

With every deal that I do through Mortgage Wise Financial, a portion of the proceeds go back into the community. This is done in two different ways: 1) this is my family foundation, which is through the London Community Foundation and is given in the form of an endowment. For those unaware what an endowment is, it is a fund that is a receptacle for gifts given in perpetuity. The capital of the endowment remains untouched, and only the income from the fund is used for ongoing programs and services.

2) The Community Mortgage Movement has chosen six charities, these charities have been screened and vetted by us to make sure that every single dollar that is donated is going towards someone who is in need. We piggy back on the Vital Signs report, which is released by the London Community Foundation and is released every 2 years. This report helps to identify and fund the greatest impact that will help the London, Ontario community.

When we first started in 2016, we were very successful and were able to give back $10,000 to charities within the London, Ontario community. In 2017, we were able to give back $15,000 and are goal for this year is to give back $20-25,000.

How Can You Help?

You can refer any of your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbours. Not only will they get incredible rates, competitive products, and at the end of the day they are helping out the community they are investing in.

Thank you again for helping to make Community Mortgage Movement so successful.

To learn more about our products and services visit our website

What’s The Deal? Organ Donations

Organ Donations Community Mortgage Movement

I’m Andrew Young of Mortgage Wise Financial and Community Mortgage Movement.

What’s the deal with Organ Donations?

So, on May 20, 2018 I turned 40, which is kind of a big deal and calls for a celebration. With me turning 40, it also meant that I had to renew my license through Service Ontario. The fee to get my picture taken was $90 alone, that made me angry.

However, on a more serious note, I received an organ donor reminder in the mail. I would like to talk to you today about Organ Donors. I myself am an organ donor and have been ever since I got my driver’s license. If you can, I highly recommend being an organ donor.

I would also like to mention how important this day means to me, as my father passed away 7 years ago today. He donated his retinas to this beautiful little girl. Because my dad was an organ donor, she now can see now. Even after passing, my dad was able to make an impact on someone else’s life. I personally feel like it is so important to be an organ donor!

Here are some facts about organ donations:

Age alone doesn’t disqualify you from being an organ donor! Did you know that you one donor can save the lives of up to 8 people! They can also enhance the life of up 75 people through the gift of tissue.

Your current or past medical history does not prevent you from registering to be a donor. Individuals with serious illnesses can, sometimes, be organ and/or tissue donors. Each potential donor is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

All major religions support organ and tissue donation, or respect an individual’s choice.

Check out https://www.beadonor.ca/ to learn out how you can be an organ donor today! It only takes 2 minutes!

What’s The Deal? – Bloopers

What's The Deal Bloopers

I’m Andrew Young of Mortgage Wise Financial and Community Mortgage Movement.

And what’s the deal with my inability to get my lines right?

Here is the deal, I can’t always get my lines right or joke around in between takes. Here are some of the bloopers while filming. While working on these videos I have compiled some footage of me forgetting some of my lines, playing around with “what’s the deal” and trying to figure out which one would work best.

Looking for help with refinancing or renewing your mortgage? Feel free to reach out and I’ll make sure I find an option that is suitable for you and your needs!

For those of you who don’t know me, I am a leader in the mortgage industry and in the London, Ontario community. Not only do I help with finding a suitable solution to my clients needs I also help with supporting the London, Ontario Community. I am involved in several London, Ontario not for profits and on multiple boards and committees in the London, Ontario and surrounding areas.

Myself and Community Mortgage Movement is a group of caring and compassionate advocates who are creating a cooperative approach to funding community initiatives. Not only do I want to help grow the London, Ontario community, I want to help develop sustainable funding to support local businesses and community partners.

For your viewing pleasure, I’m Andrew Young and that’s the deal!