How to find a mortgage agency that works for you ?

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Each one of us goes through different dilemmas, especially when it comes to the decision of buying our first home. We ask ourselves if we are ready to face this new and big responsibility. While in the shower, we think about how we could pay a home mortgage for years. Before sleeping at night, the thought of signing a contract for your own home keeps coming in your mind.

In one way or another, all first-time buyers have all been there. We doubt ourselves and our capacity to achieve our dream home. We even ponder if we should wait for additional months to save in order to pay a substantial down payment. But whether you like it or not, you eventually have to make a decision. To help you in that aspect, we listed four things you can do to find the best mortgage agency for you.

Ask family and friends who had a successful homebuying journey to about their mortgage agency

If you do not know any credible mortgage agencies, you can ask your family and friends who have purchased a home to recommend the lending institutions they have worked with. Let them share their experiences and how they dealt with it. With that, you’ll have an idea on what to do and identify potential lenders.

Explore and compare all the mortgage agencies you can find

Do not immediately choose the lenders that your family and friends referred to you! Explore other mortgage agencies. Compare their rates, services, and the deals that they offer.

You can start your search for lenders online. Most agencies have a website and any other social media accounts that are easy to go through and contact. Ask for a mortgage quote from all of them. You can even use a mortgage calculator to compute your possible mortgage rates. Once you have all the quotes you got from them, compare their prices, and identify those that provide affordable rates and flexible terms for you. You can also personally visit potential mortgage houses. Get a feel of how their mortgage brokers and mortgage specialists manage their clients.

Prepare your credit report, proof of income, and other documents that lending institutions require

Three main requirements for you to get a mortgage is a good credit standing, evidence of a stable stream of income, and low debt to income ratio. If you want to gain an advantage in the negotiation of your mortgage, you have to make sure that you pass the standards of the three requirements.

A bad credit standing may still enable you to take out a loan, but you will be at a disadvantaged position. You can have your credit fixed first before applying for a mortgage. This way, you can bargain on your mortgage deal. You also have to make sure you have a steady source of income. This is to assure your lender that you can pay for your mortgage. Lastly, you have to have a low debt to income ratio. Having such would project a good image for you to your lenders.

Do not be afraid to ask questions!

Finally, do not be afraid to ask questions! If you have doubts, ask to be clarified. If you don’t understand how they computed their mortgage quote, ask them to explain it to you.

Dominion Lending Centres Inc. May 2018 Newsletter

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May 2018


Gary Mauris
Dominion Lending Centres Inc.
Phone: 1-888-806-8080
Cell: 604-999-9999
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Renewing your mortgage at the end of term

Should I lock-in, or stay variable?

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Welcome to the May issue of my monthly newsletter!

This month’s edition looks at renewing your mortgage at end of term and when to lock in your variable rate. Please let me know if you have any questions or feedback regarding anything outlined below.

Thanks again for your continued support and referrals!

Renewing your mortgage at the end of term

It can come as a pretty surprising statistic. About 70 per cent of mortgages don’t make it to the end of the term. That means a large majority of homeowners for various reasons are ending their mortgages early. But it also means there are still a lot of people out there who will keep their mortgage until it’s time to renew. And if you’re in the second boat, you might be asking yourself what this process is going to look like, and perhaps, what should you do?

For starters, most lenders, especially the big banks will send you a renewal letter when there are about three months left on the term. Sometimes that letter could come with six months left. Typically, the lender will offer you a rate at that time and all you’ll have to do is sign at the bottom line to rollover your mortgage.

But beware, lenders often offer a higher rate than a new client because they’re hoping the ease of renewal will keep you from seeking out a new lender and lower rate.

Before you sign, it’s always best to call a mortgage broker. A good broker will consider your situation and advise you of the best course of action.

In some cases, it may be best to just sign and rollover your mortgage. There are a few things to consider. If you decide to change lenders, you’ll basically have to go through an approval process again. That entails getting all your documents, lawyer’s fees, and appraisals.

You’ll have to ask yourself, is it worth the effort to save a few basis points off your rate or a few hundred dollars over a term to make the switch?

For some, it won’t be. But, if a switch can lead to saving thousands of dollars, it would certainly be something to consider. While everyone’s situation is different, the larger the mortgage, the bigger the savings will be if you can find a lower rate.

Often, homeowners will just use a bank their parents recommend for their first mortgage. But they might find themselves not happy with the service or terms of the mortgage and may just want to switch to a different lender as the mortgage comes up for renewal.

If that’s a situation you find yourself in, you have options, and a mortgage broker can help you make the best decision.

Should I lock-in, or stay variable?

If you follow the news closely, there would appear to be a lot of turmoil and uncertainty around interest rates. This past April, the Bank of Canada held the overnight rate at 1.25 per cent, suggesting it was closely watching inflation and wage growth.

“The Bank will also continue to monitor the economy’s sensitivity to interest rate movements and the evolution of economic capacity. In this context, Governing Council will remain cautious with respect to future policy adjustments, guided by incoming data,” the BOC said at the time.

The Bank of Canada raised the rates a quarter-point twice last year, and many economists are betting the bank will do the same before the end of the year.

If you’re a conservative homeowner and have locked into a fixed rate, the speculation of an increase isn’t likely keeping you up at night. You can rest easy for the next few years.

But if you’re like many Canadians who chose to go variable, these creeping increases are probably getting you a little nervous. While mortgage brokers don’t have a crystal ball to tell you where rates are going, you can probably assume they are going to increase maybe 50 basis points. There are all kinds of tea leaves economists are trying to read to get a handle on where the rates will go. While that’s what they get paid to do, increases have real-world consequences on your bottom line.

So now the question you may be asking is, should I lock into a fixed rate, or ride out my variable?

And like many financial questions, there’s no easy answer.

First, you’ll tend to find most first time homebuyers are little skittish at going variable anyway, while someone in their second or third mortgage may have an appetite for a little more risk.

If you’re kept wide awake at night in fear of a rate increase, you may want to lock-in. There is something to be said for peace of mind, and locking in your rate can certainly give you that.

But it’s also important to look at the big picture. If we assume the pundits are right and the rate goes up about a couple more quarter points, you still need to look at what that variable-rate saved you over the term.

The rates have been historically so low, there’s a pretty good chance if you’ve been in a variable for a few years, the math will prove you still saved money over the five years, even with an increase. Depending on your risk appetite and your financial situation, staying in the variable could still pay off in the long run even with a few more increases.

But these decisions are best not made alone. Speak to a mortgage professional if you have any questions about locking in or not and they can help you make the best decision.

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We have more than 100 mortgage programs, making it easy to choose the best fit for your unique situation.

We close loans in all 10 provinces and 3 territories.

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