Category Archives: Refinancement

Important changes coming to mortgage financing standards

Monday September 18th, 2017

Important changes coming to mortgage financing standards

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) is currently studying the possibility of applying another major change that will affect anyone looking to purchase or refinance a property (1 to 4 units) and having at least 20% in down payment and/or equity for mortgage refinancing: Primary residence Secondary residence Income property (1 to […]
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Can refinancing my home solve my debt issues?

Monday August 28th, 2017

Can refinancing my home solve my debt issues?

This is a question frequently asked concerning mortgage financing… I have credit card debt. Could my house be the solution to my debt issues? The answer is YES, if you have the necessary equity to refinance your property. The principle is simple: calculate 80% of the market value of your home and then subtract the […]
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Your home can be used as financial leverage.

Monday August 7th, 2017

Your home can be used as financial leverage.

Geneviève and Éric bought their home 8 years ago.  By refinancing their home for the maximum allowed (80% of the market value), they were able to free up $100,000 that they used as a down payment on the purchase of an 5-Plex costing $600,000. Because the $100,000 withdrawn from their home was used for an […]
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A fourplex property investment

Monday July 31st, 2017

A fourplex property investment

Here is the story of Jean-Francois and Charles. Both own their own home and would like to invest in real estate in order to diversify their savings. After months of searching with their real estate agent for a profitable well-built property, complete with good tenants, they finally found their diamond in the rough. Unfortunately, they […]
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Green Homes: How to save up to 25% on your insurance premium

Monday June 12th, 2017

Green Homes: How to save up to 25% on your insurance premium

Did you know you can get up to 25% of your mortgage insurance premium back when you buy an energy-efficient home or when you buy a home and make energy-efficient improvements?   Purchasing or building an energy-efficient home New homes built under one of the energy-efficient building standards set out by the Canada Mortgage and […]
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Mortgage — 7 questions to ask your banker

Monday June 5th, 2017

Mortgage — 7 questions to ask your banker

Negotiating a mortgage is more complicated than negotiating just a rate. Unfortunately, clients too often lose thousands of dollars because they were poorly advised. Here are 7 questions that your banker should be able to answer: What is the penalty if I want to break my mortgage and how is it calculated? Is my mortgage […]
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Debt consolidation via a mortgage

Monday May 29th, 2017

Debt consolidation via a mortgage

Debt consolidation consists in borrowing a single amount of money with a financial institution to pay all of your debts. This way, you end up with a single payment which greatly facilitates the management of your finances. In addition to streamlining your debts into a single payment, a consolidation loan can offer an interest rate […]
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Is my mortgage renewal the ideal opportunity to look at restructuring my mortgage?

Monday May 8th, 2017

Is my mortgage renewal the ideal opportunity to look at restructuring my mortgage?

The answer to this question depends on your future projects and your current level of debt. In a nutshell, if you already have credit card debts, a line of credit, a personal or car loan, or a high-interest furniture loan, and if these debts are costing you more in interest than your mortgage will, then, […]
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Breaking your mortgage early: Is it worth it?

Monday March 27th, 2017

Breaking your mortgage early: Is it worth it?

Mark and Isabelle have a $300,000 mortgage with bank ABC. They had planned to pay off their house over 25 years. They took out a 5-year fixed-rate loan at 4.6%. Two years before the maturity date, bank XYZ offers a rate of 2.60%. Is it worth breaking their agreement to change lenders? Before breaking your […]
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CMHC mortgage insurance premiums have been increased.

Monday February 13th, 2017

CMHC mortgage insurance premiums have been increased.

January 17th, 2017, the CMHC announced an increase in their mortgage insurance premium rates as of March 17th 1st of this year. This means that if you submit your insured financing to your financial institution after March 17th, 2017, your mortgage insurance will be higher. Here below are two examples: 1) $300,000 purchase with 5% […]
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