Advice for Single Homebuyers.

General Greg Weaver 5 Oct

Buying a home is an exciting experience for anyone, and even more of a milestone when you’re doing it solo, but it can be a little different when you’re purchasing on your own. While it can be easier to tailor your mortgage and home search to exactly your needs, it can be somewhat more stressful handling the purchase of a home on your own… fortunately, that’s where a mortgage expert can help! We assist with your mortgage application, pre-approvals and final financing to make the entire mortgage process much smoother.

In addition to using a mortgage expert and having a trusted realtor, here are some other tips that can help improve your homebuying experience:

1. Be Aware of Your Financial History

Understanding your credit score and your financial history can help to improve your qualification potential. If your credit score is a little lower than it should be, or lower than you’d like for what you are trying to qualify for, you can take steps to improve this prior to seeking a mortgage and get better results.

2. Ramp Up Your Savings

Of course, while a mortgage will cover a large chunk of your home purchase, you are also required to have a down payment. In addition, you need to consider closing costs (1.5-4%) of the purchase price, as well as ongoing maintenance and costs for your new home (repairs, utilities, property taxes). It is important to determine your budget so you are aware of what you can afford monthly. BUT before you shop is also a great time to start ramping up your savings account so you can put more down and potentially reduce the overall mortgage.

3. Study The Marketplace

One of the most important aspects of homeownership is understanding what you can afford and where you want to live. These two key components can help you to determine your budget and the areas that you should be looking for a home, as well as what type of home size, amenities, etc. Understanding what is available can provide you with more information and help you fine-tune your shopping list.

4. Be Flexible When Possible and Firm When Not

While shopping for a home on your own can be much easier as you’re only concerned about your own needs, it is still important to be flexible. While it is easier to find a home that fits just ‘you’, keeping your options open can also have its benefits. Of course, if there are things you cannot live without or a location you really need to be in, it’s important to be firm about those things as well. Creating a list of wants and needs can help you determine where there is room to be flexible, and where there isn’t.

5. Consider Your Present and Future Needs

While you’re shopping for your new home for you today, you will also want to consider what your life might look like in the future. What are you doing 5 years from now? 10 years? Do you want to start a family or have children? Do you plan on changing jobs or perhaps requiring a move in a few years? All these things are important to be aware of so you can make the best choice for you today, but also ensure that you are considering your future needs.

6. Protect Yourself

Lastly, while you might not be purchasing your current home with a partner, it is important to leave room for this in the future to ensure that you and your home are protected. If you have another individual move into your home down the line, you could become common-law and that could cause complications. Having an honest conversation about expectations and responsibilities can help, as well as writing up a document for both parties to sign, indicating these responsibilities as well as outlining the investment made by the original owner and new partner.

If you are a single homeowner looking to make a purchase but are not sure where to start, don’t hesitate to reach out to a mortgage expert like Greg Weaver.  As an expert in mortgages, he has experience in all types of situations and purchases and the knowledge to walk you through the process and ensure you get the best home and mortgage for YOU.

 

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The Real Deal about Transfers and Switches

General Greg Weaver 29 Sep

Most people who are thinking about a transfer or switch want to take advantage of a lower interest rate or to get a new mortgage product with terms that better suit their needs.

Up for Renewal?

If your mortgage is approaching renewal and you are considering a transfer or switch – great news! You won’t be charged a penalty. BUT you are still required to qualify at the current qualifying rate and need to consider potential costs around legal charges, appraisal fees and penalty fees (if applicable). In some cases, the lender will offer you the option to include these fees in your mortgage or even cover the costs for you.

Currently have a Collateral Charge Mortgage?

If you have a collateral charge mortgage (which secures your loan against collateral such as the property), these loans cannot be switched; they can only be registered or discharged. This means you would need to discharge the mortgage from your current lender (and pay any fees associated) before registering it with a new lender (and pay any fees associated).

Still locked into your Mortgage?

If you’re considering a transfer or switch in the middle of your mortgage term, you will likely incur a penalty for breaking that mortgage. Typically, transfers and switches are done to take advantage of a lower interest rate (and lower monthly payments), but you want to be confident that the penalty doesn’t outweigh the potential savings before moving ahead.

Things to consider for a transfer or switch:

  1. You may be required to pay fees associated with the transfer or switch, including possible admin and legal fees.
  2. You will need to requalify under the qualifying rate to show that you can carry the mortgage with the new lender.
  3. You will be required to submit documents that may include, but are not limited to, the following (depending on the lender):
  • Application and credit bureau
  • Verification of income and employment
  • Renewal or annual statement indicating mortgage number
  • Pre-Authorized Payment form accompanied by VOID cheque
  • Signed commitment
  • Confirmation of fire insurance is required
  • If LTV is above 80%, confirmation of valid CMHC, Sagen or Canada Guaranty insurance is required
  • Appraisal
  • Payout authorization form
  • Property tax bill

If your mortgage is currently up for renewal, consider reaching out. Not only can we advise you of any penalties or fees that may be associated with your desired transfer or switch, but we also have the knowledge and ability to shop the market for you to find the best options to meet your needs. This extensive network of lender options allows brokers to ensure that you are not only getting the sharpest rate, but that the mortgage product and terms are suitable for you now – and in the future.

 

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5 Reasons You Don’t Qualify for a Mortgage

General Greg Weaver 16 Sep

When it comes to shopping for a mortgage, it is important to know what you need to qualify – but it is just as important to understand some of the reasons why you DON’T qualify so that you can make some changes and budget accordingly for when the time is right.

If you are in the market for a home, make sure you know the 5 major reasons you may not qualify for a mortgage:

1. Too Much Debt

One of the biggest reasons that individuals fail to qualify for a mortgage is that they are carrying too much debt already. This debt can be in the form of credit cards, lines of credit or other loans. Regardless of where the debt comes from, it all contributes to your Total Debt Servicing ratio (TDS), which is one of the qualifiers for a mortgage loan. The goal is for your monthly debt payments to NOT exceed 40% of your gross monthly income.

PRO TIP: Find ways to lessen your expenses, budget or consolidate debt where possible.

2. Credit History

Another indicator of not qualifying for a mortgage can be your credit history. It is always important to pull your credit score before you start house hunting so that you can understand what your credit rating is to help determine what you qualify for. Your credit score is a direct reflection of your potential risk and, if you have a poor credit history then it makes it harder to secure a mortgage loan.

PRO TIP: To improve your credit score, be sure to avoid late or missed payments, exceeding your credit card limit or applying for multiple new credit cards.

3. Insufficient Assets or Income

With rising housing prices and stagnant income levels, one roadblock for mortgage approval can be lacking sufficient income or assets to put against your loan. For some buyers, the only option is to save up more money for your down payment to reduce the overall mortgage or look at suite income or alternative lenders.

4. Not Enough Down Payment

Another reason you may not qualify for a mortgage could be that you do not have enough of a down payment. In Canada, a 20% down payment is required to avoid mortgage default insurance BUT you can still purchase a home with less than 20%; you simply need to account for the insurance premiums, which are calculated as a percentage of the loan and is based on the size of your down payment.

5. Inadequate Employment History

Lastly, employment history can have a big impact on mortgage approval. Most lenders prefer a 2-year consistent employment history. If you do not have an adequate employment history, have been at your job for a short time or do not have a record of long-term positions, you might find it harder to get a mortgage loan.

Whether you’re looking to get your first mortgage, are ready to move or are simply shopping around, understanding what can impact your mortgage application will help ensure you have greater success!

If you are struggling currently with your mortgage approval or have recently been denied – that’s okay! Don’t be deterred. With a little effort and patience, you will be able to put yourself in a better position to reapply in the future!  If you’re ready, contact Greg Weaver today to discuss your options.

 

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Back to School: Credit Clean Up!

General Greg Weaver 13 Sep

It’s time to go back to school… for your finances! The fall is the perfect time for a credit clean-up so that you are ready for the holiday spending season – and anything else the year can throw at you!

When it comes to cleaning up credit, there is no better time than now to recognize the importance of your credit score and check if you are on track with your habits. To get started with your credit clean-up, there are a few things you can do:

  1. Pull Your Credit Report: For most of us, our credit score is something we only think about when we need it. However, if you are unsure of where you stand, this is a great time to find out! The Fair Credit Reporting Act lets you get one free credit report every year through Equifax or TransUnion. Pulling your own credit report results in a “soft” inquiry on your report and will not affect your credit score. Click here to get your free credit report today!
  2. If You Find Errors, Dispute Them: When doing your annual credit score review, it is a good idea to go through line-by-line and confirm no errors. If you find any errors, report and dispute them immediately as they could be affecting your score.
  3. Consolidate Your Loans: One of the best tips for managing your credit and working towards future financial success is to consolidate your debt. Consolidating debt means reducing multiple loans to a single monthly payment, which typically has a lower interest rate allowing you to maximize spending on the principal amount.

Once you have put the effort into cleaning up your credit, you will want to keep it that way! A few tips for maintaining your credit and maximizing your financial future include:

  1. Pay Your Bills: This seems pretty straightforward, but it is not that simple. You not only have to pay the bills, but you have to do so in full AND on time whenever possible.  Paying bills on time is one of the key behaviours lenders and creditors look for when deciding to grant you a loan or mortgage. If you are unable to afford the full amount, a good tip is to at least pay the minimum required as shown on your monthly statement to prevent any flags on your account.
  2. Pay Your Debts: Whether you have credit card debt, a car loan, a line of credit or a mortgage, the goal should be to pay your debt off as quickly as possible. To make the most impact, start by paying the lowest debt items first and then work towards the larger amounts. By removing the low debt items, you also remove the interest payments on those loans which frees up money that can be put towards paying off larger items.
  3. Stay Within Your Limit: This is key when it comes to managing debt and maintaining a good credit score. Using all or most of your available credit is not advised. Your goal should be to use 30% or less of your available credit. For instance, if you have a limit of $1000 on your credit card, you should never go over $700.


NOTE: If you find you need more credit, it is better to increase the limit versus utilizing more than 70% of what is available each month.

Whether you qualify for a mortgage through a bank, credit union or other financial institution, you should be aiming for a credit score of 680 for at least one borrower (or guarantor). If you are ready to start your home-buying journey, or are looking to refinance your existing mortgage, a DLC Mortgage Expert can help you review your credit score and financial information to help you get the most from your money.

 

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3 Things You May Not Know About Cash-Back Mortgages

General Greg Weaver 26 Aug

It can get pretty exciting to see campaigns around “cash-back mortgages” but, before you get too far along, here are three things you might not know about these types of mortgages:

  1. Occasionally you will see campaigns on cash-back mortgages, so don’t jump at the first one you see! These types of mortgages are available through a few major lenders so it can be helpful to shop around to see what different terms and conditions are available, as this will affect the overall loan.
  2. When it comes to cash-back mortgages, you’re really getting a loan on top of your mortgage. The interest rates are calculated to ensure that, by the end of your term, you will have paid the lender back the money they gave you (and perhaps a bit extra!). Be mindful that these loans can come with higher interest rates and, in some cases, the extra is more than you got in cash-back.
  3. The average cash-back mortgage operates on a 5-year term. While you may not be planning to move before your term is up, sometimes things happen and it is important to be aware that if you break a cash-back mortgage, you have to pay the standard penalty but you will also have to pay back a portion of the loan you were given. For example, if you are 3 years into a 5-year term, you would have to pay back 2 years or 40% worth of the cash-back. Combined with the standard mortgage penalties for breaking your term, this can add up if you’re not careful!

Before signing for a cash-back mortgage it’s better to discuss your needs with a mortgage expert. They can advise regarding all cash-back mortgage availability, lines of credit, purchase plus improvement loans or also flex down mortgages that may be better for your situation.

 

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Could an Investment Property Be Your Pension?

General Greg Weaver 17 Aug

An investment (or rental) property, can be a great option for generating additional monthly income and growing your wealth over time, if done properly.

This strategy has multiple options and outcomes that can benefit Canadians such as:

  • Supplementing income now and boosting pension in the future creating more financial freedom
  • Allowing you to buy your dream retirement home now and rent it out until you’re ready to use it
  • Increase monthly cash flow for potential expenses beyond retirement savings
  • Utilize a multi-unit home (such as a duplex) by renting out one of the units

However, before you buy an investment property, there are a few things to know. Firstly, buying a property for the purpose of renting it out to someone else comes with different qualifying criteria and mortgage product options than traditional home purchases.

Before you look at purchasing a rental property, be aware that:

  1. The minimum down payment required is 20% of the purchase price, and the funds must come from your own savings; you cannot use a gift from someone else. Another option is to utilize existing equity in your primary residence and refinance for the cash to purchase your rental or investment property. Be sure to factor in funds for closing costs, potential repairs and maintenance in your amount.
  2. Only a portion of the rental income can be used to qualify and determine how much you can afford to borrow. Some lenders will only allow you to use 50% of the income added to yours, while other lenders may allow up to 80% of the rental income and subtract your expenses.
  3. Interest rates usually have a premium when the mortgage is for a rental property versus a mortgage for a home someone intends on living in. The premium can be anywhere from 0.10% to 0.20% on a regular 5-year fixed rate.

With the right purchase price and rental costs per month, this can be a great way to supplement income and make the most out of your retirement. Not only does it offer monthly cash flow, but you also will have the ability to sell the property down the line if you so choose. However, bear in mind, the sale will be subject to capital gains tax. Your accountant will be able to help you with that aspect if you do decide to sell in the future.

Before getting started, it is important to calculate the cost of your investment (purchase price and closing costs), as well as consider maintenance amounts (approximately 1% of the property value for the year) and compare to current rental prices to be sure it is a profitable investment before purchasing.

If you’re looking to purchase an investment property, be sure to reach out to a Dominion Lending Centres mortgage expert to discuss your options and understand what is required.

 

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How Bridge Financing Works

General Greg Weaver 5 Aug

In life, things rarely go as planned. This is especially true when it comes to real estate! When it comes to buying a new home, in a perfect world, most of us would like to take possession of our new residence before having to move out of the old one. This makes moving a lot easier and allows you time for painting or renovations prior to moving into your new digs. Unfortunately, this is where things get complicated.

Most people need the money from the sale of their existing property to come up with the down payment for the new house. This is where bridge financing comes in. Essentially, bridge financing allows you to ‘bridge’ the financial gap between the firm sale of your current home and the firm commitment to purchasing your new home.

WHAT ARE BRIDGE LOANS?

Bridge loans are short-term solutions that range from 90 days to 12 months, with an average of six months in length. This type of financing allows you to access some of the equity in your existing property, to put towards the down payment of your new home. However, to be eligible for a bridge loan, a firm sale agreement MUST be in place on your existing home, meaning all subjects have been removed. You will also require a purchase agreement for the new home to verify the amount required.

If you have not yet sold your home, you will not be eligible for bridge financing as the lender needs that to accurately calculate how much equity you have available and if you can afford your new home.

If you are currently looking to sell, or are in the midst of selling your home and considering bridge financing, it is important to understand that unless you can qualify and pay for two mortgages, you should always sell your existing home before purchasing a new one. There are a couple reasons for this:

  • Property values are constantly changing. You won’t know how much money you have until you sell your home as a home is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it NOW. Past sales and future guesses don’t count!
  • You need the proceeds from your existing home to help pay for the down payment on your new home, as well as renovations, moving costs and (if required) the size of mortgage you qualify for.

However, if you have firm sale and purchase agreements in place and are adamant about bridge financing, there are some things you should know.

getting bridge financing

If you have sold your existing home but the closing date comes after the closing date of the new property you just purchased, then bridge financing will likely be your best option.

Remember – in order to qualify you must have a firm sale agreement for your current home and a purchase agreement for the new home. If you don’t have a firm selling date you may need to consider a private lender for the bridge loan.

If you do have a firm sale and purchase agreements and want to move forward with bridge financing, you also need to consider the lender. Your new lender may not allow for bridge financing as not all lenders do. It is important to consider whether or not you think you need bridge financing so you can ensure you sign with the appropriate lender. Utilizing a Dominion Lending Centres mortgage broker can help you find a lender that provides the options you need.

COSTS OF BRIDGE FINANCING

It is important to mention that bridge financing typically costs MORE than your traditional mortgage. It is best to expect the Prime Rate plus 2, 3 or 4 percent, as well as an administration fee.

Also, in some cases, if you require a loan over $200,000 or a loan for more than 120 days, your lender may register a lien on the property until the loan is repaid. In order to remove this lien, you will need to consider the added costs of paying for a real estate lawyer.

PRIVATE FINANCING

If you have purchased your new home and are closing the deal, but your existing home has not yet sold, you would not qualify for bridge financing and would therefore need to consider a private loan.

Private financing is expensive, but it is generally a more affordable option versus lowering the asking price of your existing home and losing out on tens of thousands just to sell quickly. Seeking out a specialized mortgage broker who has access to individuals that lend money out privately to get the best rate and terms available to you.

COSTS OF PRIVATE FINANCING

Private loans are dependent on having enough equity in your current property to qualify and are more expensive than traditional mortgages. Private loans have a much higher interest rate than traditional mortgages, which averages anywhere from 7-15 percent. The costs associated with a higher interest rate is in addition to an up-front lender fee and potential broker fee. These amounts will vary based on your specific situation with consideration to: time required for the loan, the loan amount, loan-to-value ratio, credit bureau, property location, etc.

When it comes to bridge financing and selling and buying of your home, don’t waste your time trying to figure it out on your own. Give a me a call and we can help you determine your best option!

 

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3 Advantages of a Pre-Approval

General Greg Weaver 21 Jul

While getting pre-qualified can give you a ballpark estimate on what you can afford, getting pre-approved is where the real magic happens.

Mortgage pre-approval means that a lender has stated (in writing) that you do qualify for a mortgage and what amount, based on submitted documentation of your current income and credit history.

A pre-approval usually specifies a term, interest rate and mortgage amount and is typically valid for a brief period of time, assuming various conditions are met.

There are three benefits to pre-approval including:

1. It confirms the maximum amount you can afford to spend

Not only does getting pre-approved make the search easier for you, but helps your real estate agent find the best home in your price range. The temptation will always be to start looking at the very top of your budget, but it is important to remember that there will be fees, such as mandatory closing costs, which can range from 1 to 4% of the purchase price. Factoring these into your maximum budget can help you narrow down a home that is entirely affordable and ensure future financial stability and security.

2. It can secure you an interest rate for 90-120 days while you shop for your new home

Getting pre-approved doesn’t commit you to a single lender, but it does guarantee the rate offered to you will be locked in from 90 to 120 days which helps if interest rates rise while you are still shopping. If interest rates actually decrease, you would still be offered the lower rate. Another benefit to pre-approval is that, when it comes time to purchase, pre-approval lets the seller know that securing financing should not be an issue. This is extremely beneficial in competitive markets where lots of offers may be coming in.

3. It lets the seller know that securing financing should not be an issue

Lastly, pre-approval lets the seller know that you are able to make the purchase. This can be very helpful in competitive markets where lots of offers may be coming in, as it helps to inform the seller that you’re a sure thing versus other potential bidders who may not have pre-approval.

Keep in mind, once you get your pre-approval, you will want to make sure not to jeopardize it. Until your mortgage application and sale is completed, be sure you don’t quit or change jobs, buy a new car or trade up, transfer large sums of money between bank accounts, leave your bills unpaid or open up new credit cards. You do not want your financial or employment details to change at all until you have closed on the new mortgage.

If you have any questions or want to get your pre-approval started today, don’t hesitate to reach out I would be happy to help you get pre-approved for a mortgage.

 

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5 Tips to Stay Cool & Save This Summer

General Greg Weaver 11 Jul

Summer has started and its getting hot out there! To maximize your enjoyment, we have some great tips for staying cool this summer AND saving money while you do:

1. Cook in the Great Outdoors

Summer is all about enjoying the sunshine, spending time with your friends and family, and relaxing in your own personal backyard oasis. We suggest the grill masters take their place for a few months of BBQ-fuelled meals. By avoiding cooking in the house, not only do you reduce the heat from the kitchen, you are also naturally relaxing in your extended outdoor living space.

2. Take Advantage of Fans

Instead of cranking the A/C (and your electricity bill), consider cooling down with portable fans. Not only are these great options if your home is not equipped with air conditioning, but they can help ease the stress on your unit when used together! Portable fans work by creating a breeze, helping to circulate the air and causing a wind-chill effect that hits your skin and helps keep you cool.

PRO TIP: For an extra blast of coolness, place a bowl of ice in front of the fan to create a refreshing mist of air!

3. Shut Out the Heat

We wait for summer all year but, as nice as it is to have that bright light streaming though, it can also increase the heat in your house and cause extra stress on your A/C unit and fans. On especially hot days, keeping the curtains drawn can help reduce the heat input and allow your home to stay cooler and more comfortable!

4. Maintain Your Air Filters

An often-overlooked aspect of home maintenance are air filters. With summer in full swing, we suggest you check the filters in your home. Dirty or jammed-up filters slow airflow and make the system work harder, thereby reducing airflow and causing the heat to build up in your home. Plus, ignoring the maintenance on these can lead to expensive repairs down the road. Replacing your air filters every three months is ideal to keep dirt and dust out of your system and ensure they are working optimally.

5. Swap to Energy Efficient Lighting

You have probably heard some of the reasons why LED lights have become so popular, but did you know that they also produce 75 percent less heat than incandescent bulbs, and can help keep the room temperature down? This cannot only help keep your home cooler during those toasty summer months, but it can also help reduce monthly bills!

Whether you implement one or all of these handy cool-down tips, we hope you have a fantastic summer season filled with backyard memories and enjoy your home to the fullest!

 

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Insurance Products

General Greg Weaver 7 Jul

People don’t always want to talk about home insurance, but when it comes to your house there is no better investment than insurance. But, with the number of insurance products available, it can be hard to know where to start! While it can seem overwhelming, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the basics of some of the required and optional insurance coverage when it comes to your home.

default insurance

The first and perhaps most common form of insurance when discussing the mortgage space is known as “default insurance”. The purpose of mortgage default insurance is to protect the lenders, allowing them to lend money more aggressively.

This type of insurance is mandatory for any home where the buyer puts less than 20 percent down on the purchase. In fact, default insurance is the reason that lenders accept lower down payments, such as a 5 percent minimum, and actually helps these buyers access comparable interest rates typically offered with larger down payments.

In Canada, there are only three companies that offer default insurance: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), which is run by the federal government and two private companies: Genworth Financial and Canada Guaranty.

Default insurance typically requires a premium, which is based on the loan-to-value ratio (mortgage loan amount divided by the purchase price). This premium can be paid in a single lump sum or it can be added to your mortgage and included in your monthly payments.

According to CMHC, the minimum down payment required for mortgage loan insurance depends on the purchase price of the home:

  • For a purchase price of $500,000 or less, the minimum down payment is 5 percent.
  • When the purchase price is above $500,000, the minimum down payment is 5 percent for the first $500,000 and 10 percent for the remaining portion.

It is also important to note that default insurance (or mortgage loan insurance) is available only for properties with a purchase price or an improved/renovated value below $1 million.

title insurance

Another insurance policy that potential homeowners may encounter is known as “title insurance”. This is an insurance policy that protects residential or commercial property owners and their lenders against losses relating to the property’s title or ownership. In fact, it is so important to lenders that every single lender in Canada requires you to purchase title insurance on their behalf. It is not a requirement to have coverage for yourself, but that doesn’t mean you should dismiss it outright.

Title insurance can protect you from existing liens on the property’s title, but the most common benefit is protection against title fraud. Title fraud typically involves someone using stolen personal information, or forged documents to transfer your home’s title to him or herself – without your knowledge. The fraudster then gets a mortgage on your home and disappears with the money. As the old adage goes: “It’s better to be safe than sorry” and the same goes for insurance.

Similar to default insurance, title insurance is charged as a one-time fee or a premium with the cost based on the value of your property. Title insurance for the lender is typically $250 to $300, while title insurance for yourself runs around $125 to $150. You can purchase title insurance through your lawyer or title insurance company, such as First Canadian Title (FCT).

mortgage protection insurance

Before you sign off on your mortgage, there is one more type of insurance your mortgage broker should tell you about – Mortgage Protection Insurance. Despite being optional, it should still be considered. Almost every mortgage broker in the business has a story of someone who passed on the extra coverage and tragedy hit.

Unfortunately, life happens but it doesn’t have to happen to your home. While you may not want to spend the money now, or maybe you already have some type of life insurance policy through work, don’t discount this option as it is often a blessing in disguise – especially when it comes to homeowners with a spouse and children. Can they carry on with the mortgage payment? If not, they would be forced to sell on top of everything else. For a few extra dollars a month, mortgage protection insurance provides that safety net in the event it is ever needed.

When it comes to choosing a mortgage protection plan, there are a number of different policies available depending on your budget. Manulife’s Mortgage Protection Plan offers immediate insurance and can be canceled at any given time. If you think you may be covered through your work, it can’t hurt to take a closer look at the policy.

Mortgage insurance is what we consider “debt replacement” and life insurance is more fitting as an “income replacement”. This is an important distinction and you should understand the difference. You also need to see just how much you’re going to get through your life insurance policy; you may be surprised just how little it amounts to.

property + fire insurance

Lastly, after you’ve signed off on your mortgage you need to close on the home. Before you do this, your lender is going to require home insurance. When it comes to home insurance, there are many different types of coverage however it generally protects you from damage to the home that is accidental or unexpected, such as a fire.

Home insurance can also cover the contents of your home, depending on your insurance package. For individuals looking at purchasing condos or townhouses, this is especially important! The insurance from strata typically protects the building itself and common areas, as well as your suit “as is”, but it will not account for your personal belongings or any upgrades you made. Be sure to cross-check your strata insurance policy and take out an individual one on your unit to cover the difference.

One final thing to consider with regards to home insurance is that, just because you have home insurance you’re not necessarily covered in the event of a flood or earthquake. Depending on where you live, you may need to purchase additional coverage to be protected from a natural disaster. It’s best to talk to your insurance provider to confirm that you are covered.

At the end of the day, purchasing a home is a huge investment. Why risk it when there are so many great insurance products to ensure your investment – and family – remain protected? Reach out to a Dominion Lending Centres Mortgage Professional today to find out what coverage is needed and how to go about getting it!

 

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