Selling your current home and moving into a new one can be stressful enough, let alone worrying about your current mortgage and whether you’re able to carry it over to your new home.
Porting enables you to move to another property without having to lose your existing interest rate, mortgage balance and term. And, better yet, the ability to port also saves you money by avoiding early discharge penalties.
It’s important to note, however, that not all mortgages are portable. When it comes to fixed-rate mortgage products, you usually have a portability option. Lenders often use a “blended” system where your current mortgage rate stays the same on the mortgage amount ported over to the new property and the new balance is calculated using the current interest rate....
With mortgage rates still hovering at historic lows, chances are you’ve considered breaking your current mortgage and renewing or refinancing now before rates begin to rise.
Perhaps you want to free up cash for such things as renovations, travel or putting towards your children’s education? Or maybe you want to pay down debt or pay your mortgage off faster?
If you’ve thought about breaking your mortgage and taking advantage of these historically low rates, feel free to give me a call or send me an email to discuss your options.
In some cases, the penalty can be quite substantial if you aren’t very far into your mortgage term, but we can determine if breaking your mortgage now will benefit you long term.
People often assume the penalty for breaking a mortgage amounts to three months’ interest payments so, when they crunch the numbers, it doesn’t seem so bad. In most cases, however, the penalty is the greater of three months’ interest or the interest rate differential (IRD)....
Fall is here! The kids have moved out for school. Help them learn about renting and coping with issues during their tenancy.
One property manager, who has been in the business for decades, compares landlord and tenant relationships to marriage. Initially, both parties are enthused with one another and things look rosy. As the tenancy progresses, the initial rosy viewpoint shifts to a more realistic one as issues arise. These could be minor issues, such as a tenant wanting repairs to happen more quickly, or there could be major issues, such as non-payment of rent.
The below links address practical tenancy issues:
The decision to choose a fixed or variable rate is not always an easy one. It should depend on your tolerance for risk as well as your ability to withstand increases in mortgage payments. You can sometimes expect a financial reward for going with the variable rate, although the precise magnitude will change depending on the economic environment.
Fixed rate mortgages often appeal to clients who want stability in their payments, manage a tight monthly budget, or are generally more conservative. For example, young couples with large mortgages relative to their income might be better off opting for the peace of mind that a fixed-rate brings.
A variable rate mortgage often allows the borrower to take advantage of lower rates -- the interest rate is calculated on an ongoing basis at a lenders’ prime rate minus a set percentage. For example, today's prime mortgage rate is 3.00 percent, the holder of a prime minus 0.5 percent mortgage would pay a 2.50 percent variable interest rate.
As a consumer, the best option is to have a candid discussion with your mortgage professional to ensure you have a full understanding of the risks and rewards of each type of mortgage.
Feel free to give me a call at 647-893-2535 to further explore this topic.
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