17 Jan

Bank of Canada Raise Overnight Rate

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Posted by: Angela Calla

The Bank of Canada has raised it’s key lending rate .25% as we had projected it would in our previous email. This is the 3rd increase it has moved its benchmark rate from the once record lows last summer. Bank prime will follow to 3.45% (TD has a higher prime presently) The impact for borrowers is approx $13 per 100k in mortgage amount. If you have a mortgage rate of prme minus.50 this means your new rate will likely be 2.95%.

Here is the full release from this morning, and an articles to note.

https://www.bankofcanada.ca/2018/01/fad-press-release-2018-01-17/

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/prime-interest-rate-increases-1.4201403

If you have any questions on reviewing your lock in optons or starting to secure your options for an upcoming renewal kindly contact us to help you 604-802-3983 or callateam@dominionlending.ca

The Angela Calla Mortgage Team gives you clarity on the best mortgage by being transparent, unbiased free mortgage advice with choice. We are here to help you personally with your mortgage.

 

15 Jan

8 Things To Get The Best Renewal

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Posted by: Angela Calla

With 47 per cent of homeowners scheduled to renew their mortgages this year, 2018 is a year of change for lots of Canadians.

Here are the top 8 things you can do to get the best renewal

  1. Pull out your mortgage renewal now, and start early. When you are proactive instead of reactive you can see if there is anything on your credit score or lifestyle that we can modify to ensure you are positioned for the best renewal. You are only in a position to do this when you start early- in the last year of your mortgage you will have the most amount of options available. For example, there can be an inaccuracy in your credit report or you may be considering an income/job change that would impact your options. We can look at timing accordingly for you.
  2. Do not just sign the renewal offered. Lenders can change the terms of your mortgage, and the renewal you are signing can cost you up to four per cent of your equity if you are with the wrong lender for your current life stage.
  3. Most people think the best rate is the best renewal – WRONG. The terms are most important and with all terms moving or selling is the only reason most people think they would ever break a mortgage- THIS is simply not the case, a change in the interest rate market, divorce, health, job change, investment opportunity and many other reasons would contribute to a future modification being beneficial for a consumer.
  4. Take into consideration lender history. The lender can have a higher prime then anyone because they know the cost to leave outweighs staying the course. The lenders are very smart with their calculated risks- and this is not something they have an obligation to disclose.
  5. Remember your lender has a bias – their job is to handcuff you so they can make as much profit off you as possible- don’t be a victim.
  6. Do not shop each lender on your own, it takes points off of your credit score. All lenders have different rates based on your score and you want to position yourself to get the best. By using a mortgage professional, they can shop multiple lenders protecting your credit using only one application, while the rate variation can be on average a half a percent!
  7. Don’t get sucked into the online rate shopping– any monkey can post a rate online and you can drive yourself crazy looking at something that does not exists. In today’s complex mortgage market there are significantly different rates based on – insured mortgage vs uninsured mortgage, switch vs refinance, purchase or renewal, principal residence vs rental, salary or self-employed, 600 credit score or 700 credit score, amortization of 20 years to 30 years, type of property condo vs house, and leased land or freehold. The variations can mean a difference in thousands of dollars. Like diagnosing a medical condition, you can’t go online, you do have to put in the appropriate application and supporting documents to verify which options are available to you that will result in the lowest cost in borrowing.
  8. Remember your mortgage is the largest debt and investment most of us have, when you contact an independent mortgage professional, we are going to invest all the work and expertise and advise you in your best interest regardless if we get your business. We may after our review advise you to stick with your existing lender, or make another recommendation for you. We are only here to enhance your finances and save you money, and there is no cost for our service.

Angela Calla is in the top 1% of all mortgage professionals in Canada and long time host of The Mortgage Show on 980 CKNW, she can be reached at acalla@dominionlending.ca 604-802-3983 for further comment or questions.

11 Jan

Understanding Your Credit Score

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Posted by: Angela Calla

Your credit score reflects your financial health. It is represented by a number determined by a mathematical formula. Your credit score helps determine if you are a risk to lenders. And good credit is very important to qualify for a loan. In addition to your ability to pay, a mortgage lender will look at your willingness to pay. When you apply for a loan, the lender will consider your credit history before making a decision.

Your credit score is determined by these factors*:

Read more:
homeownership.ca/how-can-i-make-sense-of-the-homebuying-process/understanding-your-credit-score/

Angela Calla, Mortgage Expert, AMP of the Year in 2009 has been helping British Columbian families save money with the best mortgage strategy for over a decade from her Port Coquitlam office location. She is a regular contributor to national and regional media outlets and long-time host of The Mortgage Show on CKNW Saturdays at 7pm, and sits on many advisory boards for mortgage lenders & insures.

11 Jan

Spousal Buyout Mortgage?

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Posted by: Angela Calla

If you happen to be going through, or considering a divorce or separation, you might not be aware that there are mortgage products designed to allow you to refinance your property in order to buyout your ex-spouse.

For most couples, their property is their largest asset and where the majority of their equity has been saved. In the case of a separation, it is possible to structure a new mortgage that allows you to purchase the property from your ex-spouse for up to 95% of the property’s value. Alternatively, if your ex-spouse wants to keep the property, they can buy you out using the same program.

Here are some quesionts about the spousal buyout program:

Is a finalized separation agreement required?
Yes. In order to qualify, you will be required to provide the lender with a copy of the signed separation agreement. The details of asset allocation must be clearly outlined.

Can the net proveeds be used for home renovations or to pay out loans?
No. The net proceeds can only be used to buy out the other owner’s share of equity and/or to pay off joint debt as explicitly agreed upon in the finalized separation agreement.

What is the maximum amount that can be withdrawn?
The maximum equity that can be withdrawn is the amount agreed upon in the separation agreement to buy out the other owner’s share of property and/or to retire joint debts (if any), not to exceed 95% loan to value (LTV).

What is the maximum permitted LTV?
Max. LTV is the lesser of 95% or Remaining Mortgage + Equity required to buy out other owner and/or pay off joint debt (which, in some cases, can total great than 95% LTV). The property must be the primary owner occupied residence.

Do all parties have to be on title?
Yes. All parties to the transaction have to be current registered owners on title. Solicitor is required to do a search of title to confirm.

Do the parties have to be a married or common law couple?
No. The current owners can be friends or siblings. This is considered on exception with insurer approval. In this case, as there won’t be a separation agreement, there is a standard clause that can be included in the purchase contract that outlines the buyout.

Is a full appraisal required?
Yes. When considering this type of a mortgage, it is similar to a private sale and a physical appraisal of the property is necessary.

If you have any questions about how a spousal buyout mortgage works, please contact your local Dominion Lending Centres mortgage professional. Be assured that our communication will be held in the strictest of confidence.

-Michael Hallett

Angela Calla has been a licensed mortgage broker for 14 years. She has been with Dominion Lending Centres since its inception in January 2006. Residing in Port Moody, British Columbia, Angela is a regular expert guest on several news stations, television shows, radio programs and local and national publications. She was the AMP of the year in 2009, and has consistently been one of DLC and the industry’s top performers since 2006. She can be reached at callateam@dominionlending.ca or 604-802-3983

8 Jan

Mortgage Rates On The Rise – Angela Calla on Global News

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Posted by: Angela Calla

Variable Rates
There is plenty of speculation we will see a raise in the prime rate Jan. 17 – which means variable rate mortgage holders will have an increase to their rate and payment. While we can’t be certain, the numbers at this time appear to support it. We are sending this to you in advance of any increase as our continued commitment to give you the power to make decisions proactively for you and those you care most about.

While personally we are sticking with the variable rate, (a variable rate is still lower than a fixed rate option when you consider most people will see a 1% increase once they lock in) that decision may not be for everyone.
Here is the link to the article from DLC’s chief economist:
Robust Canadian Jobs Report for December Tops Off a Blockbuster Year

If you feel you no longer want to stick with a variable rate contact, we can assist with your decision moving forward.

Fixed Rates
Please keep in mind fixed interest rates are on the rise as well. With 47 percent of Canadians having a renewal this year, contact us today if you or someone you care about has a renewal in the coming year. We can help secure your options today or see if there is anything that can be done to get you in a better position to maximize your opportunities. Here is my most recent segment on Global Morning News Updating Canadians on the mortgage market:
Open House 2018 Mortgage Outlook

The best mortgage plan is one that is developed by assessing your goals and life stage. The Angela Calla Mortgage Team will help you personally call us at 604-802-3983 or email callateam@dominionlending.ca
To contact Angela Calla directly call 604-802-3983 or visit www.angelacalla.ca

8 Jan

Open House 2018 Mortgage Outlook

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Posted by: Angela Calla

Check out Angela Calla on Global News as she discusses the new stress test rules and what to look forward to in 2018.

Watch here: Open House 2018 Mortgage Outlook with Angela Calla

The Angela Calla Mortgage Team gives you clarity on the best mortgage by being transparent, unbiased free mortgage advice with choice. We are here to help you personally with your mortgage at 604-802-3983 or callateam@dominionlending.ca

8 Jan

Robust Canadian Jobs Report for December Tops Off a Blockbuster Year

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Posted by: Angela Calla

The highly anticipated December Labour Force Survey, released this morning by Stats Canada, surpassed forecasts breaking multi-year records. Canada’s jobless rate fell to 5.7% in December, its lowest level in more than 40 years, raising the prospects for a Bank of Canada rate hike possibly as soon as this month. The number of jobs rose by 78,600 bringing the full-year gain to 422,500, the best annual increase since 2002. While most of the jobs in December were part-time, nearly all of the net jobs created in 2017 were in full-time work (+394,000 or +2.7%).

Read more: Robust Canadian Jobs Report for December Tops Off a Blockbuster Year

Angela Calla has been a licensed mortgage broker for 14 years. She has been with Dominion Lending Centres since its inception in January 2006. Residing in Port Moody, British Columbia, Angela is a regular expert guest on several news stations, television shows, radio programs and local and national publications. She was the AMP of the year in 2009, and has consistently been one of DLC and the industry’s top performers since 2006. She can be reached at callateam@dominionlending.ca or 604-802-3983