PST added onto CMHC Premiums as of August 2017

If you were on the fence about buying a house, do it before PST added onto CMHC!

 

Buying a home is one of the most important and exciting steps in your life…. found the home you want now you need a mortgage. Deal with people who can offer you and your family the best options.  Devin Cristo and Wes Will of Your Mortgage Now are Trusted Saskatoon Mortgage Experts and they have many years of experience helping individuals and families in Saskatoon and area by offering mortgages from a variety of lenders . Their latest article is about upcoming changes in August when PST added onto CMHC Premiums

PST added on CMHC Premiums

PST added onto Mortgage Insurance Premiums as of August 1st 2017

CMHC has recently advised us that there will be a 6% PST charge on all Mortgage Default insurance premiums (CMHC/GE/Canada Guaranty) as of August 2017.
CMHC will be required to collect 6% provincial sales tax (PST) on premiums and surcharges for full or partial loan advances made on or after August 1, 2017.
The Saskatchewan PST will be payable on premiums paid for all mortgage loan insurance transactions. The provincial sales tax cannot be added to the loan amount.

What does this mean for YOUR Mortgage?

If your possession date is on or after August 1/2017 there will be a 6% PST charge on your CMHC premium
An Example:
Purchase $450,000.00
Minimum 5% downpayment $22,500.00
=$427,500.00
+CMHC premium $17,100.00 (4% surcharge/minimum 5% down)
=Total mortgage $444,600.00
*TOTAL PST required at lawyers office payable=$1026.00 (6% of the CMHC premium)
This PST cannot be financed as part of the mortgage and is only applicable on insured mortgages (CMHC/GE/Canada Guaranty)

Looking to purchase a home soon?

Having the mortgage approval in place and taking possession before AUGUST 1st 2017 will save you this additional PST cost.

Deal with the Saskatoon mortgage brokers you can trust at Your Mortgage Now and be sure that you have looked at all of the options, and that you have the best mortgage products and the best mortgage rates to suit your needs.

 

 

Dealing with Mortgage Payment Difficulties & Fort McMurray fire disaster

Devin Cristo and Wes Will are Trusted Saskatoon Licensed Mortgage Associates with Your Mortgage Link, Brokerage License #315794. Your Mortgage Link is a Saskatchewan based brokerage operation, with offices in Saskatoon and Regina, competing in the wholesale mortgage market Canada wide. Our goal is to offer clients a broad range of mortgage products, and create competition between many of Canada’s top lenders.

Mortgage Payment Difficulties

When unforeseen financial circumstances impact your ability to make regular mortgage payments, or disaster strikes, it’s important for you to take quick action. With early intervention, cooperation, and a well executed plan, you can work together with your mortgage professional to find a solution to your financial difficulties.

 

 

Dealing with Mortgage Payment Difficulties

What Can We Do to Help?

If you find yourself facing financial difficulties, as a result of job loss, family income reduction, or for other reasons, it can be an overwhelming experience leaving you feeling uncomfortable and unsure of what to do. By following these three simple steps, you can make a big difference in resolving your financial difficulties.

1. Talk to your mortgage professional

  • To increase the chance of successfully managing your financial situation through early intervention, call your mortgage professional at the first sign of financial difficulty;
  • Ask the mortgage professional about information on the options available for managing your financial situation; and
  • Keep the mortgage professional informed as circumstances evolve.

2. Clarify the financial picture

In order to help your mortgage professional fully understand your financial situation, before meeting with them, prepare a detailed list of financial obligations including any credit cards, loans, household bills with the amounts owing and their due dates. Be sure to include information about your current income, savings accounts, investments, and any other assets.

3. Stay informed

The more information you have at your disposal on managing your finances, the easier it will be to make the right decisions.

Take Charge of Your Debts is an online tool from the Government of Canada that is designed to help borrowers like you understand debt problems, and includes information on making a budget, budget counselling, collection agencies, credit, and credit repair. To view this tool, log on to www.ic.gc.ca (Industry Canada) and search for “Take Charge of Your Debts”.

How Can Your Mortgage Now and CMHC Help?

Your mortgage professional wants to establish and maintain a positive relationship with you over the long term, and is fully trained and equipped with the tools to help you deal with the temporary financial setbacks that you may be facing.

For mortgages insured by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), CMHC provides mortgage professionals with tools and the flexibility to make timely decisions when working with you to find a solution to your unique financial situation. These tools include:

  • Converting a variable interest rate mortgage to a fixed interest rate mortgage in order to protect you from a sudden interest rate increase, should one occur.
  • Offering a temporary short-term payment deferral. Your mortgage professional may be prepared to offer greater payment flexibilities, particularly if previous lump sum prepayments have been made, or if you have previously chosen an accelerated payment schedule.
  • Extending the original repayment period (amortization) in order to lower your monthly mortgage payments.
  • Adding any missed payments (arrears) to the mortgage balance and spreading them over the remaining mortgage repayment period.
  • Offering a special payment arrangement unique to your particular financial situation.

CMHC is also willing to consider other alternatives proposed by the mortgage professional to resolve or avoid mortgage payment default. In every case, the options available will depend upon your individual financial circumstances.

 

 CMHC Tools to Support Canadians Affected by Fires in Fort McMurray and Area

Mortgage Payment Difficulties

CMHC joins Canadians in expressing our concern for the people of Fort McMurray and the surrounding area that are dealing with devastating forest fires.

As residents continue to deal with the effects, CMHC wishes to remind mortgage professionals that we can help you assist homeowners that may be affected by these unfortunate events. and their impending Mortgage Payment Difficulties.

For borrowers with CMHC-insured mortgage loans that are affected by the fires and who may require special arrangements to meet their mortgage payment obligations, CMHC offers Approved Lenders a series of default management tools including:

o        Deferral of payment
o        Re-amortization of the loan, to result in lower payments
o        Capitalization of outstanding interest arrears and other eligible expenses
o        Special payment arrangements
o        A combination of the above

Approved Lenders have the flexibility to make these special arrangements quickly and without CMHC approval provided that they retain a documented analysis of the borrower’s financial situation on file. Approved Lenders can refer to the CMHC Homeowner Default Management Guide for complete details on CMHC’s default management program. Please find attached a flyer providing a summary of these arrangements.

Approved Lenders are reminded that properties must be adequately protected by standard insured perils and that any damage exceeding $5,000 should be reported to the CMHC Claim Payment Centre.

CMHC recognizes that homeowners affected by the fires may experience some financial hardship due to income shortages resulting from temporary evacuations or due to the need to rebuild or repair their homes. CMHC encourages homeowners with CMHC-insured mortgages to contact their financial institution at the first signs of financial difficulty to discuss their specific situation. 

To help you share information with any of your clients that may be affected, please also find attached CMHC’s “Dealing with Mortgage Payment Difficulties” factsheet. 

CMHC’s Default Management Tool Selector can also help lenders to determine what CMHC default management tools are most appropriate given the borrower’s circumstances. CMHC also offers comprehensive training to Approved Lenders covering CMHC’s default management tools and more. If you are interested in obtaining training, please contact your CMHC Account Manager, Client Relations.

CMHC’s Default Management and Claim Specialists are also available to assist you at any time, including before a default occurs and during early stages of payment delinquency. The Specialists have the expertise to help you manage unusual or complex default situations. Contact the Claim Payment Centre, Monday to Friday at 1-866-358-9999 or by email at cpc@cmhc.ca, to speak with a Specialist.
You can work with confidence, knowing that you are supported by an experienced and informed mortgage loan insurance provider in the Canadian housing market.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or require assistance.

CMHC is Canada’s national housing agency. For over 65 years CMHC has shared a wealth of knowledge and housing expertise to help create an informed and reassured homeownership experience for Canadians.

CMHC Calls Out Real Estate Markets for Signs of Overvaluation

Devin Cristo and Wes Will are Trusted Saskatoon Licensed Mortgage Associates with Your Mortgage Link, Brokerage License #315794. Your Mortgage Link is a Saskatchewan based brokerage operation, with offices in Saskatoon and Regina, competing in the wholesale mortgage market Canada wide. Our goal is to offer clients a broad range of mortgage products, and create competition between many of Canada’s top lenders.Real Estate Overvaluation

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The Crown Corporation, which monitors the housing market in the country, is coming around to the view that there may be some overvaluation and overbuilding in some Canadian cities.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Wednesday that overvaluation cReal Estate Overvaluationan be “detected” in nine of the 15 cities it monitors with overbuilding recorded in seven.

“While we see weak evidence of problematic conditions for Canada, we do detect moderate evidence of overvaluation. This means that house prices are higher than levels that can be supported by fundamental factors such as income growth and population growth,” said Bob Dugan, chief economist with CMHC.

CMHC’s valuation is part of its quarterly Housing Market Assessment, something the Crown Corporation calls an early warning system, alerting Canadians to areas of concern developing in our housing markets so that they may take action in a way that promotes market stability.

Real Estate OvervaluationSince its last assessment, CMHC added Vancouver, Hamilton, and Saskatoon to cities where housing prices may be overvalued. The averaged detached home in metro Vancouver is almost $1.8 million today and prices are rising about 23 per cent year over year in Canada’s most expensive city for home ownership.

The Crown Corporation says there “strong evidence of problematic conditions” in the overall market for Toronto, Calgary, Saskatoon and Regina. Toronto’s issues are price acceleration and overvaluation. In Calgary, Saskatoon and Regina, the issue is a combination of overvaluation and overbuilding.

CMHC defines problematic conditions as imbalances in the housing market that occur when overbuilding, overvaluation, overheating and price acceleration, or combinations of those issues exceed historical norms.

Your Mortgage Now Saskatoon discloses Mortgage Costs

Devin Cristo and Wes Will are Trusted Saskatoon Licensed Mortgage Associates with Your Mortgage Link, Brokerage License #315794. Your Mortgage Link is a Saskatchewan based brokerage operation, with offices in Saskatoon and Regina, competing in the wholesale mortgage market Canada wide. Our goal is to offer clients a broad range of mortgage products, and create competition between many of Canada’s top lenders.

MORTGAGE COSTS

mortgage costs
Over and above your down payment, there are always last-minute costs such as taxes, legal fees, appraisal fees, moving expenses, and house insurance to pay before you are finally a new home owner.

These are known as “closing costs”, and there are some that you simply cannot avoid or lessen, as they are legally required and often fixed at a particular rate or charge. The time to budget for those “end” expenses is now. You must be prepared to pay most, and perhaps all, of the following costs.

Property Purchase Transfer Tax

Some Provincial Governments impose a Property Purchase Transfer Tax (PPTT) which must be paid when a property is legally transferred to a new owner. Each Province has there own formula.

Taxes

If you are purchasing a new home, you may be subject to GST/HST on the purchase price. Most Provinces will reduce the GST/HST if the purchase price is under a certain threshold. Check your Provincial Government Web Page for details.

Legal Fees

The transfer of property ownership fro the seller to the buyer must be recorded in the Land Title Office. Only a lawyer or notary can act on your behalf during the completion of your purchase. Legal fees for this service typically include a registration fee, disbursements, and a fee to prepare and register the mortgage documents.

Property Tax Adjustment

Of the current owners have already paid the full year’s property taxers to the municipality, you will have to reimburse them for your share of the year’s taxes.

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Home Inspection Fee

A property inspection includes a check of all the major components of a building – roof, foundation, insulation, plumbing, heating, and electrical systems are all properly tested and examined. Not only do inspectors catch things you may have missed, but they also provide a detailed, written inspection report. CIBC will pay up to $500 for home inspections in most places in Saskatchewan.

Appraisal Fee

Lending institutions require an appraisal of the property before giving you your mortgage funds; it will be your responsibility to pay the appraiser’s fee.

Title Insurance

The lending institutions may also require Title Insurance (which has now replaced a Survey Certificate in most cases) to formally establish the boundaries of the property and to ensure that all buildings are within those boundaries.

Mortgage Default Insurance

A high ratio mortgage allows borrowing more than 80% of the purchase price of the new home. In most cases, the premium is added to the mortgage amount, however if you can pay the premium upfront, do so now – it could save you even more later.

Life and Disability Insurance

As you take on any new debt, you should always consider your insurance protection needs, especially if you have a young family. You could purchase protection from your lender, however in most cases you would be better off to speak to an insurance agent/broker.

Fire Insurance

The mortgage lender will insist that you purchase an insurance policy which guarantees that, in the event of fire, the lender will receive the balance owing on the mortgage before you receive any insurance proceeds.

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How To Calculate The Monthly Costs of Owning a Home

As your licensed mortgage associates, we want to ensure you are well prepared for home ownership. This includes the many monthly fees that many homeowners don’t see coming. Some of them, like taxes, may not be billed monthly, so do the calculations to break them down into monthly costs.

 

How To Calculate The Monthly Costs of Owning a Home.

The Mortgage Payment
For most home buyers, this is the largest monthly expense. The actual amount of the mortgage payment can vary widely since it is based on a number of variables, such as mortgage term or amortization.

Property Taxes
Property tax can be paid in two ways – remitted directly to the municipality by you, in which case you may be required to periodically show proof of payment to your financial institution; or paid as part of your monthly mortgage payment.

School Taxes
In some municipalities, these taxes are integrated into the property taxes. In others, they are collected separately and are payable in a single lump sum, usually due at the end of the current school year.

Utilities
As a home owner, you’ll be responsible for all utility bills including heating, gas, electricity, water, telephone and cable.

Maintenance and Upkeep
You will also have to cover the cost of painting, roof repairs, electrical and plumbing, walks and driveway, lawn care and snow removal. A well-maintained property helps to preserve your home’s market value, enhances the neighbourhood and, depending on the kind of renovations you make could add to the worth of your property.

Devin Cristo & Wes Will are Trusted Saskatoon Mortgage Associates of YourMortgageNow.ca

Where Can I Find a Down Payment?

Thinking of buying a home but not sure where to start when it comes to finding a down payment? The minimum down payment in Canada is 5% of the home purchase price with the average range for most down payments being 5 to 20%. As of July 9th, 2012, all homes over $1 million dollars will require a 20% down payment. With this in mind, remember, the more you put into your down payment the less your overall mortgage payments will be.

There are different sources that you can look at to help you fund a down payment.

Traditional sources include:

  • Setting aside a fixed amount each month from your pay cheque
  • Selling stocks, bonds, property and other investments
  • Receiving help from immediate family

Non-traditional sources include:

  • Borrowing funds
  • Gifts from non-family members

An option for the first time home buyer is the RRSP Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP). This program allows a person the opportunity to withdraw up to $25,000 from their Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSPs) tax free. Many people realize the potential of this program and set up an RRSP account in advance. That way when the time comes to purchase a home they have this resource available to them. Remember though, this withdrawal is considered a loan and needs to be repaid within 15 years.

Each of these options has their own unique benefits and we will gladly sit down with you to discuss which might be the best for you.

Debt Consolidation With Your Mortgage

With the availability of credit, you may have a car loan, credit cards or other debt starting to mount, and maybe taking a toll on your budget. For some, it can be easy to max your credit card, get that new car loan, but then find it hard to keep your payments under control. You may want to consider increasing your mortgage to pay these debts out. This will not only reduce your monthly commitments, but also ease the strain on your monthly budget.
If you are thinking about consolidating other debts with your mortgage, you may have questions like:

  • Can you consolidate your current debts into your mortgage?
  • Will my current bank or lender allow me to do that?
  • What will be my monthly repayments on my increased mortgage?
  • Banks or lenders lend against the value of your home, do you have enough equity in your home to increase your mortgage to pay out those debts?

There are many options if you are thinking about consolidating your current debt into your mortgage. It is important to speak to a qualified Mortgage Broker to see which option suits your financial situation. A Mortgage Broker will look at your current bank or lender, and if that doesn’t suit, look at different banks and lenders they deal with, so they can explore many different options, and find one that suits you best.

What Type Of Debts Can You Consolidate With Your Mortgage?

All banks and lenders have different rules about what you can consolidate into your mortgage. It is important to get some information from your Mortgage Broker first, so you can learn what you can do, and then make an informed decision on what is the best option for you. Some of the types of debt you can consolidate are –

  • Credit Card Debt.
  • Car loans or personal loans.
  • Business Debt.
  • Tax Debt.
  • Investment Debt.

What Are The Advantages and Disadvantages Of Consolidating Other Debt With Your Mortgage?

Some advantages and disadvantages of consolidating your current debts with your mortgage may include –

Advantages

  • Your interest rate on your mortgage is more than likely cheaper than credit cards and other loans, saving you money.
  • You monthly commitments (repayments) may be reduced, helping your monthly budget out.
  • You may want to make a plan paying that debt down faster by consolidating it into your mortgage, and paying more than the minimum repayment, thus saving you money and interest charges.

Disadvantages

  • Although the your minimum monthly repayments may of been reduced, some of the debt in the longer term may cost you more money. For example: a car loan may of been taken over a 5 year loan term, but on your mortgage, even though the interest rate may be cheaper, your mortgage may be over a term of up to 25 years, therefore increasing the amount of actual interest you pay on the original car loan, as it is now paid over the remainder of your mortgage term.
  • Reduces the equity in your home. This may be an issue in the future, if you want to buy another home, investment property etc.
  • There maybe a fee to increase your mortgage or refinance your mortgage to another bank or lender.

It is important to talk to a Mortgage Broker , and determine what may be best for your financial situation before you make any decisions. This way you can learn the pro’s and con’s of consolidating other debts into your current mortgage, and make an informed decision.

Contact us today!

How Long Does My Pre-Approval Last?

The first step in your home buying journey should be to obtain a Pre-Approval.

Pre-Approvals are great for two reasons.

1. A Pre-Approval will give you a clear understanding of how much you can afford to buy. More so by talking with us, you will get a better understanding not only of how much you are pre approved for, but more importantly how much you can afford.

2. Pre-Approvals not only help you determine what price range you should be shopping in, but they also come with an Interest Rate Guarantee.  This means that for the period that your Pre-Approval lasts (usually 120 days) you are guaranteed the lowest rate offered by the lender. If rates go up, you still have the same rate you were Pre-Approved with. If rates go down, then you will get the lower rate.

What You Should Know About Getting Pre-Approved

– Pre-Approvals come with no obligation and are completely FREE

– You are guaranteed the lowest interest rate for 120 days

– It only takes 10 minutes to fill out the Pre-Approval application. You can even Apply Online.

What Do Lenders Look For?

A Pre-Approved mortgage is based on the information you provide on the application. The lender is assuming without verifying that the information you provided are accurate and verifiable.

Lenders typically will look at 5 main factors when reviewing a mortgage Pre-Approval:

1. Who You Are

2. Your Employment History

3. Your Income

4. Your Credit History

5. Your Debts

What a Pre-Approval Doesn’t Do

It is important to note that while we strongly recommend getting Pre-Approved for a mortgage, it is not a substitute for a mortgage approval.  You should be wary about waiving any financing condition on a Purchase Agreement in lieu of having a Pre-Approval.

The reason for this is while a Pre-Approval will tell you what you can afford based on a number of factors it does NOT take into account the actual property you are purchasing. Lenders have guidelines for properties that must be met regardless of how well qualified you are as a borrower.

Also keep in mind that Pre-Approvals do not require any documentation to prove your income or other information that you used to apply. While you may earn enough to qualify for the mortgage if you are unable to confirm this information in a manner which is acceptable to the lender your Pre-Approval won’t matter very much.

The bottom line is to work with a Mortgage Associate who will make sure your needs are being met. This will make your experience much more enjoyable!

If you have any questions about Pre-Approvals, please give our office a call at (306) 244-7755 or email us today.

How to Budget for Closing Costs

Over and above your down payment, there are always last-minute costs such as legal fees, appraisal fees, moving expenses, and house insurance to pay before you are finally a new home owner.

These are known as “closing costs”, and there are some that you simply cannot avoid or lessen, as they are legally required and often fixed at a particular rate or charge. The time to budget for those “end” expenses is now. You must be prepared to pay most, and perhaps all, of the following costs.

Property Purchase Transfer Tax
Some Provincial Governments impose a Property Purchase Transfer Tax (PPTT) which must be paid when a property is legally transferred to a new owner. Each Province has there own formula.

Goods and Services tax/Harmonized Sales Tax
If you are purchasing a new home, you may be subject to GST/HST on the purchase price. Most Provinces will reduce the GST/HST if the purchase price is under a certain threshold. Check your Provincial Government Web Page for details.

Legal Fees
The transfer of property ownership fro the seller to the buyer must be recorded in the Land Title Office. Only a lawyer or notary can act on your behalf during the completion of your purchase. Legal fees for this service typically include a registration fee, disbursements, and a fee to prepare and register the mortgage documents.

Property Tax Adjustment
Of the current owners have already paid the full year’s property taxers to the municipality, you will have to reimburse them for your share of the year’s taxes.

Home Inspection Fee
A property inspection includes a check of all the major components of a building – roof, foundation, insulation, plumbing, heating, and electrical systems are all properly tested and examined. Not only do inspectors catch things you may have missed, but they also provide a detailed, written inspection report. CIBC will pay up to $500 for home inspections in most places in Saskatchewan.

Appraisal Fee
Lending institutions require an appraisal of the property before giving you your mortgage funds; it will be your responsibility to pay the appraiser’s fee.

Title Insurance
The lending institutions may also require Title Insurance (which has now replaced a Survey Certificate in most cases) to formally establish the boundaries of the property and to ensure that all buildings are within those boundaries.

Mortgage Default Insurance
A high ratio mortgage allows borrowing more than 80% of the purchase price of the new home. In most cases, the premium is added to the mortgage amount, however if you can pay the premium upfront, do so now – it could save you even more later.

Life and Disability Insurance
As you take on any new debt, you should always consider your insurance protection needs, especially if you have a young family. You could purchase protection from your lender, however in most cases you would be better off tom speak to an insurance agent/broker.

Fire Insurance
The mortgage lender will insist that you purchase an insurance policy which guarantees that, in the event of fire, the lender will receive the balance owing on the mortgage before you receive any insurance proceeds.

Budget Your Closing Costs by downloading our Closing Costs Worksheet

Have questions? Give us a call today (306) 244-7755 or email us at devinandwes@yourmortgagelink.ca.

The 5 C’s of Credit

Applying for a mortgage can be a nerve-wracking experience when you’re not sure what to expect. Before you go looking for credit, take a few minutes to understand what lenders are looking for:

How might you stack up in a lender’s analysis of the five C’s of credit?

CAPACITY

Be prepared to show that you can afford your payments. The lender will look at your income from all sources, and compare that with your monthly financial obligations.

CAPITAL

Your downpayment demonstrates that you can save and accumulate assets, and that you are more likely to do all you can to keep up with your mortgage payments.

COLLATERAL

This is the lender’s assurance that the mortgaged property is marketable and can be re-sold to recover the investment.

CREDIT

Your habits in meeting your debt obligations will be evaluated. Do you consistently pay your debts on time?

CHARACTER

Are you sufficiently trustworthy to meet your obligations? Your education and work experience will be factors, along with length of time at your current residence and job.