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CAN WE MAKE CHANGES TO THE MORTGAGE APPLICATION, SUCH AS LENGTH OF TERM, REPAYMENT FREQUENCY, ETC., ONCE THE APPLICATION HAS BEEN SUBMITTED?

Yes. Your ideal mortgage formula has probably already been created, but if you want to consider a change let’s review the possible benefits and implications.

IS GST PAID ON A RESALE HOME?

There is no GST unless the house has been renovated substantially, and then the tax is applied as if it were a new house.*

WHAT IS AN IAD OR INTEREST ADJUSTMENT DATE?

If your transaction is due to close in the middle of the month, but your regular mortgage payments are set for the start of the month, your first mortgage payment could be delayed for several weeks. To cover this, a date is set as the IAD and an amount is collected on closing to cover this Interest Adjustment Date period.

HOW MUCH OF A DOWNPAYMENT WILL I NEED?

The downpayment usually represents between 5-20% of the total price of the property.

 

What is the difference between High Ratio Mortgage Insurance and Mortgage Life Insurance? High Ratio Mortgage Insurance protects the lender against payment default by the home buyer. It is required by most lenders if the home buyer has less than 20% downpayment. An insurance premium will apply. Mortgage Life Insurance protects your dependents and loved ones in the event of your death.

 

When the mortgage lender pays the Property Taxes, how are payments calculated? The estimated amount of your Property Taxes can be added to the mortgage payment and paid on your behalf at the appropriate times. Depending on the balance in your tax account, it may be necessary to increase or decrease the amount of monthly payments to reflect the timing of Property Tax payments.*

Mortgage Glossary

FIXED RATE MORTGAGE

An interest rate that does not change during the entire mortgage term.

VARIABLE RATE MORTGAGE

An interest rate that will fluctuate in accordance with the prevailing market prime rate during the mortgage term.

MORTGAGE RATE

The percentage interest that you pay on top of the loan principal. For example, you may take out a mortgage of $100,000 at a rate of 12%. Your monthly payments will consist of a portion of the original $100,000, plus 12% interest.

AMORTIZATION

The number of years that you take to fully pay off your mortgage (not the same as your mortgage term). Amortization periods are often 15, 20, or 25 years long.

ASSUMING A MORTGAGE

Taking over the obligations of the previous owner’s (or builder’s) mortgage when you buy a property.

BUY DOWN RATE

The portion of the interest rate on a buyer’s mortgage that you assume when they buy your home. If you’re selling your home and the prospective buyer doesn’t like the interest rate on their mortgage, you can offer to add a certain percentage of it onto your existing mortgage. You can add a maximum of 3%.

CANADA MORTGAGE AND HOUSING CORPORATION (CMHC)

A Crown corporation that administers the National Housing Act for the federal government and encourages the improvement of housing and living conditions for all Canadians. One potential source of mortgage insurance for high-ratio mortgages.

CLOSING COSTS

Costs that are in addition to the purchase price of a property and which are payable on the closing date. Examples include legal fees, land transfer taxes, and disbursements.

CLOSING DATE

The date on which the sale of a property becomes final and the buyer takes possession of the property.

DOWNPAYMENT

The money that you pay up front for a house. Downpayments typically range from 5%-20% of the total value of the home.

GENWORTH FINANCIAL CANADA

A private mortgage insurance company. One potential source of mortgage insurance for high-ratio mortgages.

HOME INSURANCE

Insurance to cover both your home and its contents (also referred to as property insurance). This is different from mortgage life insurance, which pays the outstanding balance of your mortgage in full if you die.

INSPECTION

The process of having a qualified home inspector identify potential repairs to the property you are interested in and their estimated cost.

LUMP SUM PAYMENT

An extra payment that you make to reduce the amount of your mortgage principal.

MORTGAGE

A loan that you take out in order to buy property. The collateral is the property itself.

MORTGAGE LIFE INSURANCE

This form of insurance pays the outstanding balance of your mortgage in full if you die. This is different from home or property insurance, which insures your home and its contents.

MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE (MLS)

A computerized listing of the properties available in your area, including information and sometimes pictures of each property.

PRE-APPROVED MORTGAGE CERTIFICATE

A written agreement that you will get a mortgage for a set amount of money at a set interest rate. Getting a pre-approved mortgage allows you to shop for a home without worrying how you’ll pay for it.

OFFER TO PURCHASE

A legally binding agreement between you and the person who owns the house you want to buy. It includes the price you are offering, what you expect to be included with the house, and the financial conditions of sale (your financing arrangements, the closing date, etc.).

PORTING

Transferring an existing mortgage from one home to a new home when you move. This is known as a “portable” mortgage.

PRE-PAYMENT

Repaying part of your mortgage ahead of schedule. Depending on your mortgage agreement, there may be a prepayment cost for pre-paying.

REFINANCING

The process of paying out the existing mortgage for purposes of establishing a new mortgage on the same property under new terms and conditions. This is usually done when a client requires additional funds. The client may be subject to a pre-payment cost.

RENEWAL/RENEWING

Once the original term of your mortgage expires, you have the option of renewing it with the original lender or paying off all of the balance outstanding.

TERM

The length of time during which you pay a specific rate on the mortgage loan (i.e., the number of years in your mortgage contract). This is different than the amortization period. A mortgage is usually amortized over 20-25 years, with a shorter term (typically 6 months to 5 years). After the term expires, the interest rate is usually renegotiated with the lender (your bank, for example).

CLOSED MORTGAGE

This type of mortgage must usually remain unchanged for whatever term you agree to. Prepayment costs will apply if you payout, renegotiate, or refinance before the end of term.

CONVERTIBLE MORTGAGE

This is a mortgage which offers the same security as a closed mortgage, but which can be converted to a longer, closed mortgage at any time without prepayment costs. Typically associated with fixed rate mortgages.

HIGH-RATIO MORTGAGE

The mortgage you obtain when you have less than 20% of the total purchase price to put down as your downpayment. This type of mortgage must be insured (through sources such as CMHC or Genworth Financial Canada).

OPEN MORTGAGE

This type of mortgage may be repaid, in part or in full, at any time during the term without any prepayment costs.

FIXED RATE MORTGAGE

An interest rate that does not change during the entire mortgage term.

VARIABLE RATE MORTGAGE

An interest rate that will fluctuate in accordance with the prevailing market prime rate during the mortgage term.

MORTGAGE RATE

The percentage interest that you pay on top of the loan principal. For example, you may take out a mortgage of $100,000 at a rate of 12%. Your monthly payments will consist of a portion of the original $100,000, plus 12% interest.

APPRAISAL

The process of determining the lending value of a property. There is usually a fee to have an appraisal done.

INTEREST ADJUSTMENT

The amount of interest due between the date your mortgage starts and the date the first mortgage payment is calculated from. Sometimes there is a gap between the closing date of your home purchase and the first payment date of your mortgage. Let’s say that the closing date on your new house is August 10th – but your mortgage payments are on the 15th of each month (so your first payment is calculated from August 15th and paid on September 15th). That leaves five days (August 10th to 14th) that aren’t accounted for in your first mortgage payment. You have to make an extra payment to make up for these five days; the payment is generally due on your closing date. You can avoid all this by arranging to make your first mortgage payment exactly one payment period (e.g., one month) after your closing date.

LAND TRANSFER TAX

A tax that is levied (in some provinces) on any property that changes hands.

LEGAL FEES AND DISBURSEMENTS

Some of the legal costs associated with the sale or purchase of a property. It’s in your best interest to engage the services of a real estate lawyer (or a notary in Quebec).

PREPAID PROPERTY TAX AND UTILITY ADJUSTMENTS

The amount you will owe if the person selling you the home has prepaid any property taxes or utility bills. The amount to reimburse them will be calculated based on the closing date.

PROPERTY SURVEY

A legal description of your property and its location and dimensions. An up-to-date survey is usually required by your mortgage lender. If not available from the vendor, your lawyer can obtain the property survey for a fee.

SALES TAXES

Taxes applied to the purchase cost of a property. Some properties are sales tax exempt (GST and/or PST), and some are not. For instance, residential resale properties are usually GST exempt, while new properties require GST. Always ask before signing an offer.

Mortgage Document Checklist

INFORMATION THAT DESCRIBES THE PROPERTY YOU ARE BUYING:

CONFIRMATION OF YOUR DOWN PAYMENT:

EMPLOYMENT VERIFICATION:

INFORMATION THAT DESCRIBES YOUR EXISTING PROPERTY:

As part of your application process, we will ask you questions relating to what you owe and own, what some of the projected expenses relating to the property are, such as taxes, heating costs and condo fees, and whether you will be using the property to generate income.

Courtier immobilier  et  hypothécaire

Téléphone : 514-360-3005

Courriel : stephane@charismafinance.com

3310 100e avenue, bureau 340 Laval, Québec, H7T 0J7.

Courtier immobilier  et  hypothécaire  depuis 2012  avec l'Expert Immobilier .
J'ai commencé à travailler comme courtier immobilier  en 2012 avec l'expert immobilier  .
En tant que courtier immobilier et hypothécaire, j’aime les défis et j’ai à cœur de travailler pour des clients aux situations très diverses, des plus simples aux plus complexes. Ainsi, quels que soient votre parcours et vos objectifs, je serais ravie de vous aider dans la gestion de votre hypothèque.

L’achat d’une maison est une décision importante et un investissement. Je travaillerai avec vous pour vous offrir de précieux renseignements tout au long du processus, afin de vous faire gagner du temps et trouver le prêt hypothécaire qui convient le mieux à votre situation.

À titre d’expert indépendant comme courtier immobilier et courtier hypothécaire , je vous donnerai des conseils sur les options financières qui s’offrent à vous. Je ne suis lié à aucun prêteur ni produit en particulier, ce qui me permet de vous offrir des produits hypothécaires qui répondront véritablement à vos besoins.

Plutôt que de perdre votre précieux temps à rencontrer différents prêteurs hypothécaires, consultez-moi. Je peux rapidement vous proposer une courte liste des prêteurs qui vous aideront à atteindre vos objectifs financiers. Je ferai en sorte que la comparaison des produits financiers soit rapide, facile et pratique.

Lucy Meti

Lucy Meti

Directrice des ventes

Téléphone : 514-360-3005

Courriel : lucy@charismafinance.com

3310 100e avenue, bureau 340 Laval, Québec, H7T 0J7.

J’ai me suis joindre a Charisma Finance avec 40 ans d'expérience dans le domaine bancaire et financier, à la RBC, l'une des plus grandes banques du Canada, et parmi les plus grandes au monde. Avant de se joindre à l’équipe Charisma Finance, et au cours des 7 dernières années, j’ai œuvré comme gestionnaire de spécialistes en hypothèques dans la région de Laval/Laurentides, étant responsable de 28 spécialistes hypothècaires, à la fois au niveau de la gestion des opérations et du développement des affaires, dans le secteur bancaire. Ayant dépassé ses objectifs de vente, j’ai reçu trois fois lauréate du prix de l'employé le plus performant du Québec, du prix du meilleur gestionnaire hypothécaire du Québec, et a remporté le prix le plus prestigieux et le plus élevé qu'un employé de RBC puisse mériter, le prix " Leo ".

Charlotte Bou Daher

Courtier hypothécaire

Téléphone : 514-562-6442

Courriel : charlotte@charismafinance.com

3310 100e avenue, bureau 340 Laval, Québec, H7T 0J7.

Charlotte Bou Daher, Courtier immobilier et hypothécaire depuis 2009. J’ai joint l’équipe de Charisma immobilier en 2013 comme courtier immobilier jusqu'en 2020.

En parallèle j’avais commencé à travailler comme spécialiste hypothécaire avec La Capitale Assurances pour un an et demi et en courtage hypothécaire pour Dominion Lendings Fidel Group pendant un an.

J’ai rejoint l’équipe de Charisma Finance en mai 2022. C’est une belle opportunité pour moi de revenir dans l’équipe de Charisma et de pouvoir utiliser mon expérience dans les deux domaines pour travailler en équipe avec des courtiers immobilier pour offrir un meilleur service au clients.