The purchase of a home is the largest purchase most people make during their lifetime. As a mortgage professional I want to make each and every purchaser aware of the many mortgage options available to them prior to their purchase and closing date.

Not all lending institutions examine your preapproval application, often its just a rate hold.   At this time your credit is not reviewed, your plans are not discussed and its not until you’ve purchased a home is your income is examined,.

Getting a preapproved by a mortgage professional before you buy is important now more than ever.  We know which lenders will review a preapproval application and which ones will not.

Talk to the expert first and buy with confidence.

As a mortgage agent with Neighbourhood Dominion Lending Centres I have access to the very best products and rates available across Canada. Whether you are first-time home buyer or an experienced buyer, I can help.  Give me a call… I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Now, more than ever, financial institutions are regularly launching new products and programs, making it easier to get into that new home sooner. Today, interest-only loans, self-employment programs, rental purchase programs, vacation property  programs, and a host of other innovative financing alternatives are dotting the home purchase landscape, making home ownership a reality for more people than ever.

First Time Home Buyer Centre

AFTER OUR COMPANY HAS DEALT WITH THOUSANDS OF FIRST TIME BUYERS OVER THE PAST 25 YEARS, WE HAVE FOUND ONE COMMON CONCERN THAT MOST FIRST TIME BUYERS HAVE.

THEY FIND THE PROCESS VERY OVERWHELMING

They use words and phrases like the ones below:

  • Information overload
  • Intimidating
  • Completely blind
  • Pressure
  • Hidden costs
  • Abundance of questions
  • Emotionally stressful
  • Ignorant of the home buying process
  • Little knowledge
  • Sleepless nights
  • Different options

Our mission is to help you through this process, trying to make sure that you do not experience the emotions listed above.

In a lot of cases, we are teachers, explaining and coaching you through the mortgage process. This takes time, and since we are consultants and not sales people, we have the time to do this.

Here’s some good things to know….

Mortgage Loan Insurance:

Under the provisions of the National Housing Act, lending institutions cannot provide first mortgage financing in excess of 80% of the purchase price/appraised value of a home unless the mortgage is insured against default

Lenders feel confident about making loans for up to 95% of the value of the property when borrowers qualify for and purchase mortgage loan insurance. An insurer of mortgage loans, such as CMHC, Genworth, or Canada Guaranty reduces the lender’s/investor’s risk of lending money to homebuyers.

Homebuyers who require mortgage loan insurance obtain it through the lender as part of the process of taking out a mortgage.

The Ontario Home Buyers Plan

Home Buyers’ Plan allows first time buyers to retain savings, have a downpayment and get a tax refund. The Home Buyers’ Plan allows singles or couples to withdraw up to $25,000 each, without penalty,

from an RRSP when used towards the purchase of a first home.

The program has advantages and disadvantages, but it rates as one of the best ways to get that first home sooner.

Pros/Cons of the Home Buyers’ Plan

Few things in life are free and the withdrawn amount must be repaid in incremental amounts over 15 years. The repayments start a couple of years after the purchase date of the home.

While the money is outside the RRSP it is not earning interest. Weighed against that, however, is the consideration that the value of the home is most likely increasing and the higher your down payment, the lower your mortgage payment.

For more info: please visit http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/hbp/


Land Transfer Tax Refund for First-Time Homebuyers

When you buy land or an interest in land in Ontario, you pay land transfer tax.

First-time homebuyers of an eligible home may be eligible for a refund of all or part of the tax.

Do I qualify?

To get a refund of land transfer tax, you:

  • must be at least 18 years old
  • must occupy the home as your principal residence within nine months of the date of transfer
  • cannot have ever owned an eligible home, or an interest in an eligible home, anywhere in the world,
  • if you entered into an agreement of purchase and sale before December 14, 2007, the eligible home must be newly constructed and you must be eligible for  the Tarion New Home Warranty.

If you have a spouse, your spouse cannot have owned an eligible home, or an interest in an eligible home, anywhere in the world while being your spouse.
You must apply for a refund within 18 months after the date of the transfer.

For more info please visit http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/refund/newhome/ 

 Simcoe County Home Ownership Program

The Homeownership Program aims to assist low-to-moderate income renter households, in Simcoe County, to purchase an affordable home by providing 10% down payment assistance in the form of a forgivable loan.

The Program provides renter households with the opportunity to move to homeownership thereby freeing up rental units, encouraging developers to build affordable housing and fostering demand.

For more info on this program, please visit http://www.simcoe.ca/homeownership

And most importantly, visit me for your free no obligation mortgage preapproval!