Mortgages

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Shave years off your mortgage

Whether you are buying your first home, or have been making mortgage payments for years, you may be thinking about reducing this obligation, faster. In fact, changing your term, the payment amount and even making lump sum payments could pay down your mortgage more quickly.

Reduce the amortization period
The amortization period is the length over which the debt is carried. By reducing this time period, from 25 years to 15 years, you will save thousands in interest. The following chart shows these savings.

Interest rate

*Monthly payment

*Monthly payment

difference

interest

(per annum)

15-year

25-year

 

savings

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How to make the most of your mortgage

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Get pre-approved
It is fast, simple and free. Before you shop for your home, spend some time with your

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Qualifying for a mortgage

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Applying for a mortgage is a straight-forward process. When you are prepared, it is unlikely you will receive any surprises. A mortgage lender needs information about your work history, debts and assets to establish your credit worthiness and ability for repayment. The bank will establish your gross income and potential payments and property tax expenses to arrive at a Gross Debt Service ratio (GDS). This is usually limited to 30-35% of your gross income. Debts will be added to establish a Total Debt Service ratio (TDS), which can't exceed more than 40 percent of your gross earnings.

The lender needs to satisfy two risk requirements:

  1. Can you make your scheduled monthly payments?

  2. Second, if you default

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Choose a mortgage to meet your needs

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When you are buying a home, the type of mortgage you choose, the down payment, the amortization period and even the payments make a difference. To get you started, here is a review of the most common types of mortgages.

Assumable mortgage
By assuming the existing mortgage, you may be able to save on the usual mortgage fees such as appraisal and CMHC fees. You will save time, since you do not have to negotiate to arrange financing from another lender and the existing mortgage on the home may be less than the current market rates. Alberta is the only province in Canada which allows for as assumable mortgage. You simply apply cash that has already been paid toward the mortgage and resume payments. Some

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Arranging a Mortgage

 

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Most people require a mortgage to purchase a home. This section explains the elements of a mortgage including type, terms and how to qualify for one. In addition, choosing the right mortgage for your needs can help you retire this financial obligation sooner.

Mortgage Overview

A review of principles including interest rates, payments, amortization period, pre-approval process and conventional and high ratio mortgages.

Choosing a Mortgage to Meet Your Needs

This article explains the different options available, including closed, variable, assumable and vendor-buy back.

Qualifying For a Mortgage

Here is what you need to know when you apply for a mortgage. When you are prepared and have all your documents in

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Mortgage overview

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Most people who purchase a home require some financial assistance. That is, they require someone to lend them sufficient funds to cover the price of a home. Most often, this financial arrangement is handled through a bank or other institution through a MORTGAGE. A mortgage is a legally binding agreement that states a certain party (mortgagor) lends money to another party (mortgagee). The mortgagee agrees to pay back the money at a certain rate, plus interest, over a certain time period.

There are two parts to this financial agreement: principal and interest. Principal is the actual amount borrowed. Interest is the lender's fee you are charged for borrowing. You also have to determine the amortization period (the length of time

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