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Thinking of refinancing your home?

Four valuable tips to ensure you get the best possible deal when refinancing

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Considering a refinance on your mortgage is a big step and will require lots of thinking before you go ahead. Here are a few valuable tips that you should keep in mind when considering refinancing your current mortgage:

  1. Personal and employment circumstances

It is vital that you consider your employment and personal circumstances when deciding on a rate. If you feel that you are likely to be faced with changes to your circumstances in the near future, a variable rate maybe the way forward and then you can switch to a fixed rate once your situation improves.

  1. Explore payment options

All variable rate mortgages are convertible to a fixed rate without any penalties or fees to the applicant. According to the Financial Consumer Agency  of Canada, you will also have the option of capping interest rates to ensure that the rate does not go beyond the rate agreed upon and maintain what is referred to as a “hybrid” or a “combination” where the mortgage is partially financed at a fixed and a variable rate.

  1. State your terms

You can let your mortgage broker know the duration that you would like on your mortgage – from one year up to five years.  The amortization period of your mortgage will be based upon the payment amount and the frequency (weekly, bi-weekly or monthly) of your payments.

  1. Consider a flexible payment schedule

Depending on how fast you wish to complete paying off your mortgage, you have the option of choosing how frequently – weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, you would like to make payments. The sooner you reduce your principle amount will result in lower payments on interest.

Please read the full article on Globe and Mail for more information on refinancing your mortgage.

If you are considering refinancing your existing mortgage in the New Year and would like to speak to a mortgage broker on refinancing options available to you, contact the team at mimortgage.ca today. To get pre-approved today, apply now through our secure online website or speak to one of our agents at (866) 452-1100.

 

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Home Ownership Strategies

Tips for Buying a Fixer Upper Home

Are you looking to buy a home but faced with budget constraints on how much you can afford on payments? A solution to this dilemma maybe a fixer upper home in the neighbourhood that you would like to live in.

Once you have your eye on a potential fixer upper home, getting a home inspection on the property and hiring a contractor to get an indication of any structural issues, repairs and renovations that maybe required and to get quotes on the costs involved is a smart way forward. Be sure to add an additional 30% or so to the estimated amounts for any other unexpected costs that may incur. Expensive renovations and upgrades include full kitchen, bathrooms, electrical, plumbing windows and repairs to the roof.  All renovation costs can be added on to your mortgage at the time of purchase.

To view video:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/video/video-how-much-house-can-you-afford/article20465454/?videoembed=true

Read the article by Globe and Mail for more information.

If you have found the right home but need a fixer upper to make it your dream home, contact the team at mimortgage today. To get pre-approved today, apply now through our secure online website or speak to one of our agents at (866) 452-1100.


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Rent-to-own for beginners (7/7)

How does rent-to-own serve a person with bad credit?

If you are looking to buy a home on rent-to-own and want to find out more information on how you can improve your credit, contact the mimortgage.ca team today. To get pre-approved today, apply now through our secure online website or speak to one of our agents at (866) 452-1100.