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Four insurance definitions for homebuyers.

It’s easy to get caught up in home buying frenzy and just focus on finding that perfect home. During all that excitement, be sure to take some time to get acquainted with a few key terms. Here are the four types of insurance you’ll encounter.

High-Ratio Mortgage Insurance

If your downpayment is between 5% and 20%, you are required to have “high-ratio mortgage insurance.” This insurance is there to protect the lender, and the premium is almost always added to your mortgage amount.

Example: Purchase price is $400,000 and you have 5% downpayment, for a total mortgage amount of $380,000. The mortgage insurance premium is 4% or $15,200, which is then added to your mortgage. The insurance premium declines at 10% and at 15% down. If you’ve saved up more than 20% of the purchase price, then you don’t need this insurance unless it’s required by the lender. 

Title Insurance

Having “title” means you have legal ownership of property. Title Insurance protects owners and their lenders against losses related to the property’s title or ownership, such as: unknown title defects, liens against the property’s title, encroachment issues, title fraud, survey errors, and other title-related issues that can affect your ability to sell, mortgage or lease your property in the future. Premiums are collected upon purchase and based on the value of the property.

Home & Property Insurance

This must-have insurance protects against risks to your property and contents in the event of fire, theft and some weather damage; it also includes liability insurance in the event that someone is hurt on the insured property. Most lenders require proof of home insurance, so be sure to have your policy in place after your offer is accepted and before your closing date.

Mortgage Life Insurance

In the event of death, this insurance will pay the insured balance of the mortgage, discharge fees and prepayment penalties to the lender, and leaves the property with little or no mortgage for the surviving family or estate. There are many reasons to strongly consider this coverage because anything can happen at any age and at any time. Premiums are calculated based on age and the original mortgage balance.

Insurance can protect you and your family throughout your home ownership journey. If you are unsure about something, get in touch. Contact the team at MiMortgage.ca at 1 866 452-1100. We’re here to make sure your journey has a happy ending!

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Tap Into Your RRSP

First Time Home Buyers

Use your RRSP as a downpayment.

If you have RRSP savings you have a down payment that you can access now and take up to 15 years to repay. You may also be able to save on CMHC Insurnace when buying your home, but using your RRSP funds to put down more than 5% of the purchase price.  You and a spouse can use up to $25,000 each as a down payment if neither of you has owned a home in the past.

First Time Buyer

Include renovations in your mortgage.

 

We are pleased to provide you with valuable information about using your RRSP so you can buy a home now!     Here is the information RRSP as a down payment

If you wish to take advantage of historically low mortgage rates, please apply now using our secure online mortgage application today!

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