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First Time Buyers… Don’t Be A Pawn!

Avoid becoming A Pawn to RBC’s Realtor Promotion

Don't be a pawn!

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Recently RBC announced that they will pay a Realtor $1000 to refer first time home buyers to them for a mortgage. RBC is Canada’s largest Bank and the largest provider of Mortgages in the country, but it seems they want a piece of the first time buyer business that Mortgage Brokers enjoy.

CMHC has shown that about 44% of first time buyers use Mortgage Brokers. No surprises here! First time buyers are generally computer and Internet savvy and they are comfortable getting their mortgage by using on-line applications. They often enjoy completing the transaction electronically just as a matter of not having to make an appointment.

Excerpt from Globe and Mail article:

The cash offer is part of Royal Bank’s referral awards program for real estate agents. The program allows agents to collect points for referrals that they can trade for things like plane tickets, merchandise, gift cards or charitable donations.

Royal Bank is not the only lender to have a referral program for agents; a number have created such programs. They are controversial, and provincial watchdogs have differing rules for them. The bank’s program is not active in Alberta and Quebec, and the bank requires all realtors who participate to sign an agreement that includes a paragraph saying they will disclose to the home buyers that they are receiving compensation “in the form required under applicable law.”

If you are a first time buyer how would you feel knowing that you are being guided to use a lender, not because it’s the best option for your mortgagee, but rather so your Realtor can receive a fee, or plane tickets, even gift cards?

Consider that as of the writing of this article on June 3rd 2014, RBC is offering 5 year fixed rate mortgages at 4.94% on their official website while we as mortgage agents are offering 2.97% for the same term. If you will consider a 4 year mortgage term we can also offer 2.77% as a rate special.

A Mortgage will probably be the largest debt that you ever have so be sure you get the right type of mortgage with the best rate and terms for your personal goals.

Contact us today if you’d like to talk about meeting your own needs. 866-452-1100 or Apply on line now! Avoid being a pawn at RBC!

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Tighter Lending Rules Self-Employed are Targeted.

CMHC to introduce more changes to Self Employed Lending.

Over the past 5 years we have seen options for zero down mortgage, no income qualified, options, 40 year Amortizations disappear from the lending landscape. And its about to happen again as even stricter rules come into play at the en of May 2014.

With this in mind, we want to share a valuable video with you. Food for thought if you will. Don’t be let down if you need a mortgage! Watch our video and contact us using the handy form below. We can help!


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March Is Fraud Prevention Month

House Fraud is one of the largest in Canada.

This is largely due to the high value of our homes.                                                            Fraud and Identity Theft

Do you think it’s impossible that your house could be sold without your knowledge?

Wrong! It happens more than you can imagine.

Its starts with Identity Fraud and that leads to Housing Fraud.

This week you will learn how to protect yourself.

The following article is courtesy of RECO. Real estate Council of Ontario.

Fraud and Identity Theft.


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Renovation Financing

Is Renovation On Your Mind?

In the past 4 years many changes have occurred in the mortgage industry. So many lending guidelines have restricted how lenders Renovationwill approval a client, how much they are willing to lend based on the value of home last but not least how is a client’s income derived. This has restricted borrowing for renovation

The refinance ceiling on residential homes is now 80% of the value. In other words if your home is worth $200,000 the maximum mortgage amount that you can be approved for at re-finance is $160,000.

Renovation Financing under the new Mortgage rules is quite restricted.

This is where the old adage, “where there’s a will there’s a way” comes into play. Canada’s Mortgage Insurers, CMHC, Genworth and Canada Guaranty have approved a mortgage option called Refinance and Improve.

Using this very simple option allows you to re-finance to the “Improved Value” thus raising the ceiling on the amount of equity you can take from your home to renovate.

We have created a brief video to explain just how it works. Don’t let the tighter mortgage guidelines of the past 4 years stop you form making the improvements that allow you to enjoy your current home even more!

For more information use the form below to contact us about renovation financing


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Self-Employed Will Suffer!

Expect Further Tightening of Guidelines For The Self-Employed.

Self-Employed

Self Employed lending has always created a balancing act for the borrower. While trying to save on income taxes, deductions that decrease taxable income can now stand in the way of a mortgage approval.Our industry expects to see further tightening in this area in the months to come.

It is expected that all three Insurers in Canada, CMHC, Genworth and Canada Guaranty  will further restrict the lending capacity of lenders such as credit unions and specialty lenders. This may force more Self-employed individuals to seek out other options.

What can you do if you are Self-Employed?

Mortgage Brokers have always provided borrowers with the widest number of lenders and the lowest rates.  Here at Mortgage Intelligence we have relationships with over 50 National and Private sources for mortgages. We can be your best asset when you require a mortgage.

Experience counts as well. For over 14 years our office has been a primary source of approvals for those that are Self-Employed. Why not make the choice and let us help.

This is a good time for you to get some advice if there is a possibility that you will need a mortgage in the foreseeable future.  You may be able to take advantage of the current situation before things change again.  Contact us by using the form below or Apply online now.