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Avoid the Renovation Sink Hole

Include your Renovation Costs within your Mortgage.

Finding the right home is not that difficult. But finding the right the decor may call for renovation. Now you can put your renovation costs into your mortgage at the time of purchase. Upgrades such as painting, carpets, windows and even full kitchen or bath renos qualify.

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

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Who’s Got An Unbelievable 5 Yr Rate Today????

Look No Further!

Mortgage Intelligence has  5 yr fixed rates as low as 2.79%

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Home Renovation Financing Options!

There are many reasons to Renovate!

You may want to save energy (and save on utility bills), to make room for a growing family, to improve safety or increase the resale value of your home, or simply to bring a fresh new look to your home. There are also a number of different ways to finance your renovation. Read on to obtain information for a number of financing options, along with practical advice to consider before starting your renovation project.

 

Before You Begin

 

Whether you intend to finance your renovation yourself or borrow money, you should talk to us before you make firm plans. We can help you understand your options, and advise you on how much you can borrow.  We can even pre-approve you for a loan. This information will help you plan realistically. Use the form provided to contact us.

 

 

Explore Your Options

 

Your own resources: For smaller renovation projects, you may consider self-funding material costs, especially if you plan to do the work yourself.

 

Credit card: Likewise, you can use your credit card to pay for materials for smaller renovations. But be careful not to carry the balance for too long; credit card interest rates can exceed 18%.

 

Personal loan: With a personal loan, you pay regular payments of principal and interest for a set period, typically one to five years. You also have the option of a fixed or variable interest rate for the term of the loan. The interest rate on a personal loan is typically less than that of a credit card. Unlike a line of credit, once you pay off your loan you will have to reapply to borrow any new funds needed.

 

Personal line of credit: This is another popular choice for financing renovations. It is ideal for ongoing or long-term renovations since it lets you access your funds at any time and provides a monthly statement to help track expenses. A line of credit offers lower interest rates than credit cards, and charges interest only on funds used each month. And, as you pay off your balance, you can access remaining funds, up to the line of credit’s limit, without reapplying.

 

Secured lines of credit and home equity loans: These options offer all the advantages of regular lines of credit or loans, but are secured by your home’s equity. They can be very economical, since they offer preferred interest rates, however initial set-up costs including legal and appraisal fees usually apply. Lines of credit and home equity loans are usually limited to 80% of your home’s value. With CMHC insured financing, lenders may offer borrowers who qualify the option of making interest-only payments for the first five or 10 years.

 

Mortgage refinancing: When funding major renovations, refinancing your mortgage lets you spread repayment over a long period at mortgage interest rates, which are usually much lower than credit card or personal loan rates. This type of financing can allow you to borrow up to 80% of your home’s appraised value (less any outstanding mortgage balance). Initial set-up costs including legal and appraisal fees may apply. If you need to tap into more of the equity in your home, loans of up to 90% of your home’s value can also be provided when insured by CMHC Mortgage Loan Insurance.

 

Financing improvements upon-purchase: If you’re planning major improvements for a home you’re about to purchase, it may be advantageous to finance the renovations at the time of purchase by adding their estimated costs to your mortgage. CMHC Mortgage Loan Insurance can help you obtain financing for both the purchase of your home and the renovations — up to 95% of the value after renovations — with a minimum down payment of 5%.

 

Other Considerations and Options

 

Planning for the Unforeseen

 

It’s a good idea to set aside a percentage of your renovation funds to cover items not included in your renovation contract, for things you discover you’d like to add once work is under way, like extra or upgraded features, furniture, appliances and window coverings or for contingency. A separate fund lets you make decisions easily, without having to renegotiate your financial arrangements or reapply for new funds.

 

Grants and Rebates for Energy-Saving Renovations

 

Across Canada, renovation grants and rebates are available from the federal and provincial governments and local utilities, especially for energy-saving renovations. If you qualify, they may help pay for some of your project’s costs.

 

  • CMHC Mortgage Loan Insurance for Energy-Efficient Homes: 10% CMHC mortgage loan insurance premium refund and extended amortization periods without surcharge.
  • ecoENERGY Retrofit — Homes: grants of up to $5,000 to offset the cost of making energy-efficiency improvements.
  • Provincial and Municipal Entities Offering Grants and Incentives
  • Rebates and Incentives for Selected ENERGY STAR® Qualified Products in Canada

 

This content is provided for informative purposes only. It does not constitute or substitute financial or other advice. CMHC assumes no liability in connection with the information provided.

 

This information is from the CMHC website.

 

There is only one solution when you need a mortgage. That’s Mortgage Intelligence!  Serving Durham Region & GTA. Apply now!

Want to know if you have enough Equity to Renovate, Use the handy form below to contact us today.

 

 

 


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Our Top 10 Tips For 2014

We’re sharing our top 10 mortgage tips for 2014

Your home is probably the single largest investment you’ll ever make. Understanding how to choose the right mortgage is paramount. Although we can’t say for sure what mortgage rates will do – or how the housing market will shift – we are sharing our top tips for the year ahead; sensible strategies for today’s home buyers and owners.

  1. Variables are back. Several lenders are offering strong “prime minus” rates that could save you thousands in interest. And the mortgageBank of Canada is still holding their key “overnight rate” very steady and very low… making variable-rate mortgages a sensible option right now. Fixed versus variable has always been a challenging mortgage decision. Let us help you decide which financing option best meets your needs.
  2. Don’t sleepwalk through your mortgage renewal. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to save thousands on your mortgage. When your lender sends you a letter saying it’s time to renew… then it’s time to get an expert second opinion. We’re independent and we have access to over 50 lenders. If there’s a better deal, we’ll find it.
  3. Pay your phone bill on time! Paying your bills on time has always been the most important credit habit. Equifax recently started to include phone companies on credit bureau reports – so your lender can see if you have any delinquencies with your phone bills. Look like a good borrower.
  4. Keep other good credit habits. Don’t let your credit accounts exceed 30 per cent of your limit. Don’t cancel an old credit card without getting advice. And don’t sign up for store cards: they often have crazy interest rates, and the application triggers a credit inquiry (you don’t want a lot of those).
  5. Mortgage versus total debt. Do you have high-interest debt outside your mortgage that you won’t be able to pay off in the next few months? Then think about rolling that debt into a new low-rate mortgage. This one, smart strategy could save you thousands… and boost your monthly cash flow. We can analyze your situation to see if you qualify.
  6. What’s the prepayment penalty?Don’t let anyone tell you prepayment penalties are “all the same”. They’re not. If you ever need to get out of your mortgage early, the right mortgage could save you thousands. Not all lenders calculate penalties the same way, and the differences can be substantial. It helps to know which lenders have the most fair prepayment penalties. With access to dozens of lenders – we’ve got that information at our fingertips.
  7. If one of you wants to keep the marital home.If you are going through a separation or divorce and one of you wants to keep the marital home, we’ve got some great mortgage options, including a mortgage to 95 per cent. Your home can be the asset that gives you both a fresh start!
  8. A paydown will pay it forward. Take every opportunity to beat down your mortgage principal using any prepayment privileges! Use tax refunds, bonuses, whatever. Or switch to weekly or bi-weekly payments. Every dollar you pay down on principal means every future payment goes further.
  9. Thinking renovation? We see what you see. Your reno will add value to your home. That’s why we have a special “Refinance Plus Improvements” mortgage that lets you refinance up to 80 per cent of the new, post-reno value of your home. Cool deal.
  10. Come in for a checkup. Your mortgage needs an annual checkup. Really. Life doesn’t stand still, which means your needs may have changed. Even a minor tweak can pay big dividends.

Have a mortgage question? We’re here to answer it! Please use the form below to email us or call at: 866-452-1100