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After the rate hike, what’s next?

On July 12th, for the first time in seven years, the Bank of Canada increased the overnight rate by .25%, withdrawing some of the stimulus that was needed after the oil price collapse and 2008 financial crisis. Variable rate mortgages and lines of credit will see higher rates and modest payment increases. Fixed-rate mortgage – which are based on the bond market – had already been trending slightly upward, although if you have a fixed mortgage, you aren’t affected until it’s time to renew. Keep in mind that this is a very small increase, and we’re still in an ultra-low rate environment and an incredibly stable market. We’ve also seen increases before to only see them decrease again. But rates have risen, so here are answers to the questions we’re getting:

Should I jump into the market now?  Actually, our advice is always the same: buy when you are financially ready. Don’t jump the gun just because rates “may” go higher.  But by all means, if you’re thinking about buying, we can arrange a pre-approval so you’re protected from rate increases while you shop around.

Should I lock in my variable rate mortgage ASAP? That depends. Your new rate with the hike is probably still less than current 5-year fixed rates, and you’ll still likely pay less if there is another .25% increase. So why pay more money than you have to? Stick with your original strategy of focusing on payment vs. rate. But if it’s going to keep you awake at night – or the few extra dollars are hard to find in your budget – then let’s talk about your conversion options. Remember though, you should be confident you’ll stay in a 5-year fixed mortgage for the full term. Breaking a fixed mortgage can result in some tough penalties.

What if my mortgage is coming up for renewal? Don’t feel rushed or pressured by a renewal letter or call. Let’s discuss your options. We’ll review your renewal offer together and we’ll shop around to see if it’s really the best deal available. Got too much other debt? This may be the time to roll it into a new mortgage to boost cash flow and save on interest costs.

Should we talk? Yes for sure. You should have confidence in your mortgage plan and that’s why professional mortgage advice is so critical.  We have access to a wide range of lenders and know the right questions to ask to assess your situation and make sure you have the best mortgage strategy. Contact the team at MiMortgage.ca at 1 866 452-1100 to speak to an expert or apply online now!

 


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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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Picture by Globe and Mail

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.