Another example of BIG SIX BANK inflated penalty calculation.. $13,634.00! Wow!

big-six-banks1 If you still think your local BANK is your best friend, think again.  Last week, one of my client’s discovered it would cost them $13,634 to exit their mortgage early.  Compared with only $2736 if they had chosen a BETTER mortgage Lender.

Here’s the details..  The clients had a $395,000 mortgage balance remaining.  Renewal date was October 2018.  Original term was 5 yrs and their rate was 2.77%.  The rate is competitive, but not any better than what I could have offered at that time.  There had to pay the mortgage out.

Penalty quote is $13,634.  That’s equal to over 14 months interest!!  Wow!  Incredible.   $13,634 compared to $2736.

I’ve shared many examples similar to this in the past.  It’s really simple.  DON’T FOCUS ON THE RATE!.   There is so much more to choosing a mortgage than just rate.  The average Canadian changes their mortgage ever 3 years.  And there are many reason this happens.. change of job, marital status, family issues, health issues, etc.

And if you are expecting your Banker to show you other products to compare, well, that’s just not gonna happen.  It’s like expecting Ford to send you to Toyota for a new car.  Not gonna happen. Do yourself a favour and speak with an unbiased, neutral professional. Speak with an experienced Mortgage Broker that deals with dozens of Lenders.  You’ll be glad you did.

Your best interest is my only interest.   I reply to all questions and I welcome your comments.  Like this article?  Share with a friend.

Steve Garganis 416 224 0114 steve@mortgagenow.ca

Mortgage renewal opportunities missed.

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DON’T SIGN THAT RENEWAL AGREEMENT BEFORE SPEAKING WITH YOUR BROKER!

Summer is a great time.  Vacations, time off, no school, sun and fun.  It’s also a time when most of our mortgages come up for renewal.   This year, things are a little different.  The loooong winter is really making us cherish the precious few months of summer.   We want to soak up as much of this warmer weather as possible.

This relaxed mindset appears to be making us easier prey for the BANKS mortgage renewal departments.  Mortgage renewals will typically follow the same process.   You get a renewal offer anywhere from 120 to 30 days prior to maturity.   The BANKS will offer you a rate that may be lower than their posted rate but, it’s much higher than the market rate, and some of us will go back and negotiate, some will call a mortgage broker to get unbiased and true market rates, and some of us will just sign that renewal and send it back in.

In the old days, most of us would just sign and return that renewal to our BANKS.   But that trend started to change over the last 10 years.  Consumers were shopping, calling mortgage brokers and seeking out better products.   Until this summer…. Read the rest of this entry »

Stay away from mortgage cashback offers!

CanadianBills It’s the Spring market…  ok, the weather isn’t saying this but the real estate market is.  You’re gonna start seeing and hearing more ads on TV, radio, news sites, even finance blogs.    So here’s a some quick words of advice.  STAY AWAY FROM TODAY’S CASH BACK OFFERS!

There are a few different types of mortgage cash back offers.   The most common offer is one where the Bank or Lender gives you 5% of the mortgage balance on closing.  That’s right they give you 5% back in cash.  For example: a $400,000 mortgage would get you back $20,000 in cash.

This type of cash back does serve a purpose.  If you are a young home buyer with little or no down payment, but you have a good job and don’t want to wait to save up that down payment, then this isn’t a bad way to get in the market.  Just ask those that did this 5 years ago.   With real estate values up by around 35% to 50% in that time, this isn’t a bad deal.   Read the rest of this entry »

BMO’s 2.99% No Frills mortgage is back… and so is our warning to stay away from it!

thumbs downBmo wide So you’re shopping for a mortgage… and you see 2.99% advertised by BMO.. and you think, Wow, that’s a great rate!!… but is it really that great?   And is it really a great mortgage product?

Well, first, what if I told you there was a lower rate out there?   And what if I told you there was a lower rate without the restrictions and limitations of BMO’s NO FRILLS mortgage?

Ok, now that I got your attention, let’s continue…We saw this same product and rate advertised last year, in January 2012.   BMO promoted their NO FRILLS, oops,  I’m sorry, they want us to call it a ‘low-rate’ mortgage (guess that sounds better).   There was a buzz in the air.  My phone rang off the hook and my inbox was full of emails asking what this was all about. Read the rest of this entry »

Giving up the Bank Kool-aid.

Big six banksRecently, I’ve had several new clients contact me about getting out of their higher rate BANK mortgage… No surprise here… with interest rates reaching new all-time lows, it only makes sense to look into this further…

But I’ve noticed a very familiar pattern developing….See if this sounds familiar:

1-First, you hear about these record low fixed rates… maybe online, from a friend, or from one of my current clients…

2- You contact your Bank to see what they can do…

3-Your Banker gives you 2 options… 1- pay an inflated prepayment penalty (BIG SIX BANKS make you pay for any rate discount) and get into a new 5 yr fixed rate of 3.29% (this is the best advertised rate today by a BIG SIX BANK).  OR 2- they’ll blend the penalty into a new mortgage but your rate will be higher… (this never works to your advantage.. there is NO assurance the Bank will offer you the absolute best discounted rate when calculating your new rate.. it’s been a favorite tactic of the Banks for decades…don’t drink this kool-aid… it will cost you $$thousands). 

Most of us will stop right there and go no further…We’ve consumed so much Bank kool-aid that it’s turned us into a flock of sheep… But if you’ve started to become immune to the Bank tactics and want to explore further, then read on…

4- You call a Mortgage Broker, maybe me… you discover that today’s best 5 yr fixed rate is under 3.00%…   (That’s today’s best 5 year wholesale mortgage rate with NO ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS OR LIMITATIONS…It’s important to understand this fine point.)  And you discover it’s now worth paying the penalty to get into this new mortgage.

5- Everything is going great… but come payout time, your Banker contacts you… They make a last-minute plea to save your business… Somehow, they miraculously offer to match the Broker rate…

Every heard of this before?  What would you do?

Most of my clients, that go through this process, quickly discover who has their best interests at heart.  They realize it’s better to deal with ‘rate-setters’ vs ‘rate-matchers’.    But oddly enough, I have seen some clients stick with their Bank… Like other addicts, they can’t seem to explain it..   Even after going through the entire mortgage review and approval process (or what I refer to as the  Bank detox process).   When asked why they stayed, they couldn’t give any logical reason.  They just keep going back to the Bank for another fix.

10 years ago, this happened more often.  But times have changed.  Kool-aid is out.  Protein shakes and Red Bull are in.  Today’s consumer is more educated… information flows faster.  Even the Bank of Canada said “borrowers who use a mortgage broker pay less, on average, than borrowers who negotiate with lenders directly”. (February 2011 entitled ‘Competition in the Canadian Mortgage Market’’).

As always, if you have any questions or comments or are just looking for a better mortgage, please free to contact me anytime.

Steve Garganis 416 224 0114 steve@mortgagenow.ca

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