Mortgage penalty calculations continue to mystify Canadian consumers. For years, I’ve posted numerous articles on penalties… how they affect us… how they are calculated…..why you need to understand them.. and most importantly, HOW TO AVOID THEM!!
Today, I’ll give you explicit details on the great mortgage penalty mystery…
I’ve shared dozens of horror stories about average Canadians being hit with mortgage penalties of $12,000, $15,000, $20,000, $30,000 and more. These examples aren’t from some obscure small financial institution. It’s your BIG SIX BANK. Yet, the attitude from Consumers is that it won’t or doesn’t affect them….until it’s too late.
I’ve also shared the solution on how to avoid this… and I’m going to share that with you once again.. If you want to know how to avoid monster penalties, then take a few minutes and read this.. It could save you untold $$thousands…. Continue reading “Historical low mortgage rates mean RECORD HIGH penalties for BIG SIX BANK clients!”
Picture this… Your mortgage is with the biggest Canadian Bank in Canada. You feel safe. You got a great rate at the time… 2.99%. What could go wrong? Well, for these clients, and hundreds others, plenty!
Check out the RBC Discharge stmnt oct 2014 showing an Interest Rate Differential (IRD) prepayment penalty of $8912 on a mortgage balance of $213,562. Now, $8912 is a lot of money, but you’ve seen me expose even higher penalties in the past. Penalties as high as $35,000 and $40,000. But, put another way, that’s over 15 months worth of interest penalty being charged. And that’s just ridiculous!
NEWS FLASH! This type of inflated prepayment penalty calculation isn’t exclusive to RBC, the rest of the BIG SIX BANKS use a similar calculation. And they’ve been getting away with these outrageous penalties for over 14 years! (actually, this isn’t a new story.. I’ve been writing about these nightmare, or bankmare, penalties for years.)
Let me put this another way…. Continue reading “RBC charges homeowner $8900 penalty, or 15 months interest charge!”
Last week, we heard some potentially good news for Canadian consumers. Federal Finance Minister, Joe Oliver, announced Banks would have to provide consumers more disclosure on certain products, including collateral mortgages. We welcome more disclosure.
However, before we get too excited and give the Federal govt too much credit, let’s wait to see if this latest promise really happens. If you are wondering why I’m so skeptical, it’s with good reason. The Federal govt has not honored their commitments before. And I’m talking about the promise made to Canadians to charge a fair prepayment penalty… Remember that one? Continue reading “More disclosure.. but still no standardization of Mortgage Penalties.”
Quick, what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of “second mortgages”? For some it could be that shady looking character in a smoke-filled pool hall… guys with gold chains and a baseball bat nearby. Maybe you’re thinking of someone in financial trouble. Or maybe it’s just someone who doesn’t want to pay outrageous costs and penalties to refinance their existing mortgage.
The mere mention of 2nd mortgages conjures up all sort of images. Most of them, negative. For many, a 2nd mortgage can be a last resort solution during a financial crisis. For several others, it can be an opportunity to save money. That’s right, to save money.
Sure, 2nd mortgages carry a higher interest rate than 1st mortgages but, they can also serve a purpose. One of those purposes can be to save you money. Yup, I said it again. There are some new trends emerging with today’s new mortgage products that are forcing consumers to seek other options. Two of these trends are INFLATED PREPAYMENT PENALTIES and NO FRILLS MORTGAGES! Continue reading “A 2nd mortgage? Yes, this option can save you money.”