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mortgage brokers the travel agentsof finance

What’s a Travel agent got to do with a mortgage?

mortgage brokers the travel agentsof finance

Some years ago, I did a study on the benefits and disadvantages of online shopping.  Sure, you can order food from your favourite restaurant, buy a new set of earbuds, book a hotel or flight…  but can you get a mortgage online without speaking with your banker or mortgage broker?

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Navigate through these uncharted waters in 2020

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In 2009 and 2010, for the first time ever we saw mortgage rates under 2.00%.  That’s right, if you were in a variable rate mortgage, you had a rate under 2.00%. We were coming off the catastrophic US sub-prime mortgage crisis. The financial US scam that cost the world trillions of dollars in lost pensions and investments. Tens of thousands of people lost everything they had. It was horrible. While we, in Canada, were largely untouched. We weren’t smarter, we were just lucky not to be exposed to the subprime mortgages to the extent the rest of the world was. As they say, Canada is five years behind the US, and in this case, we got lucky.

That said, let’s get back to mortgage rates and fast forward to 2020.

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More Rate Drop

More Rate Drops

More Rate Drop

NEW HISTORICAL LOW MORTGAGE RATE MILESTONE REACHED.

Last week, we saw a 5 year fixed rate mortgage at under 2.00%.  That’s right… 1.99%. If you qualified, the rate applied to purchases where the mortgage is Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation (CMHC) insured and paid for by the client.  But that rate didn’t last long and that offer is over. I know, things move fast.

But let’s get back to current rate offers.  We are in uncharted waters, again. 11 years ago, we were coming out of the US sub-prime mortgage crisis… does anyone remember that?  Back then, the stock markets crashed, just like this year, they recovered, just like this year, but interest rates remained low for many years.  In fact, they remained at or near 3.00% for the next 11 years.  

The message here is this…. there will be small moments in time when interest rates will be extra low…  this is one of those times. If you have a mortgage, get a review done! Find out if it makes sense to refinance or early renew or to break your current mortgage, pay a penalty and lock into today’s low rates. Speak with an UNBIASED PROFESSIONAL. Speak with an experienced mortgage broker.  You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Here are some examples of people that paid a penalty and still saved between $9k and $26k. 

Steve Garganis: 416-224-0114; steve@canadamortgagenews.ca

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

Financial Outlook with Jean-Francois Perrault, Chief Economist Scotiabank

Following are the highlights from a telephone conversation with Jean-Francois Perrault, Chief Economist Scotiabank and John Webster, President and CEO Scotia Mortgage Corporation which took place on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

First, it’s not all bad news. While I’ll have to include some unpleasant information in order to provide a complete picture, that is not the focus.

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Dont Panic

How are things?

Dont Panic

Hope this update finds you well.   First, let’s make sure you are okay.  We will get through this.  I guarantee it!  I’ve been through the 2008-09 US subprime mortgage crisis, the SARS 2002 crisis, and the 1990 real estate collapse.  We recovered from all of those terrible times and we will recover from this. I am here to help you in any way possible.  Don’t hesitate to call on me for assistance.

The government has been announcing new programs to provide financial assistance almost daily.   And there have been just as many amendments to those programs as they work to fine tune the programs. 

I want to make sure you are informed with accurate info.  There’s been so much junk articles posted in the mainstream and social media outlets.  Let’s block out that junk and focus on reality.

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Q and A | Jenelle Cameron of Remax Hallmark In Conversation with Steve Garganis of Mortgage Architects

Q & A | Jenelle Cameron of Remax Hallmark In Conversation with Steve Garganis of Mortgage Architects

Q&A | Jenelle Cameron In Conversation with Steve Garganis of Mortgage Architects

I participated in a Q & A with one of my good realtor friends, Jenelle Cameron of Remax. We had a chance to discuss the current impact of COVID-19 on mortgages and the real estate market in general. Find out the latest on mortgages, what’s happening with closings during this time, and more!

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6 month mortgage deferral

6 month mortgage deferral will help, not harm, despite what media say.

6 month mortgage deferralWe’ve all heard about the 6 month deferred mortgage payment option.  It was thrown out there by the government in an attempt to help property owners.  We now have some more info that I’d like to share.

I’m getting a little sick and tired of the media being so negative and pessimistic.  The banks and other financial institutions are offering to defer mortgage payments for 6 months. This is GOOD news. While it might not seem that way if you read some of the media posts, let’s clear things up:

  •  NO, it won’t harm your credit rating.
  •  NO, it isn’t expensive. Read on…
  •  NO, this isn’t automatic. Your mortgage payments will not be forgiven for 6 months without calling anyone. But most lenders are happy to postpone your payments without much fuss.

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Important Mortgage Updates Thursday March 19

Mortgage Updates 03-19-2020

Important Mortgage Updates Thursday March 19

Welcome to today’s update.  

Canada and the banks announced a six month deferral of mortgage payments.  I have been fielding many calls on how this works and the answer is different for each financial institution.  I will be posting updates as they become available. Some of the financial institutions have not yet come out and said they will give a full six months of deferred payments, while others have. It’s still early but I will keep you informed as the details roll out.

Another update on the rates. Fixed rates are up again slightly. Variable rate pricing for new applications has increased as well. Most financial institutions are now offering variable rates at prime (Prime: 2.95%) or just minus .05%. No surprise as stock market jitters is spooking everyone.

This will pass and we will come out okay on the other side of this. That’s my message.  We’re all in this together and we will come out of it together. Call or message me if you need anything. My team and I are here to help.  

Steve Garganis 416 224 0114 steve@mortgagenow.ca

Important Mortgage Updates

Important Mortgage Updates 03-18-2020

Important Mortgage Updates

There have been many changes lately and there will be many more to come. As this is a critical and fast-moving situation, I wanted to get these updates out and will be updating you regularly as we all work through this.

We’ve all heard about the Bank of Canada rate cuts.  Two one-half percent rate cuts in less than two weeks. Unprecedented. And while common logic would dictate that mortgage rates would fall, that’s not exactly happening.

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why rent when you could buy

The affordability of homeownership… Rent or Buy?

why rent when you could buy

After years of seeing countless articles and posts about interest rates, housing affordability issues, mortgage stress tests disqualifying some people from being able to buy, higher personal debt levels, does it still make sense to buy a home?

Yes! There is positive news. You can still buy a home. And you can still qualify for a mortgage.

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Rental properties as a secure long-term investment

Real estate may not be sexy, but…

Rental properties as a secure long-term investment

Rental properties are a secure long-term investment. Note the emphasis on “long-term”.

Check out any seven-year period over the past 50 years (anyone who has read this news site knows that I always recommend buying and holding for at least seven years). Property values have almost always risen.

Sure, the last five or 10 years have seen fantastic appreciation in almost every part of Canada. But, let’s leave capital appreciation out of the equation for now.

Why aren’t we talking about rental income? Or, how about the equity growth through your mortgage being paid down each year?

RENTAL INCOME IS UP, UP, UP!

Part of what makes rental properties attractive is that rent rises with inflation (or even higher, in many cases, as we have seen in urban markets like Toronto and Vancouver). This is how you create your own pension or retirement income! Continue reading “Real estate may not be sexy, but…”

Get a secured line of credit while you can qualify.

My advice is simple: Over 50? Get a secured line of credit while you can qualify.

Get a secured line of credit while you can qualify.

Contrary to media reports about our ‘record personal debt levels’, it’s extremely prudent to ensure you have access to emergency money.

The line of credit popularity that took place in the ’90s wasn’t a bad thing. It allowed us to borrow at low rates to invest or spend as needed. Many successful investors have been doing this for decades. Borrowing to invest makes smart financial success. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.

We’re seeing more reasons for Canadians to get a secured line of credit now: Age; Income; and Qualification.

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Important week for mortgage rates

Important week for mortgage rates could cost or save you thousands.

Important week for mortgage rates

Mortgage rates fell by about 1% since January of this year. That rate drop has created a surge in real estate sales across Canada, with September and October seeing a greater than average number of real estate transactions.  We also saw consumers taking advantage of these low rates by refinancing their mortgages early.

The Five-Year Government of Canada bond yields have been going up and down like a yo-yo over the last three months, with a low point being 1.13% and a high of 1.58% just this past week. This uncertainty/volatility forced financial institutions to raise their interest rate by about .2% to .3%.  Having said that, interest rates are still very low. In my discussions with the major lenders, they are all telling me that it’s busier than usual for home purchases and refinance purposes. Continue reading “Important week for mortgage rates could cost or save you thousands.”

Information vs Advice

Information vs advice. Why is it free?

Information vs Advice

The internet is great for researching information, ratings and even advice. With so much available data, it’s hard to decide which is accurate, reliable or even truthful.

Take this site for example. If this is your first visit then you may not be aware of all my credentials nor how accurate my information or recommendations are.

You’re probably making a decision right now. That’s how fast we decide today. I’ve either got your attention or I don’t. Hello to those that continue, or farewell and thanks for stopping by to those that are leaving. (By the way, stick around, you may find this useful). Continue reading “Information vs advice. Why is it free?”

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