A few weeks ago, I posted an article about one of my readers that had the potential to save $15,000 by breaking the mortgage and getting into a new 5 year fixed rate. This was a net savings. The actual savings was just over $20,000 less the penalty of $5,000.
This week, we had an even bigger savings. My clients are in a 10 yr term at 3.59%, with a $710,000 balance and 8 yrs to go. The penalty to break is $6500. The savings is $29,000. Result is a net savings of $22,500. Wow! $22,500 savings over the next 5 years! That’s $4500/ year in savings!
This type of savings opportunity is extremely rare. I’ve only seen this level of savings a few times before. We can thank the record low interest rates for that.
If you are in a mortgage with a rate that’s above 3.20%, then you could be missing an opportunity to save $$thousands. You should at least consult with a Mortgage Broker to do the math. Remember, I haven’t even listed the lower rate product options available, such as Variable rate, or a 3 year fixed rate. It’s worth looking into.
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Look, I don’t advocate paying penalties, however, if there is an obvious savings to be had, then you have to do it. We’ve reached a point where interest rates are so low, it’s worth a review. Here are some recent experiences with real people…. Enjoy.
I had one of my readers contact me about breaking his mortgage… His current mortgage with a good lender.. a Non-bank lender.. his rate is 3.59%. He took a 10 yr term last year. Balance was over $500k. So with 9 yrs remaining, we reviewed his options.
This was a no brainer. Penalty to get out was under $5,000 (lucky he was with a non-BIG SIX BANK). But the savings over the next 5 yrs would be $20,500. His net savings is $15,000. Would you I recommend he break the mortgage? Absolutely! Continue reading “$15,000 savings by breaking his mortgage early and getting into today’s low rates.”
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.”
Here’s a great article from The Star’s Ellen Roseman on mortgage penalty nightmares. She shares just a few stories out of the dozens she’s received over the past little while. There is no reasonable justification for charging borrowers these inflated penalties… If you think your immune from these penalties, think again.
Notice the name of the Banks that are mentioned in her article… Yes, part of the BIG SIX club… Don’t get lulled into believing that dealing with a BIG SIX BANK offers some sort of immunity from higher penalty charges… The experiences of these borrowers and countless others proves otherwise…
I’ve been getting more calls and comments on this recently… $10,000, $15,000, $20,000 in penalties. How is it that the smaller Lenders can offer the same or better interest rates, and not charge these inflated penalties? The BIG SIX BANKS reported a record $30billion combined profit in 2012…!! Doesn’t make any sense, does it? And yet, it continues…
Remember, there are several other Lenders that don’t calculate their penalties with the same inflated formula… Seek advice from a mortgage broker… get another opinion… There are better options and I have access to them! It’s no secret…. I’m happy to share this info to anyone that wants it.
Come on Federal govt… do something to stop this madness and protect Canadians from this gouging!
Your best interest is my only interest!
As always, I welcome your comments, calls and questions.
Steve Garganis 416 224 0114 email@example.com
Two years ago I published, what would become, my most widely read article. Mortgage Penalties exposed…. an in-depth study reveals unjust penalties was written to show just how unfair penalties had become. The surprising results showed that the BIG SIX BANKS were the leaders when it came to charging the highest penalties in Canada. If you had a Fixed rate mortgage and thought your mortgage penalty could only be a 3 month interest charge, you were in for a huge shock.
Consumers were experiencing $10k, $15k, $20k and even $30k in prepayment penalties and more! Ridiculous amounts. Put another way, these penalties equaled 12, 16, 20 months worth of interest and sometimes more! But we also discovered some good news.. There are better alternatives to the BIG SIX BANKS.! There are several other Lenders that don’t use the same inflated and unfair prepayment penalty calculation as the BIG SIX BANKS. There are other Lenders with competitive, and often better, interest rates, and with much lower penalties. That original study opened the eyes of Canadian borrowers. (another eye-opening stat…the BIG SIX BANKS reported a record $30billion in combined profits for 2012.)
Two years later, with more consumers being forced into Fixed Rate products, we thought it was time to revisit Mortgage Penalties and see what changes had been made, if any…
Continue reading “Mortgage Penalties exposed… an in-depth study, part 2…the update.”