Interest Rate Update

February 4th, 2010 No comments

A quarterly Reuters poll published last Thursday indicates growth from the Canadian economy in 2010. This growth however is not indicated to be prompt enough to influence the Bank of Canada to raise interest rates anytime soon.

The survey consisted of around 20 economists, conducted over the past week, with their predictions on how the Canadian economy will emerge from the recession. The general consensus was growth by an annualized 2.5% in 2010, in line with predictions from the same poll in October.

The poll comes as the Bank of Canada this week held its key interest rate at a record low, as expected, and changed growth forecasts only slightly, highlighting weak U.S. demand and a strong Canadian dollar as risks to the recovery.

“The growth will come as the Bank of Canada notes in its press statement from the domestic side, which is benefiting from the record low interest rates and fiscal stimulus,” said Sal Guatieri, senior economist, BMO Capital Markets.
“So we should continue to see strength in housing markets, auto sales and generally a pick up in consumer spending. As well, the upturn in commodity prices should support business investment.”

The domestic economy has been aided in part by the Bank of Canada slashing rates to an all-time low near zero, where it has pledged to keep them until the end of June next year as long as inflation stays in check.

The poll shows economic growth is not expected to be forceful enough to spark a rate hike any time soon, with the median forecast in the poll not calling for any monetary tightening until July at the earliest.

The median forecast of the poll has the Bank of Canada keeping its key rate steady at 0.25% until the third quarter, when it is expected to raise it to 0.75%. It is expected to raise the rate further to 1.25% by the end of 2010, the poll showed.

Housing starts are expected to average 173,000 units in 2010, up 8.5% from the 159,400 units forecast for this year in the October poll. For 2011, housing starts are forecasted to rise to 180,000 units the median forecast showed.
Information from Jennifer Kwan, Reuters, Financial Post

For more interest rate information please contact Verico Designer Mortgages Inc at 1-866-824-8057.

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Car Allowance

January 21st, 2010 No comments

Currently we are dealing with Brian; he has great income which includes a car allowance.  Brian is wishing to purchase his first home.  The scenario is as follows, he receives a car allowance of $900 per month, since he feels that the company is paying for his car, he leased a car with a monthly payment of $850 which is covered by the allowance. The common rationale behind this is that the two will cancel each other out. However, this is not the way the lenders look at the car allowance.

Upon applying for a mortgage pre-approval Brian discovered that the car payment is added to his monthly expenses making his total debt ratio to income quite high. Even though Brian’s car allowance is added to his gross income this does impact how much he can qualify for:

Scenerio 1:  No car allowance – company car
Purchase Price: $280,000  Down Payment: $20,000
Income: $49,200

Debts:
CIBC VISA $200/m

Mortgage Expenses:
Mtg Payment (based on purchase price – down payment) $1,129.30/m
Heat $75/m
Taxes $233/m

Total Debt Service: 40% of gross income-  client would qualify for purchase

Scenerio 2: Car allowance and car payment
Purchase Price: $280,000  Down Payment: $20,000
Income: $60,000 (added $900/m for car allowance to income)

Debts:
CIBC VISA $200/m
Car $850/m

Mortgage Expenses:
Mtg Payment $1,129.30/m
Heat $75/m
Taxes $233/m

Total Debt Service: 49% of gross income- client does not qualify – maximum purchase price $180,000

As you can see Brian’s purchase price is severely decreased by having the extra expense of his car allowance. Brain’s purchase price is going to be approximately $180,000 a substantial difference from the $280,000 he would qualify for without it. Many companies offer car allowances as opposed to company cars.  Before signing for any debt it is always advisable to talk to your financial advisor/accountant, and if you are looking to purchase a home in the future, sitting down with your mortgage broker could help reduce a lot of stress and frustration.  We have sometimes worked with people for years prior to them purchasing, it is never too early to plan for your future goals.

Charmaine Idzerda, Mortgage Broker (FSCO Lic#: M08000747) Verico Designer Mortgages Inc. (FSCO#: 10194)

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Genworth & CMHC’s Homeowner Assistance Programs

January 14th, 2010 No comments

Relief for Homeowners During Difficult Times

 

Genworth Financial Canada has expanded its Homeowner Assistance Program to help

Canadians keep their homes when confronted with job loss or other life challenges such as a serious illness or marital separation.

The company works with homeowners and their lenders to find ways to bridge the gap between current circumstances and a long term solution.

Genworth has recently expanded its program to offer a new Homeowner Assistance

Evaluator, an online tool which prompts the homeowner to input details of their current situation. The Evaluator then provides potential solutions that can be discussed with their lender or a Homeowner Assistance Specialist to determine the best course of preventative action.

Homeowners are encouraged to be as proactive as possible when faced with a financial hardship as no one benefits from a mortgage in default. When it comes to prevention strategies, there’s no substitute for being educated and knowing all of your options.

The Homeowner Assistance Program is an integral part of every Genworth-insured mortgage, and is available at no additional cost.

 

CMHC’s Guide to Dealing with Mortgage Payment Difficulties

 

When unforeseen financial circumstances impact your ability to make regular mortgage payments, it’s important for you to take quick action. With early intervention, cooperation, and a well executed plan, you can work together with your mortgage professional to find a solution to your financial difficulties.

For mortgages insured by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), CMHC provides mortgage professionals with tools and the flexibility to make timely decisions when working with you to find a solution to your unique financial situation. These tools include:

Converting a variable interest rate mortgage to a fixed interest rate mortgage in order to protect you from a sudden interest rate increase, should one occur. Offering a temporary short-term payment deferral. Additionally, extending the original repayment period (amortization) in order to lower your monthly mortgage payments may be an option.  Adding any missed payments (arrears) to the mortgage balance and spreading them over the remaining mortgage repayment period, or offering a special payment arrangement unique to your particular financial situation.

CMHC is also willing to consider other alternatives proposed by the mortgage professional to resolve or avoid mortgage payment default. In every case, the options available will depend upon your individual financial circumstances.

 

For more information on getting help with your mortgage payments please call Verico Designer Mortgages Inc at 1-866-824-8057.

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New HST Rules for New Home Buyers and Housing Industry

January 7th, 2010 No comments

The provincial government has released new rules governing how the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) will be applied to new home buyers and the housing industry in general.
This is the second HST notice posted by the government relating to this industry.
The government’s notice provides information to help homebuyers and the housing industry prepare for the proposed Harmonized Sales Tax which, subject to legislative approval, would come into effect on July 1, 2010.
The announcement relates to rebates for new homes and new rental homes; homes with leased land; owner-built homes; new mobile homes and new floating homes; and other related issues.
The Ministry of Revenue has a comprehensive list of transition rules and explanations relating to the HST on its
website.

 

Buying a Home?
The HST will not apply to resale homes.

 

Enhanced New Housing Rebate
Buyers of new homes will receive a rebate of up to $24,000 regardless of the price of the new home.
This rebate ensures that buyers of homes priced up to $400,000 (about three-quarters of new homes built in Ontario) will, on average, pay no more – or possibly even less – tax than under the PST system.

 

New Rental Housing Rebate
New rental housing, including residential investment properties, will receive a similar rebate. This rebate will also support affordable rental housing in Ontario.

 

Transitional Rules
For some purchases of new homes that straddle the implementation date of July 1, 2010, the provincial portion of the HST will not apply, depending on when the written agreements of purchase and sale were entered into and when ownership or possession are transferred.

For any questions about how the new HST will affect you call Verico Designer Mortgages at 1.866.824.8057

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Consolidating Your Debt

December 30th, 2009 No comments

With Christmas behind us and the New Year fast approaching it is important to take a step back and re-work our finances for the upcoming year. Having a plan that is simple and manageable for you and your family can make or break the coming year, as well as reduce some of the looming headaches.

Visit http://www.budgeting101.ca/ for an easy to use chart that will breakdown your spending into categories and show you which areas you may need to decrease spending. Another option available is debt consolidation through refinancing your mortgage. This may be a viable option for you if you currently have equity in your home. Home equity is the difference between the home’s fair market value and the outstanding balance of all liens (mortgages or LOC’s) on the property.
Refinancing your mortgage can be simple and save you from paying high interest rates on your credit cards.  You want to make sure it is in your best interest as there are costs (lawyer’s fees) that may be encountered. Speak to an agent at Verico Designer Mortgages at 1.877.827.8057 for a breakdown of the amount available to you and the costs associated in order to determine your best financial move.

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