This is just a quick note to let viewers know that IF you are one of the people with 20% or more down-payment and are in a position that the new OSFI rule changes affect your pre-qualification, that I can extend the current guidelines into the new year by up to 120 days provided that I have an application and am able to get a pre-approval in place with a lender for you before January 1.Read More
B20? Is that some kind of vitamin?
It certainly sounds like a vitamin, but unfortunately, it is something else altogether. The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions is the regulator for all federal mortgage lending institutions. They set the regulations for mortgage companies like banks to follow (or ignore).
The latest updates to the B20 mortgage regulations could bring some potentially very disrupting changes to the real estate market, especially if you are wanting to get a mortgage in Vancouver, or you are a mortgage broker in Vancouver. In summary:Read More
If you have followed my blog for a while, I think you would understand me saying that I find it difficult
to come up with interesting original material to provide. I mean…I am selling getting into the biggest DEBT that most people will ever likely incur, and I talk about a local housing market that appears out of control but actually is NOT.
The product I offer is intangible, and is the “nasty” part of a transaction that people otherwise enjoy. No one goes out shopping to purchase that hot sexy mortgage, there is no Gucci or Prada branded mortgages I can put in the window that anyone will be interested in buying. There’s an idea to justify a higher interest rate! “Yeah, I paid double what everyone else is paying, but it’s so worth it, the paper that I signed was so soft and smooth, and the quality of the printer was amazing!”
Anyways, rather than just write my grievances with the current situation, I tried to think differently. Read More
I was meeting with my business development manager for Canadian Home Income Plan (CHIP) about their reverse mortgage product today, and he shared with me an experience with a client of his bank that is at once shocking but also, unfortunately, not uncommon.
There is a private mortgage lender who advertises on the radio that did a mortgage for a client who was terminal with cancer. The mortgage amount was $500,000. Do you know how much the fees were? $65,000! That is insane! CHIP was able to take care of him in a way that he could enjoy his remaining days with his family in comfort, and provided a much more fair solution, but that is not really the point of the story. It is technically legal to charge those kinds of fees, but it does not make it fair, equitable or correct.Read More