What Is the Difference Between a Mortgage Lender vs a Mortgage Broker?

What’s the Difference between a Mortgage Lender vs a Mortgage Broker? There are so many terms thrown around in the finance world that it can be hard to figure out what means what. A mortgage lender lends money, while a mortgage broker finds money. Here we’re going to talk about the differences and roles that these two play when you’re trying to finance or refinance your home, and you’ll be able to enter the process with your eyes wide open. You’ll be able to see through the curtain and different tactics so you make the right decision for your financial future instead of theirs. Let’s get started. What Does a Mortgage Lender Do? Unlike your local Toronto mortgage broker, a mortgage lender lends you money. This could be a bank, a credit union or a private mortgage lender. You’ll have to fill out a mortgage application with them, then you’ll have to go through a whole process where they tell you they either want to work with your or not. This can be a stressful process, but in the end you’ll either get the financing that you need to buy a home or you won’t. It’s a very binary procedure. Depending […]

MPAC Assessment And The Value Of My House

Most people have a vague idea what MPAC (Municipal Property Assessment Corporation) is and what the purpose of the property assessment is. When you finally make the decision to stop renting and buy your first home you learn about things such as what an MPAC assessment is and why you need to have one. You get a letter in the mail that says your house is worth less than what you paid for it and you scratch your head wondering what the bloody hell they are going on about. If you are like us we didn’t know what the Market Value, Appraisal Value, Assessed Value was. How Did they Value our Home? Good Question! We paid our mortgage in full after 5 years of owning our home in 2014 but that doesn’t mean we get to wash our hands of our MPAC assessment and property taxes. We are still responsible as homeowners to contribute to services with-in the city and the education system. Related: Property Tax Bill- One You’ll Never Burn   MPAC Property Assessments   That used to be us but we have since done our research and here is what we learned. When we purchased our first home in 2009 we […]

Save Money On Your Next Mortgage Transaction

Buying a home is not a “buy now deal with it later” process rather one that should be researched properly before you get yourself into hot water. There is so much to learn and the buyer and seller that are best prepared are the ones that come out on top. Any time you are ready to make potentially one of the biggest investments of your life such as a mortgage loan take a moment to invest in yourself and your wallet.  Buying a home is a confusing, ever-changing process, with a lot of steps along the way.  All of those steps can end up costing you in cash and stress, so know where you are headed before you start the house hunt. Whether buying your first home, refinancing, or selling and buying, the following tips could help to save you money on your next mortgage transaction.  Speak to your Home Insurance person ahead of time; Lawyers/Notaries are required by the lender to prove you have Fire Insurance, most Insurance Agencies will charge an “Insurance Binder Fee” to supply the lawyer that information.  Call ahead and make sure they don’t charge you…or go to a different agency. When shopping for the […]

Why We Want To Pay Off Our Mortgage Early

Contributor: Nurse Frugal at Ladies Go First Paying off the Mortgage early, that’s what we’re doing and here’s why. I vividly remember the day when I came home from work and my husband was sitting behind the computer with a perplexed look on his face.  He looked up at me and asked “I don’t know, do you think we should pay off the house loan too?” Here Is Some Background………… A few weeks earlier we had just started listening to Dave Ramsey, a radio host and author that believes that becoming debt free is the key to financial freedom and building wealth.  We had just emptied out our savings accounts to pay off the two brand new cars we had just financed. My heart sank in my chest, was my husband taking crazy pills before I came home?  Did he realize that paying off the mortgage would mean that we would have to work lots of overtime for years and years to ultimately pay off the $233,346.60 owed on our mortgage?!?!  He proceeded to do a mortgage calculation that revealed that if we didn’t pay off the house early we would pay $118,123.78 in interest throughout the life of our mortgage, […]

Should You Be Breaking Your Mortgage?

Are you thinking about breaking a mortgage early? Most people assume that when they sign up for a 5 year fixed rate that they have to stay in that mortgage for the next 5 years…that isn’t true in most cases.  While there are a few lenders out there who have “closed” mortgages that are not breakable without a bona fide sale of the property, the vast majority are breakable. So how does that work?  If you decided that the rate you were paying was too high or you wanted to add funds in a refinance or various other situations that made you want to break the mortgage you were in, how can it be done?  If your current mortgage rate is less than lender’s rate on the equivalent remaining term, you simply pay a 3 month interest penalty…for example: Current mortgage of $150,000 @ 3.25% with 3 years remaining Lender’s 3 year rate is currently 3.45% 3 Months interest = $1,219 approximately ($150,000 x 3.25% /12 x3) What if the opposite is true, the current rate you have on your mortgage is higher than the current available from the lender?  Now we enter the world of IRD, or Interest Rate […]

Top 3 First Time Home Buyer Mistakes!

Top 3 First Time Home Buyer Mistakes Everyone who has bought a home has been through it, the scary, nervous time of learning a new language, relying on strangers you don’t know and making massive decisions you are sure will ruin your life.  All this while getting opinions from everyone you have every known whether you want them or not! Despite all this there is an upside…you also get to have you own home! In the hope of helping those who have not gone through this “rite of passage” to home ownership, I want to share with you some of the most common mistakes people make and how to avoid those yourself. #1.  Most people don’t work out what their budget is. You are on reading this here on Canadian Budget Binder, so I am sure you have done one by now, but you would be shocked how many people are not even aware of what they can afford, let alone what their plan is, other than wanting a home.  A detailed budget and plan of potential costs is a must to start this journey.  Staying with it is a key to living happily ever after! #2.  Little or no […]

How To Maximize Your Mortgage

  TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SHAVING YEARS OFF YOUR MORTGAGE Many people get into their first home and are so busy fixing it up, moving in and just getting used to their new home they quickly forget about their mortgage, other than that big chunk of cash that goes out of their account every month. They are losing money by ignoring it! Many banks don’t explain much in the way of “best practices” with mortgage repayment.  One of the simplest is paying your mortgage on either a Weekly or biweekly basis to speed up the repayment process, but beware, some banks offer non-accelerated weekly or biweekly which do nothing to pay back your mortgage faster! Follow this simple system when setting up your payments: If you are paid every 2 weeks, pay your mortgage with biweekly accelerated  If you are paid any other way, pay your mortgage weekly accelerated. The reasoning is simple, say your mortgage is $1000 per month, paying biweekly accelerated puts more onto your mortgage in a year ($500 x 26 = $13,000 vs. $1000 x 12 = $12,000), same with weekly accelerated ($250 x 52 = $13,000). So apart from your mortgage payment, what else can you […]

Our Canadian Home-Tips to Save for a mortgage Down Payment

A HOME IS A BIG INVESTMENT   Saving for a down payment on a home is probably one of the biggest goals many people set out to achieve when they want in on the real estate market. Are you thinking of making the move into home ownership? Deciding whether you should continue to rent or buy a home is a decision only you can make. People often ask me why I chose to buy a home so young when I was living in the UK. I decided to buy so young because my parents taught me the value of money early. I saved my money because I knew that I should be able to make more money over time if I invested it wisely. I also realized that I didn’t want to rent but that I’d rather own my piece of land in this world. I’m not going to lie and say it was easy as that’s simply not the truth. I worked hard and long hours to get me into the home ownership scene. I had no debt and paid cash for everything I needed. My wife was the same way growing up so we both had an understanding […]

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