Should Your First Rental Property Purchase Be A Condo Or A House?

NEED TO KNOW BASICS BEFORE BUYING A RENTAL PROPERTY   So you’re ready to buy your first rental property. Maybe you’ve heard about all the money you can make just by buying a property, finding a tenant, and letting the cash roll in. Perhaps your parents had rental property and you know the money that can be made. Or maybe you’d like to buy a house with a basement suite and have someone help pay your mortgage. All these are great reasons to consider owning rental property.   Where to Start?  Evaluate Your Current Living Situation   Where are you living right now? Are you happy where you’re currently living? Do you want to live in the same building as your tenant by having a basement suite or one side of a duplex to rent out or would you prefer to live in a dwelling away from your tenants? Do you own your home or are you renting? Are you living in a house or an apartment condo?  If you live in a house, what do you like about living in a house? If you’re living in an apartment condo, what is it about condo living that really appeals to […]

How To Port A Mortgage In Canada Successfully : The Saturday Weekend Review #230

SHOULD YOU BREAK YOUR MORTGAGE OR PORT IT WHEN SELLING AND BUYING A NEW HOME?   Whether you can port a mortgage depends on a few factors but ultimately it all has to do with numbers. Porting a mortgage may not be in your best interest especially if you’re not happy with your current lender and want to search out a new one. The good news is that if you can save money and you’re eligible to port your mortgage you’re doing alright. Renewing a mortgage is far different from porting a mortgage which I’ll get into a later but in the mean time wrap your head around this question- How much do I know about my current mortgage? If you haven’t read the fine print now is a smart time to break out the paperwork.  Why am I talking about how to port a mortgage today? Honestly, I had no idea about how to port a mortgage in Canada but I do know that it’s a common practice in the UK where I was born. What I’ve learned while living in Canada as a permanent resident is that I can’t compare apples to apples from what I know in […]

How to avoid home buying mistakes the first time

HOME SWEET HOME COSTS MONEY   Buying a house to make a home for you and your family can be a stressful time for anyone, especially when it’s your first home. We no longer wanted to rent any more so looking for our first home was something that came fast and furious for us. With that comes the urgency to own a home and sometimes you overlook some of the obvious concerns. I certainly won’t be making some of these mistakes next time around. I can remember the endless trolling through MLS listings online and then booking an appointment with our real estate agent to go and view them. Some houses definitely viewed better through photos rather than real life, but it’s always something every house hunter has to endure. When buying a house everyone has a list of wants and needs and a general style that they are looking for. For us, a more modern house was an easier choice due to lower maintenance costs and less chance that there was going to be hidden problems. The trouble for any couple or family starts when they discover hidden issues with the house they thought was perfectly fine. Other life events can throw […]

Understanding Mortgage Insurances

There are a number of misconceptions in the world of mortgages when it comes to the word “insurance” let’s cover the various meanings off.  High Ratio Insurance: Also known as CMHC, mortgage default insurance, Portfolio Insurance In Canada, all Banks must have this insurance on any mortgage they lend on with less than 20% down payment.  It is a one-time premium paid by the borrower (normally included into the mortgage)to the insurance company that insures the lender if the borrower ever defaults on the mortgage, the lender gets all of their money back. Three companies in Canada offer this insurance, CMHC which is owned by the Government, as well as Genworth and Canada Guaranty.  CMHC insurance is backed 100% by the Canadian Government, the other two are 95% backed by the Government.  This has been a source of discussion recently as CMHC has neared it’s legal insurable portfolio limit of $600 billion in mortgages. If your mortgage is insured, what does that mean for you?  Very little unfortunately…the benefit is to the lender, though as long as you pay your mortgage, that insurance will never need to be used.  The one benefit to having a insured mortgage is that it […]

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