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 […]

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 […]

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!

BEFORE SAYING YES TO HOME OWNERSHIP- DO YOUR RESEARCH   Anyone who has been a home buyer in the past can tell you what they would have done differently had they have know what they know today. 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! Related: How to test budget a mortgage BEFORE you buy your first 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. As a home buyer you must take the initiative to explore all avenues and to trust no one but yourself and the professionals you hire. Even then keep a close eye on everything you sign up for.   1. Most people don’t work out what […]

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 […]

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