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Category Archives: Financial Planning

Variable vs a fixed-rate mortgage: what’s best for you?

Variable vs a fixed-rate mortgage: what’s best for you?

Variable vs a fixed-rate mortgage: what’s best for you? Most people choose a fixed-rate mortgage to avoid surprises in their monthly payments. While a fixed-rate mortgage will avoid surprises in their monthly cost, it may also cost them more money over the life of their mortgage. Variable rates go down as well as up. We can show how a variable-rate mortgage might be the most economical way to go. https://skipthebank.ca

© Sandra Lastovic is the Principal Broker with the Mortgage Centre in Guelph. With over 15 years’ experience and holds a M.Sc. from the University of Guelph. She was recently ranked at the top 75 agents in Canada by The Canadian Mortgage Professionals annual survey and 2017 Most Influential Women in the Mortgage Industry. She can be reached at 519-763-3900 x1001 or www.skipthebank.ca™

 

Locking In Your Mortgage Rate

Locking In Your Mortgage Rate

  Locking In Your Mortgage Rate: A homeowner can change from a variable-interest-rate mortgage to a fixed-interest-rate mortgage without paying a penalty. Most lenders look at a five-year term on a fixed-rate mortgage. The trick is to determine what the new fixed-interest rate will be and when to make the switch. How to determine what factors… Read More

How Often Variable Rates Change

How Often Variable Rates Change

    How Often Do Variable Rates Change? The Bank of Canada can legally change its prime lending rate plus or minus, sixteen times a year. In reality, it normally only changes about once or twice, and is plus or minus .15% to .25% per annum. We can help a home owner in forecasting those… Read More

Debt Consolidation Plan

When should you consider consolidating your debt with your mortgage and why?

  If you are unable to pay off your debts each month and your total debt exceeds $5000. Interest rates and how they are calculated vary widely. Interest on a mortgage is calculated twice a year A Line of Credit loan is calculated monthly and usually carries a higher interest rate Credit cards are calculated… Read More

Tip for when buying a house – Get all the documents organized that the lender will want to see

Tip for when buying a house – Get all the documents organized that the lender will want to see

  Tip for when buying a house – Get all the documents organized that the lender will want to see: the importance of Documentation. If you are employed: Two years of T4s; Two recent pay stubs; Letter of employment If you are self-employed: Make sure income taxes are up to date If you own a corporation:… Read More

Why use a local mortgage broker in Guelph instead of an on-line brokerage?

Why use a local mortgage broker in Guelph instead of an on-line brokerage?

  Why use a local mortgage broker in Guelph instead of an on-line brokerage? There are so many mortgage options available on-line, but why use a local mortgage broker in the Guelph, Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge instead of going on-line? That’s because they’ll understand the local housing market conditions which have a significant impact on your mortgage financing.… Read More