12 Dec

7 SURE-FIRE WAYS TO GROW YOUR CREDIT SCORE

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Posted by: Ron Price

Have you ever wished for a simplified guide on how to actually GROW your credit score? Well today is your lucky day! We have had years of experience working with individuals who come to us with poor or damaged credit and we have found 7 steps that prove to be tried and true in fixing it.

First off though—why are we so focused in on credit scores? Simply put, your credit score details your history of borrowing money. It shows how timely you are on payments; how responsible you are with it and how you manage it.

In a Nutshell: Your credit score represents to the lender that you have proven yourself capable of paying your bills on time and are responsible when managing credit. You credit score will also impact the interest rate that you receive. So, when we are talking about mortgages, your credit score=very important.

Now that we have that covered, here are our 7 sure-fire ways to grow your credit and make the mortgage application process, a breeze:

1. Have at least 2 credit lines at all times
This means that you should always have 2 “tradelines” going. Whether this be 2 credit cards, a credit card and a line of credit and a car loan etc. You want to show that you can manage credit, and this is one easy way to do it. As an added note, the limit on the credit lines will need to be set at a minimum $2,000.

2. Make your payments on time each and every month
No skipped payments! You should ALWAYS make the minimum payment required on all your lines of credit each month.

3. Do not let your credit be pulled too often.
This one is something people often forget about. Having your credit pulled for new credit cards, car loans, and other things frequently raises a red flag for lenders and can significantly lower your credit score

4. Do not exceed 50% of the available credit limit on your credit card or credit line.
We know this one can be hard to do. One easy way to monitor this is to only use a credit card for certain fixed bills such as a cable/internet bill, cell-phone bill, etc. This way you can easily keep track of what credit you have used and what is available still.

5. If you have missed a payment, get back on track right away.
If you did, by chance, miss a payment, do not fret. Instead, get back on track with your month by month payments. Lenders would look at the one missed payment as an abnormality versus a normal occurrence if you are back on track by the following month.

6. Make sure each partner has their own credit.
We cannot tell you how frustrating it can be for couples when they realize that all their credit cards and lines of credit are only under one name…leaving the other person with no proven track record of managing credit! We advise clients to both grow their credit by making sure all joint accounts report for you both.

7. Do not exceed the Credit limit.
It is important to not go over or exceed the credit limit you have been given. Having overdrawn credit, shows the lender that you are not able to responsibly manage credit.

If you follow these 7 steps and are responsible with your credit, you will have no problem when it comes time to purchase a home! In need of more advice? Contact a Dominion Lending Centres Broker-they will be more than happy to help you.

26 Nov

4 REASONS WHY MORTGAGE BROKERS ARE BETTER THAN BANKS

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Posted by: Ron Price

I am often asked if it’s hard to compete with the banks. While they may offer competitive rates at times, right now we have much better rates than the banks. However, we have certain advantages which allow us to blow them out of the water most of the time.

  1. More Choice – banks are limited to around 5 products that they can offer you. They will try to fit you into one of their products even if the financial institution next door has a better one for you. Brokers have access to banks, credit unions, trust and mortgage companies as well as private lenders.
  2. Better Representation – Brokers are your champions bankers are employees. They put their employer first . They won’t offer you the best rates unless you are a good negotiator. Brokers are licenced by provincial organizations and have to follow a code of ethics which requires that we put the consumer first. We also negotiate the best rate, terms and conditions for you. If you need to break the mortgage before the end of the term, we can assist you with that and perhaps help you to avoid paying a penalty.
  3. More Benefits – If you are moving into a home that is more than one year old, you probably do not have a home warranty. Brokers have 3 lenders who offer home warranties, which can cover repairs to the plumbing, heating and electrical systems with a small deductible. Two of the lenders even offer this as a complimentary service for the first year while the third lender offers it for the length of the mortgage. As Dominion Lending Centre brokers, we also have discounted rates for moving services and boxes from a large national moving company .
  4. Better Protection – I saved the best for last. We offer portable mortgage life and disability insurance.

It may not sound like much but we have the same coverage as the banks offer with one important difference – portability. While we take care to place you with a good lender, circumstances change and lenders may not offer favourable terms on renewal. If you try to leave a bank after developing a condition like high blood pressure or having a heart attack, you will have to re-apply for insurance coverage and may be denied. There are hundreds if not thousands of unhappy bank clients who are stuck paying high interest rates because they are forced to stay with a lender. Broker insurance gives you the independence to move from lender to lender depending on who is willing to offer you the best rates and terms. This may not sound like much to you now but it’s a real game changer for anyone who knows someone who have had this happen to them.

Is it difficult to compete with the banks? No – we have them beat hands down.

14 Nov

NewRulesHurt.ca IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER OF DLC

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Posted by: Ron Price

This letter also appears as a full-page ad in the October 3rd edition of The Globe & Mail and was written by Gary Mauris, the Founder, President and CEO of Dominion Lending Centres.

 

We wouldn’t normally reprint an article, but this message is too important to not share with all of you in Centre Wellington.

 

Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Mourneau;

 

One year ago, your government introduced new mortgage rules that put the dream of home ownership out of reach for many Canadians. Although well intended, the changes have reduced the average Canadian family’s purchasing power by upwards of 20% and have had the unintended consequence of making housing less affordable for Canadians.

 

Instead, Canadians who were once able to purchase or re-finance their home are being shut out of the market or forced to pay more interest to traditional lenders as competition in our (the broker monoline) sector declines.

 

The new stress test that requires all new mortgages to qualify at the greater of either the Bank of Canada benchmark rate or the contract rate offered, means that Canadians who previously could reasonably afford a mortgage payment at the standard rates no longer qualify. Additionally, changes to portfolio insurance requirements have resulted in some monoline lenders being unable to insure mortgages, thus reducing overall competition, which hurts consumers, regardless of what solution they use for their homes.

 

Canadians who are now unable to fulfill their dream of owning a home have been telling us their stories and we’ve been listening. We’ve documented their stories and we think it’s important for you to see them. We’ve posted these stories at www.NewRulesHurt.ca and are sending every Member of Parliament a printed copy so they can read firsthand how the new mortgage rules have impacted the lives of hard working individuals and families in their constituencies. Please take the time to read these stories and seriously consider changing mortgage rules to make them fair and equitable for all Canadians trying to purchase, or keep their home

If you or anyone you know, have been or will be impacted by these new rules please share your story at www.NewRulesHurt.ca  On behalf of Price Team Mortgages | DLC, we thank you and are here to guide you through these uncertain times. Contact us anytime.

 

14 Nov

MORE MORTGAGE STRESS COMING JANUARY 1st

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Posted by: Ron Price

After months of intimations that more mortgage rules are coming, the Federal government made it official last week. As of January 1, 2018 ALL MORTGAGES will be subject to a ‘Stress Test’. Regardless of the loan-to-value, high-ratio or conventional, insured or uninsured, Canadians will be forced to qualify at a rate that is 2% higher than the rate they will actually pay. This reduces borrowing power by 20% on average.

In October 2017, the Trudeau government swooped in with a new stress test for high-ratio mortgages (purchases with less than 20% down), in an effort to cool the housing markets in Toronto and Vancouver. Over the past year, the new rules did little to achieve that goal, but instead, have hurt average Canadians, especially single income earners. It is more difficult for first time buyers to get into home ownership and many people who have been saving up their 5% down payments have been forced to keep renting.

 

Dr. Sherry Cooper, Chief Economist for Dominion Lending Centres, refers to these acts by the Federal Government as “self-inflicted wounds”. The mortgage default rate in Canada is amongst the lowest in the world, at less than 1/3 of 1%. Why the focus on trying to fix something that ain’t broke? Why don’t they make banks give mandatory ‘stress tests’ to double-digit interest lines of credit, credit cards and vehicle loans? Mortgage debt is healthy debt as it’s secured by property, which over time appreciates and builds equity for homeowners.

 

If you are thinking of purchasing with 20%+ down, as of January 1st, you will be made to endure the stress test. If you are thinking of refinancing to consolidate high-interest consumer debt, do some renovations or make some investments, you will also be stress tested as of January 1st. We urge you to contact us ASAP so we can determine if you will be adversely affected.

 

Maureen received our eBlast about this topic last week and contacted us about refinancing to pay off some debt. A single mom of two, she is carrying about $15K in consumer debt and struggling to make the minimum monthly payments. Only 2 years into her mortgage, her property value is up and the penalty to break it early isn’t bad (of course we placed her in a good mortgage with good terms).

 

Mortgage Amount Monthly Mortgage Payment Monthly Consumer Debt Payments Total Monthly Payments
Pre-Refi $195,000 $1176 $973 $2149
Post-Refi $225,000 $1011 $0 $1011

Monthly Savings: $1138!!!!!

Annual Savings: $13,656!!!!!

 

By placing Maureen into a new conventional mortgage (80% LTV), she no longer needs to pay the default insurance premium that high ratio mortgages have. Even though interest rates are a little higher than two years ago, we are able to get her more money and actually save her money. Think this is too good to be true? Contact us for more insight.

 

She is a prime target for the new January 1st rules. If she had waited until next year, it would not be possible to refinance her and she would be stuck with $15K of high interest debt and struggle to make the minimum payments and be debt-ridden for the foreseeable future.

 

Contact us today and we will see whether or not you’ll be adversely affected after January 1st. We’re here to help.

13 Nov

THE SKY IS FALLING – WAIT, NO IT’S NOT!

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Posted by: Ron Price

Be careful what you read folks or at the very least, how you interpret it and understand who is saying it. Draconian headlines continue to fly in the realm of real estate, and they want you to panic.

A recent example is the August 2nd issue of the Financial Post which stated ‘Toronto home sales plunge 40% in biggest drop since the recession’. This was followed up with ‘Home prices in Canada’s biggest city also posted their biggest monthly drop in at least 17 years in July’.

From this type of hype one might ask, could this be the beginning of a major correction or crash? In a word, NO. This is not the case at all.

What is really happening is that the pressure cooker is now simmering down nicely as we head to a more balanced and healthy market. These recent market adjustments are the best thing that could have happened in order to avoid the real estate ‘boom bust’ scenario people were talking about for the past several years. That trend was simply not sustainable. So this is good news not bad news.

In fact, the rate of price increase is now moderating, but prices are not dropping as the headlines would make you believe. Case in point, the average house price in the GTA increased 5 per cent from July 2016.

Are prices dropping, no. Is the froth and frenzy gone, yes and thankfully so. The supply of listings is also picking up, also good news giving home buyers more choice than previously.

This is all leading back to a more balanced real estate market, meaning supply and demand are more in sync.

Will prices drop in real terms year over year? That’s the big question now. Even if they do end up dropping slightly, is that a bad thing? We don’t think so because it could have been worse, much worse.

Many believe that current prices represent the new ‘bar’. With summer vacations now in full swing, the reduction in real estate transactions during the summer (not last year) represents the historical norm.

Realtors believe that sales activity will pick up in the fall and that we may see a mini boom in sales again.

Hopefully though inventory will continue to grow, multiple offers will not return, and market competition will be more healthy and positive.

Mortgage rates remain near all time lows, so if you are thinking about getting into the market in the near future, it is a very good time to make your move!

13 Nov

BMO JUST DID NOT CARE

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Posted by: Ron Price

A recent CBC News story about how the Bank of Montreal only reversed an action of foreclosure on a federal civil servant who after the loss of her husband and estate issues, a colossal mess up with a new federal pay system, not getting paid for nine months, having her daughter have to quit college to work three jobs to help meet all payments, and then missing just one line of credit payment, never a mortgage payment went through hell with the bank.

She even got the federal government to write a letter to the bank ‘asking for understanding and flexibility’ without response. That is until she had no other choice but to reach out to Go Public the complaints division of CBC.

Without hesitation now that the bank knew the matter was in the public eye, changed their position backing off threats of foreclosure and offering to refinance her to solve her short term problems.

This bank did not care. Period. Truth is all banks are the same. What a shame isn’t it?

We remember when we were young, that Canadians trusted and even loved our banks. Times have changed, oh how they’ve changed to undue all those good feelings, now to a present bank culture which is documented daily to be uncaring and callous, and even predatory.

13 Nov

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PUNISHING HOME BUYERS UNNECESSARILY

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Posted by: Ron Price

The federal government is taking a sludge hammer to the housing market, making it even more difficult to purchase as new (much) more restrictive rules will take effect as early as December 1st.

It doesn’t make any sense and it behoves us to understand where all of this is coming from, and why especially since the housing market frenzy is gone, and has returned to a more healthy balanced state.

Why is their focus entirely on real estate GOOD debt without mention of line of credit and credit card BAD debt?

Did you know that 60 per cent of Canadian home owners are MORTGAGE FREE, Yes it’s a fact.

Mortgage defaults are at all time lows, interest rates remain very low as well. The economy remains sluggish, and inflation remains low.

The government wants us to consume to help grow the economy, yet on the other hand they are paranoid about household debt. It’s called ‘Suck and Blow’ at the same time and ya just can’t do it!

So what’s the problem? Where there isn’t one. So we can only scratch our heads, and wonder why?

It seems common sense no longer prevails in this world, just look at The Donald…lol, so we can’t help but think something bigger is going on here in Canada. Hum!

Could Morneau, our federal finance minister, be in any more trouble with conflict of interests and as was news last week. He has owned up to making profit through his company’s contracts with Bombardier only after he was caught, coming clean and pledging to forward all (illegal) profits to charity. WOW, WOW, WOW INDEED as those politicals like to utter. How dare they do this!

Let’s not be naïve to think there is no collusion going on here folks between the powerful rich and the rest of us.

As of Jan 1st Canadians will be 20% poorer, or at least because of the new stress tests requiring everyone to qualify based on a rate 2.0% higher than their actual contract mortgage rate (4.9% instead of 2.9%) will qualify for one fifth less purchase price, mortgage, and refinance needs.

This new reality will force many Canadians into higher cost debt arrangements.

Mortgage debt is Good Debt because it is at low rates, very low rates still. Just think about it, you can get a prime first mortgage still around 3 per cent. Your line of credit debt is between 4, 5, 6 per cent or more. Your loan interest rate is higher. Your credit card interest rate is well, let’s just say INSANE between 20 to 29%.

So our message to you is simple. If you have any credit card, loan, line of credit debt and/or you currently have a bank mortgage, DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO GET OUT NOW BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.

Our purpose and role has become that of consumer advocates to educate, inform, and advise consumers about the best financial solutions for them going forward and to warn you about unfair practices, rule changes etc.

AND TO EXPOSE THE TRUTH ABOUT THE BANKS & GOVERNMENT as best as we can.

It’s not just about your mortgage, it’s about your financial health and financial security going forward.

We love our business and we care deeply about you.

Please call us for an unbiased, truthful conversation about your financial prospects (no cost OAC) and by all means please become fully informed about the potential consequences to you by acting now

13 Nov

GET APPROVED NOW BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

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Posted by: Ron Price

THIS IS THE BIGGEST GROUND SHAKING RULE CHANGE OF ALL TIME!

If you are thinking a buying, refinancing or are renewing within the six months

you need to get approved as soon as possible. Such an approval now will get you a rate guarantee up to 4 months AND WILL PROTECT YOU FROM THE NEW LEGISLATION.

The federal government as of January 1st is making it much more difficult FOR EVERYBODY to qualify for a mortgage no matter what the purpose of the mortgage is, how good your credit is and no matter how much equity you have.

In a nutshell, let’s say your mortgage contract rate is 2.9%. To qualify under the new rule you will need to qualify at 4.9% or 2% higher even though your payment is based on the contract rate.

Everyone will qualify for 20% less than today whether you are purchasing or want to refinance so if you have any intention to buy, renovate, renew, refinance for any reason.

In fact, the new rule may come into effect sooner as some lenders, as in the past, will decide to adopt the rule change earlier so you cannot assume that you have until January1st to get a mew mortgage. December 1st is a more likely cut off date.

This rule change is not only completely unnecessary but completely uncalled for since it is intended to cool a real estate market that has already cooled. This is the most significant change in history and it is likely to be of a more permanent nature.

Unfortunately, the consequences may seriously impact the real estate and mortgage markets well beyond the intended purpose.

Many home purchasers will only qualify for 20% less purchase price and realtors predict that home sellers at the high end of the market will be most affected since the high end will become that much more difficult to sell.

To say it is curious how the federal Liberal government seems not to care about public opinion and is alienating millions of Canadians against them, is an understatement.

Good luck with the next election boys and girls, Aye!

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT YOU MUST HAVE A FULLY UNDERWRITTEN PRE-APPROVAL IN WRITING IN ORDER TO COMPLY UNDER TODAY’S RULES.

BEWARE, THE BANKS DO NOT DO THIS, THEY ONLY PRE-QUALIFY BUT WE DO AND YOU CAN RELY ON OURS. WE CAN ASSIST YOU TO PURCHASE UNDER THE OLD RULES FOR 4 – 6 MONTHS FROM NOW, THAT IS UNTIL NEXT APRIL, BUT ONLY IF YOU APPLY AND ARE APPROVED NOW.

If you know anyone thinking of buying, refinancing, renewing, renovating etc., please let them know about this article and have them call us for more details as soon as possible.

We are here to inform, help and protect you!

13 Nov

TELL ME WHY I SHOULD LEAVE MY BANK?

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Posted by: Ron Price

I was asked this question last week by a caller who was not altogether happy with his bank mortgage experience, so he decided to call us.

When my dad is asked the same question he asks back ‘Would you like the thirty second version or the thirty minute one?’

If they opt for the longer version he can give them up to one hundred reasons and when he is finished, they usually thank him and say something like ‘I wish I had known this before.’

My response was ‘Well think of it like you think of the political party you have been aligned with your whole life because your parents ingrained this in you. Year after year you probably vote for the same party without investigating the issues in depth.’

Many Canadians follow the same path when it comes to getting a mortgage, often until they get upset with the banks’ service, response time and ultimate offer.

13 Nov

‘CANADA’S HOUSING BUBBLE HAS VANISHED…’

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Posted by: Ron Price

‘…Without a crash landing’, say economists according to an August 16 th article in the Financial Post.

Not only that but the article goes on to say that the real estate market has already readjusted to an almost perfectly balanced one.

Economists say the Canadian housing bubble – long feared to be vulnerable to a dangerous ‘pop’ is now officially dead.

That was fast, very fast, in fact this happened just in the last four months when the market started to level off.

The definition of a ‘balanced’ market is one where the supply and demand for real estate is more or less equal as the supply of inventory has increased significantly. Locally the supply is still at this point slightly below the traditional norm but it’s on its way up.

This is wonderful news for home owners and prospective home buyers as it would suggest that current real estate values are sustainable.

Economists further predict that price growth remains in the cards at between two and four per cent next year, outside of the Toronto and Vancouver markets.

While real estate looks rosy, the mortgage and affordability side is less rosy as recent tightening regulations has impacted high ratio insured loans making them more difficult to qualify.

It now appears imminent that the same tightening is going to be applied to the low ratio, uninsured market which represents 80 per cent of total mortgages. In other words, OSFI’s current proposals when enacted will make it that much more difficult for (all) Canadians with 20% equity/down payment to refinance and purchase than before.

In short, making it more difficult for the entire market to qualify for a mortgage will, in turn, have a further impact on housing market activity, which could serve to dampen real estate in general.

What we are seeing is a continued intervention in the mortgage/real estate market by government introducing regulations designed to reduce future ‘risk’ and exposure at a time where mortgage default is at an all-time low as is unemployment.

In the past, the only intervention was done by the Bank of Canada raising interests, but was in high inflationary times. Not so today. So why is government intervention even happening?

Now it is government meddling with the market which is ultimately going to hurt, if not marginalize many more Canadians, as it appears, in the coming months ahead.

Buckle up your seat belts folks, and stay tuned!

Next week’s article will be centered specifically on who will be impacted the most, with financial examples of how the next round of tightening will look compared to the present framework.