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Stress Test Changes

Stress Test Changes Ahead

Well not really surprisingly, yesterday the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) proposed changes to the mortgage stress test in an attempt to cool the hot housing market. While theses proposed changes would only effect those putting down 20% or more, they are totally the incorrect approach to dealing with the hot housing market. It is true that almost every market across Canada is experiencing high demand, this is not due to speculation this is because of a lack of supply that is driving up prices.

Think about it we have had several years prior to the pandemic of record levels of immigration. As well as the past year with people working remotely with nowhere to spend their money as they can’t travel nor eat out so they are sitting on record levels of savings. So what are … Read more

Down Payments

Not all Down Payments are created equal

So you are in the market to buy a new to you home. With the current real estate market being as hot ( due to limited supply) as it is make sure that you have the correct down payment in order before you put in your offer. High ratio mortgage insurance ( CMHC, Sagen and Canada Gurantee) is available for purchase prices less than 1,000,000. However to get into a home with the minimum required will depend on the purchase price of the property and of course your credit and income.

5% down payment is the minimum for purchase prices at 500,000 or less. If you are quick at math that is 25,000. However if the house that you really like you ended up getting an accepted offer at 760,000. You will put down 5% of the 1st 500,000 and … Read more

Referral business

Referrals Please!

Like most service based businesses the lifeblood or our business is referrals. Whether that be from past clients or industry partners like Realtors or Financial Planners. We do not pay for referrals. We do however work to ensure that their financing transaction with us is smoothest and stress free as possible.

I look forward to hearing from you in regard to your mortgage needs.

Cheers,

Patrick

p.s- You can click on this link to start the process whenever you are ready. Schedule your meeting with me here.

p.s.s- I should tell you that I am licensed in Nova Scotia, Ontario(M18001555) & in British Columbia(BCFSA #504098).

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It's a short week

Short Week!

Yes I know it’s a Tuesday but it feel’s like a Monday. With 4 banking days this week but with 5 days worth of work to fill them.

I look forward to hearing from you in regard to your mortgage needs.

Cheers,

Patrick

p.s- You can click on this link to start the process whenever you are ready. Schedule your meeting with me here.

p.s.s- I should tell you that I am licensed in Nova Scotia, Ontario(M18001555) & in British Columbia(BCFSA #504098).… Read more

What is your Why

What is your Why?

Forget about asking what to do or how to do it, why to do it is the most important thing to ask. It has been said that with a strong enough Why anything is possible. Most people know what to do to get in shape and they may even know how to to do it, but without a strong enough why they will never do it. The same can be said to your personal finances or your relationships. Once you know why you want to improve anything becomes possible.

If you are reading this page, you may be thinking of refinancing or purchasing in the near future. The what to do and how to do it are sometimes fairly simple and straight forward. The why however can be a little fuzzy. Some of the common why’s I hear are the … Read more

It's a Seller's Market

It’s a Seller’s Market

Since this is very much a seller’s market and many properties are receiving multiple offers and are also then going for well above list price. So the number one quality to have in this market is patience. There are new properties being listed every day, so sooner or later you will find one that works for you. Just remember that if you are pre-approved ( and I hope you are, if not call me) for 500K that means that you can’t offer 525K. You should be pre-approved at the top of your affordability ratio’s so any higher and you will not get approved.

I look forward to hearing from you in regard to your mortgage needs.

Cheers,

Patrick

p.s- You can click on this link to start the process whenever you are ready. Schedule your meeting with me here.… Read more

It's Grrrreat

It’s Grrrreat!

It’s not just a Good Friday, it’s a Great Friday. Getting up without having to rush around and drive anybody anywhere or have to call anybody is a great feeling. Got to meditate and do my workout before anyone even got up. I love holiday’s like this where sometimes the best use of our time is to settle down with a great book.

I look forward to hearing from you in regard to your mortgage needs.

Cheers,

Patrick

p.s- You can click on this link to start the process whenever you are ready. Schedule your meeting with me here.

p.s.s- I should tell you that I am licensed in Nova Scotia, Ontario(M18001555) & in British Columbia(BCFSA #504098).… Read more

Don't be an April Fool

Don’t be an April Fool!

Happy April Fool’s day, hopefully you have not been tricked yet. Just a short post with some idea’s on how not to be fooled in today’s hot real estate market. 

1) Make sure that you get pre-approved before you start house hunting. Note that most lenders just issue a rate hold but do not actually thoroughly review your file. You will need to deal with a competent professional who will actually review all your necessary supporting documents before your house hunting journey.

2) Don’t get carried away with excitement cause the inventory of available homes are low and there are many buyers bidding on the same property. So I am advising you NOT to write a condition free offer on a property you want to purchase. Unless you have the purchase price in cash this is not a wise decision. … Read more

Exclusive arrangement

Let’s talk about professional relationships. When you are looking to buy a home you don’t go house hunting with nor put in offers on the same property with 5 different Realtors. You also don’t consult and meet with 5 lawyers when it comes time to close your transaction. However when it comes time to finance said purchase why is it that a select few people (thankfully they are the exception not the rule) have no qualms about dealing with several brokers at the same time. Usually these people can be spotted in the first 15 minutes of the conversation as they seem to be concerned only about rate.

Let me save you the trouble with an example. Rates from most of the lenders in the market are consistently around the same amount. Some may very by 5 basis points or … Read more

Meet 10 new people

10 New People

The surest way to succeed in sales is always have a full pipeline of people that could be potentially interested in your product or service. In this modern age most people are spending a lot of resources marketing to people on-line through Google, Facebook, Instagram or Linkedin. Due to Covid-19 it is difficult and potentially dangerous to meet new people face to face.

However most have forgotten or are just reluctant to pick up the phone and touch base with people the old fashioned way. Not all calls are cold calls, start with people you know then move over to people who know your target audience. Pick up the phone and start connecting with new 10 new people a day. That is what I am doing and it’s great connecting with new people. Hopefully I will be talking with you … Read more