The negative impacts of out-of-control debt

The negative impacts of out-of-control debt

Debt plays a vital role in our everyday lives. We use our credit cards to buy groceries, watch movies and book our holiday vacations. We use personal loans to finance our cars and homes and lines of credit to pay for our home renovations. Incurring debt has been common practice among Canadians due to its convenience and accessibility. However, debt can become bad quickly if you fail to understand how to manage it.

Here’s 3 major negative impacts of too much out of control debt

  1. Leads to even higher interest rates and cost of borrowing when applying for long term loans and mortgages

When you decide to apply for a car loan or a mortgage, the first thing banks look at is your ability to repay debt. If your history shows that you have almost always maxed out your credit card debt and have missed too many payments due, chances are that banks who offer lower interest on long term financing will decline your application. At such situations, you are then left at the mercy of alternative financing institutions who can charge up to 5% higher than typical rates offered by banks just because of your credit rating. You are also considered a delinquent client and these same institutions can charge you 1% or more in lending fees as well as collect 6 months mortgage prepayment from you before the 1st month of payment is due. This type of financing are most ideal for short term needs and not to sustain a long term mortgage because they tend to be too expensive for the average Canadian to handle.

  1. Potential refusal for future long term financing applications

If your debt load is more than what your income can handle, you may not be able to get out of it without filing for bankruptcy. This is because of the piling interest and penalties institutions can charge you due to your inability to make payments. Filing a bankruptcy is deemed as the only way out in this scenario however, filing a bankruptcy could also mean that the same banks who had given you credit cards before may not give you any form of financing after a bankruptcy is filed. This becomes a dead end for most Canadians as bankruptcies tend to stay on your credit report for a while and the banks you had owed money to will mark you as a derogatory client and will never approve any future financing applications you may place with them.

  1. Marital/relationship breakdown and mental health impacts

Financial problems most often cause rifts in your relationships with family and loved ones. Due to the anxiety of being unable to pay your debt, your attitude and interaction towards your friends and loved ones could change. This could result in you isolating yourself and becoming depressed by your current predicament. This could also cause underlying health issues to surface which could lead to you being unable to work and incur even more debt.

Debt could be something vital and beneficial for our daily lives if used wisely. Contact us today to know how you could prepare yourself financially and mentally before you decide to purchase a home.

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Guide to purchasing your first home in-Canada

Guide to purchasing your first home in Canada

Once you have settled into Canadian day to day living and have achieved a permanent role at your job, the next thing most immigrants aspire for is owning a home. This became of higher importance since the price of rent equates to a mortgage payment these days.

Here are a few things you should know to prepare for your home purchase.


To qualify, you must have any of the following status:

  1. Permanent Residents
  2. Temporary Residents with a valid work permit issued for at least a year and is valid for at least 6 months after closing
  3. Refugees
  4. Non-resident Canadians married to a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident holder
  5. Non-resident Canadians with a registered common law status with a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident Holder


All applicants must not be on probation and have been working for a minimum of three months at their employment. Standard income qualification policies apply. Self-employed individuals must have 2 years of income filed in Canada and the same income averaged will be used to qualify.


Applicants must provide sufficient proof that they have enough down payment. You can choose to pay a minimum down payment of 5% for purchase prices under $500,000.00 and any dollar amount over 500,000.00 will be qualified at 10% down payment.

If you choose to pay between the minimum down payment up to 19.99% of the purchase price, you will be qualified under an insured mortgage application. This means that mortgage insurance will be added to your mortgage amount, and it will be included in your monthly mortgage payments. This is a precautionary measure set-up by the Canadian Government to minimize risks on potential mortgage default. You will also get a maximum of 25 years amortization.

If you choose to pay 20% down payment and more, your application will be considered an uninsured application where the guidelines for qualification is a little more relaxed and your amortization is lengthened to 30 years, thereby decreasing your monthly mortgage payments. A mortgage default insurance is not required at 20% down payment.

Acceptable sources of down payment

Gifted funds are acceptable for down payment as long as closing costs which makes up of 1.5% of your purchase price come from own resources. The down payment must be in a Canadian account a minimum of 30 days before closing however, any large deposits into your Canadian account within 90 days prior to when your deposit was given will need to be traced. If your down payment funds came from an overseas account, we will need 90 days history of that bank account prior to the withdrawal and trace any further large deposits in your foreign account if any. You can also use RRSP’s, FHSA’s and other mutual funds for down payment. 


If you are paying minimum down payment up to 9.99%, we will need proof of credit. In most cases, your credit may not be established, meaning you don’t have two trade lines opened for a minimum of 2 years. In this case, we will require 12 months bank statements exhibiting good repayment history of rent and 12 months good repayment history of a utility bill (phone, internet, cable etc.) If you don’t have these, we can also provide a foreign credit report from your home country to provide repayment history. If this is not available as well, some insurers will take 12 months bank statements confirming you had no derogatory transactions over the last 12 months.

It gets easier with 10% down and more. Lenders will only require a letter of good standing from your Canadian bank confirming you have opened your account for a minimum of 6 months and have maintained satisfactory deposits with no derogatory transactions.

Buying your home is a challenging but rewarding experience. It could also be made easier if you have an experienced broker right by your side. With over 20 years of experience, we can provide you with the best advice and solutions to achieve your goal of homeownership.

Contact us today!

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Unlock Your Mortgage Options: Exploring Bank vs. Non-Bank Lenders!

Unlock Your Mortgage Options: Exploring Bank vs. Non-Bank Lenders!

Interest rate plays a leading role for Homebuyers when purchasing a home. However, the lower interest rates, at times, are offered by non-bank institutions which most people are foreign with. We often get clients who had done they’re own rate shopping online but were uneasy since it was an unknown lender offering them such a good rate and they were not confident enough to move forward without expert advice. As a mortgage broker, we also deal with non-bank lenders due to their specialized mortgage products and it remains our responsibility to let you know key information on what sets these two types apart.

What are the key differences between Bank and Non-Bank Lending

– Banks are financial institutions that are authorized to accept deposits from the public and lend money. They are typically highly regulated and have a range of financial services, including savings and checking accounts, loans, mortgages, and investment services.

– Non-bank lenders are financial institutions that provide lending services but do not hold banking licenses or accept deposits. They may include mortgage lenders and finance companies. Non-bank lenders often specialize in certain types of loans, such as personal loans, business loans, or mortgage products.

– Banks typically have access to a stable source of funding through customer deposits, which they can use to fund their lending activities.  They may also raise funds through capital markets and other financial

– Non-bank lenders may rely on various sources of funding, including institutional investors, securitization, and peer-to-peer lending platforms. They may not have access to deposit funding but may have more flexibility in sourcing capital from alternative sources.

Key Advantages of Bank Mortgages

REGULATORY OVERSIGHT: Banks are subject to strict regulatory oversight, which can provide borrowers with a sense of security knowing that their lender is closely monitored by government agencies. This oversight can help ensure fair lending practices and consumer protection.

DEPOSIT INSURANCE: Bank deposits are typically insured up to a certain limit. This insurance provides protection to depositors in the event of bank failure, which can increase confidence in the banking system and make bank mortgages seem less risky to borrowers.

VARIETY OF SERVICES: Banks offer a wide range of financial services beyond mortgages, such as savings accounts, checking accounts, investment products, and insurance. Borrowers may find it convenient to have all their financial needs serviced by one institution.

Key Disadvantages of Bank Mortgages

STRINGENT REQUIREMENTS: Banks often have strict eligibility criteria for mortgage loans, including credit score requirements, income verification, and down payment requirements. This can make it difficult for some borrowers, particularly those with less-than-perfect credit or irregular income, to qualify for a bank mortgage.

SLOW APPROVAL PROCESS: The approval process for bank mortgages can be lengthy and bureaucratic, involving extensive documentation and review. This can result in delays for borrowers who need to secure financing quickly.

LIMITED FLEXIBILITY: Banks may have limited flexibility in terms of loan terms and conditions, as they must adhere to regulatory guidelines and internal lending policies. Borrowers looking for specialized or non-standard mortgage products may find it challenging to obtain them from traditional banks.

Key Advantages of Non-bank Mortgages

FLEXIBLE ELIGIBILITY: Non-bank lenders often have more flexible eligibility criteria compared to banks, which can make it easier for borrowers with unique financial situations to qualify for a mortgage. Non-bank lenders may be more willing to consider factors such as alternative credit histories or non-traditional sources of income.

QUICK APPROVAL PROCESS: Non-bank lenders may offer faster approval processes compared to banks, as they may have streamlined underwriting procedures and less bureaucratic overhead. This can be advantageous for borrowers who need to secure financing quickly.

SPECIALIZED PRODUCTS: Non-bank lenders may specialize in certain types of mortgages or cater to specific borrower segments, such as self-employed individuals, investors, or borrowers with less-than-perfect credit. This specialization can result in tailored mortgage products and services that meet the unique needs of borrowers.

Key Disadvantages of Non-bank Mortgages

VOLATILE INTEREST RATES: Interest rates for non-bank mortgages fluctuate erratically as it is often influenced by the investors providing funds to back the mortgages or of current market bond rates. Because they rely on external funding, they have little control over pricing.

LESS REGULATORY OVERSIGHT: Non-bank lenders may be subject to less regulatory oversight compared to banks, which can increase the risk of predatory lending practices or inadequate consumer protection measures. Borrowers need to exercise caution and carefully review the terms and conditions of non-bank mortgages.

LIMITED SERVICES: Non-bank lenders typically focus on lending activities and may not offer the same range of financial services as banks. Borrowers who value the convenience of having all their financial needs serviced by one institution may find non-bank lenders lacking in this regard.

An informed buyer not only does their homework but also confer with an expert before making a final decision. Be an informed buyer and contact Joe Purewal today!

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Key Decisions for the Spring Market

Key Decisions for the Spring Market

It’s springtime and we’re anticipating a robust housing market. Deciding which mortgage is as complex as ever, especially since there is uncertainty regarding when we’ll see our highly anticipated rate cuts.

From fixed-rate mortgages offering stability to variable-rate options with potential savings to the availability of hybrid mortgages and cash-back incentives, choosing the right mortgage is not easy. Beyond these primary decisions lie many other factors like understanding pre-payment penalties and why mortgage features are so important, making it difficult to choose the right mortgage for long-term homeownership success. Let’s look at the key decisions that need to be made.

Fixed Rate Mortgage

Opting for a fixed-rate mortgage provides total stability for the mortgage term. With a fixed interest rate, borrowers benefit from consistent monthly mortgage payments, shielding them from potential market fluctuations. This type of mortgage is particularly well-suited to individuals who prioritize financial certainty and prefer to plan their long-term budget with confidence. First-time homebuyers often find comfort in the protection against rising rates and the steady nature of fixed-rate mortgages, making it easier to manage their finances over the life of the mortgage.

But what term should you take this spring? Before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 5-year fixed mortgage was the term of choice. After the pandemic, we dealt with record-high inflation, causing fixed rates to spike. We don’t know when, but we do know that rates will eventually trend lower, so for many, it doesn’t make sense to lock in for 5 years. Homebuyers and homeowners have shown a preference for the 3-year term so they can renew into a lower-rate fixed mortgage sooner. Certain homebuyers continue to take a 5-year term, but mostly because the rate is slightly lower than the 3-year so it’s easier to qualify under the stress test.

Variable or Adjustable-Rate Mortgage

With a variable rate or an adjustable-rate mortgage, the interest rates fluctuate alongside the prime lending rate, based on the Bank of Canada overnight rate. This stands in contrast to fixed-rate mortgages, where the interest rate remains constant throughout the mortgage term

Following the high-rate environment of 2023, homebuyers and homeowners are again considering this type of mortgage. Why? Economists no longer question whether the overnight rate will increase, but rather when the first cut will occur. With an adjustable-rate mortgage, when the overnight rate and prime rate decrease, mortgage payments follow suit, providing a favourable cash flow boost. For those with variable-rate mortgages, while payments do not decrease, the rate reduction means more money is allocated towards interest, accelerating your mortgage repayment. Anticipation of Bank of Canada rate cuts often leads borrowers to scrutinize adjustable-rate mortgages more closely.

Whether to take a variable or adjustable or not depends on when we can expect the Bank of Canada to start cutting the overnight rate. Before 2024, the major Banks projected up to 1.5% in rate cuts by the end of 2023. Now with macro data received since the beginning of the year, those projections have been tempered downward. It may be wise to wait until there is more surety as to when the Bank will start dropping rates before opting for an adjustable-rate mortgage and then ride the rate cuts down and enjoy your boosted cash flow.

Variable and adjustable mortgages do have a certain advantage over fixed-rate mortgages. If you anticipate needing to break your mortgage early for reasons such as separation, divorce, health issues, or job relocation, consider a variable mortgage for the lower fees. You’ll have more flexibility and lower costs if you need to exit your mortgage contract early.

Hybrid Mortgage

Considering the uncertainty surrounding future rate cuts, hybrid mortgages offer unique advantages. By combining features of both fixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgages, borrowers can enjoy the benefits of each. With a hybrid mortgage, borrowers have the flexibility to choose what percentage of their mortgage remains fixed and what percentage becomes variable. This blending of characteristics aims to provide homeowners with a middle ground – the stability of fixed-rate payments and the potential cost savings associated with variable and adjustable mortgages.

Cash-Back Mortgage

A cash-back mortgage is where the lender provides you with a lump sum cash payment upon closing the mortgage. The cash payment can be used for various purposes, such as covering closing costs, helping with home purchases and improvements, or even paying off debt. However, it’s important to note that cash-back mortgages often come with higher interest rates and specific terms, so borrowers should understand the overall cost and implications before selecting this option.

Fixed vs Variable is Not Your Only Consideration
Other decisions that homebuyers need to consider when obtaining a mortgage this spring include:

  1. Insured vs Uninsured Mortgage: The terms “insured” and “uninsured” are used to differentiate between mortgages that require mortgage default insurance and those that do not. Insured mortgages are required when you have a down payment of less than 20% of the purchase price, and the government backs the mortgage through CMHC or private insurers such as Sagen and Canada Guaranty. The fee for this insurance is added to your mortgage, increasing the total amount and your mortgage payments.
    Uninsured mortgages, on the other hand, are those where the buyer has a downpayment of 20% or more, eliminating the need for mortgage default insurance. However, since the lender isn’t protected with mortgage default insurance, rates are higher than for insured mortgages.
    Insurable mortgages add another layer of complexity, qualifying for mortgage default insurance though not mandated by the government. Lenders pay for this insurance to mitigate risk or securitize mortgages, resulting in slightly higher rates than insured mortgages.
  2. Amortization Period: Insured or insurable mortgages have a maximum 25-year amortization, whereas uninsured mortgages may extend to 30 or 35 years with a rate premium. This option allows for lower monthly payments, freeing up funds for other uses.
  3. Mortgage Features: The saying “the devil is in the detail” certainly applies to mortgages. Features such as prepayment privileges for accelerated mortgage repayment, portability for potential moves, and any associated fees or restrictions warrant careful examination. Watch out for ultra-low-rate mortgages or “restrictive” mortgages. The rate alone may be great, but the restrictions and fees may cost you more in the long run, especially if you break your mortgage early.
  4. Mortgage Prepayment Penalties: One of the important yet often overlooked mortgage features is the implications of prepayment penalties, particularly for fixed-rate mortgages. Be sure to consider their impact on plans to refinance or if you need to get out of the mortgage early.

As you can see, choosing a mortgage involves more than just the interest rate—it’s about selecting the features that best suit your needs and financial circumstances now and in the future.

Top-Rated Mississauga Mortgage Broker Joe Purewal is Here to Help!

To navigate this complex landscape, seek expert guidance from the best Mississauga Mortgage Broker – Joe Purewal, and his team. They will make a recommendation as to the type of mortgage and the features you need based on a complete review of your situation. With their expertise, you can gain clarity and confidence in your mortgage decision, paving the way toward your ideal mortgage solution and homeownership goals.

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The-wrong-mortgage-rate guide by Joe Purewal

The wrong mortgage rate type can cost you a lot of money.

What is the difference between Fixed Rate, Variable Rate and Adjustable-Rate mortgages?

Buying a home will be one of the biggest purchases you will make in your lifetime and with it comes your quest to find the lowest interest rate you could get in terms of financing. I’ve seen clients from different walks of life ask me what’s the best rate I can offer and with that I usually respond with a question myself; “Well, what type of rate are you looking for?”.

Homebuyers often get caught up with the lowest rate they see without considering what type of rate best suit their needs. This way of decision-making end up costing them more money because clients later realize that the rate type they chose may not be the best option for their future plans.

I have outlined below the definition of each rate type as well as their advantages and disadvantages.


A fixed rate mortgage entails having the same interest rate throughout the course of the mortgage term. In effect, your mortgage payment stays the same over the entire term. I emphasize on the word term because all rates offered for mortgages in Canada change every term and thus, you cannot keep the same rate for the whole duration of the mortgage.


A fixed rate mortgage provides clients with stability; knowing that your payments will not change, and you only need to set aside the same amount every time your mortgage payment is due to be debited. This in turn, gives you an opportunity to save more and pay down your mortgage at a uniform pace.


The only time a fixed rate mortgage will work against you is if you decide to payout your mortgage prior to the term maturing. This is because the penalty to break a fixed rate mortgage is higher than the other two interest types. You also cannot switch from a fixed rate mortgage to a variable rate or adjustable-rate mortgage.

Ideal Use

Clients who plan on keeping their homes for a very long period or at least until the end of the term would benefit from a fixed rate mortgage since plans of breaking it early is almost non-existent.


A Variable rate mortgage roots from the word “vary” which is the very essence of the rate type. The payment going to interest and principal changes every time the prime rate changes; however, the total monthly payment remains the same. This means that your mortgage payments almost always stay the same until you reach the trigger point. A trigger point is determined by your lending institution and usually happens when the Prime Rate has grown so large that there is no more payment being remitted towards the principal balance of your mortgage. When this point is reached, your monthly payment will be adjusted.


A variable rate mortgage may cost less to break compared to a fixed rate mortgage and still offers the same stability of a fixed rate mortgage.


When the trigger point in this rate type is reached, it becomes very problematic and could cause borrowers to have to pay a lump sum to cover the unpaid principal or interest.  

Ideal Use

This rate type benefits clients who are looking for that stable monthly payment but have plans of breaking the mortgage early; thereby incurring less in penalties.


An adjustable-rate mortgage operates on a lot of flexibility. The mortgage payment adjusts every time there is a change in the Prime Rate. This ensures that the same amount of payment is made towards the principal balance of the mortgage regardless of what interest rate is being charged. 


Like a variable rate, the penalty to break an adjustable-rate mortgage is cheaper compared to a fixed rate mortgage. It also allows you to enjoy paying off your mortgage balance at a uniform pace regardless of prime rate fluctuation.


Should the prime rate increase drastically, the mortgage payment for this rate type could become too expensive and unmanageable if the borrower does not monitor the prime rate fluctuation prudently.

Ideal Use

The ideal client for this rate type is typically one that is an experienced investor and have surplus cash flow that could support any fluctuation that could happen on the mortgage payment because of a change in the prime rate.

Contact us today for a free consultation. Leveraging over twenty years of industry experience, we can plan your way forward and achieve your goal of being a homeowner the smart way.

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New Tax Rules for Co-Signed Mortgages Joepurewal

Alert: New Tax Rules for Co-Signed Mortgages

If you or your spouse co-signed a mortgage with your child or grandchild to allow them to qualify for a home purchase and went on the title of the home, you likely have a “bare trust” arrangement. If so, you must file a bare trust tax return for the 2023 tax year and future years. It is being on the title with your child that creates the bare trust arrangement. 

A bare trust is not the type of trust where a lawyer is sought to create it. Often, it can happen accidentally, like co-signing a mortgage. It’s when someone legally owns an asset as is the case if you go on title with your child, but the home technically belongs to your child. You have legal ownership, but you aren’t the one entitled to that property or the income or gain. The only responsibility you have is to transfer the property when demanded.

The technical definition of a bare trust from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is available here. Bare trusts occur when you legally own an asset because you have some percentage of legal title of the trust property, but your child enjoys the benefits of ownership. The arrangement is a separation of legal and beneficial ownership of a property.

Even though there is no tax on the trust’s value, if Canadians don’t file their bare trust returns by the April 2nd deadline (before the general April 30th tax deadline for individuals), they could face multiple fees or penalties. The fee is $25 per day for late filing, with a minimum penalty of $100 and a maximum of $2,500. If CRA suspects gross negligence in filing, they can assess the greater of $2500 or 5% of the trust’s property which can be significant.

NOTE: The CRA recently announced that given the unfamiliarity of this for most Canadians, they will offer relief from the penalty and only go after real blatant cases of gross negligence for 2023. Great news!

While that announcement was a sigh of relief, you still need to file the bare trust tax return. You may have to pay someone every year to file the T3 Trust Income Tax and Information Return and a Schedule 15 Beneficial Ownership Information of a Trust. The new reporting requirements can be found here.

Co-signing a mortgage for your child or grandchild remains an excellent way to help them get on the homeownership ladder. But this new consideration may give some pause. Keep in mind that there is no tax to be paid, just an annual filing requirement.  If you want to discuss the pros and cons of co-signing a mortgage, speak with Mississauga’s best Mortgage Broker, Joe Purewal. Joe will have a frank conversation about the benefits and drawbacks and discuss other available strategies to help your child or grandchild achieve their homeownership dreams.

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Rate Hold Continues, But Cuts Are Coming Soon!

Rate Hold Continues, But Cuts Are Coming Soon!

Rate Hold Continues, But Cuts Are Coming Soon! 

As expected, the Bank of Canada held the overnight rate steady. The Bank wants more confidence inflation is in check and no longer a risk before making any cuts. A relatively good start to 2024 for the jobs market gives the Bank some breathing room to wait and ensure inflation is getting back under control before pivoting downward.

According to Macklem, the Bank aims to balance the need to ease monetary policy without prolonging its restrictiveness, while also safeguarding the strides made in curbing inflation.

We are heading in the right direction. Headline inflation fell to 2.9% in January, much lower than expectations of 3.3% and down from December’s 3.4% pace. We did see a higher-than-expected GDP growth rate of 1% in Q4, against expectations that growth would be flat. While GDP data modestly exceeded the Central Bank’s projections, the details showed that the domestic economy is anything but healthy and struggling under the weight of high-interest rates.

Leading up to Wednesday’s decision, traders in overnight swaps were anticipating that the bank would initiate rate reductions by the July meeting. Economists, however, now view June as the more probable start for the easing cycle. The next Bank of Canada rate announcement is April 10th, 2024, where there is an outside chance of a cut or more likely a hint of what’s to come in June. 

Recent data has caused the major Banks to slightly revise the projections for interest rate cuts. Still very good news but slightly less aggressive.

Source: Canadian Mortgage Trends

If you require a mortgage or are renewing in the next nine months, get in touch for a thorough review of your situation and expert advice. Mortgage decisions are complicated, so make the most informed decision possible.

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low rate mortgage Joepurewal

Don’t let an ultra-low-rate mortgage lure you in and handcuff your future! Get the full picture.

It might not be a good idea to fall for the allure of ultra-low-rate mortgages that could jeopardize your financial future. It’s a misconception that the lowest rate is the only factor to consider when choosing a mortgage. Remember the saying – the cheapest isn’t always the best. Many Canadian homeowners would be surprised to learn that a low-rate mortgage could prove more costly over time. The right mortgage involves much more than just the rate.

Bargain-rate mortgages often come with additional fees, penalties, or constraints that may outweigh the benefits of a slightly higher-rate mortgage with more favourable terms over the long haul. That’s why it’s so important to thoroughly vet all the details before committing. Many people focus on the rate they are getting, not the product itself.

Ultra-low rates can be used as bait, but these mortgages sometimes have significant drawbacks. They may have restrictions such as –

  • The requirement that your mortgage is fully closed. Your mortgage must be completely paid off or settled in full unless you decide to sell. Your mortgage can’t then be ported to a new home.
  • The limitation of refinancing only with the same lender, unless you sell your home, restricts negotiation opportunities.
  • Excessive penalties for breaking the mortgage. 
  • Having a limited amount that you can prepay, for instance, only being able to prepay up to 10% and not the full 20%, hinders efforts to become mortgage-free faster.
  • Not being able to add a Home Equity Line of Credit so you can access your equity later.

Pre-payment options stand out as one of the most effective strategies for interest savings. Whether it’s a quarterly bonus, tax refund, or seasonal income boost, these occasions present prime opportunities to reduce mortgage interest costs. When allocating extra funds towards the mortgage principal, homeowners can save thousands in interest. Missing out on pre-payment privileges with a cut-rate mortgage means missing out on potential savings.

Also watch for low-rate “teasers”: cut-rate mortgages with a short timeline. Sometimes a lender will offer a rate that is good for just 30 days, after which the rate will jump. If closing takes a little longer, or there’s a glitch in documentation, then you need to be prepared with a backup plan. These teasers can be stressful – and not always the best deal anyway.

Be sure to look carefully and consider the potential pitfalls of signing one of these contracts. You may not want a mortgage with handcuffs, especially since 50-60% of homeowners break their mortgage before the end of the term!

Choosing the right mortgage may take more time than quickly accepting a low rate, but it’s essential to pay attention to the details. Most people spend more time selecting the right car than choosing the right mortgage, even though it’s likely the largest expense they’ll likely ever have. Remember – the devil is in the details – so carve out some time for those details and get a second opinion.

We know that even a slight decrease in interest rate can result in substantial savings throughout the term of your mortgage. While mortgage brokers excel at securing competitive rates from various lenders, their expertise extends beyond mere rate comparison. That’s why it’s best if you work with a Mortgage Broker who will spend the time to determine the features and privileges that best meet your situation, looking at:

  • Penalties to get out of your mortgage early.
  • What is best for you – fixed or variable rate?
  • The best mortgage term given your situation and the current economic environment.
  • Pre-payment options so you can pay your mortgage off early.
  • Payment flexibility that can adapt to changes in your circumstances.
  • Additional restrictions and fees.
  • Portability should you want to take your mortgage with you when you move.
  • The ability for someone else to assume your mortgage.

Ensure you have a mortgage tailored to your situation, as the cheapest isn’t always the best option. The right combination of rate and features, matched to your needs, is the fastest route to mortgage freedom.

Another important piece of advice is to read the reviews of the company offering that ultra-low-rate mortgage. Cut-rate mortgages typically pay less in commission, which means there may be a trade-off with the service you receive.

Get the Full Picture and Honest Advice with Joe Purewal

It’s wise to explore the mortgage marketplace thoroughly and conduct diligent research. If you’re tempted by an ultra-low-rate mortgage offer, don’t hesitate to request the contract, and bring it to Joe for a comprehensive review. Joe will carefully examine all the restrictions and implications with you, ensuring you have a full understanding, without any obligation. If you decide to go with that mortgage, you are then making the most informed decision possible. With Joe Purewal’s expertise and commitment to honesty and full disclosure, rest assured you’re in capable hands.

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, preparing for mortgage renewal, refinancing, consolidating debt, renovating, or investing, now is the perfect moment to seek timely, expert guidance from Joe Purewal. With Joe, you can expect straightforward and honest advice tailored to your unique situation. Choose expertise. Choose honesty. Choose full disclosure.

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How Alternative Lenders Unlock Homeownership

How Alternative Lenders Unlock Homeownership Opportunities

Once upon a time, those in Mississauga, Toronto, and the GTA dreamt of owning their own home. But increasingly, the path to homeownership became out of reach due to stringent lending criteria set by traditional banks. However, a new array of lenders emerged, offering alternative mortgage solutions that opened doors for aspiring homeowners. So, let’s get familiar with this very important lending niche!

What are Alternative Mortgage Lenders?

Unlike traditional banks, these lenders often operate with more flexibility, accommodating borrowers outside the conventional credit criteria. What sets alternative lenders apart? It’s the ability to pivot, adapt, and tailor financial solutions to meet the diverse needs of borrowers. These lenders, include credit unions, B lenders, Mortgage Investment Corps (MICs), and private lenders, Let’s take a closer look at each:

Credit Unions

Credit unions are member-owned and provide a wide array of financial services and products, including accepting deposits, making loans, and offering other banking services. Credit unions, often more lenient in their credit assessments, support borrowers with unique financial situations, offering an alternative path to mortgage approval.

B Lenders

B lenders, also known as non-conforming or alternative lenders, specialize in providing mortgage financing to borrowers who may not meet the stringent criteria set by banks. B lenders take a more flexible approach to underwriting, often assessing mortgage applications using a more holistic approach, considering factors beyond just credit scores. While interest rates may be higher compared to prime lenders and fees may be charged, their flexibility in underwriting allows borrowers with unique financial profiles to access mortgage opportunities that may be otherwise elusive.

Top B Lenders include –

  1. Home Trust: Home Trust is a leading alternative lender in Canada, specializing in providing mortgage solutions to self-employed individuals, newcomers to Canada, and individuals with credit challenges.
  2. Equitable Bank: Equitable Bank offers a range of alternative mortgage solutions, including home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) and reverse mortgages. They cater to borrowers who may not meet the strict traditional lending criteria and focus on finding tailored solutions to meet their clients’ needs.

Mortgage Investment Corps (MICs)

For a homebuyer who doesn’t qualify for a traditional mortgage, a Mortgage Investment Corporation (MIC) in Canada can be another solution. When traditional lenders have stringent criteria, MICs may offer more flexibility. These corporations pool funds from various investors and use them to provide mortgages. As a homebuyer, you might find an avenue through a MIC if your financial situation or credit history doesn’t meet the requirements of traditional lenders.

Private Lenders

Private lenders, as the name suggests, are individuals or organizations that lend their own money rather than funds deposited by customers. Operating outside the regulatory constraints of traditional banks, private lenders are often willing to take on higher levels of risk in exchange for potentially higher returns.

Private lenders focus less on credit scores and more on the value of the financed property. They often serve as a viable option for borrowers who may not meet the requirements of credit unions, B lenders, or MICs. Private lending comes with its own terms and conditions, including higher interest rates, fees, and shorter repayment periods.

Why do borrowers opt for the private mortgage route? For many, it’s the lifeline they need when traditional banks slam the door shut. Private lenders play a pivotal role in assisting borrowers with imperfect credit, non-traditional income sources, or those facing unique financial circumstances. Their focus on the property’s value rather than strict credit criteria positions them as a lifeline for individuals navigating challenging credit scenarios.

Private lenders are particularly valuable when it comes to second mortgages, which are used when homeowners don’t want to break their current mortgage or don’t qualify for a home equity line of credit to access their home’s value. There are many reasons for getting a second mortgage, including:

  • Debt consolidation – credit cards, tax arrears, unsecured loans – to reduce interest costs, boost cash flow, and improve your credit score.
  • Home renovations, including renewable energy retrofits
  • Large expenses – wedding, educational costs, medical bills, legal bills, divorce settlement, helping family, a big-ticket purchase, immigration costs
  • Investing in a rental or vacation property
  • Business needs

Expanding Housing Opportunities

The emergence of alternative mortgage lenders has expanded housing opportunities for Canadians. These lenders offer more flexible lending criteria, enabling borrowers with unique financial situations to access the funds needed to purchase their dream homes or access their equity for financial needs or opportunities. Whether it’s individuals with non-traditional income sources, self-employed individuals, or those with less-than-perfect credit scores, alternative lenders have become a lifeline for many prospective homeowners and existing homeowners.

Additionally, with higher rates, borrowers are finding it hard to qualify under the mortgage stress test where they must show they can afford their mortgage payments at a rate of two percentage points higher than the mortgage contract rate. With an alternative lender, you can have the option of getting a mortgage without the stress test requirement.

By offering options to individuals who may have previously been excluded from homeownership, these lenders contribute to increased housing affordability and accessibility. According to Stats Can, in the second quarter of 2023, outstanding loans from credit unions, private lenders, and mortgage investment corporations reached $388.6 billion.

Additionally, alternative lenders provide competition, which fosters innovation and drives the market to adapt to the changing needs of borrowers.

While alternative lenders provide access to financial opportunities, it’s important to keep in mind that rates are higher than with traditional mortgages and fees may apply. It’s essential to weigh the costs against the benefits while working with a trusted expert.

Joe Purewal, Mississauga Mortgage Broker – Alternative & Private Mortgage Specialist

Top-rated Mortgage Broker Joe Purewal is ready to review your situation to determine if an alternative lender is right for your situation. With a wealth of expertise, Joe can provide invaluable insights into credit unions, B lenders, MICs, and private lenders, helping individuals make informed decisions. If you are in Mississauga, Toronto, or the GTA and need to break free from traditional lending constraints, Joe Purewal is your trusted partner in exploring flexible and innovative financing solutions. Talk to Joe today!

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What Lies Ahead After a Year of High Rates? How to Take Advantage?

It was a year marked by escalating interest rates, but now it’s time to turn the page on the challenging financial climate of 2023. From a Bank of Canada overnight rate of 4.25% at the close of 2022 to the current rate of 5%, coupled with a surge in bond yields influencing fixed rates, Canadians felt the impact. However, there’s optimism on the horizon as relief is anticipated.

Rate Cuts Are on The Way

In 2024, the anticipation of rate cuts has been generating considerable buzz and speculation. Economists aren’t wondering if the Bank of Canada will cut the overnight rate, but when they will. While nothing is set in stone, there are compelling reasons to believe that Canada could be the first country to cut rates as early as April. Here’s why:

  1. High Canadian Debt Levels: One of the primary drivers for rate drops is the alarming levels of Canadian debt. Canada has one of the highest household debt-to-income ratios in the world. According to a report by Equifax, total consumer debt came in at $2.4 trillion in Q3 2023, an increase of $80.9 billion from the same period last year. In terms of non-mortgage debt, total card balances reached $113.4 billion in the third quarter of 2023, an all-time high, representing a 16% increase from the same period last year.
  1. Mortgage Renewal Payment Shock: A looming $900 billion mortgage renewal payment shock is on the horizon for 2024 to 2026 according to RBC. This impending financial strain will be another crucial factor in the Bank of Canada’s decision to lower interest rates, providing relief to homeowners facing hefty mortgage payment increases and preventing an economic downturn. While rates won’t return to their pandemic lows, every rate cut will help homeowners with their renewals. 
  1. Mortgage Interest as a Significant Component of Current Inflation: Mortgage interest plays a pivotal role in current inflation rates. As mortgage rates rise, the higher interest paid increasingly contributes to the overall inflationary pressure. At the end of 2023, mortgage interest costs are one of the primary reasons we haven’t yet reached the 2% inflation target. This is why the Bank of Canada has said they would drop rates before inflation reaches the target. 
  1. Canada Heading into a Recession: With economic indicators like negative GDP and rising unemployment pointing towards a potential recession, the Bank of Canada will use rate cuts to cushion the impact of an economic downturn and help reignite the economy.

Strategies to Navigate Your Finances

Given anticipated rate cuts, now is the time to consider how you can effectively maneuver the expected environment in 2024. Here are some strategies for various scenarios.

  1. Focus on Your Mortgage Renewal Early: For individuals with upcoming mortgage renewals, early preparation is key. At renewal, you can shop the market to make sure you get the best deal possible, making this an important moment of opportunity!

    If your financial situation is becoming difficult, renewal is a fantastic time to discuss consolidating your debts to get one manageable payment. Debt consolidation can also boost your cash flow, save on interest costs, and potentially improve your credit score.

    Another option, if you are struggling with all your monthly obligations, is to consider extending your amortization for cash flow relief. Joe Purewal is a Mortgage Renewal Expert and will discuss all your options and guide you toward the perfect renewal plan that fits your needs and budget.

  1. Consolidate Debt Now: Consolidating debt before renewal through refinancing or a short-term second mortgage is another strategy that may be beneficial in our current economic environment. By consolidating debts into a single, lower-interest mortgage or line of credit, monthly payments can be reduced, making it easier to manage your overall debt load.

    Debt consolidation through refinancing involves breaking your current mortgage and replacing it with a bigger new mortgage to cover your mortgage and other debts. A second mortgage gives you the option of not breaking your mortgage and incurring fees,  and it lets you keep your low fixed-rate mortgage if you have one. 

  1. Consider a Variable or Adjustable-Rate Mortgage: Given the prospect of declining rates, it’s time once again to consider a variable or adjustable-rate mortgage. With an Adjustable Mortgage, when the Bank of Canada lowers rates, your monthly payment decreases, providing a cash flow boost—a good option for strained budgets. With a Variable Mortgage, your payments remain constant regardless of Bank of Canada rate changes. Lower rates mean you pay off more principal. Your choice depends on your cash flow needs and your financial goals.

Advice for Homebuyers: Seize Opportunities

We anticipate that lower rates will cause the housing market to head back toward its peak. Bidding wars, no-condition offers, sellers not willing to negotiate, and escalating prices could return, leading to stress and anxiety. The following factors have led us to this conclusion:

  1. Chronic Lack of Housing Supply: CMHC estimates that 3.5 million more homes are needed by the end of the decade to return to affordability, yet we are not on track to meet the current goal let alone an additional 3.5 million homes.
  1. Growing Population: Canada’s growing population continues to drive housing demand. Homes aren’t being built fast enough to accommodate this increase in housing needs. According to a study conducted by the Fraser Institute, from 2018 to 2022, Ontario added an average of 239,915 people per year, of which 153,065 were immigrants, or 64% of Ontario’s population growth. However, an average of 70,828 new homes were completed each year, resulting in a ratio of 3.4 new people to each new housing unit. That is quite the deficit! 
  1. Parental Support in Home Purchases: Parents assisting their children in buying homes is a prevailing trend. The intergenerational wealth transfer from the Baby Boomers to succeeding generations will continue to unfold and has become an important driver of the housing market. According to Sagen’s first-time buyer study, six in ten first-time buyers received financial support in some form from their families.

Don’t Wait – Seizing the Opportunity

Seizing the opportunity could mean buying your dream home at a reduced price and with the lowest possible downpayment. For example, if you’re eyeing a $950,000 home, you’ll need to put down 5% on the first $500,000 and 10% on the remaining amount, totaling $70,000 – a 7.4% downpayment. Once that $950,000 home crosses the $1 million mark, you must make a hefty 20% downpayment. Imagine the regret of missing out on locking in your dream home at a significantly lower price and downpayment!

Yes, interest rates are high right now, but remember your rate is only relevant during your mortgage term. The victory you achieve from purchasing a house at a great price lasts a lifetime!

For potential homebuyers, the advice is clear: don’t wait. Lower interest rates can act as a catalyst for the housing market, driving prices higher. Seizing the opportunity now can result in significant long-term financial benefits. Suppose you need help qualifying for a mortgage. In that case, we can discuss strategies like gifted downpayment, getting one or more cosigners, co-ownership with a family member or friend, letting renters help pay your mortgage, borrowing from your RRSP, and alternative lenders.

Get Expert Insights: Turn to Mississauga Mortgage Broker Joe Purewal

In navigating our complex mortgage and real estate markets, seeking professional guidance is paramount. Mississauga Mortgage Broker Joe Purewal provides insights and strategies tailored to individual financial goals. Joe’s perspective adds valuable context and will help ensure you make informed financial decisions. With a focus on personalized advice, Joe Purewal crafts tailored strategies for clients based on their unique financial circumstances and long-term goals.

As we anticipate the Bank of Canada’s move to lower the overnight rate, Canadians find themselves at a pivotal moment. By understanding the factors influencing this shift and employing strategic financial moves, you can navigate the challenges and seize opportunities in Mississauga, Toronto, and the GTA. Taking proactive steps, like getting expert advice from Mississauga Mortgage Broker Joe Purewal, can make a significant difference in weathering a financial storm and capitalizing on emerging trends. As the pages turn on the era of high rates, it’s time to prepare for the rates that we expect in 2024 and seize opportunities as they arise.

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Great News: Bank of Canada Holds Key Rate Steady!

As anticipated, the Bank of Canada has decided to maintain the overnight rate at 5.0% for its final announcement of the year. The Bank noted that inflation is coming down in a “broadening range of goods and services” although rent and mortgage interest are keeping the shelter component of inflation very high and affecting our ability to approach the 2% inflation target. This is why the Bank of Canada will consider cutting rates before we officially reach that target.

In 2024, we expect the central bank to lower the overnight interest rate to stimulate the overall economy, assuming inflation remains under control. This news bodes well for over 50% of mortgages set for renewal in 2025 and 2026.

The major Banks predict that the overnight rate will drop 1 to 1.5% by the end of 2024. Many predict that the first rate cut could come as early as April 2024.

Source: Canadian Mortgage Trends

We also anticipate these rate cuts will have a positive impact on the Mississauga real estate markets and throughout Toronto and the GTA. With pent-up buyer demand, improved affordability thanks to lower rates and prices, robust immigration, and a chronic shortage of housing supply, we can expect increased activity in the housing market.

We continue to recommend to not wait for rates to drop to enter the housing market if possible. Paying a higher rate now at a lower home price is better than higher prices at lower rates.

It’s important to note that when home prices are below $1M, the minimum downpayment is 5% on the first $500,000 and 10% on the remainder.  When prices are over $1M, the minimum downpayment is 20%.  Don’t miss out on getting in on a low downpayment. You only need a small increase in price to offset the higher interest costs.

Purchasing when the market is down means less competition, no bidding wars, more time to decide, the ability to put conditions in offers, and sellers are more willing to negotiate. Remember that your rate only lasts for the term, while a great deal on a home lasts a lifetime!

If you need a mortgage or are planning to renew within the next six months, reach out to Joe Purewal, your trusted Mississauga Mortgage Broker, for a comprehensive review of your situation and expert advice. Given the complexity of the current market, it’s crucial to make the most informed decision possible.

If you aren’t financially ready but see a great opportunity to get into the Mississauga, Toronto, or GTA housing market at low prices, we can discuss these strategies:

  • Gifted downpayment
  • Co-signors
  • Co-ownership
  • Renting part of the home
  • Early inheritance
  • Borrowing from your RRSPs
  • Alternative lenders

The next Bank of Canada announcement is on January 24th, 2024. Stay tuned for more updates! Joe Purewal, the top-rated Mississauga Mortgage Broker, is committed to making sure you stay ahead of the game with timely insights on the mortgage and housing markets.

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The Gift of Financial Well-Being

The holiday season is a time for celebration and joy. However, for many individuals in Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), it can also bring financial stress. With the additional expenses that come with December, feeling overwhelmed by financial worries is not uncommon. That’s why it’s important to prioritize your financial well-being and consider adding a comprehensive debt checkup to your holiday to-do list.

Conducting a debt checkup offers several advantages that can positively impact your financial stability. It allows you to regain control over your finances, alleviating stress, and anxiety. While it may seem counterintuitive to focus on debt during the holiday season, taking stock of your financial situation is essential, especially as the temptation to overspend looms. Many people find themselves burdened with debt overload when their credit card bills arrive in January. Proactively addressing your debt can help you start the new year with a clearer financial outlook.

So where do you start?

Assess Your Debts

Begin by creating a list of all the debts you are dealing with, including the amount you owe, the current interest rate, and the minimum payment. These debts may include credit card debt, personal loans, car loans, and mortgages, each with its terms, conditions, and implications for your overall financial situation.

Strategies for Paying Down Debts

A checkup gets you to identify high-interest debt and develop a strategy to pay it down effectively.

When it comes to prioritizing which debts to pay off first, there are two common strategies: the highest balance method and the highest interest rate method. The highest balance method involves targeting the debt with the largest outstanding balance and paying it off first while continuing to make minimum payments on other debts. This approach can provide a sense of accomplishment as you see a large debt eliminated.

On the other hand, the highest interest rate method involves focusing on the debt with the highest interest rate first. By tackling high-interest debt, you can save money on interest payments over time. This approach is often recommended for individuals who want to minimize the overall cost of their debt. The strategy you choose should align with your financial situation and goals. It’s important to evaluate your debts, their interest rates, and your available resources to determine which approach makes the most sense for you.

Managing Debt: Tips and Strategies

  1. Create a Budget: Developing a budget will help track your income and expenses, providing a holistic view of your financial situation. It enables you to identify areas where you can reduce spending and allocate funds toward debt repayment. Here is an online Budget Planner that allows you to create your budget and save it online. You’ll also get useful tips, and it will help you figure out your next steps with suggestions. You’ll get charts that show you where your money is going, and you have the option to compare your budget with those of other Canadians like you.
  2. Reduce Non-Essential Spending: Analyze your monthly expenses and identify areas where you can cut back on non-essential spending. This could include dining out less frequently, reducing entertainment expenses, stopping subscriptions you no longer use, or finding more affordable alternatives for certain products or services. Making small adjustments to your spending habits can free up extra money for debt repayment.
  3. Increase Your Income: In addition to cutting expenses, consider opportunities to increase your income, such as taking on a side job, asking for a raise at work, or exploring other ways to generate additional income. The extra money can be used to accelerate your debt repayment and achieve your financial goals faster.
  4. Avoid New Debt: One of the most important strategies for managing debt is to avoid taking on new debt whenever possible. While it can be tempting to use credit cards or take out loans to cover expenses, this only adds to your existing debt burden. Instead, focus on living within your means and finding creative solutions to meet your financial needs without relying on credit.
  5. Set Financial Goals: By establishing clear financial goals, you provide yourself with a roadmap for achieving long-term stability. Whether it’s paying off a specific debt or saving for a major purchase, having concrete objectives keeps you motivated and focused.
  6. Explore Debt Consolidation Options: Debt consolidation can be a viable option to streamline multiple debts into a single, more manageable payment. This approach simplifies your financial obligations, boosts your cash flow, reduces interest rates, and provides greater convenience.

    Consider the case of Joan and Yousef, who had a combined debt of $550,000 from their mortgage ($500,000), car loan ($25,000), and credit cards ($25,000). By leveraging their home equity, they rolled all their debts into a new $557,813 mortgage. Despite incurring a fee to break their existing mortgage, the payoff was worth it. They now enjoy an additional $980 in monthly cash flow. Joan and Yousef plan to use some of their improved cash flow along with tax returns and bonuses to accelerate their debt repayment, providing them with more optimism about their financial future.

    While breaking your current mortgage incurs penalties, you want to assess whether the potential savings outweigh these costs. By working with a professional like top-rated Mortgage Broker Joe Purewal, you can determine the feasibility of refinancing or explore other options like a second mortgage that also provides flexibility and financial breathing room. A second mortgage is a good option if you don’t want to break your mortgage and lose your current low rate. You consolidate your non-mortgage debts into the second mortgage and then pay down both first and second mortgages.
  7. Stay Committed to Your Plan: Once you’ve developed a strategy for managing your debt, it’s essential to stay committed to it. Consistency is key when it comes to debt repayment. Set up automatic payments, create reminders, and maintain your commitment to your plan, even when faced with unexpected challenges. Staying disciplined and focused will help you make steady progress toward becoming debt-free.

Joe Purewal, Mortgage Broker, and Cash Flow Specialist

Joe Purewal, a cash flow specialist, and top-rated Mortgage Broker can provide valuable assistance in achieving financial comfort and stability. Work with Joe when you have questions or need assistance with your credit score, to assess the feasibility of debt consolidation, and should you need to better understand alternative financing solutions that offer flexibility and breathing room. With Joe’s guidance, you can make informed decisions about your mortgage plan and overall financial strategy.

Remember, prioritizing a comprehensive debt checkup, implementing effective debt management strategies, and seeking professional advice can help you secure financial stability and start the new year on a strong footing. The gift of financial comfort is within reach for everyone in Mississauga, Toronto, and the GTA. Contact Joe today to embark on your journey toward a brighter financial future.

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