Friday, 5 August 2016

Lower your debt and boost your monthly cash flow!

Lower your debt, boost your monthly cash flow, and be mortgage-free quicker.

If you're carrying high-interest credit card debt that has caused your cash flow to slow to a trickle, you owe it to your financial future to have a conversation about how you can roll that debt into your mortgage so you can save - sometimes thousands in interest - and start building wealth. Worried about penalties? Don't think it can make much difference? Think again. Using today's historically low mortgage rates, you have a golden opportunity to give yourself a tremendous financial boost. By using your home equity to consolidate your debt, you can improve monthly cash flow, have one easy payment, and be mortgage-free quicker.
Look at this example from a recent client (mortgage, car loan and credit cards totaled $225,000; we rolled that debt into a new $233,000 mortgage, which included a fee to break the existing mortgage):
  Monthly Payments
 Total DebtCurrentNew
Mortgage$175,000$ 969$1,163
Car Loan$ 25,000$ 495$ 0
All Credit Cards$ 25,000$ 655$ 0
Total $2,119$1,163

That's $956 LESS each month!
Make this the start of a new financial life. We'd love to help you crunch some numbers to see what kind of life you could be living! Talk to us about scheduling a free, no-obligation review of your situation. We guarantee you'll be glad you did.
+4.5% current mortgage, 3.5% new mortgage. Credit cards 19.5% and car loan 7%, both 5 yr am. Subject to change. OAC. For illustration purposes only.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Understand the full cost of buying a home

Understand the full cost of buying a home

When you’re looking to buy a home, it’s easy to forget that the purchase price is just one of many costs associated with ownership. These costs can add up and take an unexpected chunk out of your budget. So it’s important to understand the full cost of buying a property.
Pre-closing costs
Home inspection
Getting a home inspection is a smart decision, because a qualified home inspector can identify underlying problems with a home’s major systems, like heating and electrical. To find a qualified home inspector speak to your real estate professional or check the websites of various home inspector associations.
Appraisal and/or survey
Your lender (e.g., a bank) may require an appraisal or survey of the property you want to buy before they agree to provide financing. This is to double check that the value of the home or property matches its sales price.
Closing Costs
Land transfer tax
In Ontario, a land transfer tax of up to 2 per cent of the purchase price applies. In Toronto, an additional tax applies, also up to 2 per cent. First-time homebuyers are eligible for a refund of the tax. Talk to your real estate professional about your eligibility.
Mortgage insurance
If the down payment on your home is less than 20 per cent of its sales price, you will be required to buy mortgage insurance. Rates depend on how much you are borrowing. For more information, visit
Legal fees
There are a number of legal documents and contracts involved in the purchase of a home. Your lawyer will do a title search on the home to ensure the seller can actually sell the property and that there are no liens against it. They will also register the deed and mortgage for you. Find an Ontario lawyer by visiting the Law Society of Upper Canada
Title insurance
Title insurance protects you against title fraud, errors in public surveys, encroachment issues with neighbours and more. Speak to your lawyer during the closing period for more details.
Adjustments are costs that the seller pre-paid but which you now owe because you’re the one who’s going to be living in the home (e.g., property taxes, maintenance fees, rental fees for hot water heaters). You will need to refund the seller for these.
Home insurance
You must have insurance on your home before lenders will release the funds for the sale to close.
Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)
Newly-constructed homes are subject to HST of 13 per cent, although buyers may be eligible for rebates from both the Ontario and Federal governments. HST does not apply to resale homes.
Tarion new home warranty program
In Ontario, new homes are covered by a warranty program, administered by Tarion. The warranty protects new home buyers against various issues that may emerge, including structural defects in the home. It also offers deposit protection to buyers of new homes. Sometimes the Tarion enrollment fee is included in the purchase price and other times it is due at closing. For more information, visit
After-closing costs
Moving costs
Moving costs vary widely based on how much stuff you have, how far you’ll be moving, and whether you’ll hire a professional mover or rent a truck and move yourself.
Utility and service hook-ups
Some gas, hydro, water and telecommunications companies charge a hook-up fee.
Renovations and repairs
If you want to make major renovations after move-in, it can add significantly to your costs. A home inspection or disclosure from the seller may also identify repairs that are needed.
Appliances, furniture and decorations
Once you’re in your new space, there’s a good chance you’ll want fresh d├ęcor to make it your own.

courtesy of RECO