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Competition = Low Mortgage Rates

Many Albertans apply for a mortgage with just one lender, often their bank, without shopping around without realizing that competition always results in the best deal.

We will survey the market and search dozens of mortgage lenders to find the best rates in Canada. This FREE unbiased service ensures that you will receive low mortgage rates and huge savings over the term of your mortgage:

Term
Our Rate
Bank Rate
Savings
 
3 years 2.29 3.65 $9,821.94
5 years 2.44 4.64 $26,102.82
7 years 3.44 5.30 $30,676.27
 
Above calculation based on a $250,000.00 mortgage loan over a 25-year amortization period using a monthly payment schedule (mortgage loan for an average Calgary inner-city two-story home).
* Mortgages and rates subject to change without notice.

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Family matters, which is why this Family Day, you should be enjoying time with them and not worrying about your finances. Our mortgage specialists know everything there is to know about home financing. We'll give you all the tools you need to stay on top of your finances, so that you can focus on the things that really matter.

When Applying for your Mortgage

When applying for your mortgage it is beneficial to have the following information readily available:

  • A current salary statement or letter from your employer
  • A confirmation such as a letter or bank statement showing the source of your down payment
  • Financial statements for the last three years and personal income tax returns if you are self employed
  • A copy of the accepted purchase offer
  • Details on the property being purchased such a land survey or an MLS print out
  • Building plans, specifications, and the builder agreement if you are buying a home that is to be constructed

Shopping the banks for best rates might damage Your Credit Score!

Shopping the Banks

Did you know that every time a lender checks your credit, it lowers your beacon score? So if you go to four or five banks, you just lowered your beacon score because each bank had to check your credit history.

The difference between having a mortgage broker shop for the best mortgage rates rather than you is that the mortgage broker only checks your credit history once.

Consider using a mortgage broker when shopping for the best deal. It costs nothing and it won't damage your credit score.

Can I use Funds from my RRSPs as a Down Payment without Tax Penalty?

The answer is yes. Through the Home Buyers' Plan (HBP), Revenue Canada permits you to use up to $25,000 of your RRSP funds as a source of down payment towards buying or building a new qualifying home. Revenue Canada will not view your eligible withdrawal amount as income therefore, that amount will not be taxed. However, there is a catch. The amount withdrawn from your RRSP must be repaid into your RRSP within a 15 year period. If you fail to make the repayment by the specified deadline, the amount that was withdrawn will then be counted as income for that year and you will be taxed.

Home Buyers' Plan from the Government of Canada

Is there a benefit to using the Home Buyers' Plan?

If you use your RRSPs within the specified guidelines of the Home Buyers' Plan, you will see both immediate and long term benefits. For example, you are immediately able to increase your down payment amount which in turn decreases your principal amount owing. By owing less on the principal, you will gain substantial savings on interest alone over your mortgage term.

Why get Pre-Qualified?

It is a good idea to get pre-qualified when you decide to purchase a new home because being pre-qualified will help you to:

  • Save time by only looking at homes within your price range
  • Save money by locking you into an interest rate for up to 120 days. By locking your interest rate you are protecting yourself from rate increases that can occur after you write up an offer, but before you close on the purchase.
  • Deal with the seller more effectively because they know you are a qualified buyer. The seller is often more willing to negotiate or accept a lower purchase offer if he or she knows you are pre-qualified and able to purchase.