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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 3.39 3.65 $1,882.80
5 years 3.24 4.64 $16,679.36
7 years 3.69 5.30 $26,599.43
 
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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Obtaining a mortgage is one of the most important decisions you may ever make, and with so many choices and ongoing decisions; the right advice can have a huge financial impact.

Fixed Rate vs. Variable Rate

Fixed vs Variable Rate

FIXED RATE
A "fixed rate" mortgage simply means that the interest rate on the money you borrow stays at a locked or "fixed" rate. This means that your interest rate is not subject to change and the rate at which you pay back your loan is always the same. There are some advantages to having a fixed rate when you consider the nature of the inflation rate. The value of your home should continue to increase year to year while the principle amount will continue to decrease.

VARIABLE RATE
A "variable rate" mortgage or below prime rate mortgage is a mortgage where the interest rate is subject to change depending on the prime rate. Most of these mortgage products are based on a formula using the prime interest rate less a discount. For example, if you choose a below prime rate mortgage with a rate of Prime minus 0.5% then your rate would be calculated at any given time using this formula. So if prime were 4% then the interest rate on your mortgage would be 3.5%.

Hiring a Home Inspector

Hire a Home Inspector Before Buying a House

It's often said that one of the most expensive and important purchases you will ever make will be your home. However, unlike the guarantee a buyer receives with most purchases, there's no money-back guarantee or return policy if you're not satisfied with your recently purchased home.

Once you buy a home, you're on your own to maintain it, repair it, anticipate problems and pay the bills. This is why it's best to know as much as you can about potential problems before you make the commitment to buy. Learn More

What is an assumable mortgage?

An assumable mortgage is one in which a qualified buyer can take over the mortgage from the current owner on the property being purchased. Assuming a mortgage requires a simple amendment to the mortgage document registered on title. This type of mortgage can offer the qualified buyer with a better than market interest rate in some cases and also cut legal costs associated with obtaining a brand new mortgage.

Lender vs. Broker...

Many people have asked us what the difference is between a mortgage broker and a mortgage lender. A mortgage broker is a trained professional that has access to loan products of different lenders and is licensed to provide you with the best advice for your mortgage needs. Mortgage brokers do not lend money. Most brokerages are small firms providing expertise services and counseling rather than loans. The lender is the one who provides the money to the borrower at the closing table. The lender also makes the final decision regarding loan approval.

So why can't you skip the middle man and go straight to the lender? Many lenders will not deal with the public for a number of reasons. For one, the cost in promoting would be too great. For example, there are many mortgage lenders based in Calgary, Alberta alone. Bridgewater, MRS Trust, Gibraltar Mortgage just to name a few. But how many of those have you actually heard of? Another reason is administration. There is a lot of paperwork involved when you close a mortgage agreement, and it just makes sense dividing up the work amongst the brokers.

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

Did your Bank Refuse to give you a Mortgage?

Don't be embarrassed if your current bank has turned you down for a mortgage because it happens more often than you think. At Alberta Equity Mortgages, we know it can be frustrating for clients when the bank they have been dealing with for many years, denies them a mortgage.

So, why not let our professional brokers go to work for you? We have access to numerous national lenders who are willing and eager to lend money in situations where the bank is not. Do not let your bank stand in your way and deny you the home of your dreams, simply apply online today!