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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 2.24 3.65 $10,181.63
5 years 2.34 4.64 $27,274.27
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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  • Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

  • Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

  • Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

  • Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

  • Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

  • Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

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Straight from the horse's mouth. You won't find better advice anywhere—from the province's leading provider in home financing. Alberta Equity has been helping Albertans get the best from their mortgage in terms of rates, features and service since 2001.

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Mortgage Consultants

Our qualified and professional mortgage consultants offer personalized service to all of our clients. They are extremely knowledgeable and will offer:




  • The most competitive rates while dealing with all the major lending institutions
  • The maximum amount of flexibility in financing choices
  • The widest choice of mortgage options including variable rate mortgages, fixed rate mortgages, capped variable rates, rental properties, mortgages for the self-employed, etc.

The advice and counseling needed to sort out credit and assess mortgage qualifications.

How Much Can I Afford to Spend on a New Home?

How Much Down Payment to Spend in a New House

When trying to figure out how much you can afford to spend on a new home, it is important to decide how much of a down payment you are willing or able to put down. For example, many first-time home buyers only put 5% down because coming up with the extra money is sometimes difficult. However, the more money you put down, the less money you have to borrow and pay back. Your personal income will also be a factor in how much you can spend, so why no let our professional mortgage brokers work with you to determine exactly what you can afford to spend?

Interest Rate Guarantees

Many lending institutions will guarantee you an interest rate as soon as they receive your application. The guarantee means that if mortgage rates go up, you will get the old, lower rate. If you are buying a house, or switching your mortgage (also called transferring), the guarantee can last from 60 to 120 days (2 to 4 months).

Can I Clean-up my Credit?

If your credit history is less than perfect, you should definitely take a few small steps to improve your credit standing before applying for a mortgage.

The following steps will help you get one step closer to cleaner credit and even closer to owning that new home:

  • Pay off high-interest debt before you focus on saving a down payment because there are mortgage options that allow you to buy with little or no money down.
  • Pay off credit cards and get rid of any unnecessary ones to avoid over spending and unwanted debt. Try to pay with cash and do not apply for anymore credit accounts.
  • Try to pay down installment loans such as vehicle payments.
  • Hire a credit counselor or seek advice on managing your debt.
  • Wait at least six months before applying for a mortgage if you have made a late payment in the past.
  • File a short explanation letter with your lender if your credit suffers from one specific event.

Why deal with a Mortgage Broker?

Mortgage Broker represent you, the customer, not the lender. Because they are not employees of a lending institution, Brokers are not limited in the product they can offer you. Brokers seek out the best lender package to suit your specific situation, whether it's with a Chartered Bank, Trust or Insurance Company, or Private Funds.

There is a wide assortment of options and features available to homebuyers today. Shopping around takes a lot of time and effort. The mortgage process within today's very competitive marketplace intimidates many Canadian homebuyers. It pays to work with a mortgage professional who will represent you and ensure the mortgage you get is the one best suited to your needs.

Choosing the wrong mortgage can cost you thousands of extra dollars. Mortgage Brokers are trained professionals who can help you save on your mortgage dollar.

Check out the Market before House Shopping

Before you begin house shopping, check out the market and familiarize yourself with what is available.

Being pre-approved will tell you how much you can afford, so take a look at the real estate listings in the paper or through other real estate publications. By doing this, you will have a good idea of what is available in your price range and what you can expect to view when you start home shopping.

Also, taking a drive in a desirable neighborhood is a good idea as you could stumble upon an open house giving you a better idea of what you want in your new home.