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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 2.34 3.80 $10,549.28
5 years 2.54 4.84 $27,328.75
7 years 3.39 5.30 $31,489.66
 
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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If high interest rate credit cards and loan debt are keeping you from getting ahead, as a home owner you can refinance your existing mortgage and use the equity in your home to pay off that debt. With the low mortgage rates and rising property values it is a great time to consolidate your debt and even decrease your monthly payments.

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.

What is a Mortgage Broker?

Mortgage Broker Question

Simply stated, a mortgage broker is an agent for lenders in much the same way an insurance broker is an agent for insurance companies.

Mortgage brokers act as agents for banks, trust companies, credit unions, mortgage corporations, investment corporations, finance companies and individual private investors.

Mortgage brokers are trained professionals that have to meet a satisfactory educational requirement before they may become registered. As such, this requirement ensures you are being provided with a duty of care, a working knowledge of mortgage products and a standard of service to meet individual needs.

Learn to Save $40,000 - Biweekly!

Most mortgage payments are made on a monthly basis. However, arranging to make accelerated biweekly mortgage payments can have a dramatic effect on the amount of money you have to pay and the time frame before it is all paid off.

Under a biweekly mortgage, instead of making the payments once a month, you make half the payment every two weeks. If your mortgage is $1,000 per month, under a biweekly system it would be $500 every two weeks.

You make 26 payments per year, which is the equivalent of 13 monthly payments rather than 12. The extra payment is than taken directly off the principal, reducing the payment schedule accordingly.

The effect of accelerated biweekly mortgage payments can be dramatic. For example, if you currently have a $150,000 mortgage loan at 7.5 percent fixed interest, you will have paid approximately $330,000 at the end of 25 years. That's a $180,000 in interest!

However, if you use a biweekly payment system, you will pay $290,000 and have it completely paid off in just over 20 years. You save a staggering $40,000 and you pay the loan off nearly 5 years earlier!

An increasing number of mortgage companies are now offering a biweekly payment option. It is even possible to convert your current monthly payments into a biweekly schedule.

Be wary of independent companies offering to do this for you for a fee -- you can do it for yourself by simply phoning your lender or contacting Alberta Equity Mortgages

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).