December 2014
 
Kelly Hudson
Mortgage Professional

Dominion Lending Centres Aegis Mortgage Services

Phone: 604-312-5009
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Fax: 1-888-378-1286
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DID YOU KNOW...

Lenders make a lot more money when they renew your mortgage than on your initial term. That’s partly because they don’t have to compensate anyone for referring your business (or compensate them as much). But it’s also because many renewers don’t comparison shop as much or negotiate as hard. According to a recent Maritz/CAAMP survey, only 56% of borrowers negotiated their mortgage rate at renewal. A remarkable four in 10 took the first rate their bank offered. That’s a scary statistic considering banks rarely, if ever, offer their lowest rate upfront regardless of how long you’ve been a customer! That’s why it’s so important to rely on your mortgage broker at renewal as well.

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

May the magic and wonder of the holiday season stay with you throughout the coming year. Best wishes for a new year filled with health, happiness and spectacular success!

 
HOMEOWNER TIPS

Reduce Heating Costs:

Your furnace or boiler is the largest energy user in most homes. If health permits, keep thermostat at 20°C or below. Lower the thermostat at night and when no one’s home. Check the furnace filter once a month during the heating season. Change or clean when dirty. Have a professional tune-up of your heating system every other year. Replace your older, 60% efficient furnace with one of at least 90% efficiency.

 

About DLC Leasing Inc

* DLC Leasing is the leasing division within Dominion Lending Centres Inc.

* Our leasing programs provide up to 100% financing on business-related equipment.

* Leasing options include new equipment leasing; used equipment and vehicle leasing; customized solutions through vendor finance programs; and lease-backs –where the lender buys equipment from a business owner and the owner leases it back.

* Technology, heavy equipment and trailers, furniture and hospitality equipment, and manufacturing and industrial equipment are just a few examples of available leasing options.

* With access to multiple lending sources, Dominion Lending Centres’ Lease Professionals can cater to leasing deals for a variety of credit scenarios ranging from A to C credit quality.

* Because many of our Lease Professionals are also licensed mortgage agents, we can offer standard equipment leases and creatively structured solutions for seasonal, new or growing companies.

* Working with someone who is both a lease and mortgage expert enables you to even use commercial and residential mortgage and property credit line products, alone or in combination with lease financing, to help achieve the best solutions for your equipment acquisition needs.

* Our Lease Professionals can even break up large-dollar transactions into multiple leases across a number of funders to ease and simplify the approval process.

 
Welcome to the December issue of my monthly newsletter!

This month’s edition looks at the benefits of refinancing, as well as talks about the value of creating sustainable neighbourhoods. Please let me know if you have any questions or feedback regarding anything outlined below.

Thanks again for your continued support and referrals!

There are numerous reasons why homeowners choose to refinance their mortgages – everything from debt consolidation to freeing up money for their child’s education to using their home equity to buy another property. But the most popular reason for refinancing at this time of year is for holiday gift buying and entertainment.

Planning ahead really can save you money down the road. And with the high-cost holiday gift-buying and entertaining season quickly approaching, this may be the perfect time to refinance your mortgage and free up some money instead of relying on high-interest unsecured credit such as credit cards and lines of credit.

You may find that taking equity out of your home will help bring joy back into your holiday season – and start the New Year off on a debt-free note, as you may also be able to use some of the equity in your home to pay off high-interest debt such as your credit card and/or line of credit balances. This will enable you to put more money in your bank account each month.

And since interest rates continue to hover near historic lows, switching to a lower rate may save you a lot of money – possibly thousands of dollars per year.

There are penalties for paying your mortgage loan out prior to renewal, but these could be offset by the lower rates and extra money you could acquire through a refinance. I can sit down with you and work through all of the equations to ensure this is the right move for you.

 

With access to more money, you’ll be better able to manage both your holiday spending and existing debt.

Paying your mortgage down faster

By refinancing, you may extend the time it will take to pay off your mortgage, but there are many ways to pay down your mortgage sooner to save you thousands of dollars in interest payments. Most mortgage products, for instance, include prepayment privileges that enable you to pay up to 20% of the principal (the true value of your mortgage minus the interest payments) per calendar year. This will also help reduce your amortization period (the length of your mortgage), which, in turn, saves you money.

You can also increase the frequency of your mortgage payments by opting for accelerated bi-weekly payments. Not to be confused with semi-monthly mortgage payments (24 payments per year), accelerated bi-weekly mortgage payments (26 payments per year) will not only pay your mortgage off quicker, but it’s guaranteed to save you a significant amount of money over the term of your mortgage.

By refinancing now – before the holiday season is in full swing – and planning ahead, you can put yourself and your family in a better financial position.

As always, if you have any questions about refinancing, reducing debt or paying down your mortgage quicker, I’m here to help!

 

A   neighbourhood with sustainable features is one that meets your needs while protecting the environment and leaving an affordable legacy. This type of neighbourhood offers homes that are located near shops, schools, recreation, work and other daily destinations. Like a village, these places are a pleasant, convenient and safe walk, cycle or bus ride from home. This helps you reduce driving costs and enjoy the health benefits of walking and cycling. Land and services, like roads, are used efficiently. Old or new, they also feature a choice of homes that you can afford.

Did you know…

  • The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada recommends at least 30 minutes of exercise every day, like walking or biking, to reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease and stroke. Where homes are within walking distance of stores and other services, people are 2.4 times more likely to meet the 30-minute minimum than those in homes that are not within a convenient or pleasant walk to stores/services.
  • The average annual cost to own and operate a car in Canada is $9,000+. If you can eliminate the need for a second car, drive less or avoid having a car at all, that’s money in your pocket.
  • A two-storey detached home loses 20% more heat than a semi-detached one, and 50% more than a middle home in a row of townhouses of the same size with the same heating system, insulation and windows.
  • Trees shading your house can make it feel cooler in the summer. Healthy trees also increase your property value. They intercept rainwater, improve air quality, and make streets and public spaces more comfortable and attractive.
  • Asphalt surfaces, like parking lots, can make urban areas hotter than the surrounding countryside in the summer. With less asphalt surface, neighbourhoods are more attractive and land-efficient. In mixed-use neighbourhoods, fewer parking spots are needed because places with high daytime needs, like offices, are close enough to share parking with places that need more parking at night, like homes and restaurants.
 
  • Cars are a major source of smog in urban areas, so driving less helps everyone’s health, particularly children, the elderly and people at risk for cardio respiratory problems.
  • Half of the greenhouse gases from energy use by individual Canadians comes from passenger road transportation, like cars. In the Toronto area, greenhouse gases from weekday passenger travel generated by people living in mixed-use, pedestrian and transit-friendly neighbourhoods near the urban core are about 1/3 of those by people living in dispersed, strictly residential neighbourhoods on the urban fringe.

 


 

How do real neighbourhoods compare?

A CMHC study compares six types of neighbourhoods in five Canadian cities to determine:

  • How close the homes are to schools, jobs and other daily destinations, so people can choose how to get there (for example by walking, biking or using public transit)
  • If people get by with fewer cars or drive less, which can save money
  • Monthly costs to rent or own a home
  • How many rooms homes include
  • If people reduce greenhouse gas emissions by driving less
  • If there is a range of housing choices available, so people can remain in the neighbourhood as their needs change
  • Select the city that interests you:
    Vancouver; Calgary; Toronto; Ottawa; Montréal

 

For more information, visit www.cmhc.ca or follow CMHC on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

 
 
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