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Spring into action: Protect your home

The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing and our homes have a bad case of the winter blues. “Spring cleaning” is a tradition that serves a very useful purpose - it rids your home and exterior property of build-up left from the winter months. “The winter season brings a lot more headaches than just bitter cold weather and snow,” says Glenn Cooper of Aviva Insurance. “Many side-effects of winter are noticed when spring comes along. It's important to take care of those problems before they lead to serious property damage.” Cooper offers four simple tips to help make exterior spring cleaning a breeze this year: 1. Inspect your property: Frozen ground can cause shifts in your landscaping and patios. If left unattended, it can [...]

By |2017-03-02T17:21:53+00:00March 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Spring into action: Protect your home

Canadian Housing Starts Trend Increased in January

The trend measure of housing starts in Canada was 199,834 units in January compared to 197,881 in December, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts. CMHC uses the trend measure as a complement to the monthly SAAR of housing starts to account for considerable swings in monthly estimates and obtain a more complete picture of the state of Canada’s housing market. In some situations analyzing only SAAR data can be misleading, as they are largely driven by the multi-unit segment of the market which can vary significantly from one month to the next. The standalone monthly SAAR for all areas in Canada was 207,408 units in [...]

By |2017-02-10T17:55:31+00:00February 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Canadian Housing Starts Trend Increased in January

RRSP Contributions: lump sum payments or monthly withdrawals?

We’re in full RRSP season and many Canadians wonder what the best option is between lump-sum payments every winter and monthly withdrawals. Contributing to you RRSP has several advantages: aside from the obvious retirement savings, RRSP contributions are deductible and can be used to reduce your tax. An RRSP also gives you a certain degree of flexibility in your financial future, and you can tap into your RRSP for the Home Buyers' Plan that gives first-time home buyers the opportunity to withdraw up to $25,000 for their down payment. Both options (lump-sum or recurrent) work to contribute to your RRSP, but regular deposits are definitely preferred. Contributing regularly forces you to save every month, and you can also set up a pre-authorized withdrawal from your [...]

By |2017-02-07T18:44:23+00:00February 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on RRSP Contributions: lump sum payments or monthly withdrawals?

Are you taking advantage of the Equity in your Home?

What is Home Equity? Home Equity is the current market value of your property (home) minus the remaining mortgage balance. How You Can Use the Equity in Your Home to Save On Hefty Interest Charges People have been using home equity for a variety of reasons such as renovation, investing in other real estate property, refinance and even to consolidate debt. In order to facilitate homeowners, lenders have introduced a number of flexible home equity products. The option you choose depends on the amount of equity that you have presently built in your home as well as your own personal reasons for acquiring the extra cash. HELOC or Home Equity Line Of Credit Home Equity Line Of Credit, also known as HELOC is becoming a [...]

By |2017-01-13T22:33:25+00:00January 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Are you taking advantage of the Equity in your Home?

New Mortgage Stress Test in effect October 17

What does the new stress test mean? Based on the new regulation, a stress test is now required for all insured mortgage seekers. This means that everyone looking to purchase a new home must undergo these tests to prove that they are capable of continuing their payments even if the interest rates  go up by a significant factor. Up until now, stress tests were not required for fixed-rate mortgages longer than 5 year term. However, with the new Department of Finance regulations in place, all insured mortgages, regardless of fixed or variable term will have to undergo and qualify the stress test.   How does the latest mortgage lending rule affect you? The federal government introduced a new mortgage rate stress test for all insured mortgages [...]

By |2017-02-07T18:35:34+00:00October 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on New Mortgage Stress Test in effect October 17

Does A Mortgage Term Affect Your Mortgage?

Buying a new home is probably the most arduous process most Canadians will ever undertake. When choosing a mortgage, you need to consider many factors. If you get the wrong combination, you may have to suffer the consequences for many years or pay a penalty. We meet people seeking to change their closed mortgages all the time. Usually, this is because they have realized they are getting a raw deal. How can you avoid such a scenario before you even sign on the dotted line? Knowing how a mortgage term affects your mortgage is one of the ways. Why does the term matter? In Canada, mortgages are available in almost any amortization period-5, 7, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years. In your search escapades, you will [...]

By |2016-06-08T19:03:12+00:00June 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Does A Mortgage Term Affect Your Mortgage?

Is a Lowest Mortgage Rate always the Best Rate for you?

Are you thinking if a Lowest Mortgage Rate is always the Best Rate for you? At Oakville Mortgage Solutions, a great mortgage rate is just the beginning. Mortgage Rates are usually the first thing to cross your mind when looking for a mortgage. That's normal as mortgage rates have been a subject of rivalry among lenders in Canada. This war has continued this year with a leading Credit Union announcing a 1.69% fixed rate mortgage a couple of months ago. According to experts, this could be the lowest one-year fixed rate available. You can expect other players to follow suit in a bid to get a slice of the vibrant mortgage market. Are such low rates necessarily the best for you? We do not think so. You [...]

By |2016-05-09T16:58:19+00:00May 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Is a Lowest Mortgage Rate always the Best Rate for you?

Your Mortgage Broker Could Play a Crucial Role in Your Home Purchase

With mortgage rates still on record lows in Canada, it might be the perfect time to get a good deal on your mortgage. Many Canadians believe that only banks can offer sound advice on mortgage matters. Although banks have different mortgage products, they may not suit everyone, and mortgage brokers always offer an ideal alternative. A recent survey by the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals (CAAMP) showed that most first time home buyers and young Canadians use brokers when getting a mortgage. Here are a few ways in which your broker could play a crucial role in your home purchase. Best Rates in the Market Brokers are your best bet if you are looking for a good rate in the market. Mortgage brokers deal with [...]

By |2016-04-05T16:46:13+00:00April 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Your Mortgage Broker Could Play a Crucial Role in Your Home Purchase

Maximize Your Mortgage by Refinancing

Mortgage rates are dipping and homeowners in Ontario are seriously thinking about the relationship between a new mortgage and savings. For those who are working with adjustable rate mortgages, the allure for the certainty offered by the fixed rate option has never been stronger. If your fixed rate dates back to 2010 or earlier, I am almost certain the current mortgage rates in Ontario are much lower than your rate. This alone should motivate you to refinance. Definitely, there are other benefits too as we will see.   Reasons to Refinance and how much you can potentially save Interest Rates Do you have a five-year mortgage with a few years, say three, to go? Refinancing the mortgage can save you thousands of dollars and reduce [...]

By |2016-02-10T19:33:30+00:00February 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Maximize Your Mortgage by Refinancing

Feeling the Pinch of Financial Debt; You’re Not Alone

If you are feeling the pinch of Financial Debt, take heart, you are not alone. In Canada, Consumer debt is on the rise and about 80 to 87 percent of that is mortgage debt. Homeowners that are most affected are in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta where house prices have escalated. Are feeling overwhelmed by debt? Sometimes we don’t consciously recognize we have debt problems, but at times can feel a gnawing feeling of being afraid or a general angst.   Even if we are aware of an issue with debt, it can be a tough thing to admit, let alone get help. At times it’s due to knowing something needs to change, we are embarrassed, acknowledging it makes it real or at times just have [...]

By |2016-01-19T19:33:45+00:00January 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Feeling the Pinch of Financial Debt; You’re Not Alone