If you are a first-time homebuyer, getting professional mortgage advice is a great place to start. We specialize in the kind of education that can help get new homebuyers off to a great start! Although mortgage debt is ‘smart’ debt, buying your first home is a huge financial decision and there is a lot to think about. It’s one of the most important financial decisions that most Canadians will make in their lifetime.

You want to take advantage of today’s low rate environment but it can be overwhelming to sort through all of the options out there. Rasha and her team will help get you the right combination of mortgage features, privileges and rate that is best matched to your needs. The right mortgage goes beyond just the rate–it’s important to also consider term, prepayment options, refinancing penalties, restrictions, and fees.

Determine what you can afford. Before you start shopping for a home – and long before you consider putting an offer on one – let us help you determine how much home you can comfortably afford.

Having a realistic budget to start will bring you confidence, knowing that you are not overextending yourself. Remember that home ownership involves costs beyond the monthly mortgage payment such as utility bills, insurance, taxes, home maintenance.

Also consider the cost of renting a property vs. buying one. Based on the below chart, you might find that the latter is better in the long-run:

Rent Today Home Purchase*
$1,250 $276,725
$1,500 $332,270
$1,750 $387,315
$2,000 $442,860
$2,250 $497,905
$2,500 $556,450
*Assumes 25-year amortization, 5% downpayment, 4% mortgage insurance premium, 5-year term, 2.69%, OAC, subject to change. For illustration purposes only.

To be prepared for your first mortgage, we recommend creating a Mortgage Kit so your lender can verify your income. This should include:

  • Full-time salary
  • Commissions, contract, part-time, and seasonal employment
  • Self-employment
  • Child support
  • Disability
  • Maternity leave
  • Pension, RRIF, investment income
  • Be sure to contact us about getting pre-approved, and we’ll be able to get your interest rate guaranteed for a set period, typically 90 to 120 days.

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