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CMHC mortgage insurance is required on all
mortgages with down payment less than 20%
Total mortgage amount is calculated by subtracting
the down payment from the property price and adding
CMHC mortgage insurance (if applicable)
Amortization period is length of time that it would take
the mortgage holder to pay off the mortgage in full
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on taking out the mortgage, as mortgage rates can
vary in different provinces
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Mortgage type specifies whether the interest
rate is variable or fixed
Mortgage term is the duration of time that you
are committed to a lender, rate and conditions
Mortgage rate is the interest rate that you will
be paying on the outstanding balance for the
duration of the mortgage term
Please select how often you would like
to make your mortgage payments.
This is an estimate of how much you should expect
to spend upfront in order to make this purchase
Mortgage Insurance PST
Land Transfer Tax
Total Cash Needed
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Mortgages In Canada
What Is A Mortgage Calculator?
Simply put, a mortgage calculator is like a manual calculator with the exception that it is automated and found on many bank, credit union, and third party websites on the Internet. A mortgage calculator can be used by anyone for free and multiple times, of which this calculator determines the outcome when specific mortgage related information is entered. As you will quickly discover, there is a basic mortgage calculator that requires minimal information, such as the dollar amount of the total mortgage (including any down payment made & mortgage default insurance if warranted), the number of months or years the mortgage will be carried, and the interest/mortgage rate.
The calculation will provide a basic payment amount, and you will see how making a down payment (not to mention the interest rate) affects the outcome of the calculation. By using the mortgage calculator more then once and 'playing with the numbers', you will get a better sense of how certain scenarios can raise or lower your payments (shortening and lengthening the number of years before the mortgage will be paid off in full with interest can really be an eye opener).
What Exactly Is A Mortgage Rate?
A mortgage rate or an interest rate is basically the percentage charged up and over the amount of money you need to borrow, so in other words, it is what the lender charges you for loaning you the money. Mortgage rates can differ between lenders and yes, it is financially ideal to get the lowest mortgage rate possible, but there are certain aspects that needs to be in place to get that lower rate.
There are two basic types of borrowers: the people that are financially stable & prepared to take on a mortgage (typically these people are offered a lower rate to gain their business), and the people that are less prepared financially to take on a mortgage (typically these people are offered a higher rate to offset any risks to the lender). There are various types of lenders (such as major banking institutions) who can offer lower mortgage rates and private lenders who deal in high risk mortgages and offer higher mortgage rates.
Why Are There So Many Different Types of Mortgages?
Each mortgage type/product performs differently, and they are all designed to work hard for both the lender and the borrower’s personal financial situation. Just as borrowers themselves vary, so do the kinds of mortgages that are offered by lenders. There are mortgages that are designed to work well for people that have already held & paid off a mortgage or are currently paying on a mortgage, and then there are mortgage types that are designed for first time mortgagees.
The top three most popular mortgages are a fixed rate mortgage (the interest rate is ‘fixed’ for an agreed-upon set term of time), a variable rate mortgage (the interest rate is dictated by the prime rate, with any changes reflecting on the principal, not the fixed payments), and an adjustable rate mortgage (the interest rate is dictated by the prime rate; any changes reflect on the payments which are ‘adjusted’).
There is also a hybrid mortgage (or a 50/50 mortgage), which combines a fixed rate & variable rate mortgage together. Learning about all the mortgage types available (through a mortgage professional) provides borrowers with an upper hand to make sound decisions.
You are not the only one who may find certain terms regarding mortgages a bit head-spinning, so let’s clear up some of the basic wording that you will see when diving into the mortgage market.
The total number of months or years it will take for you to completely pay off your mortgage.
The breakdown of the payments for your mortgage (how much you pay, how much of that goes towards the principal amount, how much goes towards the interest, and the balance remaining).
The length of time that the interest rate is set or fixed; the end of this term is when the mortgagee can renegotiate a new mortgage or pay the balance of the mortgage in full.
When the term of your mortgage comes to an end, you will have the option to discuss the possibility of a new mortgage, its terms, and its interest rate.
The act of switching to a new lender to arrange a new mortgage or to renegotiate an existing mortgage.
There are mortgage 'deals' that are sweetened by the ability to either double up on payments, increase the percentage paid on monthly payments, or pay off a certain percentage of the principal annually (without any penalty).
When a mortgage is closed, this means that the mortgage rate and the mortgage contract are locked in and non-negotiable for a set period of time.
With no worries of any penalties and being completely flexible with no set term, you can pay off your mortgage at any time with this type of mortgage.
This is a specific type of insurance which protects the lender in the event you should default on your mortgage for any reason (typically mortgage insurance is required if a borrower is deemed a higher risk and is only offered a high ratio mortgage).
Generally, a borrower must have saved a down payment to invest in the home/property upfront (the down payment cannot be borrowed), of which the payment itself is the monetary difference between the value of the mortgage loan and the purchase price of the home/property.
Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)
Tied directly to a mortgage, borrowers can sometimes gain access to a certain percentage of funds to borrow against the assessed value of the home/property. There is an interest rate imposed onto this type of loan, not to mention that it is set to keep pace with the prime rate, but there is flexibility as to payments and payoff.
This is the date that your mortgage term ends, presenting you with the option to pay off the mortgage in full, or renew your mortgage for another term.
The concept of a lender considering your ability (or affordability) to be able to pay a mortgage monthly via the total household income, the mortgage payments, and monthly expenses/overhead.
This is the amount left outstanding on the mortgage itself.