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Craig Van Dolder
Mortgage Agent
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So you decided you wanted to enter the housing market as a first-time home-buyer. You know what your ideal neighbourhood is, dwelling type and even how much you are willing to spend. You have also been pre-approved for a mortgage and chosen a realtor. Basically you have done your homework or at least you THINK. When it comes time to obtain a mortgage, it’s never one-size-fits all; rather there is a variety of options to choose from. Based on what is most important to you – lower rates or flexibility – it is best to work with your mortgage broker to obtain a mortgage that is best suited to you.

Mortgage Types

If you want consistency with respect to rates and the length of your mortgage agreement, a closed mortgage is best for you. Interest rates are typically lower (and do not change with the length of the term). However, a closed mortgage does not offer much flexibility in paying off your mortgage down sooner with the exception of a once-a-year lump sum payment up to 20% of your entire mortgage.

  • Predictability and consistency with respect to payment amount

  • Often comes with lower interest rates

  • Limited flexibility with paying down mortgage faster

  • Cannot change interest rate during term of mortgage

Mortgage Types

Want the best of both worlds? Then consider a convertible mortgage. Convertible mortgages are flexible yet offer minimal risk. Often with a lower interest rate than an open mortgage, convertible mortgages provide the opportunity to switch to a longer-term closed mortgage without penalty.

  • Provide opportunity to take advantage of lower interest rates and switch to a closed rate without penalty

  • Offers lower interest rates than an open mortgage

Mortgage Types

If you are looking for flexibility with regards to paying off your mortgage, consider an open mortgage. No penalty is incurred if you decide to make lump sump payments or pay off your mortgage before the term expires; however, this flexibility comes often with a higher interest rate – which can result in higher monthly payments.

  • Maximum flexibility; no penalty for making lump sum payments or paying off your entire mortgage before the term expires

  • Higher interest rate

  • Best for: those looking to pay off their mortgage as soon as possible

Choosing the right mortgage type will further add to your peace of mind as obtaining a mortgage is perhaps the largest financial commitment you may have. For more information and advice, please contact your Mortgage Architect broker today.




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