Whether you are a resident of Canada or even a non-resident (living and working abroad), you are probably wondering how to keep purchasing and/or refinancing when the mortgage rules keep changing like the wind!
Since last October, we have seen massive changes – everything from increased rates, properties that were previously insured are now uninsured and the qualifying rate for everything under the 5-year fixed has risen three times.
So with these massive changes how do you keep up? How do you purchase when the mortgage rules keep changing?
As brokers, we deal with these frustrations every day and the answer unfortunately is not clear!
DCR or debt coverage ratio, is one if not the most important thing to factor when it comes to commercial financing. However, it is one of the most overlooked aspects so I thought I would touch upon it’s importance here.
Last month, I closed on a very difficult commercial deal – a 12-plex in Orlando, FL. When looking at it initially the numbers looked strong and keep in mind at first glance they always will as they are put together by the realtor to get it sold. It is not until I as the broker or the lender do further due diligence with proper numbers, backed up by P/L and rent rolls, that the true numbers come out in the wash.
Recently James, a non-resident from Singapore purchased a property in Toronto. We completed the deal from start to finish in 10 days, which was highly stressful for both the borrower, realtor and mortgage broker – yours truly.
Everyday, I was faced with lender delays, appraisal delays’ and many phone calls back and forth to verify details. It was not clear that we would be able to close and both James and the seller could not extend closing, which led to further stress. James was leaving back to Singapore on July 29th and the sellers were closing on another property on July 30th. Our closing was set for July 27th. Deadlines all around were tight. The only positive was that the realtor already had the status certificate reviewed by the lawyer, before the purchase agreement was signed, which saved us time in the process, enabling me to send that in with the paperwork to the lender.
I realized that it was the lack of explanation on my part that facilitated this occurrence and thought that this example would be a great learning tool for your purchases in Canada.
Recently, I was contacted by a new client that was separating from her husband. Prior to filing for separation they decided to amicably split and split the proceeds from the sale of their existing home. They agreed that since they had no children and he had supported her through her schooling, he would not pay her alimony. The amicable split helped them protect their credit score as the credit score will usually take a hit, when you divorce or separate.
Divorce or separation can have a major impact on both your personal and financial lives. Where you might have previously had joint accounts for major expenses like your mortgage or loan payments, now you will have your sole accounts. Furthermore where you had two incomes you now have one income.
Last week we were all taken aback when the Federal Government released the latest round of mortgage rules. It was not just one new rule but four new rules and it could certainly impact Real Estate Investors to name just segment.
By now we as professionals have all had time to process the changes, blog about it and even bitch about it! We need to take a step back, put things into perspective and focus our efforts on the consumers, who are our clients and potential clients.
As a mortgage broker, I focus on investors and many of the investors I work with, focus their efforts on pre-construction and rent to own to name just two methods. In light of the new mortgage rules, I wanted to discuss how they might impact real estate investors investing in these two particular areas of pre-construction and rent to own.
In Canada we have two past times or conversations that get people heated up! One is the weather and the other is real estate. The last few years have given people lots to talk about – even those that are not directly in the real estate industry.
We speculate when the market crash or softening will happen; where prices and interest rates are headed and what will happen when the market does soften. We have all come to expect bigger and better, even when bigger and better is not necessarily affordable.
I personally don’t want bigger and better as I don’t want to be burdened with a huge mortgage but what do you do when you live in a house that you are outgrowing? What are your options?
Private Lending has become a hot topic of late! Due to a variety of reasons, borrowers may need private loans due to insufficient income to qualify for a mortgage, debt consolidation, damaged credit and even people looking to borrow money against their equity. However in many cases the existing lender may not be willing to lend against that equity and therefore people turn to private loans for a solution. But it’s not always that easy or clear on how they work so let’s unravel the private lending world.
In Part 1, I will speak about the borrower and private lender. In Part 2, I will speak about how you as an investor can loan your money in private lending as an alternative to owning property.