Frequently Asked Questions
How much can I afford to pay for a home?
To determine ‘affordability’ you will first need to know your taxable income along with the amount of any debt outstanding and the monthly payments. Assuming it is your principal residence you are purchasing, calculate 32% of your income for use toward a mortgage payment, property taxes and heating costs. If applicable, half of the estimated monthly condominium maintenance fees will also be included in this calculation.
Second, calculate 40% of your taxable income and deduct all of your monthly debt payments, including car loans, credit cards, lines of credit payments. The lesser of the first or second calculation will be used to help determine how much of your income may be used towards housing related payments, including your mortgage payment. These calculations are based on lenders’ usual guidelines.
In addition to considering what the ratios say you can afford, make sure you calculate how much you think you can afford. If the payment amount you are comfortable with is less than 32% of your income you may want to settle for the lower amount rather than stretch yourself financially. Make sure you don’t leave yourself house poor. Structure your payments so that you can still afford simple luxuries.
What is a home inspection and should I have one done?
A home inspection is a visual examination of the property to determine the overall condition of the home. In the process, the inspector should be checking all major components (roofs, ceilings, walls, floors, foundations, crawl spaces, attics, retaining walls, etc.) and systems (electrical, heating, plumbing, drainage, exterior weather proofing, etc.). The results
of the inspection should be provided to the purchaser in written form, in detail, generally within 24 hours of the inspection.
A pre-purchase home inspection can add peace of mind and make a difficult decision much easier. It may indicate that the home needs major structural repairs which can be factored into your buying decision. A home inspection helps remove a number of unknowns and increases the likelihood of a successful purchase.
Why don’t we have a chart or the lowest posted rates like every other mortgage company?
The lending environment has changed greatly in the past few years, and rates today depend on many more variables: How much of a down payment you have, whether your mortgage will be insured, what your credit score is, and how severe a payout penalty you’re willing to risk. These are just a few of the variables that make up your final rate.
So rather than us posting the absolute lowest rate possible on the assumption that every variable works out in your favour, let’s talk so we can determine what your particular situation is and what your rate might look like. We’d much rather do that then publish a rate you’d be disappointed if it wasn’t available to you. It takes a conversation with an industry professional to explain the pros and cons of any rate being offered.
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