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What’s Going on with the Housing Market?

Have you heard that interest rates are rising? Recently, the federal reserve raised interest rates to help curb
inflation. Experts are now projecting that standard interest rates will range from 3.5% to 4.5% in 2022.

For many buyers, this news can feel incredibly discouraging. Home prices are already high, but now you have
to pay higher interest rates on top of it, right?

Not so fast. Our interest rates right now are actually super low, especially when we compare them to the
interest rates of the 1970’s-2000’s.

Right now, you’re probably hearing a lot about the “good old days” of real estate. But for interest rates, those
good old days weren’t very good. Homebuyers in the 70’s were actually paying tons in interest with a rate of
11.05%, and even in 1980, the interest rates were 13.71% — that’s a giant number compared to today’s
rates. It’s just been the last decade or so that interest rates have started to go down.

So yes, interest rates are rising. But that’s no reason to be discouraged. When you compare those rates to
the interest rates your parents or grandparents had, you’re still getting a great deal!

My advice? Don’t let high interest rates stop you from buying a home. And if you’re able, try to lock in a low
interest rate now by buying a home and getting a fixed-rate mortgage.

However, if buying this year isn’t in the cards for you, don’t worry! Even if you buy a home when interest rates
are high, you can always refinance down the line when interest rates are low. When it comes to real estate,
it’s a good idea to keep an eye on interest rates. But don’t let them dictate whether you buy a house or not.

If you’re ready to buy a house and lock in low interest rates, feel free to reply to this message. I can get you in
touch with a great lender and start finding you the home of your dreams!


What Will My Net Proceeds Be?

For most sellers, this is the big question when it comes to selling their house. How much money are they actually going to walk away with once the house is sold and the deal is closed? The money you get after the sale is called your net proceeds. That’s the profit from the home once you take out all the closing costs and other associated fees.

Luckily, it’s pretty easy for sellers to estimate what their net proceeds will be using a simple calculation! First, you’ll need to get your numbers ready. Your real estate agent can help with this if you need it!

  • Selling Price: This number is what you think the house will sell for, AKA the purchase price. For example, let’s say the house sells for $350,000.
  • Current Mortgage: This is how much you owe on your current mortgage. Let’s say that the amount you owe is $150,000.
  • Prep Costs: This is the amount it will take to get your home ready for market including repairs. For example, let’s say this amount is
  • Closing Costs: These usually run around 9 – 13% of the sale price and include real estate agent commissions (for buyer and seller’s side). We’ll go with the higher end for our example and say this cost is $45,500.

Then, you simply plug those numbers into this equation: [selling price] – [remaining mortgage] – [prep costs] – [closing costs] = your net proceeds!

If you don’t want to do the math, there are several free calculators online that will do the math for you. Just Google “home sale calculator” for a shortcut.

Here’s an example using the numbers above:
$350,000 – $150,000 – $10,000 – $45,500 = $144,500. That means that after the sale is closed and you’re free and clear, you’ll walk away with $144,500. That’s a pretty sweet down payment!

Using this equation, you can find what your net proceeds will be, which makes knowing how much you can spend on your next home so much easier! For more help on selling your home and getting the most
money from your home, just reply to this email!


What to Look for in a Purchase Offer

When it comes to selling a house, one of the most exciting parts is when the offers start rolling in. But then you’re faced with a problem. How do you choose the best offer?

Hint: the answer isn’t the offer with the highest purchase price.

To choose the best offer, keep these 4 factors in mind in addition to the purchase price.

Preferred financing method.
Some sellers will only consider cash offers right now, and that’s totally fine. Some sellers don’t care how the house is financed as long as they get money in their pocket by the end of the sale. If you have a strong preference on how the purchase of the house is financed, make sure to consider the financing method in your offers

Trust money deposit.
You want a buyer who really wants the house and has the funding to go through with the sale. Pay attention to the amount of Trust money deposit (the money that comes in with the original offer), because typically, the larger the amount of money put into Trust deposit, the more serious the buyer.

This is a big one. Sometimes offers will come in with a list of conditions that seems to go on for days. Generally speaking, you’ll want to avoid these offers, even if they offer a high purchase price. When buyers are really picky about conditions, they will usually find something wrong with the house and then try to bargain with you to get the purchase price down, making their original offer worthless.

As a seller right now, you have a lot of choice when it comes to timing. If you want to be out of the house super quickly, look for a timeline with less time before closing day. Or if you need time to find a new house after you sell, find an offer that has more time built in.

As you can see, the highest offer does not necessarily mean the best offer. There are several factors that you should consider before making your choice. And don’t worry, your agent will analyze each offer and provide recommendations on the best one.


Mortgages Made Easy

For many buyers, mortgages can seem intimidating, confusing, and even a bit scary. Even if you’ve dealt with a mortgage before, it can be hard to know which mortgage type is the best for your situation. And that’s where I can help! Here’s your handy cheat sheet with several of the most popular loan types available to Canadians.

If you have 20% or more of the purchase price for a down payment chances are that’ll you’ll be able to apply for a traditional (conventional) mortgage. Depending on the lender you may have to have insurance on the home as well.

An open mortgage allows you to pay off part of the debt or pay it back in full without having to worry about any penalties. An open mortgage will often have term lengths ranging from six months to a year with interest rates on this type of mortgage being comparable to those of a closed mortgage.

When you first get a variable rate mortgage your payments calculated by the lender which includes interest and principal. These payments will remain consistent throughout the term of the mortgage. As the rare of the market changes, so will your mortgage rates. So, when the interest rates drop, you’ll notice that less of your payment will going to the interest with more coming off the principal.

Capped rate mortgages offer a variable rate that is capped by the lending institution. Markets will fluctuate with rates rising and falling but the lending institution offers a guarantee that you’ll never pay more than the capped interest rate. On average these mortgages will hit you with a penalty if you decide to pay your mortgage back in full.

If you’d like a little more stability in the type of mortgage you take on, the closed mortgage could be a viable option. With a closed mortgage you’ll be able to lock in your interest rate over the length of the loan. Bringing peace of mind with the benefit of lower rates than an open mortgage. If you feel like interest rates may increase, you’ll want to choose a loan with an extended term.

In a convertible mortgage, with a term of 6 months to a year you’ll receive a fixed rate with the options of locking in for an extended term or continue for a short term with a more flexible rate.

Simply put, reverse mortgages afford you the opportunity to transfer the equity in your home into cash value. You won’t have to worry about selling or leaving in your home in the process, but you’ll need to be at least 62 years of age to qualify for this type of mortgage. Depending on the age of a homeowner, the amount of money you can borrow will vary; the older the homeowner is, the more money they’ll be able to borrow.

There can be a few variations of the above loan types and some banks offer their own style of lending, but it all basically boils down to these 7 types of mortgages. The right loan for you is out there, but I know it can be confusing to know which one is best. That’s why I always recommend that my buyer clients work with a lender to see which mortgages will be the best choice. If you want to be connected to my favourite, trustworthy lenders, just reply to this email!


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Have the Most Organized Move Ever with These Tips

Even if you’re an amazing planner, moving can range from a mild headache to a huge nightmare. It’s best to go into a move knowing that things won’t always go according to plan and that things will get mixed up at some point. 

But you can make moving so much easier and more organized with these 3 tips!

Tip #1: Give each box a number. By numbering each box individually, you’ll be able to make sure that each box ends up in the right place. This is especially important if you’re not the one moving the boxes. And numbering the boxes makes tip #2 a breeze!

Tip #2: Make an inventory. You can do this in a notebook, make a spreadsheet, or use an app like BoxMeUp, but whichever way you do it, make sure you keep track of all your items and which boxes they end up in.

This is especially useful if you’re shipping any of your belongings or storing them for a long period of time. Just look at your inventory, and you’ll know where each item is stored!

Tip #3: Give each room a colour. Colour coding is an organizer’s best friend, and it’s so nice for moving. Giving each room a colour makes it so easy to get your items moved into their new rooms, and all you have to do is glance at the box to see where it goes! To colour code your boxes, get a different colour of packing tape for each room. This also makes finding the right boxes so easy if you have to store them. 

With these tips in your moving arsenal, you’re sure to have the most organized move of your life. And while moving won’t ever be as fun as buying and closing on a new home, you can make it as smooth as possible by keeping organized!

Need some help to find the perfect place to move into? Just reply to this email and I’ll help you out!

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