Mortgages in Canada can be a murky subject – one that we hope to shed some light on with a series of highly informational articles.
New data shows the country’s youngest buyers are being affected most by the government’s mortgage stress tests. Mortgage originations were down 8.9% overall in Q2, while those among buyers between the ages of 18 and 25 were down 13.4% compared to last year, according to TransUnion’.... More »
The majority of homeowners are blissfully unaware of alternative mortgages. They presume everyone is entitled to sub-3% mortgage interest rates, with no fees of any kind. But there is a growing, significant percentage of borrowers who need a different type of mortgage financing solution. Sometimes t.... More »
It’s been almost a couple of years since the mortgage stress test came into effect. So, we thought it was the perfect time to revisit it and clear up any confusion. The mortgage stress test took effect January 1, 2018, affecting how much mortgage money Canadians are able to borrow towards.... More »
Should you put the minimum down, leaving you more for moving expenses or the maximum to reduce your mortgage payments?.... More »
In a tight housing market, it can be tough to come up with the cash you need for a new home. Many Canadians looking for new alternatives are having to get creative. For some folks, it may be as simple as finding friends or family to take the journey with them, or sharing their homes with others.
It’s not often discussed, but any adult can buy a home with any other. Those individuals become tenants in common in the property.
Sharing the mortgage may sound like a hassle, but that debt can be formally split according to how much debt each person wants to incur. Albeit, each mortgage applicant is wholly responsible for payments if the other defaults.
Tip: We highly recommended speaking with a lawyer to set up such a co-ownership arrangement, especially when it comes to actually living in the space. Things can get tricky if one person wants to sell their interest or move before the other.
However, co-owners don’t always have to reside in the same house. Family members, like Mom and Dad, can contribute part of the down payment and be non-resident co-owners (or they don’t need to be owners at all)…