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Often missed finance tool

The pop and sizzle of New Year’s Eve is a distant memory now, and many well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions have probably fallen by the wayside. It’s likely clear by now that you’re not going to reduce your weight by 50%, change your personality, or qualify for the Olympics. 

So let’s focus on a serious resolution for 2016. This year, vow to make your mortgage your top financial tool.

Your mortgage can be a goldmine of savings, or the pot of gold you’re looking for to tackle the renovation or landscaping project you’ve been dreaming of. It’s a powerful financial tool: Make it work for you.

Begin by dusting off your mortgage – wherever you are in your mortgage term – and seeking expert and independent analysis. 

The mortgage brokerage industry is becoming a powerful new influence in the Canadian financial scene. Last year in Canada, more than 35% of all mortgages came across a mortgage broker’s desk. While a good investment advisor can earn you thousands of dollars, a good mortgage broker can save you thousands – by finding the best possible combination of mortgage features and rates to suit your situation.

Think about your financial goals, just to name a few: Are you’re looking for a way to reduce monthly payments? Save on your mortgage interest over the long-term? Pay down the mortgage sooner? Or finance a special project or vacation?

Thousands of Canadians have been taking a second look at their fixed-rate mortgages in the last few months. We don’t have an economic crystal ball, but it seems clear that – with mortgage rates lower than they were in our parents’ generation – the odds of an upward trend in mortgages are pretty good. It means that right now you have a historic opportunity to get that mortgage working for you.

Even if your mortgage is not up for renewal any time soon, it’s worth a review to see if you can re-negotiate for a better rate. Don’t assume that you’re stuck with a fixed rate mortgage, which is several points higher than today’s rock-bottom rates.

End of the mortgage in sight? Lucky you! Either take a watch-and-wait approach or consider a blend and extend now – to combine your old rate and current rates to help you take advantage of the current rate opportunity.

The current low rates are a boom to spenders as well as savers. Thinking about that home renovation or landscaping project this year? Find out about using a mortgage to finance the project. Mortgage rates are typically far lower than other types of loans or lines of credit, so you can put your equity to work at rates that you couldn’t have dreamed of ten years ago. 

There has never been a better time for homeowners to borrow against their homes.

Whether your goal this year is to save, or to save while you spend, make your mortgage work for you. It is a resolution that’s easy to achieve.

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Laurie Baird and Tracy Head are mortgage brokers with Verico Complete Mortgage Services. Together they have over 45 years of experience in the mortgage industry.

As mortgage brokers, Laurie and Tracy spend time getting to know the people they work with and help them understand the mortgage process. They support their clients before, during, and after a home purchase.

Laurie and Tracy are able to offer their clients advice and options. With access to over 40 different lenders, Laurie and Tracy are able to match the needs of their clients with the right mortgage package. They work closely with their clients to find the right fit, and are around to provide support for years down the road!

Contact them at 250-862-1806 or visit:
http://www.okanaganmortgages.com

Visit Laurie's blog at: https://www.okanaganmortgages.com/blog



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