Financial Breathing Room

Submitted by Mortgage Intelligence - What home-buyers want most. . .is financial breathing room and more choice.

It's a bit like bungee-jumping or parachuting for the first time. For Canadians who enjoy some adrenaline served with their excitement, the home-buying experience can be a bit of a rush. The anticipation of a new home, the anxiety about getting finances in order, and the stress of wondering how you'll manage with your new financial obligations. But, face it: everyone likes the odds stacked in their favor. We all want some control over our choices.

Buying a home is no different. It can be an anxious time, particularly for those of us who are not naturally inclined to financial bungee-jumping. Maybe you've done your home-work, planned your finances, shopped carefully for the perfect home, then finally taken the leap and purchased a house. Whether it's your first home or your fifth, it's still a stressful experience, and you don't always feel in control of your financial choices. You may love the house, but you're losing sleep over the financial commitment. You're in good company. It's no secret that the first few years of home financing are the most challenging - as you settle in to your home and your mortgage obligations.

In fact, we've learned to talk about mortgages as if they are a kind of financial prison. They should, of course, be the reverse: the most powerful and flexible financial tool available to you. So why the stress? For most Canadian home-buyers, it is the combination of financial challenge and lack of choice.

Maybe you stretched your budget to get your very first home, or maybe you reached a little further than planned because you found the house of your dreams. Some new homeowners realize suddenly that they need a better vehicle for a longer commute, or they wish they had some extra funds for new landscaping, new appliances, or an investment opportunity that came up unexpectedly. What it comes down to is that most home-buyers wish they had more financial breathing room to make choices.

That customer insight - the desire for financial breathing room and more choice - is behind one of the latest mortgage innovations for Canadian home-buyers a residential mortgage that allows home-buyers to make interest payments only. The result is a mortgage with much lower payments - and a home-buyer who can make his, or her own decisions about where the money goes. The only interest-only portion is available up to 80% loan to value. Or you can go up to 95% loan to value if you add a low-rate second mortgage that can be paid off at anytime without penalty. And most importantly, there are no mortgage insurance premiums or lender fees added to the mortgage principal. With the flexible prepayment options available, you'll pay off your mortgage, not fees or premiums.

Not so very long ago, choices were limited, and Canadians were not inclined to think of their mortgage as a financial tool. But times have changed. Some of the most innovative new mortgages are emerging from non-traditional lenders, who have been opening up new opportunities for Canadian home-buyers. The latest mortgage innovations are giving Canadian home-buyers the opportunity for a short burst of financial strength - putting choice and decision-making into the hands of the homeowner, where it belongs.

Every prospective home-buyer, of course, should discuss their situation with a mortgage professional - and make a realistic assessment of the risks and financial responsibilities of a mortgage. But if you're one of the thousands of Canadian home-buyers looking for greater control over your financial options, it's great to know that there's a mortgage now that lets you decide.

For more information contact Laurie Baird Consultant, Mortgage Intelligence Inc.
Phone (250) 862-1802 Fax (250) 712-0209

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Tracy Head and Laurie Baird help busy families find mortgage solutions. Together they have more than 45 years of experience in the mortgage industry.

With today’s increasingly complicated mortgage rules, Tracy and Laurie spend time getting to know the people they work with and help them to better understand the mortgage process. They support their clients before, during, and after their mortgage is in place.

Tracy and Laurie work closely with their clients, offering advice and options. With access to more than 40 different lenders, Tracy and Laurie are able to assist with residential, commercial, and reverse mortgages in order 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!

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