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Now is a great time to consider buying a home in Victoria. Interest rates are very attractive and there is a wide choice of homes available. The inventory of properties in Victoria is increasing. We also just set an all time high for the average price of a single family home at over $568,000. This means that most of us will have to deal with financing and this will mean taking on a mortgage.

Sorting through the numerous mortgage options available to today’s homebuyers can be intimidating, but professional help is readily available. We at offer our clients excellent reates with our in house Mortgage Broker. The good part is that it is a one stop shop.  

First, it’s necessary to know which kinds of institutions will lend you money. Banks and trust companies lead the pack, but credit unions and private lenders also offer funds. Our mortgage broker will explain all this to you. 

You may also find yourself in a situation where you can assume an existing mortgage held by the seller. Advantages of assuming a mortgage are that you can speed the buying process due to reduced paperwork and save money in lower legal fees and closing costs. A disadvantage is that the current lending rate may be less than that of the assumed mortgage.

Different mortgages
A number of different mortgage options are available. Under a conventional mortgage, lenders will loan you up to 80 per cent of the appraised value or purchase price of the property (whichever is lower) to a maximum set by government regulation and you must come up with the remaining 20 per cent yourself.

If you don’t have the 20 per cent down payment, a high-ratio mortgage may be available which will provide you with up to 95 per cent of the appraised value or purchase price of the property (whichever is lower) to a maximum set by government regulation. The proviso is that high-ratio mortgages must be insured and the cost falls to you. You can now also get 100% financing, but your premium will be a bit higher.

Variable-rate mortgages are usually offered for both conventional and high-ratio mortgages. If interest rates climb, you will be paying more per month in interest; if rates drop, you will be paying more off your principal. Fixed-rate mortgages, on the other hand, maintain the same rate of interest over the entire negotiated term.

Other terms
There are some other concepts to bear in mind.

Amortization refers to the time period in which the mortgage is assumed to be paid. A common amortization period is 25 years. This means interest and principal are set as if you were paying the amount borrowed over a 25 year payment schedule. Obviously, the shorter the amortization period, the less interest you will pay. Longer amortization periods like 30 & 40 years are now also available.

Prepayment privileges are very important for borrowers to consider. These allow you to pay money against the principal, reducing the total amount of interest you will ultimately pay.

Buying or selling a home need not be a daunting task. Our team at Properties In Victoria Proffesionals can provide you with invaluable information on finances and all other aspects of the buying and selling process.

Anders Treiberg, Royal Lepage Coast Capital.

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