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Enhance your Mortgage Intelligence with Canadian Mortgages, Inc (CMI)

The mortgage financing process can be daunting and confusing. As mortgage brokers, CMI helps borrowers navigate the process to find the best mortgage product. For starters, our website is filled with timely and useful information to provide you with the best mortgage intelligence available.

Reference our Canadian mortgage glossary to learn the terms and definitions related to mortgage loans. See our mortgage news page for the latest developments in the mortgage marketplace. Then check current rates on our mortgage rates page.

Once you have done your research, review the questions and answers on this page, then contact your local CMI broker to begin finding the right mortgage product for your needs. All CMI brokers are certified with the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals (CAAMP) and licensed to work in your province.

Find all your Mortgage Resources Here!

Quite simply, CMI wants to be your one-stop mortgage resource center. A CMI mortgage broker shops from a large and diverse marketplace of mortgage products. There is more complexity to a mortgage than simply interest rates and amortization schedules. We specialize in knowing the fine print so you can be sure that you are getting the best product available – with no surprises. This is why we appreciate a well-educated borrower. A consumer with a high ‘mortgage intelligence’ will better appreciate what a CMI mortgage broker can do for them.

So use our website to the fullest. Save our Canadian mortgage glossary on your favourites tab so you can refer to it quickly and easily. Use our mortgage calculator to get an idea of how rates and amortization schedules can affect payments. After reviewing the following questions and answers, you should be prepared to talk to us. Let CMI be the one place you go, the only place you need to go, for all your mortgage questions.

Frequently Asked Mortgage-Related Questions

How can I find a good deal on a mortgage?

When a lender offers you a mortgage, you have to repay both the original loan amount and interest through monthly payments. The interest is the biggest cost that you have to incur on a mortgage. A good deal on a mortgage is one that offers you a lower interest rate and easy repayment terms.

You can compare the rates and other terms offered by different lenders to get an idea of what the loan will cost you. In doing so, you will find that most lenders offer pretty much the same basic terms. This is because they are all regulated to a certain extent by the government. However, there could be significant differences in several other charges like closing cost, prepayment fee, appraisal cost, legal fee etc.

Should I hire a mortgage broker?

Hiring a mortgage broker is a good option if you are unfamiliar with the process involved in taking a mortgage and don’t want to spend a lot of time in understanding the nuances of this industry. The broker can advise you on how to go about getting the loan and he’ll give you a fair estimate of the charges that will be added by the lender. He can also point out any pitfalls in the fine print that you need to be wary of, which you wouldn’t find in any FAQ section.

An experienced mortgage broker can help you find the right lender for your needs quickly, and with minimum effort from your side. As he would already know many of the lenders, he will be able to negotiate a lower mortgage rate and easier terms.

Adjustable rate vs. fixed rate – which should I choose?

A fixed rate means your mortgage will always have a pre-determined interest rate irrespective of the changes in the economic conditions. On the other hand, an adjustable rate can be changed by the lender whenever he feels that the economic conditions have changed.

If you are looking for stable monthly payments and do not want to be dealing with the uncertainty, it is advisable to go for a fixed rate mortgage. But if you have sufficient financial cushion to absorb any increase in your monthly payments, and if you feel that interest rates are likely to go lower in the near future, then an adjustable rate mortgage might be a better option for you.

Although these FAQ would have given you some idea about taking a mortgage, you should try to understand all these concepts in detail to make a sound decision. Take help of a mortgage broker or your financial adviser before you finalize a deal.

Things You Should Know About Loan Modification

A change in the repayment terms of a loan is referred to as loan modification. Such changes are usually sought by home owners to make their loans and monthly repayments more affordable. By revising the terms of the loan, the lenders can create alternatives to resorting to foreclosure when the borrower defaults on monthly installments. Here are some FAQ for people considering modification of their loan terms.

What are the rights of the mortgagor to inspect the mortgaged property?

It is often asked whether a mortgagor has the right to conduct an inspection of the property to check its condition. Legally speaking, a mortgagor can carry out any inspection that is required by him to ascertain that the mortgaged property is not in a bad condition. An inspection also allows the lender to assess the real value of the property.

What is the impact of unemployed status of mortgage?

This FAQ is the concern of many borrowers. It is often questioned if the mortgagor will qualify a person for a loan modification when he/she or the spouse is unemployed. The lender will have to conduct a financial review of the total income and expenses of the household of the mortgagee to figure out whether the current household income is enough to make the modified mortgage payments or not. Once the mortgagor has satisfied himself with this condition, he can consult with a legal counsel to determine whether the mortgagee qualifies for the loan modification or not.

Are late charges included in modified loan repayments?

Though late charges were earlier included in modified loan repayments, the present position of law is that all late charges should be waived by the mortgagor when the loan is modified. But this could vary from one jurisdiction to another.

Will you get a new interest rate on a modified loan?

Often borrowers also ask, if a new interest rate will be applicable when lenders reassess during a loan modification process. The answer is yes. The mortgagor is supposed to reduce the loan and make it affordable, and the interest being the significant payout has to be brought down. This is done by offering the distressed borrower a low interest rate. The law mandates the lender to make a lower interest rate offer during modification process as per the lending market situation.

What will be the applicable date for loan modification?

The applicable date for determination of correct interest rate in case of a loan modification has often been a contentious issue between the lending and borrowing parties. The law now clarifies that the date of approval of loan modification plan by the mortgagor after the verification and reporting, is the date for determination of interest rate.

If you are considering loan modification, you should always make it a point to review FAQ sections on lender websites to ensure that you know most of the important things about the process. This will help you better negotiate with a lender and get a modification offer that can help you sail through your financial troubles.

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