1. Frequently Asked Mortgage Questions

Frequently Asked Mortgage Questions

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Applying for a mortgage shouldn’t be hard or confusing,
let’s break this down and make it simple for you!

Do mortgage brokers work for the bank or a financial lender?

No they do not.  Kelowna Mortgage brokers have a portfolio of Lenders they work with in order to meet their clients needs.  They work with these Lending Partners to meet the needs of their clients.

Why is a mortgage insurance premium necessary?

If your down payment is less than 20% of the property value, mortgage insurance is mandatory in Canada.  An insurance premium is built into the mortgage.  So therefore, the clients do not pay “out of pocket” for this expense.  For lenders, a down payment of this size is more of a risk, so the insurance premium is a guarantee for the lender in the event of your defaulting on the loan.

What is mortgage life insurance?

This is insurance coverage that would pay off in the event of death or disability of the homeowner. Contact Kelowna Mortgage Brokers, Rampone-Marsh Mortgages, to find out about our mortgage life insurance options.

Can I transfer my mortgage if I buy another home?

Depending on your mortgage lender, yes. Most lenders are now offering options that allow you to take (or “port”) your mortgage with you. Typically you will not be assessed additional fees if the possession period between your old and new home is 60 days or less.

What minimum down payment do I need?

You can provide as little as 5% of the total price of the home if you have good credit. Even if you have poor credit, we have a network of lenders that are willing to work with poor credit buyers, providing you have a 15-35% down payment.

Does paying bi-weekly actually save me money or shorten my amortization time?

It does! With a monthly mortgage, you’ll make 12 regular mortgage payments annually. When you pay bi-weekly, you’ll make 26 half-payments, amounting to 13 regular mortgage payments annually.

That might not sound like much, but it adds up. A bi-weekly payment schedule could make you mortgage-free years sooner, saving you thousands in interest payments to boot!

Our bi-weekly payment calculator can give you more details.

What benefits do I receive for mortgage pre-payments?

Pre-payment typically allows you the following privileges:

  • Ability to increase your monthly payment (usually by 15-20%). Keep in mind that you cannot decrease your payments.
  • You are allowed to pay a percentage (usually 15-20%) of your principal per year.
  • You may be able to double your mortgage payment for a month or a number of months. Remember that you are not allowed to exceed the percentage that you’re permitted to pay down annually.
Why is an appraisal necessary?

Every conventional mortgage that includes a minimum 20% down payment requires an appraisal because the mortgage is uninsured. The lender wants to see that your purchase price is in line with the property’s fair market value. Lenders want to see that you are purchasing a quality property and that they will be able to recuperate the full amount if you default on the loan.

Should I consider a mortgage to help with debt?

Yes. In fact, this is a common use of a mortgage loan. Many of our customers obtain a mortgage to consolidate credit card debt, renovate their kitchen, or invest.

How much should I consider spending on a home?

Most mortgage lenders allow you to spend no more than 32% of your monthly income on your mortgage, and newer guidelines allow up to 44% of your monthly income for mortgage payments and other debt payments. Our mortgage calculators can help you determine your affordability.

I’m self-employed and cannot prove my income. Can I still get a mortgage?

Yes! Some lenders use your stated income only to qualify, on approved credit. You still get favourable Canadian mortgage lending rates and, depending on the lender, could get up to 90% financing. Simply complete your Kelowna mortgage application today!

Is it really safe to apply for a mortgage online?

Yes, Rampone-Marsh uses secure software for all their applications.  Applying for a mortgage online with Rampone-Marsh Mortgages is safe and secure. Our online application uses a 128-bit SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) server, that is verified secure by Verisign/RSA. This is the exact same type of system and software that most large banks use to secure your online banking

Why should I get a pre-approved mortgage?

There are several benefits to getting a Pre-Approval before you start searching for your next home.

  • Your mortgage rate will be secured for 120 days. Even if rates go up, yours won’t.
  • You’ll know what you can afford, helping to narrow down the search process.
  • Pre-approval will make you look like a more serious buyer, helping you find a good realtor and can give you negotiating power with the home seller.
  • A mortgage pre-approval will make the final closing faster since you already have most of the work completed.
Can I make my down payment with gifted money?

In most cases, the answer is yes. However, the funding must be from a family member. There are certain circumstances in which you cannot use gifted funds. For example, your mortgage product may have a limit on the percentage of the down payment that can be gifted. Rampone-Marsh Mortgages can find out if your gifted funds can be applied to your down payment.

What are Fixed and Variable rates?

In a Fixed Rate Mortgage, the interest rate is fixed for a specific amount of time. This period of time (the mortgage term) can range anywhere from 6 months to 10 years. Over the course of the mortgage, less of the payment counts toward interest and more toward the principal.

A Variable Rate Mortgage is one in which your interest rate will fluctuate with the Bank of Canada’s prime lending rate.. When rates go up, a larger portion of the payment goes toward interest. When rates go down, more of the payment goes toward principal.

My bank declined me. Can I still get a mortgage?

It’s possible. After we analyze your own situation we’ll discuss what possibilities are available to you. However, lenders that deal with non-standard credit usually charge a higher rate than normal bank approved credit.

What makes Rampone-Marsh Mortgages unique to other Mortgage Brokers?

The brokers at Rampone-Marsh Mortgages provide a higher level of service and see value in knowing our clients. We take the time to present you in the best way to the lenders. We are reliable and have a long history of providing great consistent services to our clients. We are your mortgage advisors. We provide the lowest rates that we can find for all of our clients. Roughly 90% of our business is generated because people who have used our services tell others to use our services. We are locally owned, and connected to large national partners.

Why should I choose a Mortgage Broker at Rampone-Marsh Mortgages instead of a bank?

Most banks focus on such a wide variety of projects and cross selling opportunities that their staff training is diluted and not focused. At Rampone-Marsh Mortgages, we provide excellent mortgage services for purchases, refinances, renewals and the list goes on. We know mortgages inside and out, and best of all we do all of the legwork! In most cases, our services are free and we have access to over 50 lenders.

What kind of clients do Mortgage Brokers work with?

Rampone-Marsh Mortgages works with homebuyers and homeowners from many walks of life.. These clients include:

  • First time homebuyers
  • Existing homeowners
  • Credit challenged homeowners
  • Self-employed Borrowers
  • Construction mortgages
  • Vacation properties
  • New to Canada 
Who are the mortgage lenders that you use?

We deal with Canada’s top lending institutions, such as Scotiabank, TD, MCAP, and First National, just to name a few.

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There are other fantastic home mortgage products Rampone-Marsh can provide you with: second mortgages if you want to buy a second property, third mortgages and many more.

Just contact us, tell us what you need and we will deliver.

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