The CMHC Purchase Plus Improvement Mortgage or the CMHC Improvements program is an excellent option not many people are aware of.

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This program allows you to get up to 10% of the as-improved value of a house to renovate it and include this sum in the mortgage loan amount. This is an excellent financing option that allows buyers to get the house they want and turn it into the home of their dreams.

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For example, you can find a house that you love in the area you wanted. But it needs renovations, and you cannot afford to provide the down payment and renovate it as well. Your options are to either try to find another house or purchase the one you love and wait to gather money and renovate it. But there is a third option: you can access the CMHC Improvements program. If the house you want to buy costs $700,000, but with the improvements you are planning to make its value would go to $770,000, you would be able to borrow an additional 10% of the $660,000 ($77,000) for renovations.

There is paperwork you need to have in order to apply for this program and keep in mind that you cannot borrow money to buy appliances. This financing option refers only to renovations part of the physical structure of the house.

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Contact Rampone-Marsh Mortgages for more information about the CMHC Purchase Plus Improvements or CMHC Improvements programs and find out how you can get the house you love and customize it so that it matches your ideal image of a home.

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Why is a mortgage insurance premium necessary?

Regardless of mortgage rates, if a down payment is less than 20% of the home or property value, mortgage insurance is mandatory in Kelowna (and across Canada). Mortgages have built-in insurance premiums, so, therefore, the clients do not pay “out of pocket” for this expense. For mortgage lenders, a down payment of this size is more of a risk, so the mortgage insurance premium acts like a guarantee in the event of a default on the loan.

What is mortgage life insurance?

Mortgage life insurance provides coverage that would pay off in the event of death or disability of the home owner. Contact our office in Kelowna for more information and to find out about your mortgage life insurance options.

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.
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