While this potential second wave of COVID-19 is causing uncertainty in the Canadian economy, understandably, many homeowners are on edge. And although it might feel right to sit tight and see how things pan out, if your mortgage is up for renewal in the next 3-6 months, now is actually the best time to have a conversation with an independent mortgage professional to discuss your mortgage options.
This is especially true if you’ve seen a reduction of income due to the pandemic, taken any government assistance, or if you’ve deferred (or missed) any of your mortgage payments. Any of the above might not impact your renewal, but the whole reason you plan ahead on things like this is to make sure you aren’t left without options by leaving it to the last minute. We haven’t seen the full impact COVID-19 has had on mortgage financing, don’t wait until the last minute to secure your renewal. Planning ahead is the smart move.
Did you know that many Canadians sign the renewal letter they receive in the mail from their current lender without a second thought? They assume that the lender is looking out for their best interest. The truth is, all lenders know this and rarely offer their best rate or terms at the onset of negotiations. And that is exactly what a mortgage renewal is, a negotiation.
Don’t be led to believe that a mortgage renewal is a simple transaction, that you should just take what your lender offers you, look at all your options. Now, this doesn’t mean just looking at all the terms offered by one lender; it means looking at products from multiple lenders. You do this by working with an independent mortgage professional.
When you work with an independent mortgage professional, you receive the expertise of a trained banking professional who is working for you and not the bank; at no cost to you!
As we move into an uncertain economic future, you might want to look at mortgage terms and options that might be different from what you’ve gone with in the past. Just because you took a 5-year term previously doesn’t mean you have to go with another 5-year term. You have lots of options.
Interest rates are at an all-time low, making it a perfect time to ensure you’re getting the best deal on a mortgage. I’d love to help you with that. Contact me anytime! At the very least, by having a quick conversation, we can assess your financial situation and see if the renewal letter you received is a good deal.