6 Mar

Unlocking a Year of Possibilities: Achieve Your 2024 Resolutions withthe CHIP Reverse Mortgage


Posted by: Susie Inglis

Unlocking a Year of Possibilities: Achieve Your 2024 Resolutions withthe CHIP Reverse Mortgage.

It’s a brand-new year, and if you’re up for it, a chance for a brand-new version of you. No matter how you plan to start 2024, you might have a few ideas about changing things up in the months ahead. Whether you dream of fixing up your home, going on exciting trips, or getting rid of some debts, there’s a helpful option – the CHIP Reverse Mortgage! The CHIP Reverse Mortgage is designed exclusively for Canadian homeowners aged 55 and better. It enables you to convert up to 55% of your home’s value into tax-free cash, while staying in the home you love and without worrying about monthly mortgage payments. Let’s explore how the CHIP Reverse Mortgage can help you accomplish your goals in the coming year and beyond.

Debt-Free Living and Financial Freedom

One of the primary concerns for many individuals entering the new year is the burden of existing debts. The CHIP Reverse Mortgage by HomeEquity Bank presents an opportunity to take control of your financial situation by providing tax-free cash that can be used to settle outstanding debts. Imagine starting the year with a clean slate and embracing a lifestyle free from the constraints of debt.

Pursue Your Passions and Hobbies

One advantage of the CHIP Reverse Mortgage lies in its versatility, allowing you to use the unlocked home equity for activities that bring you joy. Whether you’re investing in a hobby you’ve always been passionate about, or even joining a gym to stay active and healthy, the CHIP Reverse Mortgage offers the financial flexibility to pursue your interests without compromise.

Support Loved Ones’ Aspirations

If you have family-oriented resolutions, the CHIP Reverse Mortgage provides an avenue to support your loved ones’. Whether it’s helping a child or grandchild with tuition fees or contributing to a family member’s entrepreneurial endeavours, the tax-free cash from the CHIP Reverse Mortgage can empower you and your family.

Age In Place with Home Retrofitting

As the new year prompts reflections on long-term well-being, the CHIP Reverse Mortgage offers a practical solution for retrofitting your home to age-in-place comfortably. Use the funds to make necessary modifications, ensuring that your living space evolves with your changing needs while maintaining the independence and security of your home.

The CHIP Reverse Mortgage by HomeEquity Bank is a sound financial solution that provides means to accomplish your New Year’s resolutions by tapping into the wealth you’ve built in your home. Contact your Dominion Lending Centres mortgage expert to discover how the CHIP Reverse Mortgage can unlock a year filled with possibilities and turn your dreams into­­ reality.

Written by MY DLC Marketing team and HomEquity Bank

6 Mar

BoC Holds Rates Steady Waiting To See Further Declines In Core Inflation


Posted by: Susie Inglis

BoC Holds Rates Steady Waiting To See Further Declines In Core Inflation.

The Bank of Canada Holds Rates Steady Until Core Inflation Falls Further

Today, the Bank of Canada held the overnight rate at 5% for the fifth consecutive meeting and pledged to continue normalizing the Bank’s balance sheet. Policymakers remain concerned about risks to the outlook for inflation. The latest data show that CPI inflation fell to 2.9% in January, but year-over-year and three-month measures of core inflation were in the 3% to 3.5% range. The Governing Council projects that inflation will remain around 3% over the first half of this year but also suggests that wage pressure may be diminishing. The likelihood is that inflation will slow more rapidly, allowing for a rate cut by mid-year. 

The Bank also noted that Q4 GDP growth came in stronger than expected at 1.0% but was well below potential growth, confirming excess supply in the economy.

Employment continues to rise more slowly than population growth. During the press conference, Governor Macklem said it was too early to consider lowering rates as more time is needed to ensure inflation falls towards the 2% target.


Bottom Line

The Bank of Canada expects that progress on inflation will be ‘gradual and uneven.’ “Today’s decision reflects the governing council’s assessment that a policy rate of 5% remains appropriate. It’s still too early to consider lowering the policy interest rate,” Macklem said in the prepared text of his opening statement. The Bank is pushing back on the idea that rate cuts are imminent.

High interest rates are dampening discretionary spending for households renewing mortgages at much higher monthly payments. As the economy slows in the first half of this year, the BoC will signal a shift towards easing. This could happen at the next meeting on April 10, when policymakers update their economic projections. This could prepare markets for a June rate cut.

“We don’t want to keep monetary policy this restrictive longer than we have to,” Macklem said. “But nor do we want to jeopardize the progress we’ve made in bringing down inflation.”

Written by DLC Chief Economist Dr. Sherry Cooper

6 Mar

Amortization Options


Posted by: Susie Inglis

Amortization Options.

Your mortgage amortization period is the number of years it will take you to pay off your mortgage. Depending on your choice of amortization period, it will affect how quickly you become mortgage-free as well as how much interest you pay over the lifetime of your mortgage (a longer lifetime equals more interest, whereas a shorter lifetime equals less interest but also bigger payments).

Amortization Benchmarks
Let’s start by looking at the mortgage industry benchmark amortization period. This is typically a 25-year period and is the standard that is used by the majority of lenders when it comes to discussing mortgage products. It is also typically the basis for standard mortgage calculators. While this is the standard, it is not the only option when it comes to your mortgage amortization. Mortgage amortizations can be as short as 5 years and as long as 35 years!

Benefits of a Shorter Amortization
Opting for a shorter amortization period will result in paying less interest overall during the life of your mortgage. Choosing this amortization schedule means you will also become mortgage-free faster and have access to your home equity sooner! However, if you choose to pay off your mortgage over a shorter time frame, you will have higher payments per month. If your income is irregular, you are at the maximum end of your monthly budget or this is your first home, you may not benefit from a shorter amortization and having more cash flow tied up in your monthly mortgage payments.

Benefits of a Longer Amortization
When it comes to choosing a longer amortization period, there are still advantages. The first is that you have smaller monthly mortgage payments, which can make home ownership less daunting for first-time buyers as well as free up additional monthly cash flow for other bills or endeavors. A longer amortization also has its advantages when it comes to buying a home as choosing a longer amortization period can often get you into your dream home sooner, due to utilizing standard mortgage payments versus accelerated. In some cases, with your payments happening over a larger period, you may also qualify for a slightly higher value mortgage than a shorter amortization depending on your situation.

Let’s Chat!
We would be happy to help with the decision for the amortization that best suits your unique requirements and ensures you have adequate cash flow. However, it is important to mention that you are not stuck with the amortization schedule you choose at the time you get your mortgage. You can shorten or lengthen your amortization, as well as consider making extra payments on your mortgage (if you set up pre-payment options), at a later date.

Ideally, you are re-evaluating your mortgage at renewal time (every 3, 5, or 10 years depending on your mortgage product). During renewal is a great time to review your amortization and payment schedules or make changes if they are no longer working for you.

If you have any questions or are looking to get started on purchasing a home, don’t hesitate to reach out to a DLC mortgage expert today!

Written by MY DLC Marketing Team