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How Does a Private Mortgage Work?

Private mortgages are similar to traditional mortgages in that you must provide certain financial documents to secure the mortgage. The biggest difference with private mortgages is that you have increased flexibility in a number of areas resulting in a more customized solution. 

Private mortgages also differ from traditional mortgages in a number of ways. 

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    Is a Private Mortgage Right For You?

    If you are looking for flexible financing and have not been successful with traditional lenders, a private mortgage may be an option for you. We work with clients from all walks of life who are looking for alternative mortgage financing options and often private mortgages. 

    Here is an example of a client who was frustrated with a traditional lender and found the right opportunity with a private lender: 

    Jason is a 45 year old business owner. His primary home is in Toronto and he was looking to finance his dream Chalet in Collingwood. After getting rejected from 3 traditional lenders he turned to the team at  SafeBridge to help finance his Chalet renovation. 

    Purchase Price $1.6M

    Renovation Cost: $800K

    Private Financing: $800K for 9 months at 8.2% 

    Appraisal of completed renovation came in at $3.1M 

    The result was a fabulous renovation on Jason’s dream property and after a post-renovation appraisal Jason was able to refinance with a traditional lender at 1.65% variable on a 30 year amortization resulting in both increased equity in the property as well as a lower interest rate through a traditional lender. 

    Remember, not all financing needs to be with a traditional lender. At SafeBridge we work with over 63 different lending institutions to help you find the best mortgage product that suits your needs. 

    1. Loan to Value Limits ( LTV):

    Since pirate mortgages are riskier than traditional mortgages, private leaders are not willing to lend to borrowers with high LTV ratios. Having a LTV ratio above 75% may limit your private mortgage options, whereas traditional lenders (banks, A lenders)  will allow for much higher LTV ratios.

    2. Higher interest Rate:

    Private mortgages often come with higher interest rates as you are required to pay both a lender fee and a broker fee. In addition, a  higher LTV can lead to more expensive interest rates because it is a higher risk for the lender to allow you to borrow money so they will charge you a premium on the interest rate to account for that additional risk.

    3. Lender Fees:

    Traditional mortgages typically include the lender fee in the overall cost of the mortgage while private mortgage lenders usually charge a lender fee of 2% of the private mortgage amount. This fee is always discussed up front but it is important to factor this into your overall budget.

    4. Broker Fees:

    In addition to lender fees you will also need to pay a broker fee to the mortgage broker who is “brokering” your mortgage. Mortgage agents who do private mortgages are licensed as specialized brokers and will charge a 2% fee typically matching the lender fee.

    The Benefits of a Private Mortgage

    While there are many benefits of going with a private mortgage, below are the top 3 reasons we would recommend you consider a private mortgage.

    • Customized: While traditional lenders have specific lending criteria, private lenders are able to offer more flexible terms, interest rates and qualification criteria. If you currently have bad credit or don’t show enough income on paper private mortgages can provide stop-gap solutions until you get your finances back to a stable position.
    • Convenient: Working with private lenders allows you to pick a mortgage product that suits your needs in a time frame that fits your schedule. You can work directly with a SafeBridge mortgage agent who will help connect you with private lenders at your convenience. 
    • Flexible: Every private mortgage is different and therefore the options are endless. You can get access to flexible financing that will allow you to pick the mortgage product that best suits your needs. Most private mortgages are for a shorter term than a traditional mortgage which offers you more personalization and flexibility.
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    Why SafeBridge is the Safest Choice

    At SafeBridge our access to dozens of private lenders sets us apart. With over 20+ years in the private lending space our team of mortgage professionals is qualified to help you find private financing that suits your needs. 

    No two mortgage scenarios are alike and we pride ourselves in customized solutions that solve your unique challenges. 

    When you work with SafeBridge, our team of professionals take the time to understand your situation and come up with the perfect financing solution.  It is always in your best interest to work with a company that will not only help you secure financing but also keep in mind your holistic financial goals and make sure they are all in alignment. As a company we help thousands of clients each year find the perfect financing solution to fit their needs. When it comes to private mortgages our team of private mortgage brokers will assist you with finding the perfect private mortgage for you! 

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    • If a private mortgage seems liek the best solution contact us today to find out how we can help you access alternative financing. 
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    What is the average term of a private mortgage?

    Every private mortgage is unique and therefore the term is specific to the client. Most private mortgage lenders typically offer short-term mortgages and tend to charge higher interest rates. The typical term for a private mortgage is 1 year or less.

    What if I have bad credit?

    There are many reasons people navigate towards private mortgages and bad credit is certainly one of them. If you have bad credit can work with a licensed SafeBridge mortgage agent to see what private lending options may be available for you with  goal of increasing your credit score and moving into a more traditional mortgage option over time.

    Is a private mortgage more expensive, and are there extra fees?

    Private mortgages tend to be more expensive because in addition to your mortgage payments there are always lender fees and broker fees To make up for the increased risk, private mortgages often come with higher interest rates as well.

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    Over the last 20 years we’ve been successful in attracting over 60 various lenders that our clients can benefit from. SafeBridge has evolved over the years and has become a very successful company…. The education, that comes along with not just the mortgage agent side of things, but also on the insurance and the investments and the financial planning all comes together in one holistic approach.


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    For several years Andre has worked in the Financial Planning and Mortgage Solutions field with Scotiabank. After experiencing success, and gaining a wide knowledge base in the banking world, he decided to leave the bank to join a Boutique Mortgage Brokerage, Safebridge Financial Group.  Andre made the change so that he could offer clients a wider variety of mortgage options and lenders.

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    Mortgage Agent

    SafeBridge Brokers & Advisors

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