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How Does Refinancing Work?

Refinancing is a relatively simple process which involves evaluating your home to see if you have built up enough equity and checking your income to see if you qualify to refinance. Lenders will allow you to refinance up to 80% LTV (loan to value) 

Once you make the decision to refinance, you will need to provide financial documentation to support the increased mortgage amount as well as pay certain fees. 

Below is an example of 80% LTV:

Estimated Home Value : $1,350,000

Current Mortgage Balance: $600,000

You can borrow up to: $480,000

**Every client situation is unique, but we strive to help each individual understand what their potential refinance could look like and can help explain both the process and the numbers

In addition, it is important to understand the specific steps involved in a refinance as well as understand  the additional costs involved. 

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    Is Refinancing Right For You?

    There are 3 main reasons most people choose to refinance their home. 

    1. Borrow money 

    If you are looking to get access  to some of the equity in your home, refinancing might be the right solution for you. As long as your current mortgage is less than 80% of the value of your home you will be able to refinance your mortgage up to 80% of your home’s value. 

    2. Lower Interest Rate 

    If you are currently locked into a Fixed mortgage, if interest rates fall during your term, you won’t be able to benefit from a fixed rate so you may consider refinancing to lock in at a lower variable interest rate. 

    3. Change the type/terms of your mortgage 

    When you refinance your mortgage you are able to change all aspects of your mortgage. For example, you may be looking for lower monthly payments and thus extending out your mortgage amortization period would allow for lower monthly payments that may be more suitable for your budget. If you currently have a Variable rate mortgage and you are concerned that interest rates might increase in the near future you have the option to refinance and switch to a fixed rate mortgage. Some lenders allow you to make the switch without a fees, but each lender is specific and you would need to check with a SaeBridge mortgage agent to see what your lender will allow. 

    While Refinancing is a great option, it is important to remember that your savings from refinancing should always exceed the cost of refinancing. This is why we would recommend that you speak with a SafeBridge mortgage professional who can walk you through your options and help you make a wise decision. 

    Legal Fees:

    Legal fees may vary but are the responsibility of the homeowner. You will need to work with a Real Estate Lawyer who will facilitate this on behalf of the homeowner. 

    Appraisal Fees:

    An up to date value of your home is needed to help the lender assess how much money you can refinance (up to the 80% LTV) Appraisal fees range from city to city and often increase with the value of the home.

    Mortgage Registration:

    Since a mortgage refinanced means you are creating a new mortgage, you will need to pay a fee to have the new mortgage registered. **Some lenders waive this fee.

    Mortgage Discharge:

    If you happen to switch lenders during the refinancing process you will need to pay a mortgage discharge fee to the lender you are leaving. This fee ranges from lender to lender.

    Mortgage Prepayment Penalty:

    This is by far the most expensive part of the refinancing process. Depending upon which type of mortgage you are breaking, you may have to pay a substantial penalty to get out of your mortgage contract. For Variable mortgages you will need to pay 3 months interest. For a Fixed rate mortgage you will need to pay the IRD penalty.

    The Benefits of Refinancing

    Refinancing is one of the best ways to access the equity sitting in your home. It allows you to review your existing mortgage contract and see if there are changes you want to make and can often help save you money. 

    Refinancing allows you to replace your old mortgage and make the changes that are necessary to ensure you are in the best financial position possible. 

    At SafeBridge, we love helping clients access the equity in their home and use the money for debt consolidation, home renovations or travel …the possibilities are endless.

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    Client Story: 

    Clients Steve & Janice came to SafeBridge looking for options on refinancing their Toronto home. They originally bought their home in 2012 for $860,000.00 10 years later, the value of their home had increased to $1,600,000.00 and they were looking for ways to pull out some equity that they could then use for a small addition on their home. In the end, SafeBridge was able to help them get an appraisal, refinance their home and pull out $300,000.00 while decreasing their monthly payments as a result of changing their mortgage terms. 

    **Each mortgage situation is unique, please speak with a SafeBridge mortgage agent to determine the specifics of your situation.

    Why SafeBridge is the Safest Choice

    At SafeBridge our access to over 63 different lenders sets us apart. With over 20+ years in the mortgage lending space our team of mortgage professionals is qualified to help you find cottage  financing that suits your needs. 

    No two refinancing situations  are alike and we pride ourselves in customized solutions that solve your unique challenges with regards to refinancing.

    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 refinancing,  our team of exceptional  mortgage brokers will assist you with finding the perfect financing terms.

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    Should I refinance to pay for a home renovation?

    Home renovations are a great way to add value to your home and refinancing can be the perfect vehicle to pay for the renovations. If you are planning to spend a large amount of money on your renovation, refinancing is a great option as it allows you to finance the project at a lower interest rate

    Does a mortgage refinance always require an appraisal?

    Yes, each time you refinance you will be required by the lender to have an appraisal done. This is to ensure that the lender has the most up to date and accurate valuation of your home which allows them to calculate the LTV numbers. Remember, the amount you are eligible to borrow is based on the value of your home so an up to date value is essential.

    Will I have to break my existing mortgage to refinance?

    Yes, if you want to refinance to pull out equity, you will need to break the terms of your existing mortgage which will mean you will be subject to a penalty payable to the lender that is holding your mortgage. If you have a Variable mortgage you will have to pay 3 months interest, whereas if you have a Fixed mortgage you may need to pay an IRD penalty which is much more expensive and is calculated by your lender.

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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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