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Mortgage Rate Shopping
With Internet, shopping for mortgages and comparing rates from various mortgage companies has never been easier. Consumers know to look for low rates and all of the top mortgage websites try to show them exactly that. Unfortunately, with the vast amount of the information available and inability for every website to maintain it properly, much of the information out there can be weeks or months out of date.
Likewise, the tendency for Internet companies to sell your information makes putting your personal information online dangerous. So who do you trust?
When shopping for a mortgage online, be mindful of the following:
Privacy Policies, PIPEDA and P3P Compliance:
Local, Provincial and National Licensing:
The practice of mortgage brokering is regulated in many jurisdictions. In most provinces it’s illegal to act as a mortgage broker or agent without being licensed by the province’s regulatory agency. The same applies to lending institutions operating in Canada. So when shopping for mortgage rates online and choosing a company, make sure that the rates you’re looking at are on mortgage products actually available to you, and that the company offering them is licensed nationally or in your province so that they can legally provide mortgage services for you.
Product Expertise and Business Partnerships:
Great Canadian mortgage brokers will provide a lot of detail about each product available and the rates available through their company. They won’t hesitate to show you with whom they do business, as their business relationships are essential to sourcing out the best and lowest mortgage rates. Choosing a mortgage product will be a decision based on the rate, mortgage features and your familiarity with lending institutions. It’s important to find a mortgage professional who knows their business and who can give you the maximum number of options to choose from.
While choosing a bank for its reputation might initially seem like the most sound decision, don’t make the mistake of believing that they are the best source for mortgages in Canada. Banks try to offer their clients posted rates, which are typically 1.50% higher than rates provided by great brokers. Sticking with a broker when shopping for a mortgage will ensure that you receive the best mortgages and rates in Canada.
Bank Mortgage Rates:
When looking for the best mortgage rates in Canada, you may come across several banks that advertise the best mortgage rates in Canada. This is not accurate. Here is what the big banks are really offering:
- Bank mortgage rates are always higher, sometimes up to 1.50% higher.
- Bank rate specials often expire in 30 days or less.
- Special rate offers can be withdrawn without notice.
- Bank mortgage rates usually have some hidden cost to them or the effective interest rate isn’t really as advertised.
- Bank mortgage rates must be qualified using a much higher interest rate, which means that you may qualify for a new mortgage but the mortgage amount will be far less than you can get through a mortgage broker offering the best rates in Canada.
Bank Mortgage Rates are Not Always The Best:
Banks like to say they have the best mortgage rates in Canada but if you are lucky enough to actually receive a competitive rate from them, it is usually after weeks of negotiation and stress. Who needs that? Canadian mortgage brokers cut to the chase and provide the best possible mortgage rates up-front and for free.
Please do not waste your time talking to banks. They will independently check your credit, offer you higher interest rates and delay the process. You deserve better. Qualified mortgage brokers can offer more options, expert advice at a much lower rate.
At F1RST CHO1CE Mortgage Solutions we’re passionate about sharing our knowledge, experience and unbiased opinions with borrowers who are looking for a trusted advisor to help them with their financing options.
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