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5 tips to get the best mortgage rates in Canada

When searching for your first home, here are 5 tips to ensure you get the best mortgage rates in Canada. And, to get the best rates will require you to research so you know how to select a mortgage that’s right for you.

Tip 1: Do your research

Tip 2: Save for your down payment

Tip 3: Improve your credit score

Tip 4: Get professional advice

Tip 5: Get pre-approved for a mortgage

Buying your first home in Canada is an exciting time to make your dream of home ownership a reality.  But at the same time, it can create stress and confusion. You may have questions about the real estate process in Canada, the lending process, or other important questions. And, buying a home is likely the largest and most important decision that you will make. So, it’s important to understand what’s involved, and how you can save thousands of dollars with the best mortgage rate.

5 tips to get the best mortgage rates in Canada

1. Do your research:

A home purchase is a major investment. So, spend some time to understand the lending and real estate process. Do your research so that you’re confident with the decisions you’ll have to make every step of the way. And, this includes understanding the different types of mortgage:

  • options (for example, open or closed mortgage)
  • features
  • restrictions.

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2. Save for your down payment:

Your down payment is money you pay towards your home purchase. It is deducted from the purchase price of your home. And, the remaining amount will be covered by your mortgage loan.

A recent survey conducted by Royal LePage revealed that 75% of newcomers arrive in Canada with savings to purchase a home. And the great news it that those savings can help you to get the best mortgage rate.

If you can pay 20% or more of the property value, you can get a conventional mortgage loan. But, with less than 20% for your down payment, you’ll get a high-ratio mortgage. And, high-ratio mortgages requires home buyers to purchase mortgage default insurance. This mortgage insurance allows home buyers to buy a home with less than a 20% down payment of the purchase price.

However, mortgage insurance only protects your lender. Therefore, it’s important to understand the terms and conditions of mortgage insurance in the event that you’re unable to pay your mortgage.

Home buyers require a minimum down payment of 5% of the home purchase price. So, if you have less than 5%, keep saving!

Clearly, when you have a bigger down payment it can save you money over the lifetime of your mortgage. But, if you have less than 20% of the purchase price, your lender will require you to pay for mortgage insurance.

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3. Improve your credit score:

There’s nothing like a poor credit score to stand in the way of getting the best mortgage rates in Canada. The minimum required credit score to get a mortgage in Canada is between 620 – 679. But, with a good credit score (usually between 680 – 724 points), you may get better borrowing rates.

Although, even if you have a good credit score, it’s wise to practice good financial habits to increase your ability to borrow money. For example:

  • Spending less than 30% of your credit line
  • Limiting the number of credit cards you apply for
  • Paying all bills (phone, cable, hydro, etc) on time.

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4. Get professional advice:

Work with a trusted mortgage broker who can help you get the best mortgage rate in Canada. A mortgage broker can access a broad range of financing options. In addition, a broker can help you understand some of the complexities of mortgage options and features.

Buying your first home in Canada can come with uncertainty about unexpected costs, affordability, or paying too much for your home. And, you’ll likely have questions that a mortgage broker can answer.

A professional mortgage broker can inform you about the variety of mortgage options and features. Because, different mortgage options may be more suitable for you based on your needs and future plans. For example, you will need information to help you make decisions related to:

  • mortgage type: open or closed mortgage
  • mortgage rate: fixed or variable interest rates

One way that a broker can help is by helping you understand the financial advantages and disadvantages of your mortgage options. For example, your lender may have important restrictions related to each option, and that may end up costing you more money.

Also, using a mortgage broker is a free service for home buyers because they are paid by the lender.

5. Get pre-approved for a mortgage:

When searching for your new home, it’s difficult to predict if mortgage rates will increase or decrease. So, a pre-approved mortgage can protect you against interest rate hikes while you search. With a pre-approved mortgage, you can lock in a mortgage rate for up to 120 days.

In addition, getting pre-approved will help you understand how much you can afford to buy your first house in Canada.

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Key takeaways:

  • Your  home purchase is a major investment. Ensure you get the best mortgage rate to help you save money over the lifetime of your mortgage.
  • A professional mortgage broker can help you understand the different types of mortgages, features, and restrictions.
  • A pre-approved mortgage can help you lock in your interest rate while you search for your dream home.