Whether you are applying for a first or a second mortgage for refinancing or buying plans, you understandably want to make an informed decision that helps you to achieve your goals and that is right for your financial future. Unfortunately, when many people apply for a new mortgage, they only think about their immediate financial state. For example, you may ensure that you can afford the new mortgage payment based on your current budget. While this is an important step to take, you also need to think farther ahead to ensure that the mortgage terms are right for you.
How Long You Plan to Own the House
Many applicants work with mortgage brokers when applying for a Canadian mortgage, and this is a great way to find the best rate possible on your loan. However, while much emphasis is focused on the interest rate and the resulting monthly payment, less emphasis is placed on the term of the loan. The term of your loan will impact how quickly you can pay off the loan, how much interest is charged over the life of the loan and even how affordable it may be for you to sell the house in the future. For example, if you plan to retire in the house within 15 years, a 15-year mortgage may be ideal. If you plan to sell the house within five years, you may need to consider how much equity you will have in the home by then. Your term length will greatly affect equity appreciation.
How Quickly the Debt Will Be Repaid
When you choose a shorter term length, your payments will be higher. However, in exchange for the higher payments, the loan balance will be paid off more quickly. Equity will accrue faster, and less interest will be paid over the life of the loan. This can affect your ability to sell the home for a profit in the near future, the date you are able to retire without a mortgage payment and more. Your mortgage broker can assist you in exploring this in greater detail.
How Your Budget May Change in the Future
Another factor to consider is fluctuations in your budget. Most people have minor budget adjustments throughout the year, but there may be major life events that can dramatically affect your budget. For example, you may plan to start a new business soon, to have a baby or to send a child to college. Remember that your budget will be affected by your mortgage payment for the life of the loan, and this may span across decades.
The best mortgage is one that is affordable for your budget now and that helps you to achieve goals you have for the future. Explore each of these points carefully before you apply for mortgage financing to ensure that you are making the right financial decision. The Canadian Mortgage Services website is a good reference if you want to find more information online.