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Grande Prairie, Alberta Mortgage Rates Feb 6, 2019
Everyone always has downpayment questions. How much do I need to put down on my first house? If I put more down do I get a lower rate? Do I need to put a different amount down if it’s not my first house? What is the downpayment if it’s a rental home? So this week we post our Grande Prairie, Alberta Mortgage Rates and talk a bit about downpayment.
As of February 2019 in Alberta, current mortgage rules are that you only have to put 5% down on your first house, or your second or even 20th home. If you are buying a home that’s meant to be your residence you can do just 5% down. Given Grande Prairie’s Residential Average Home Price (September 2018) of $320,744 that 5% would be $16,038.
That doesn’t mean it’s always a good idea to just put 5% down. If you put 35% down here in Grande Prairie instead of 5%, many companies will give you their best rate. Putting 5% down gets you a home in Grande Prairie, but not always the best mortgage rate.
If you can afford to put 20% down on a home in Grande Prairie, you can avoid having to pay for mortgage default insurance. Mortgage default insurance is mandated in law by the Canadian government. As of February 2019, it is required to have default insurance on your mortgage if you put less than 20% down. Given Grande Prairie’s Average Home Price of $320,744 when putting 5% down or $16,038 you will pay $12,188 when mortgage default insurance is added to your mortgage. Go here to calculate that mortgage default insurance for any scenario. You don’t have to pay it up front, but that mortgage default insurance does add up!
Mortgage lenders will consider your credit score when you go to get a mortgage as well. If you have excellent credit then 5% down is no issue, but maybe your score has dropped below 670 when you pull your credit report. What if your credit score is only 620? A lower credit score may mean that you have to put more than the standard 5% down here in Grande Prairie to make mortgage lenders comfortable issuing a mortgage.
How much downpayment do I need to purchase a rental home in Grande Prairie, Alberta? You will need to have a downpayment of a least 20% ready to purchase a rental home. Let’s take our average home price of $320,744 for Grande Prairie in September 2018 again that is $64,149 as downpayment. Given your credit score, the number of rentals you already own, or the condition of the home you are purchasing you may be required to put down much more than 20%. One good point, putting at least 20% down you avoid mortgage default insurance.
There are many situations that can change what amount of Downpayment is required here in Grande Prairie Alberta. For clarification, or just to have a professional run the numbers call our office here in Downtown Grande Prairie at 780-513-6611.
This week Chanele Langevin is our broker of the week here in Grande Prairie at the Dominion Lending Centres HT Mortgage Group. Here she is to answer your questions!
Should I go with a Fixed Rate or a Variable Rate on my mortgage?
Well, let’s talk about each type of mortgage in a little more depth.
What are the benefits and drawbacks of a fixed rate mortgage?
Your interest rate and your mortgage payments won’t change until it’s time to renew your mortgage. The security and comfort of knowing your payments won’t change is valuable to many people. That said, you will likely pay a slightly higher premium to enjoy that peace of mind and, in the event of contract disruption, your penalties may be steeper.
What are the benefits and drawbacks of a variable rate mortgage?
The interest rates offered by variable rate mortgages are typically lower; however, there is no guarantee that your rate won’t change. Therefore, you might save money on interest but that’s not a certainty as rates are unpredictable. That said, keep in mind that your interest rate can often be locked at a fixed rate at any time during your term.
Essentially, your choice to lock in a fixed rate or gamble and take the chance to save thousands of dollars in interest is a personal preference. Your main concern should be: how comfortable am I with uncertainty, and what does my budget allows if the rate floats?
And that is why we’re here! We guide and inform our valued customers so you get the best mortgage product for your family’s needs.
Chanele Langevin, Mortgage Agent
Dominion Lending Centres Ht Mortgage Group
101 10001 100 Ave
Grande Prairie, AB