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What is Mortgage Payment Deferral?
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The Coronavirus crisis has left many homeowners in Canada without a job or with reduced hours and wondering how to pay their mortgage. Homeowners facing financial stress may be eligible for a mortgage payment deferral up to 6 months to help ease the financial burden.

The COVID-19 Mortgage Payment Deferral program will be ongoing. You can apply at any time during this outbreak.

What is mortgage payment deferral?
Mortgage payment deferrals can help you during times of financial hardship — like unemployment or reduced employment due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The deferral is an agreement between you and your lender. Typically, the agreement indicates that you and your lender have agreed to pause or suspend your mortgage payments for a certain amount of time. It’s also known as a mortgage payment deferral agreement or mortgage forbearance agreement and it’s a temporary measure.

After the agreement ends, your mortgage payments return to normal and the missed payments — including principal and accumulated interest - repaid.

How mortgage payment deferrals can help you?
A mortgage deferral helps you when you’re struggling to make your payments by allowing you to skip your mortgage payment for a specified amount of time.

Are the deferred payments erased or canceled?
The mortgage deferral agreement does not cancel, erase or eliminate the amount owed on your mortgage. At the end of the agreement, you will have to resume payment according to your regular payment schedule.

NOTE: The interest that hasn’t been paid during the deferral period continues to be added to the outstanding principal of your mortgage. This can affect the total amount you owe in accordance with the original payment schedule.

Do I need to repay the deferred amounts?
Yes, you’ll need to repay the amounts of the skipped payments including both principal and interest.

How do I repay the deferred amounts?
Details of the repayment will vary according to the specific lender and situation.

The interest on your mortgage that hasn’t been paid during the deferral period continues to be added to the outstanding principal of your mortgage. When your payments start again, your mortgage payment might be based on the total amount you then owe to pay off your mortgage in accordance with the original payment schedule.

IMPORTANT: Mortgage payment deferrals focus solely on your mortgage. It won’t affect other payments regularly withdrawn, like property taxes and life/disability insurance.

How do I know if I am eligible for a mortgage payment deferral?
Your lender — your bank or your mortgage professional — can tell you if you are eligible for a mortgage payment deferral.

Is CMHC helping with mortgage deferrals?
Yes, with the COVID-19 outbreak, we are allowing lenders to offer deferred payments for insured mortgages.

All mortgage insurers offer a number of tools to lenders that can help you when you’re in financial difficulty and are struggling to meet your mortgage obligations.

What if my mortgage isn’t CMHC-insured?
Any borrower facing financial difficulty should contact their lender — your bank or mortgage professional — to learn what options are available.

What are my options?
The payment deferral is for people who will struggle to make their next mortgage payment. If you are in a position to make your payments, you should.

If — at any point in this crisis — you think you won’t be able to make your regular mortgage payment, it’s important for you to take quick action. Contact your bank or mortgage professional immediately before you miss a payment.

 

Source: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

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With Compliments of

Michele Vyge-Fraser
Real Estate Agent/ Associate Broker/ CNE®


Red Door Realty
1314 Martello Road
Chapter House
Halifax, Nova Scotia,
T: 902-830-6397
NovaScotiaRealEstate@gmail.com
www.RedDoorRealty.ca

Hello :) Happy August!

Our Nova Scotia Real Estate market continues to be hot! Competing offers are still the norm for good listings and our Sellers Market is continuing to drive prices up. While median prices across HRM show $119,250. and, just looking at Halifax, Dartmouth and Bedford, the median selling price for a single family home says $217,750, $350,000 - $450,000 seems to be the range in highest demand. Competing offers are driving prices up 10-15% above list and much more in some cases. Good listings are still in short supply. On the Halifax Peninsula alone there have only been 28 firm single family MLS sales since July 7, though there are currently 17 conditional sales pending and 60 single family active listings. List price continues to matter. If it isn't priced based on the most recent comparable firm sale, there is a good chance that buyers will wait for the seller to adjust the price accordingly. However, once that happens, competing offers seems to become the norm again. 

So where are our prices going? Is there an end in sight for our sellers market? I'm not seeing it yet. Ever curious about the big picture price categories, both locally and across the province,  I ran the MLS sold numbers to when our MLS data was first uploaded to a computerized system... we are still showing less than 4.5% over $500,000. in HRM and less than 3% across the province. With these stats and affordability thresholds it's not hard to see why so many people are considering moving here!  

Across HRM...
  • there are currently 1160 active MLS listings of which 949 are single family.
  • there have been 834 sales firm up since July 7 (median price $119,950.)
  • there are currently 357 conditional sales pending
  • of the 949 current active single family listings, prices range from $32,500 (a real fixer upper/possible tear done in Necum Teuch) to $6,450,000 (a glorious Waterfront Estate in Herring Cove on 115 Gill Cove)

Closer to Halifax, Dartmouth and Bedford...
  • there are currently only 392 active single family home listings
  • prices range from $80,000 (another 'real fixer upper or tear down on 8 Yorkshire Avenue in Dartmouth) to $4,995,000 (a beautiful Northwest Arm Estate on 5960 Ingliwood)
  • there have been 393 sales firm up since July 7 (median price $217,750)
  • there are currently 136 conditional sales pending

To date, since January 1, 2020, 614 of the MLS sales across Nova Scotia have sold for over $500,000 of which 134 have sold since July 7, 2020. (128 are in HRM)

Currently, MLS sales over $500,000 account for approximately 2.8% of the 237,442 multi-class MLS sales across Nova Scotia on record and approximately 4.5% of the 237442 multi-class MLS sales across HRM. 

The highest recorded MLS sale in the last 4 weeks?... is $1,889,000 (this property, in Dartmouth, was on the market for 54 days and sold for 94.5% of the list price...)

Curious about any listings or the possibility of selling? If you are ready to get back into the market or to buy your dream waterfrontage cottage or, anytime you know someone else who is, please contact me anytime! 

Happy Summer!

With Gratitude,
Michele 

 


NATIONAL MORTGAGE RATES
Term Posted
Rates*
Best
Rates*
6 Months 3.34% 3.30%
1 Year 3.59% 3.04%
2 Years 3.74% 2.89%
3 Years 3.89% 2.79%
4 Years 3.95% 2.95%
5 Years 5.34% 2.69%
7 Years 5.80% 2.99%
10 Years 6.10% 3.04%
Variable Rate 2.90%
Prime Rate ** 3.95%
*last updated: Feb 18,2020


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Halifax Mortgage Specialist Bruce Lusby 

(902) 210-0515

http://mortgageweb.ca/BruceLusby

Halifax, Nova Scotia - updated Oct 6, 2015

Variable:

5yr @ Prime - .65% (2.05%)

HELOC @ Prime +.25% (2.95%)

Fixed:
1yr 2.29%
2yr 2.09%
3yr 2.24%
4yr 2.54%
5yr 2.54%
6yr 3.39%
7yr 3.44%
10yr 3.84%

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