Dec 11

Real Estate World Wide

Many have tried to predict the real estate industry in world wide markets, but alas it is a very difficult trend to accurately forecast. Many industrial leaders and analysts spend the whole year study charts and sales reports.  The only accurate trend is the sales report that comes quarter from the respective real estate boards.  Sales and price property is always a good indicator along side with mortgage rates.  People tend to purchase or invest into real estate when the market is favorable, meaning that they have a good down payment and they can acquire the right mortgage. Once they have moved past this it is time to start looking in a property.

 

There are many different types of properties and different investments that you can make. Have you asked yourself how much you actually know about the real estate market?  Well if you haven’t or don;t know too much, get in touch with a real estate broker.  They can quickly hammer out the details that you may be missing and put together the final puzzle piece.  Once you have decided to purchase you may want to look into a new project that is coming up in the near future.  Please check out http://www.159wellesleycondos.ca a great look development and potentially a great investment.

 

159 Wellesley Condos are slated to start selling at the beginning of the new year. Most insiders know that is so beneficial to purchase a property in the pre construction phase or even better the registration phase.  This type of investment ensures that you will acquire your peace of real estate at the lowest possible price.  This will have course instantly save you thousands of dollars and you can watch your property’s value rise each year as you wait for the building to be completed.

 

In today’s world who doesn’t want to save a buck or two especially when you are looking at such a large chunk of cash.  We do have our VIP Sales Agent standing by if you would like to acquire more information at the project. Just click on the link provided in the earlier paragraph. Our agent specializes in pre construction units and if you get in at the right time you will save a bundle.  Hurry now and don’t delay the requests are already coming and we don;t know how many more units will be offered in the exclusive sale.

 

Dec 04

Property and the “Buy to Let” mortgage

If you intend to purchase a property to rent out then you will require a “buy to let” mortgage. If you intend to raise capital from a property that is to be rented, in order to purchase another property, you will require a “let to buy” mortgage.

Either way, the borrowing is secured against the property to be let out and the amount you can borrow is normally dictated by :
The deposit that you are putting down in the case of a purchase,
or the equity in the property in the case of a re-mortgage.
Your borrowing potential is very strongly linked to the amount of rental income to be received however earned income can be used to top it up.

In addition to rental income, there are a number of different factors that can influence a lender’s decision to lend. These include, but are not limited to:

The type of property being purchased – Ex local authority, studio/high rise flats are some examples of property that lenders may find unacceptable
The type of proposed tenant – Some lenders do not accept students, some won’t accept DSS
The type of tenancy agreement – Most lenders insist on a minimum six months assured short hold tenancy
Whether there are any licensing requirements – Certain properties are subject to mandatory HMO* licensing
The borrowers personal financial circumstances – Some lenders require a minimum level of income
Employment status – It may be possible to purchase a buy to let as a ‘house person’
Age – Some lenders have minimum and maximum borrower ages
Mortgage history – It may not be possible to borrow from some lenders if you do not have a current residential mortgage
All lenders offering Buy To Let mortgages differ in their approach and the buy to let market is becoming ever increasingly complicated due to the rapidly changing economy. We will examine all of your options and present them to you in order to come to an informed decision on the most efficient way to proceed.

Nov 26

Real Estate and Minto Westside

Have you been thinking about purchasing a piece of real estate?  It could be a very confusing time and many concerns may have your thoughts all jumbled up.  First ask yourself if you are buying real estate as an investment or planning to move in. Lets tackle these two answer separately, firstly the investor.  You are keen and you have some knowledge about the real estate market, and you have been putting some money away for an investment.  What should you buy though?  A condo, townhouse, or a home? All these have even more sub categories so you must identify exactly what you desire and in which location.

There are many pre construction condo’s that make investments ideal.  For example take the Minto West Condos, this development is the perfect opportunity for a real estate investment.  It is in the pre construction phase and with the right real estate agent you can save thousands of dollars. If you are interested in this dream investment please visit http://www.minto-westside-condos.ca, once you have registered our VIP agent will contact you immediately and answer all your questions.

Here is a little review of the project.

Minto Developments is excited to announce the release of Minto Westside Condos coming to Bathurst Street and Front Street West.  An ideal location with units starting in the low $200’s you know that sales will be through the roof. This development will revitalize an already exciting corner of downtown Toronto, you will right smack in the middle of all the action.

So why purchase a unit at Minto Westside Condos?

-A very local location in downtown Toronto
-TTC and the Billy Bishop Airport just a few blocks away and less than a 3 minute walk
-A 8 minute TTC ride to the Financial District very convenient if you are working in the area
-Unbelievable night life, a wide array of fine dining, shopping and  entertainment

-A huge Whole Foods grocery store is coming to Front & Bathurst

-RIO-CAN is developing high end retail and commercial space all around the community

-Great incentives and units are priced below market value
-Check out some of the best condo prices starting from the low $200s
-Know that an canadian home builder of the Year for 2014 and 2012 is construction this project
-Minto Developments has over 60 of experience and has built over 70,000 homes and condos

-A very diversified community with a income is $100,000

Check out the official website and reserve a unit for yourself today!  Don’t delay too long, units are going fast

 

 

 

 

Nov 24

97% LTV Home Purchase & Refinance Program

Our 97% LTV Purchase Loans designed to open doors for more low to moderate income borrowers, first-time homebuyers and move-up borrowers, and those that lack the funds for a down payment and closing costs.  This loan program is made possible by lowering the customary 5-20% down payment range to just 3%, and by expanding sources of funds that borrowers can use for their down payment and closing costs.

 

Key Features Overview

  • Owner-occupied Primary Residences (attached or detached home)
  •  Offering a low down payment to more easily qualify for home financing
  •  NO – Prepayment Penalty
  • No Reserves – NONE (2mo. recommended for emergencies) or 1 pending credit histories or 2 months if Teacher or Public Safety Employee
  • Affordable Seconds – permitted (see: Affordable Seconds) Maximum CLTV: 105%
  • Community Second – permitted (see: Secondary Financing Assistance) Max. CLTV: 100%
  • PUDs (Property Under Development) financing
  • Cooperatives – for Teachers or Public Safety Employees Only (max. LTV 90%)
  • 1-unit SFRs (Single Family Residence) 15, 20, 30 year terms
    •  Modular homes, and Prefabricated homes (double-wide unit built after 06/15/76)
    • Min. LTV: 95.01% Max. LTV: 97%
  • 2-unit (30 year term for 2-unit)
    • for Teachers or Public Safety Employees Only
    • Min. LTV: 97%, Max. LTV: 105%
  • 3, 4-Units Not Allowed

 

Borrower Funds for the 3% downpayment, closing costs, financing costs and prepaids/escrows, can be obtained from a variety of sources (5% for 2-unit home with 3% from borrowers own funds).

  • Seller’s Contribution – Limited to 3% of the lesser of the sales price or appraised value.
  • Borrower’s personal cash – checking, savings, 401(k) account or a life insurance policy, or similar accounts, or
  • Cash-on-hand for Borrowers who do not use checking, savings, or similar accounts, but may be a limited user of credit. Cash-on-hand may be used if the following are verified:
    • Monthly receipts or alternative doc’s indicating Borrower has no checking, savings, or similar accounts
    • and Updated credit report shows no new accounts or no substantial increase to existing accounts that approximate the amount of cash on hand,
    • and It can be confirmed that the Borrower would have sufficient income, given normal household expenses, to have saved the cash provided.
  • Gifts from relatives, domestic partner, personal finance, or financing from fiancé
  • Affordable Seconds (80/20 loans)
  • Community Second
  • Grants, Gifts or unsecured loan from a relative, domestic partner, fiancé, or fiancée, nonprofit agencies, nonprofit community organization, government agency, or the Borrower’s employer that need not be repaid.
    • Unsecured loan from the Borrower’s employercannot be due and payable, and Borrower must retain the right to make payments on it in the event that the Borrower no longer works for the employer.

Note: None of the required 3% may come from any lender generated or funded source.

 

 

Borrower’s Income
Borrower’s income may be up to and including 100% of area median income with exceptions in certain high-cost areas designated by Freddie Mac.  Information about median income, central cities and targeted census tracts for Colorado can be found at:

http://www.freddiemac.com/sell/affgold
and
http://ww3.freddiemac.com/ds2/sell/affgold.nsf/frmState?OpenForm&State=COLORADO

Note: 
No income limitation if the subject property is located in a concentrated area. A concentrated area is:

  • An area designated by HUD as a central city.
  • A census tract with an area median family income of 80% or less.
  • Any 1990 census tract where nonwhite and Hispanic persons comprise 50% or more of the population

 

Income – Teachers or Public Safety Employees Only:

For borrowers qualifying as a teacher or public safety employee, overtime and part-time income may be used to qualify the borrower under all of the following conditions:

  • The employer verifies that the borrower has received the income for the last 12 months.
  • The employer indicates in all probability it will continue.
  • The income used to qualify is a most recent 12 month average.
  • Rental Income: If one of the units is rented or intended to be rented, 75% of the rent or projected rents for the unit may be added to the borrower’s income when calculating the debt ratios.

 

Debt Ratios(total-expenses to total-income ratio)
Non
-teacher/public safety borrowers: The max. SFR qualifying ratio is 41%.

A teacher or public safety employee: The max. SFR qualifying ratio is 45%or 50% w/two months reserves. Note:  All two unit properties: The max. qualifying ratios are 35/43%.

 

Rental Income
Rental Income from a related person residing in the Borrower’s primary residence is allowed provided all of the following conditions are met:

  • The relative has resided and paid rent on a regular basis with the Borrower for at least one (1) year.
  • The relative will continue to reside with the Borrower in the new residence.
  • The rent paid does not exceed 30% of the total qualifying income.
  • The relative has supporting documentation for the residency and the receipt of rental income is verified.

 

Credit Requirements – Credit Score > 600 preferred) and credit score < 660 A-minus rates may apply.

 

Housing Payment History – If the borrower has had either of the following, careful evaluation of their credit history to determine if the problems were due to extenuating circumstances or financial mismanagement:

  • More than one 30-day late housing payment in the last 12 months, or
  • More than two 30-day late housing payments or more than one 60-day late payment in the last 24 months.

 

Mortgage Insurance REQUIRED (must have certificate prior to closing)

  • A minus (A-) pricing applies for borrowers with credit scores less than 660
  • Credit scores < 660 and the subject property is a 1 unit or < 620 and a 2 unit property
  • Borrower has Nontraditional credit or no credit score

Oct 28

Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM)

The interest rate with this program periodically rises and drops based on different market indexes. You will be assuming risk if the market justifies the rate increasing, but can also tremendously benefit if the market justifies the rate to fall. This loan program is popular with homeowners who only plan on being in the home for a short period of time.

There are two main factors that go into determining the rate you pay, the index and the margin.  The index rate is set by market forces and made public by a neutral third party. Margin is the number of percentage points that is added to the index as agreed upon with the loan program, this is how your adjusted rate is determined. Multiple indexes exist and each has its own way of determining fluctuation. CMT, LIBOR, MTA, COFI are examples of the indexes that are used for these loan programs.

It is very important to ask if and what are the limits to what the rate can be raised for the ARM at each review and over the entire life of the mortgage. Limits on a rate increase are known as “caps”, these caps are essential so you will have the ability to predict how your rate and monthly mortgage payment could change.

Oct 26

5959 Yonge Street Condos

Registration now open for investors and buyers

There is a lot of excitement in the air, the local media is buzzing with Ghods Builders Inc. announcement of their new up and coming development at 5959 Yonge Street.  Take a moment now to register at www.5959yongecondos.ca to receive up to date news and important information on purchasing a unit. Sales will be going fast due to the overwhelming demand and popularity of the project. Register today before the project is open to the general public and save thousands of dollars

5959 Yonge Street Condos will feature a urban design that will fit right into the community.  Phase I will be located at Yonge street and Cummer and will be the center of community.  Bringing an urban design to a much needed area of Toronto will boost the overall neighborhoods appearance. The building will be designed by Kirkor Architects Planners which will ensure a cutting edge design.  Phase I will feature a 31 storey building and Phase II will be a 43 tower, unit size will be between 500 square feet all the way to approximately 1200 square feet.  With plenty of amenities 5959 Yonge Street Condos will meet the most upscale urbanite’s standards. The complex will also house plenty of retail space which will boost the local business sector and enhance overall lifestyle at Yonge and Cummer Street.

Take a moment to register now for exclusive information.

5959 Yonge St Condo Project Details

WEBSITE : Http://www.5959yongecondos.ca
DEVELOPMENT : 5959 Yonge Srteet Condo
Ghods Builders Inc.
Condo/Own
5959 Yonge Street, North York, ON M2M 3V7, Canada
Toronto
Ontario
POSTAL : M2M 3V7
CONSTRUCTION STATUS : Registration Phase
Please take a look at one of the newest renderings of 5959 Yonge Street Condos
5955 Yonge St. Condos now registering at www.5959yongecondos.ca

5955 Yonge St. Condos now registering at www.5959yongecondos.ca

 

Oct 26

Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP)

The Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) is one of the safest and most efficient ways to save one’s home. Unfortunately, not everyone qualifies for a home loan modification. You must meet both government and lender guidelines to be able to take part in the program. Home loan modification qualifications may vary from lender to lender, but for HAMP, the following rules apply:

1) The mortgage must have been taken out in 2009; that is, the date of origination must be on or before January 1st of the said year.

2) You must use the home as your primary residence at the time of the loan modification. Rental or commercial properties, second homes, and homes of more than four units do not meet home loan modification qualifications.

3) Your mortgage balance must be no more than $729,750 if it’s a single-family home, $934,200 if it’s a two-unit property, $1,129,250 if it’s three units, and $1,403,400 if it’s a four-unit home.

4) You must be in financial hardship or prove that you’re at risk of it. According to home loan modification qualifications, a hardship is valid if it’s beyond your control. Losing your job, medical expenses, or a death in the family can be a valid hardship, but excessive spending or bad investment choices may not make the cut.

5) The loan must not have been previously modified. You cannot get a second loan modification even if you still meet home loan modification qualifications.

6) You must have a source of income to prove that you can afford the modified rates if they are granted. Most lenders’ home loan modification qualifications require at least two months’ worth of pay stubs or documentation of income.

7) You must prove that you have no other means of keeping the mortgage current besides a loan modification. This is usually in the form of bank statements and income tax returns.

8) If your total debt takes up more than 55% of your monthly income, you will need to attend a credit counseling session at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Once you meet these guidelines, you can send a HAMP application to your lender. They will then assess you using their own home loan modification qualifications. Make sure to provide as much information as possible and be prepared to submit additional documents if necessary. This will help you avoid delays and get your loan modification processed sooner.

Oct 22

How to Select a Settlement Attorney

Because today’s real estate settlement is an
extremely complex matter, the competence of the
attorney handling the transaction is clearly the most
important factor. The first question to ask when
inquiring about a settlement is: who will actually be
conducting my settlement? Will I have a Real Estate
Attorney in the room? A licensed settlement Agent?
Or just some employee of a title company with no
formal training in the intricacies of real estate?

Once you have determined that you will have an
attorney at the settlement table, you should ask if the
Settlement Attorney has kept their skills sharp and
current by taking recent continuing education courses
or even better, if the attorney TEACHES
THOSE COURSES? Finally you should ask whether the
attorney belongs to relevant trade and professional
associations such as the Greater Capital Area
Association of Realtors (GCAAR), Maryland Land Title
Association (MLTA), District of Columbia Land Title
Association (DCLTA), and the Real Estate Section of
the Local Bar Associations.

Stress-Free Settlements’ General Counsel are members
of the MLTA, DCLTA, Affiliates of GCAAR and have
been elected to serve on the Steering Committee of
the DC Bar Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Section.
They also have been approved to teach Real Estate
courses which qualify for Continuing Legal Education
Credits for attorneys by the DC Bar and for Realtors by
the Real Estate Commission.

Experience

How many settlements has the settlement attorney
handled? Obviously there are many variables in every
settlement and the more settlements that have been
closed successfully, the more likely that the settlement
attorney will have addressed any problem issues that
may arise during your settlement.

But sheer numbers of closed settlements does not
necessarily mean valuable experience. Additional
factors in determining the settlement attorney’s
experience include whether the settlement attorney
handles others real estate matters besides settlements.
For example, have they ever been Realtors or do they
handle real estate litigation. Each of those experiences
provide valuable skills for a settlement attorney.

Reputation

Is your settlement attorney highly regarded by his or
her peers for honesty and integrity. Have they been
selected by their peers to leadership posts in trade
associations or received other honors, awards or
accolades.

Convenience

When selecting your settlement attorney, you need to
make sure that the office is located in a convenient
location and that the office is willing to accommodate
your busy schedule. As a busy Realtor running from
settlement to settlement and showing to walk-throughs
you are well served to select a well-located office with
easy access in and out which will accommodate early-
morning, evening and weekend settlements when
necessary. Your busy clients will appreciate a flexible
settlement office who will never keep you waiting but
will always find the time to squeeze in one more
evening settlement for that client who is leaving town
the following morning.

Accessibility

These days accessibility is a combination of common
courtesy and use of state of the art technology. You
will have many questions concerning your settlement
and it will be essential that you are able to get answers
from your settlement attorney or his staff.
Accessibility may take the form of returned phone calls
in a timely manner; e-mail exchanges or access to the
settlement attorney’s web site which may contain
useful information about the real estate settlement
process and may link to valuable resources.

Before selecting a settlement attorney, make sure you
can reach him or her 24 hours a day via at least one
means of communication: phone/fax/e-mail or text
messaging.

Stress-Free Settlements uses the latest in
telecommunications technology to stay in touch with
clients. All telephone messages and incoming faxes are
logged into an e-mail system accessible from each
office and from each settlement attorney’s personal cell
phone. Your calls will be promptly returned by a
member of the Stress-Free Settlements team who will
have the answer to your question.

Costs

You want certainty in your real estate transaction.
You should select a settlement attorney who is willing
to provide you with written fixed list of costs which
may be applicable to your settlement. But don’t be
fooled into selecting the cheapest nor the most
expensive settlement provider. The low-cost
settlement agent may cost you far more if the
settlement is not handled properly, delayed or worse,
cancelled due to incompetence or indifference

May 02

ECondos for Sale

E Condos

Two new towers will be developed on the corner of Yonge and Eglinton. This project is brought to you by a well established developer named Bazic Inc and designed by Varacalli Architects. The E Condos will stand out with their distinctive black, white and grey glass panels.

One of the towers stand 38 storeys high while the other is 64 storeys. There will be a total of around 1000 new suites available for sale. The square footage will range from 466 to 1,240. There will be a variety of floor plans available that will include: 1 bedroom, 1 bedroom with dens, 2 bedroom, 2 bedroom plus dens, and 2 bedroom with a den and a terrace. Living in a well established and sought after area will run you about $290k+ for the smaller units. Additionally lockers will cost $5k, and underground parking will set you back another $58k.

On the ground level, between the two condos there will be retail space to provide quick and convenient shopping opportunities. Not to mention that the area is surrounded with stores, restaurants, cafes, bars, grocery store, a movie theatre and much more. It is said that there will be underground access to the three corners of Yonge and Eglinton and to the subway line.

This condominium will be loaded with amenities, and high end finishes that will be built with precision. Nine feet ceilings throughout, windows covering the entire wall, pre-engineered floors, upgraded kitchens that have quartz countertops, integrated appliances, and a modern washroom. A party lounge will be available, dining rooms, yoga studio, fitness room, and a technology lounge. The door terraces will be equipped with barbecues, dining tables, sun beds, and seating.

One of the main attractions is the unique glass swimming pool. Where you can go for a swim while having an incredible view of Toronto from the 31st floor.

Apr 21

Odor Can Chase Away Buyers

Having pet odors inside your home can turn off potential home buyers and keep your home from selling. Ask your real estate agent for an honest opinion about whether your home has a pet smell.

If your agent holds her nose, here’s how to get rid of the smell:
Air your house out. While you’re cleaning, throw open all the windows in your home to allow fresh air to circulate and sweep out unpleasant scents.
Once your house is free of pet odors, do what you can to keep the smells from returning. Crate your dog when you’re out or keep it outdoors. Limit the cat to one floor or room, if possible. Remove or replace pet bedding.

Scrub thoroughly. Scrub bare floors and walls soiled by pets with vinegar, wood floor cleaner, or an odor-neutralizing product, which you can purchase at a pet supply store for $10 to $25.

Try a 1:9 bleach-to-water solution on surfaces it won’t damage, like cement floors or walls.

Got a stubborn pet odors covering a large area? You may have to spend several hundred dollars to hire a service that specializes in hard-to-clean stains.

Wash your drapes and upholstery. Pet odors seep into fabrics. Launder, steam clean, or dry clean all your fabric window coverings. Steam clean upholstered furniture.

Either buy a steam cleaner designed to remove pet hair for around $200 and do the job yourself, or pay a pro. You’ll spend about $40 for an upholstered chair, $100 for a sofa, and $7 for each dining room chair if a pro does your cleaning.

Clean your carpets. Shampoo your carpets and rugs, or have professionals do the job for $25 to $50 per room, depending on their size and the level of filth embedded in them. The cleaner will try to sell you deodorizing treatments. You’ll know if you need to spend the extra money on those after the carpet dries and you have a friend perform a sniff test.

If deodorizing doesn’t remove the pet odor from your home, the carpets and padding will have to go. Once you tear them out, scrub the subfloor with vinegar or an odor-removing product, and install new padding and carpeting. Unless the smell is in the subfloor, in which case that goes next.

Paint, replace, or seal walls. When heavy-duty cleaners haven’t eradicated smells in drywall, plaster, or woodwork, add a fresh coat of paint or stain, or replace the drywall or wood altogether.

On brick and cement, apply a sealant appropriate for the surface for $25 to $100. That may smother and seal in the odor, keeping it from reemerging.

Place potpourri or scented candles in strategic locations. Put a bow on your deep clean with potpourri and scented candles. Don’t go overboard and turn off buyers sensitive to perfumes. Simply place a bowl of mild potpourri in your foyer to create a warm first impression, and add other mild scents to the kitchen and bathrooms.

Control ongoing urine smells. If your dog uses indoor pee pads, put down a new pad each time the dog goes. Throw them away outside in a trash can with a tight lid. Remove even clean pads from view before each showing.

Replace kitty litter daily, rather than scooping used litter clumps, and sweep up around the litter box. Hide the litter box before each showing.

Relocate pets. If your dog or cat has a best friend it can stay with while you’re selling your home (and you can stand to be separated from your pet), consider sending your pet on a temporary vacation. If pets have to stay, remove them from the house for showings and put away their dishes, towels, and toys.

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