For most Canadians when shopping for a mortgage the simple solution is to walk through the doors of your local bank or credit union branch. It seems to be that old saying "better the devil you know" is true. We believe that the bank, trust company or credit union that we have been dealing with for years is the best place to be.
In fact in 2012 a whopping 72% of people did just that when they were looking for a mortgage. The result?
Canadians lost over 41 Million Dollars by simply not shopping around for the best mortgage product for their needs.
As consumers people typically believe that if they get the lowest rate they will save the most money, and that is largely true, but you will notice that we did not mention rate in the above statement. Why? Well contrary to what most people might believe, rate is not the single all important item to consider when looking at getting financing for your home. Things like term, prepayment options, amortization, and payment schedule (to name just a few things) can have a dramatic impact on the true cost of the mortgage you are obtaining.
Canadians are very web savvy consumers when it come to getting a mortgage, in fact 2 in 3 of us will research our mortgage online before we make a decision. What is not talked about typically is what we are researching and there are two very key items, rate and mortgage calculators.
Rate is pretty self explanatory - we want to find the lowest possible. Mortgage calculators help us to figure out what we qualify for, what our payment will be, etc. What we do not do is research what different product options are available, and how those options can impact us - for good or bad. If you try to find that information you soon discover that it is not so easy, and when you do find some it is very complicated to understand. It is because of the complexity of mortgages that the majority of people simply put their faith in the banks and are resigned to the fact that taking 25 years and at the end paying almost twice the value of the home is normal.
Mortgage brokers offer Canadians a solution to the stress of shopping around, and they typically do it at no charge. Their role is to do the work for you and find the right mortgage to suit your financial and home ownership goals.
At CENTUM we believe that all Canadians should have the opportunity to achieve their financial goals and dreams. It why we do not just offer mortgages, rather we offer Home Ownership Solutions.
If you want to discover how you can stop losing money on your mortgage, contact a CENTUM mortgage professional today.