Buying Your Next Home

Buying Your Next Home

There are a few differences between buying your next home and buying your first. Here’s what you need to know, the new things you’ll need to decide on, and how we can help make this incredibly easy for you with an amazingly low rate.

Things to Consider When Buying Your Next Home

If you're in the market for your next home, there are a number of things to consider, including:

  • Do you want to keep your current home as a rental investment property?
  • Do you plan to sell your current home to buy the next one?
  • Do you plan to sell first and then buy, or buy first and then sell?
  • Should you port your current mortgage or break it and get a new one?
  • How much will you have for down payment after realtor fees and closing costs?
  • Do you want to put all your sale proceeds towards your down payment or hold some back for renovations or furniture?

We can help you sort through these choices and find the right mortgage strategy for your next home.

Down Payment

If you’re planning on selling your home to buy your next one, the first thing to determine is how much you will have to put towards your down payment on your next property.

We provide all of our clients with a “How Much Will I Have for Down Payment?” document that breaks down the numbers for your situation so we know exactly what we’re working with.

Sample Document:

Sample down payment calculation sheet
This is a simple example of the down payment calculation document we will provide you with. Your document will be custom for your unique situation and will include line items relevant to you.

If your goal is to keep your current home as an investment property, we can explore the option of refinancing your current property to use the equity in your current home towards the down payment on your next home.

Whatever your goal is for your next home purchase, we’ll help make you very comfortable with the numbers so that you can proceed with absolute confidence.

Minimum Down Payment

When you’re purchasing a primary residence in Canada the minimum down payment is 5% on the first $500,000 of the purchase price, and 10% down payment on the amount above $500,000.

If the purchase price is over $1,000,000 you must put 20% down.

We find that most people choose to use as much money towards their down payment as possible in order to maximize what purchase price they can buy their next home at.

The second most common approach is to hold on to some of your sale proceeds, instead of putting it all towards your down payment, and using this money for home improvements or furnishing your new home.

Porting Your Mortgage

It is often best to port your current mortgage to the next property in order to avoid paying a penalty for breaking your current mortgage term.

However, there are times when it may make sense to break the mortgage, pay the penalty, and get a new mortgage when the interest rate on the new mortgage is much lower. Sometimes the savings from the lower interest rate will offset the penalty.

We will help you make the best decision by looking at both options and comparing them.

If you need a higher mortgage we can do a “port and increase” and the interest rate would be a blended rate of your current mortgage rate and what is currently available.

Bridge Financing

When your down payment for your next home is coming from the sale proceeds of your current home, but your purchase closing date is before the closing date of your sale, bridge financing can be used.

When moving from one house to another, bridge financing is a convenient way to make the transition easier because you will own both houses at the same time for a short period.

This can make moving day easier, or give you time to go in and give your new home a fresh coat of paint while it’s still empty.

Almost all lenders allow us to arrange bridge financing easily, so if this is something you need or want, we can absolutely accommodate this.

Maximum Purchase Price

Your maximum purchase price will be dependent on your household income, your debt obligations, and how much you’re putting towards down payment.

Once we collect your mortgage application information and supporting documents we will be able to tell you your maximum purchase price and show you various options so you can begin to look for your next dream home with confidence.

Documents Required

The documents needed include the following:

  • Proof of income documents (example: Letter of employment, paystub, recent T4s)
  • Proof of down payment documents (example: recent bank/investment account monthly statements)
  • Supporting documents for properties you currently own (if applicable)
  • Identification

Depending on your goals and the information you provide, the documents we need may differ from this list.

We will let you know exactly what documents we need from you once we receive your mortgage application information. Emailing us your documents is easy and convenient.

Closing Costs

It's generally recommended to expect at least 1% to 3% of the purchase price in closing costs.

Each client receives a closing costs document that breaks down all the costs so that there are no surprises and you are completely comfortable.

Sample Document:

Sample estimtated closing costs document
This is a simple example of the closing cost document we will provide you with. Your document will be custom for your unique situation and will include line items relevant to you.

How Much Money Can I Expect to Save With Dominion Lending Centres?

As one of Canada's largest mortgage brokerage companies, Dominion Lending Centres offers the best rates and products available.

Our large volume gives us access to discounts - and we pass those savings along to you.

Sometimes we can even get our clients better rates from their own banks than what they can be offered at the branch.

In addition to great savings, you also get unbiased advice from an experienced mortgage broker that is dedicated to you and focused on giving you an amazing experience.

Bottom line: Your home purchase is one of the most important financial decisions you'll make, and getting professional, unbiased advice from an experienced mortgage broker makes sense.

It’s free, it’s easy, and it saves you time and money. So get your FREE no-obligation consultation today!

Take the Next Step Today

Take the next step right now by pressing the button on this page to get started.

After you fill in your name, email, and phone number you will be redirected to the online mortgage application so you can begin providing your information immediately. Alternatively, feel free to wait for our call and we’ll do it all over the phone.

We look forward to having you as our next valued client.

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