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  • Writer's pictureDave Fullerton

Your Guide to Choosing the Best Mortgage Terms

Navigating mortgage terms can be overwhelming, given the many options available. But as an experienced broker, I take pride in simplifying the process and ensuring you find the perfect mortgage for your needs. Let's delve into the crucial details you should understand to make informed decisions together.


Understanding Interest Rate Types

The interest rate is a crucial component of your mortgage. At Front Door Mortgage, we'll help you determine whether a fixed-rate, variable-rate, or protected (capped) variable-rate mortgage suits you best.


  • Fixed-Rate Mortgages: Perfect for new homeowners or those on a fixed income, these provide stability with predictable monthly payments.

  • Variable-Rate Mortgages: Ideal for budget-conscious individuals seeking to capitalize on potential interest rate drops. However, remember that rates can increase, leading to higher payments.

  • Protected (Capped) Variable-Rate Mortgages: Operating similarly to variable-rate mortgages, these offer a maximum rate cap, allowing you to benefit from rate decreases while never paying above a predetermined amount if rates rise.

To better understand the difference between rates, read more about each's benefits here.


Understanding Amortization

The amortization period represents your mortgage's lifespan, which is typically 25 years. However, you can choose a shorter term, resulting in higher payments but reduced interest over the mortgage's lifetime. Alternatively, a longer amortization period offers smaller monthly payments.


Choosing a Payment Schedule

Your payment schedule determines the frequency of mortgage payments. From monthly to bi-monthly, bi-weekly, accelerated bi-weekly, or even weekly options, we'll help you evaluate and compare schedules using convenient calculators, which you can look at here.


Exploring Mortgage Terms

The standard mortgage term is five years. During this period, you select and agree upon various options, including the interest rate. When the term concludes, you can renegotiate your mortgage based on prevailing interest rates and choose the same or different options.

When it comes time to renew, don't worry, we'll be here to help!


Differentiating Open vs. Closed Mortgages

Open mortgages allow you to increase mortgage payments or make lump sum deposits without penalties. In contrast, closed mortgages restrict additional payments, incurring penalties for early repayments.


High Ratio vs. Conventional Mortgages

Conventional mortgages require a standard 20% down payment on your home. However, many buyers opt for high-ratio mortgages due to financial constraints. High-ratio mortgages must be insured since financial institutions can lend up to 80% of the home's purchase price without mortgage default insurance. Choosing a high-ratio mortgage incurs a monthly insurance premium.


Final Thoughts

Ready to sign a mortgage with confidence? Reach out to us today. We'll provide tailored advice and solutions to suit your unique needs, ensuring a smooth and rewarding experience.


By unravelling the complexities of mortgages, we empower our clients to make informed decisions. Don't let confusion hold you back—take the first step toward homeownership today!

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