First-Time Buyer

Rent-to-Own; Is it right for you?

Home ownership, to most, is an essential part of their life goals, and financial security!  Sometimes, for various reasons, people are held back from this dream because they can’t qualify for a traditional mortgage.  Instead of being trapped in a cycle of renting, choosing to enter a rent-to-own agreement is one solution that can help such individuals obtain the dream of home ownership. (more…)

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Collateral Mortgages, and Why you need to be Careful!

Most mortgage borrowers don’t know what a collateral mortgage.  When a lender registers your mortgage they can either register it as a “Collateral charge” or a “Conventional Mortgage Charge”. There are several lender’s who have done Collateral only mortgages for the last 8+ years so yo may very well be in a collateral mortgage without knowing it. So what does this mean to you?

  • col·lat·er·al
    /kəˈladərəl,kəˈlatrəl/
    noun
    1.something pledged as security for repayment of a loan, to be forfeited in the event of a default.
    synonyms: security, surety, guarantee, guaranty, insurance, indemnity, indemnification; backing
    “she put up her house as collateral for the loan”

The definition of collateral is self explanatory, however the way it works in mortgage lending is a more of a “Readvanceable Loan”.  Let me explain the difference between Collateral and Conventional.

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Common Types of Mortgages

There are many type’s of mortgages available in the Canada’s Lending Market, which makes being a home buyer an overwhelming process. That is why using a Mortgage Agent is always advised as we will take the time to explain your options and help find you the right mortgage product for your current and future needs.  At AKAL Mortgages Inc., we have made a list that will hopefully help you understand what is right for you. This list comprises some of the most common types of mortgages available in Halton, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph and surrounding area’s. (more…)