August 25, 2015
New property listed in Z5 Nanoose, Zone 5 - Parksville/Qualicum
I have listed a new property at 2405 SEABLUSH DRIVE in NANOOSE BAY.
This private rural property with custom-made contemporary Westcoast home overlooking Nanoose Bay may be the perfect acreage that you've been looking for. This home includes a warm open kitchen/dining/living room area and adjoining deck overlooking the ocean and gardens; a large rec room and bonus family room; a newer wood stove that helps to heat the entire home in the winter; an amazing ensuite with deluxe walk-in shower off the Master Bedroom. A large detached double garage with workshop is perfect for working on your hobbies. 2 wells produce ample water on this property. Large and well maintained garden area with lots of veggies. Fruit trees planted throughout yard. Just minutes drive from Fairwinds and Beachcomber marinas and Fairwinds Golf Course. 10 minutes drive to either Nanaimo or Parksville. This immaculately maintained property is an amazing find. Make an appointment to view today!
August 20, 2015
Open House. Open House from Sunday, August 23, 2015 to Sunday, August 23, 2015 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Large renovated home with massive deck, HUGE garage, suite potential. Modern. Come and view!
Categories:Z4 Old City, Zone 4 - Nanaimo Real Estate
Please visit our Open House at 288 MACHLEARY STREET in NANAIMO.
Open House from Sunday, August 23, 2015 to Sunday, August 23, 2015 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Large renovated home with massive deck, HUGE garage, suite potential. Modern. Come and view!
Fully renovated modern home in the heart of Nanaimo's Old City. This home features: a large living room with new fireplace insert and refinished hard wood floors; an open renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and breakfast bar; an oversized hottub-ready deck with (partial) ocean views; a covered wrap-around front porch; a massive 3-bay garage with alley access; a generously sized family room; and lock-off area which could be made into a suite. Newer roof in place with new skylights; new 60 gallon hot water tank. Boat and RV parking in yard. Walking distance to downtown stores and restaurants, numerous parks, the Aquatic Centre, and much more! If you are looking for a new-ish home in the Old City area on a quiet street - then this might be the home for you! Would also be a perfect property for a home based business utilizing alley access to the rear garages and lower level of house (lots of room for product storage and customer parking)Make an appointment to view today!
August 15, 2015
New property listed in Z4 Chase River, Zone 4 - Nanaimo
Categories:Z4 Chase River, Zone 4 - Nanaimo Real Estate
I have listed a new property at 37 25 MAKI ROAD in MILL BAY.
Stunningly mobile home with additions in quiet adult-oriented park in South Nanaimo/ Chase River. 3 bedroom/ 2 bathroom unit with almost 1500 sq. ft. . This unit feels more like a house than a mobile. Features include an oversized living room, a large newer deck at the front, a private rear deck, plank-style hardwood flooring, open kitchen with island, soaker bathtub, vinyl siding, skylights, shingled roof, built-in custom shelves and display areas, and lots of storage. Walking distance to south end shopping and bus routes. Minutes drive from downtown Nanaimo. Pet friendly mobile home park. No rentals. Make an appointment to view today!
August 12, 2015
How Lenders Calculate Debt Ratios On Rental Properties
Not all your rental income is used to lower your debt service ratios...
From Ramona King, Senior Editor of MoneySense Magazine
In a previous post I talked about the basics of mortgage debt ratios—the calculations lenders use to determine if you qualify for a mortgage. This prompted this reader question:
Q: If I own a rental property, which debt ratio does that get included in? GDS or TDS or both? In other words, which debt ratio do you add the rental property mortgage payment, rental income, taxes and heat to?
A: Good question. While the short answer is TDS (the total debt service ratio), the mechanics of how a rental property is assessed when applying for a mortgage are important. As such, I thought it would be a good idea to provide a brief explanation of how lenders use rental property income and expenses when you apply for a mortgage.
In general, lenders will apply two calculations when examining a rental property:
Debt Service Coverage ratio
This is calculated by dividing the Net Operating Income (all rental income minus all reasonable operating expenses) by the Debt Service (cash required during a specified time period to cover the payment of interest and principal on a debt). For example, if your property’s rental income is $2,000 each month and it costs you $500 in expenses along with a $1,200 monthly mortgage payment, then your DSCR would equal 1.25 ($2,000 – $500 / $1,200).
Most lenders want to see a minimum 1.1% return on a rental property—so for every dollar you spend on the rental property, you earn at least $1.10 in income.
Rental offset rules
The lender will use 50% to 70% of the rental income to offset the principle, interest and tax mortgage payments (PIT) you make on the property. So if your property earns you $2,000 per month, the lender will only account for $1,000 to $1,400 in income to offset the PIT payment. To see how this works, let’s assume PIT payments equal $1,425. Since you earn $2,000 in income, and the lender uses a 70% rental offset rule, you deduct $1,400 from the $1,425 PIT payment. The remaining $25 shortfall will be added to your debt—thereby increasing the debt portion of your total debt service ratio.
Unfortunately, though, there is no standard. Some lenders use debt service coverage ratio while others use rental offset rules. The best approach is to talk to a mortgage professional to determine your best options.
August 12, 2015
5 Wrong Turns to Avoid When Selling Your Home
Sometimes, it’s helpful to learn from your mistakes. Usually, it’s much better to learn from someone else’s, especially when it comes to something as important as selling your home. Here are some common mistakes you really don't want to make:
August 12, 2015
3 Ways to Compete in a Bidding War
After weeks (or even months) of searching for a home, you’ve finally found the perfect home. Unfortunately, you have excellent taste and there are five, 10, maybe even more offers on the table. If you’re caught in a bidding war, there’s more you can do than cross your fingers.
Here are 3 strategies that may help turn the odds of winning the war in your favor.
1. Help the seller out
2. Be prepared to act fast
3. Don’t be shy
If you’re looking for advice tailored to your specific situation, please get in touch with me: Wes Smith at 250-758-3700 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
August 12, 2015
New Mortgage Rules Will Give Homeowners With Rental Suites More Buying Power
Categories:mortgage, rental, real estate
Plenty of homeowners are relying on a basement suite or a laneway house to help get them into Metro Vancouver’s hot housing market.
Mortgage broker Sherlock Yam says changes to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) rules coming at the end of September could be another big help for those looking to legally rent out part of their newly purchased home.
“Previously, CMHC rules allowed only 50 per cent of the rental income to be added towards qualifying for your mortgage,” said Yam. “Now it’s increased to 100 per cent.”
If a secondary unit brings in about a $1,000 in rent monthly, being able to include all of it, rather than just half, would add another $6,000 in household income a year. That equates to about $25,000 of extra buying power added to a mortgage.
The rule change is also intended to add rental units to an already strapped supply, even pushing potential sellers to include rental opportunities to attract this new group of buyers.
Overall, the added boost may be even better than recent interest rate cuts.
“For those people, this has increased their borrowing power by more than they benefited from that recent Bank of Canada change,” said Tsur Somerville, director for the Centre for Urban Economics and Real Estate at UBC.
Still, Sommerville says don’t expect these new buyers to drive Metro Vancouver’s housing market much higher.
“The thing is that it’s got to meet all the other CMHC requirements,” he said. “So it’s people putting less than 20 per cent down; people buying a house that’s $1 million or less. When you start doing all those sorts of things, I’m not sure the number of people is really huge.”
For those who do apply, the added cash from renting out might just be enough to finally buy in
August 12, 2015
Mobile Mortgage Calculators
Categories:mortgage, genworth, CMHC
Genworth has created a number of excellent mortgage calculators for popular smart phones and now also available as a web-based App! Visit www.GenworthMobile.ca for more information
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