Mortgage brokers promote dealing with 20 or more lenders. However, many homeowners only recognize the big 6 banks they have seen on street corners. So who are these other lenders that brokers promote? In Canada, approximately 25% of homeowners use the services of a mortgage broker. These lenders are Canadian owned and operated, but choose to fund their mortgages through the broker channel to cut overhead costs on "brick and mortar". Afterall, having full-time salaried employees with benefits cost money, not to mention the costs of operating a bank branch. Due to the reduction of expenses for the "non-bank" lenders, they tend to pass on the savings to borrowers through lower rates.
What are The Risks of Dealing With Non-Bank Lenders?
There is a mis-conception, especially after the financial credit crunch in late 2008, that borrowers will lose their homes if the mortgage is funded by a non-bank lender. This is absolutely not true. The risk is assumed by the lender since they are the ones giving out their money with the understanding the borrower will repay the mortgage on time. Also, keep in mind these lenders function under the Canadian Government rules and laws.
Why Should I Choose a Non-Bank Lender Over A Bank?
You don't have to. A non-bank lender is an option that is presented by your mortgage professional to consider. Other important factors to consider when choosing a lender are:
- How is the mortgage penalty calculated?
- If I decide to lock in, do I get the posted or discounted rate (typically 1.5% difference)?
- What features are built into the mortgage (pre-payment, increased payment, portable, assumable...)?
- What are the fine print terms that I should be aware of?
- Who & how will my mortgage be managed? Afterall, getting a mortgage is one thing but working with someone who will oversee the mortgage and optimize it to reduce overall interest is another skill (click here for inflation hedge mortgage strategy)
Bottom line, if you pay your mortgage on time no on will take your home away! This is Canada afterall.
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