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Should I Change My Mortgage When Rates are Dropping? – What to Do

Rates are dropping. They're going down fast due to the COVID - 19 outbreak. Right now, prices are changing every single day.

I'm getting a lot of emails and many calls from all my clients, and they're just asking, "Hey Sylvia, can I get a lower rate?" and that's a conversation that we should have. If you are wondering the same thing, it's going to all be dependent upon what your penalty will be.

How much mortgage you have outstanding if you have any debts? So, for example, I did a calculation yesterday for a client, and in the end, it was not worth it based on their penalty and their mortgage amount for them. I said, "No, stay where it is cause it's not worth it for you to break the mortgage."​

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My Personal Story - Investing in Real Estate Almost All of My Life in Toronto

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Knowing the Statistics of Renters and Owners.

One of the steps in my Live Debt Free Program is to know the area you want to buy in and this takes research. Research is all about knowing the following:

  • the area
  • the demographics
  • who lives there
  • what is their annual income more

More and more people are renting versus owning. You have to understand and know how much it cost to rent a one bedroom or a two bedroom, three bedroom, detached home, semi-detached home, etc.

You got to do your research now, a right place to start is the Canadian Mortgage Housing Corporation. It's a website that does a lot of research, and you could get a lot of information there.

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My Personal Story - Investing in Real Estate Almost All of My Life in Toronto

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My Personal Story – Investing in Real Estate Almost All of My Life

In step three of my live debt-free program, I teach Canadian families how to build wealth through real estate. Now let me tell you my personal story.

A long, long time ago, my mom took me to go see this house. I thought she was shopping around for a client of hers, but when we got there, she said, “This is perfect for you, let’s buy it.”

And I was like, “Great, who’s buying it?”

“You are,” she replied.

And I was a little confused because I was just a young professional.

I thought, “I can’t buy this place. I’m not ready to buy?”

I didn’t have my 5% down payment. I just graduated from university, had $50,000 of student loans, and I was still lining up a full-time job.

But God bless my mom for teaching me and pushing me in that direction cause I got the house.

Three years later, I sold the place, I paid off all of my debts and then I bought a detached home in the city of Toronto, and I own it to this day.

Since then, I’ve been hooked on real estate.

My mom taught me how to build wealth through real estate.
I want to teach you!

If you have any questions about building wealth through real estate, give me a call.

FREE YOURSELF FROM DEBT & EXPERIENCE FINANCIAL PEACE!

Want to Retire Debt Free?

In the Live Debt free program, I will teach you how to pay off your debts including your mortgage!

  • Get the best option for your family with Sylvia Ho’s mortgage expertise.
  • Accountability to keep you on track for your wealth building goals.
  • FREE VIDEO TRAINING - The 12 Concepts to Live Debt Free

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Build Wealth Through Real Estate

A long time ago, my mom pushed me to buy my first home. I was definitely NOT ready. But God bless for my mom for pushing me in the real estate direction cause now I own a real estate empire! When I bought my first place, I didn’t have my down payment and I had $50k in student loans. But 3 years later, I sold that place and paid off my student loan and then bought a detached home. I still have that detached house and have been renting it out ever since.

Starting a real estate empire takes dedication and perseverance and proper guidance.

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CHANGE YOUR CAR AND HOUSE INSURANCE ANNUALLY!

New insurance companies are eager to get your business. It’s work to call around, but do it! Put the annual savings towards your mortgage.

I changed my insurance company last year and saved about $2k for my home, car and other rentals. Anything you can save can go directly to your mortgage that year.  

Action plan:

  1. Call your current insurance company and ask them if you can lower the pricing somehow.  
  2. Call around to other companies or insurance brokers. I have some recommendations. 
  3. Make sure you compare apples to apples with the same deductibilities, coverage, etc.  
  4. Put those annual savings to the mortgage right away! 

Disclaimer: I am not versed in insurance, but this worked for me and saved me money. So, make informed decisions and ask the professionals and experts in that field.

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Creating a Budget to Pay Off Your Mortgage Fast

Create a budget and spend less on Starbucks so you can pay off your mortgage faster. Put that $340 per month directly to your mortgage, so you pay less interest.

We all know we can be better at spending less money.

Let’s do some math…

Coffee costs around $5/day X 20 work days = $100. 

Lunches cost $12/day X 20 work days = $240. 

Put that $340 directly towards your mortgage instead.  

Cut out non-essentials, such as cable, or home landline or magazine subscriptions. 

Action items:

  • How many more years before your retirement?  
  • Take out your mortgage statement and see if you will be mortgage-free before you retire. Look for the work amortization.  
  • Take out last month’s credit card bills or interact statement and add up your non-essential spending. If you never look at your spending, you won’t change your habits.
  • Make a plan to cut down spending.  
  • Visualize your plan to pay off your mortgage.  

Call me today for a personalized plan! 
Let’s live a life free of debt, including your mortgage!

FREE YOURSELF FROM DEBT & EXPERIENCE FINANCIAL PEACE!

Want to Retire Debt Free?

In the Live Debt free program, I will teach you how to pay off your debts including your mortgage!

  • Get the best option for your family with Sylvia Ho’s mortgage expertise.
  • Accountability to keep you on track for your wealth building goals.
  • FREE VIDEO TRAINING - The 12 Concepts to Live Debt Free

Click the Button Below to Sign Up for FREE Today!

Earn Extra Income to Pay Off Your Mortgage

Having a plan to pay off your mortgage is essential. If you fail to plan, you will plan to fail. I had a client who increased her payment by $20, and this made a $6k difference at the end.  

Be creative!  

I am a huge Marie Kondo fan. She promotes that art of surrounding your self with items that make you feel happy. I purged my home and sold my items. The things that didn’t sell went straight to Good Will, local shelters or Salvation Army. I also got the kids involved, and they loved it! 

I have a friend who is a police officer, and he picks up extra shifts on his days off. I had another client who worked after the kids were in bed bartending at a local pub. I just saw a family sell tomato plants and echinacea plants with the kids. Rent out your basement or garage or mow your neighbour’s lawn. Other ideas are renting out your basement or garage or parking spot if you aren’t using it during the daytime.   

Action Items:

  1. Have a goal in mind for the year. Do you want to earn $1200? Or $600? If it’s $600, that’s $50 a month.  
  2. Be Creative!
  3. Post on Facebook to offer your services. Make sure you offer a service or item that brings you joy and not just another side job. If it’s just another side job, you will quickly lose your motivation.  
  4. Track the money earned and put that extra income directly to your mortgage.
  5. Visualize your Live Debt Free Plan

Call me today for your personal Live Debt Free Program!

Pay Off Your Mortgage & Create Financial Peace

In the Live Debt free program, I will teach you how to pay off your debts including your mortgage!

  • Get the best option for your family with Sylvia Ho’s mortgage expertise.
  • Accountability to keep you on track for your wealth building goals.
  • FREE 5-MIN VIDEO TRAINING - The 12 Concepts to Live Debt Free

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Don’t Pay Property Taxes with Your Mortgage Payments

Many Canadians pay their property taxes with their mortgage payments. I agree that it sounds much easier, but you are leaving money on the table!

Depending on when you start your mortgage, you can be in a deficit or credit position with your lender. If you are in a deficit you will pay interest to your lender till you have caught up. If you are in a surplus, the interest earned is minimal.  

I recommend paying your property taxes directly to the city. By paying directly, you will never pay more than you owe. Many cities have preauthorized debit plans. 

Action plan:

  • Go to your local city’s website and look up the pre authorized property tax payment program.
  • Sign up!
  • In Toronto, you complete a form online, email it in with a VOID cheque.

It’s super easy!

FREE YOURSELF FROM DEBT & EXPERIENCE FINANCIAL PEACE!

Want to Retire Debt Free?

In the Live Debt free program, I will teach you how to pay off your debts including your mortgage!

  • Get the best option for your family with Sylvia Ho’s mortgage expertise.
  • Accountability to keep you on track for your wealth building goals.
  • FREE VIDEO TRAINING - The 12 Concepts to Live Debt Free

Click the Button Below to Sign Up for FREE Today!

Do You Have a Flexible Mortgage Contract?

Most lenders give you opportunities to pay down your mortgage.

Some lenders allow you to do this on EVERY payment date and hence, possibly 52 times a year!

Some lenders will only let you to do this one time per year.

However, if that one day happens to land on a Sunday or a holiday or you are sick or busy, you may have to wait till next year.

Understand your mortgage contract.

Life is busy, and we are juggling so many important things.

Find a lender that makes it easy for you and works with your lifestyle.

Find out the method to pay down your mortgage.

Some ask you to book an appointment and head into the branch.

Some lenders will ask you to snail mail a certified check or line up at the teller.

For me, with two kids and a busy hockey and cheer schedule, I prefer to have everything done online.

Know your options and do your research.

Make sure the process is easy, simple and works for you.

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FREE YOURSELF FROM DEBT & EXPERIENCE FINANCIAL PEACE!

Want to Retire Debt Free?

In the Live Debt free program, I will teach you how to pay off your debts including your mortgage!

  • Get the best option for your family with Sylvia Ho’s mortgage expertise.
  • Accountability to keep you on track for your wealth building goals.
  • FREE VIDEO TRAINING - The 12 Concepts to Live Debt Free

Click the Button Below to Sign Up for FREE Today!