With 80% loan-to-value being the maximum you are now able to refinance your property, property for values increasing at a slower rate, and 25 years being the maximum amortization on high ratio deals, it’s not as easy as it once was to simply refinance and pull some money out of a home when it’s time for some upgrades.
In addition to the above, it seems that many of the new homes being developed lack a decent sized yard for the average family to live in and enjoy. Many of my clients are facing the dilemma of buying a new home with all the bells and whistles, but a lackluster yard or, purchase an older home with a yard that their kids and pets can enjoy, but face the reality of having to upgrade or renovate the home they purchase.
The Purchase Plus Improvements mortgage is a great option for many people in this situation. They get credit for the increased home value right off the bat, they get their money at a great interest rate, and they get to complete the upgrades right away and live in the home they really want!
Here’s how the program works:
* The amount allowed for improvements is typically 10% -20% of the purchase price, or up to $40,000 maximum. The money is to be used for “improvements” or “upgrades”, not necessary repairs like leaks or structure issues. It also must be for something that adds value to the home, not a chattel like appliances.
* You need to get quotes for the cost of the improvements that you wish to complete. Add the amount of the quote(s) to the purchase price, and this becomes the “value” of the home that the lender considers. The down payment is now based on this new higher value as well.
* The mortgage is funded based on the contractual price, but the money to be used for improvements is held at the solicitor’s office until the work is complete.
* The work can be done by yourself or a company/contractor, but sweat labor is not something that can be reimbursed for. If you do the work yourself, only the cost of the materials is released. If a contractor or company does the work, simply provide the invoice and they will be reimbursed directly for the full amount.
* An inspection report from an appraiser is required when all is done so the lender can confirm that the said work was completed and is of good quality.
* If the final costs end up being less than expected, the left over money is applied back against the mortgage.
This program is available at the best rates, both fixed and variable, and may help to make it easier for you to decide which home is best for your family.
Think this program might work for you or someone you know? Call your Dominion Lending Centres Mortgage Broker for further details!
Dominion Lending Centres – Accredited Mortgage Professional
*** FYI – Home Improvements of $15,000 or less do not require a follow-up inspection.