In the News: 2.2 Million Canadian Mortgages are set to renew in 2024/ 2025. Are you ready?

In the News: 2.2 Million Canadian Mortgages are set to renew in 2024/ 2025. Are you ready?
You may have seen this stat making headlines recently:  2.2 million Canadian mortgages are expected to be up for renewal by the end of 2025. This number represents half of Canadian Mortgage Holders!  This turning point presents a significant moment for homeowners, as the majority will likely face an increase in their monthly payments if they choose to renew their mortgages under the same terms. With the dynamic shifts in the mortgage landscape, it's crucial to understand what this means for you and how you can navigate your mortgage renewal strategically.

The Impact of Renewal
Renewing your mortgage typically means continuing with the same amortization schedule—the total time it will take to pay off your mortgage in full. This process does not inherently involve making adjustments, such as taking out equity or extending your amortization period. It’s a straightforward path but not necessarily the most advantageous.

Consider a hypothetical scenario reflective of the current market trends. In June 2019, a homeowner might have purchased a property with a $500,000 mortgage at a rate of 3.65%, with a 25-year amortization and a monthly payment of $2,536. Fast forward to a June 2024 renewal under new conditions with a decreased principal of $432,577 but a higher interest rate of 5.24%. This adjustment results in a new term and an increased monthly payment of $2,898, despite the shorter 20-year amortization schedule. 

You Have Options
It's important to remember that renewal is just one option. When your mortgage term comes to an end, you have the flexibility to renegotiate your mortgage terms or even switch lenders to secure a more favourable deal. This could involve adjusting the amortization period, locking in a different interest rate, or extracting equity for other financial needs.

Seeking Expert Advice
Before you sign on the dotted line, consider consulting with a mortgage expert. A professional review of your renewal offer could reveal opportunities to optimize your mortgage setup, potentially saving you thousands of dollars over the term of your mortgage. With so much at stake, personalized advice tailored to your financial situation and future goals is invaluable.

Act Now
For the 2.2 million Canadian homeowners facing renewals in the next couple of years, now is the time to start preparing. Assess your current financial health, consider how changes in the market might affect your mortgage payments, and explore your options. Don’t hesitate to reach out for expert advice to ensure that your mortgage renewal decisions align with your long-term financial stability.

As your mortgage term approaches its end, remember that you hold the power to shape your financial future. Take the initiative to understand your options, seek out the best possible conditions, and make informed decisions that will benefit you for years to come.

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