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Cheat Sheet of Frequently Used Borrowing Terms.


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Blog by Antonio Vargas | February 7th, 2017


Brought to you by Antonio Vargas Real Estate your local White Rock Realtor

Buying a new home can be an education - but sometimes you need a cheat sheet (especially when the professionals refer to complex terms you have never heard of before)! Here at Vargas Real Estate, courtesy of Antonio Vargas, we have compiled a list of the most commonly used borrowing terms in Canadian real estate.

1)        Market Value: this refers to the value at which something can be sold in the present market.

2)       Pre-Approval: a determination made by a lender approving whether or not a borrower qualifies for a mortgage at the maximum amount at which they are qualified.

3)       Back End Ratio:  a ratio including all fixed debt from housing expenses to gross income.

4)       Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM): interest rates are regularly adjusted according to present market interest rates.

5)       Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI): In instances of a downpayment of less that 20%, a lender requires PMI for protection in cases of foreclosure.

6)       Lien: encumbrance holding property as security for payment of debt

7)       Homeowner’s Insurance: designed to insure both property and liability

8)       Annual Percentage Rate (API): the mortgage cost as an annual rate including all fees such as mortgage insurance, interest and loan origination fees.

9)       Escrow: an account opened by the mortgage company for the payment of insurance and property taxes during the mortgage term.

10)  Fix Rate Loan: a loan with an interest rate that never changes for its entire duration