Create your own PERSONAL SEARCHES

and save your FAVOURITE LISTINGS.
View More NON PUBLIC, CURRENT INFORMATION.
Have HOT NEW LISTINGS emailed to you daily.
Guest Membership is free and authorization is instant!

CMHC Home Renovation Financing Options

There are many different reasons to renovate a home:  to save energy (and save on utility bills) to make room for a growing family, to improve safety or to increase the resale value of your home, or simply to bring a fresh new look to your home.  There are also a number of different ways to finance your renovation.  Read on to obtain information for a number of financing options, along with practical advice to consider before starting your renovation project.

 

Whether you intend to finance your renovation yourself or borrow money, you should talk to a financial advisor and to your lender before you make firm plans.  They can help you understand your options, and advise you on how much you can borrow and even pre-approve you for a loan. this information will help you plan realistically. 


Explore Your Options 
                    

Your Own Resources:  For smaller renovation projects, you may consider self-funding material costs, especially if you plan to do the work yourself.

 

Credit card:  Likewise, you can use your credit card to pay for materials for smaller renovations.  But be careful not to carry the balance for too long; credit card interest rates can exceed 18%. 


Personal loan
:  With a personal loan, you pay regular payments of principle and interest for a set period, typically one to five years.  You also have the option of a fixed or variable interest rate for the term of the loan.  The interest rate on a personal loan is typically less than that of a credit card.  Unlike a line of credit, once you pay off your loan you will have to reapply to borrow any new funds needed.


Personal line of credit:  This is another popular choice for financing renovations.  It is ideal for ongoing or long-term renovations since it lets you access your funds at any time and provides a monthly statement to help track expenses.  A line of credit offers lower interest rates than credit cards, and charges interest only on funds used each month.  And, as you pay off your balance, you can access remaining funds, up to the line of credits limit, without reapplying.

 

Secured lines of credit and home equity loans:  These options offer all the advantages of regular lines of credit or loans, but are secured by your home's equity.  They can be very economical, since they offer preferred interest rates, however initial set-up costs including legal and appraisal fees usually apply.  Lines of credit and home equity loans are usually limited to 65% of your homes value; however, some regional lenders still allow up to 80% financing for HELOCS.

Mortgage refinancing:  When funding major renovations refinancing your mortgage lets you spread repayment over a long period at mortgage interest rates, which are usually much lower than credit card or personal loan rates.  This type of financing can allow you to borrow up to 80% of your home's appraised value (less any outstanding mortgage balance).  Initial set-up costs including legal and appraisal fees may apply.

Financing improvements upon-purchase:  If you're planning major improvements for a home you're about to purchase, it may be advantageous to finance the renovations at the time of purchase by adding their estimated costs to your mortgage.  CMHC Mortgage Loan Insurance can help you obtain financing for both the purchase of your home and the renovations -  up to 95% of the value after renovations - with a minimum down payment of 5%.



Other Considerations and Options


Planning for the Unforeseen

It's a good idea to set aside a percentage of your renovation funds to cover items not included in your renovation contract.  For things you discover you'd like to add once work us under way, like extra or upgraded features, furniture, appliances and window coverings or for contingency.  A separate fund lets you make decisions easily, without having to renegotiate your financial arrangements or reapply for new funds.

 

Grants and Rebates for Energy-Saving Renovations

Across Canada, renovation grants and rebates are available from the federal and provincial governments and local utilities, especially for energy saving renovations.  If you qualify, they may help pay for some of your projects costs.


Source: CMHC

Comments:
No comments

Post Your Comment:

* indicates required fields.
Your Name: *
Please note, your email will not be shown publicly
Your Email (will not be published): *
Comment: *
Please type the text as it appears above:

          

Categories

Finding your dream home is just a click away, start your search!  Search Now

contact me anytime

Office Location:

11933 224 Street Maple Ridge BC V2X 6B2 CA

Michael Jordan

I make myself available at all times. My web site is here to help you 24 hours a day. You can search listings at your own convenience, browse reports, and read up on real estate info on your own terms. When you are ready to see a listing in person, or just have a simple question, please dont hesitate to contact me!

 

When you make the important decision to buy or sell a home, I am committed to going the extra mile to ensure that all of your needs are successfully met in a professional and honest manner.

Contact Form
*indicates required fields.
Your Email:*
Your Name:*
Your Telephone:
Subject:
Message:*
Please type the text as it appears above:
The data relating to real estate on this website comes in part from the MLS® Reciprocity program of either the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV), the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) or the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board (CADREB). Real estate listings held by participating real estate firms are marked with the MLS® logo and detailed information about the listing includes the name of the listing agent. This representation is based in whole or part on data generated by either the REBGV, the FVREB or the CADREB which assumes no responsibility for its accuracy. The materials contained on this page may not be reproduced without the express written consent of either the REBGV, the FVREB or the CADREB.