Canadian banks are subject to many government regulations, which turn many people away from banks and towards less regulated private lenders. Most Ontario private lenders specialize in servicing hard to place mortgages that the banks turn down. Ontario’s private lenders do not have to follow the same rules that the banks do. If you’ve been turned away from a bank, a private mortgage lender near you may be able to help.Ontario private lenders will loan out money in the form of a registered mortgage secured against real estate. Under the Ontario Mortgage Act, the private lender is allowed to sell the property if the agreed upon mortgage fees are not paid. Private lenders in Ontario will lend as little as $20,000 and typically for one-year terms (unless you request otherwise). For riskier mortgages (I.e., second mortgage or applicant has no income) the fees charged and interest rates will be higher than those of bank mortgages. Private lenders are individuals or companies that generate profits by investing in real estate. The Ontario real estate market is attractive since it has some of the highest real estate appreciation rates in Canada.  To find the best private lenders in your area, please check the list above.

Approval Criteria for Private Lender Mortgages

Canadian private lenders focus on the market value and existing debts on a property when deciding whether or not to approve a mortgage application. Banks usually use credit score as a key deciding factor with mortgage applications, however private lenders can lend to people with bad credit. Private lenders will calculate a metric called a Loan to Value (LTV) ratio on a property to determine if it is a worthwhile investment. To calculate a property’s LTV you divide the value of the existing mortgages by the market value of the house. To give an example, a house with a market value of $1,000,000 and $800,000 in existing mortgages will have an LTV of 80%. Most private money lenders in Ontario will not invest in residential properties with an LTV of greater than 80%.

How to Get the Lowest Private Mortgage Interest Rate

To get the  best interest rate for a private mortgage a homeowner will need to meet at least three  criteria. The first and probably the most important is a low loan to value ratio (LTV). A low LTV means it is a low risk mortgage and therefore should get a low interest rate. Second is the income of the owners, if the homeowner can meet all their financial obligations then the lenders will be more confidant that the borrower can make their payments. Third is the credit score, a high credit score means you can pay all your bills and have a low chance of missing payments. It is important to know that while mortgage approval, is mainly based on LTV, other factors can influence private lending interest rates.

Reasons for Needing a Private Mortgage

While applying for a private lender mortgage you will be required to state why you need the money. Private lenders are usually quite lenient and will accept most reasonable responses. Some popular responses include:

  • To pay off high-interest credit card debt
  • To pay for home repairs or renovations
  • For living expenses after a work layoff
  • To stop a power of sale or foreclosure
  • To pay tuition fees for college or university

People who cannot qualify for a low-interest rate loan at a bank are the kind of clients that private lenders seek out. Our private lender network can provide mortgages to people who have been turned down by banks.

Fast Financing from Private Lenders

The major banks in Ontario are required to follow a comprehensive and time-consuming mortgage approval process. There is no possible way to have a bank speed up its mortgage process. This can be an issue for property sales that require money quickly. Private lenders can provide mortgage money much faster than banks can. If required, a private lender can provide funding in as little as one day. Our network of private lenders and private mortgage companies can lend on real estate in every city and town in Ontario. Call one of our private mortgage brokers to discuss your mortgage and get money from private lenders.

Do You Need Private Mortgage Insurance

Mortgage insurance for a private mortgage can be purchased when the mortgage is arranged. There are a number of factors to consider before you purchase private mortgage insurance. The main factor is the cost, insurance for a private mortgage can be expensive. If the mortgage is only for a short term of 1 or 2 years it may not be worth getting the mortgage insurance. Ask our private mortgage brokers near you if you should get mortgage insurance

Information on Lenders in the Ontario Real Estate Market

Ontario is a province located in the southern part of Canada and shared a border with the US. The Ontario real estate market is the subject of much political debate as the city of Toronto and surrounding cities have experienced double-digit growth in real estate prices for the past few years. Many people in Ontario are turning to private real estate lending to generate extra income. Ontario is known as an economic powerhouse in Canada and is one of the most desirable places to live in the country.

Hard Money Private Lender

The term hard money lender refers to lenders that want the loan secured against hard assets such as a house or condo.  Private hard money lenders operate in basically the same manner as other private lenders. They are looking for hard assets such as houses, buildings, plazas, retail store, mixed used buildings and any other real estate. To qualify for a hard money loan you would go through the same lending process with your broker. Be prepare to provide all financial statements related to commercial or retail building, only the value of the house or property will be considered, hard money lending does not lend apply to the business value.

Real Estate Financing

If you are trying to find financing for your house or other real estate ventures private financing may be the best alternative. Private money lenders in Toronto and the GTA can provide loans up to a loan to value ratio of 80.0%. Commercial real estate financing usually requires large amounts of money and private financing can take time to complete. Talk to your private mortgage broker to determine what needs to be done to qualify for a loan. Toronto private lenders can also provide information on local real estate markets.

Private Lender Loans

Private lender loans are fairly easy to qualify for. Lenders will approve loans that have property with at least 25% equity. Most private lender loans use residential property to secure the loan. For commercial properties the level of equity requried will be at least 35%.

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How do Private Money Lenders Work?

Private lenders aren’t subject to the same strict regulations as banks. Due to federal laws, banks have to look first and foremost at an applicant’s financial history and situation. If you’re applying for a mortgage at a bank, you need to be able to prove that you can pay it back — by showing that you have a strong track record of paying back previous debts. Learn more about how Private Lending works

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