Mortgages designed for homes under construction
A construction mortgage advances you the full amount of the mortgage, in stages, throughout the construction (or major renovations) of your home. You can also get a construction mortgage that acts as a conventional mortgage with additional funds for minor improvements.
Rates and terms for construction mortgages
The type of mortgage you get, as well as your rate and term, will depend on many things. The type of property you’re building, the amount of construction required, how long construction will take - we’ll consider all of that. Come talk to us and we can help figure out exactly what you need.
Construction mortgages: New build and self-build
If you are building a new home from the ground up, or doing major renovations (either through a professional builder or by yourself), a construction mortgage is your best option.
- The mortgage is split into advances that you get in stages throughout the construction or renovation of your home.
- You can use the first advance to help with the purchase of the land you’re building on.
- Inspectors visit the property before you get each advance to make sure that construction is going according to plan.
- Monthly payments are interest-only until the end of construction.
- After construction, your payments will be a blend of principal and interest.
- A professional builder is doing the work on your new or renovated home.
- You can make interest-only payments and still handle any living expenses you have during construction.
- You can provide us with the required cost estimates, building contract, permits, and quotes.
- Self-build: If you are building or renovating the home yourself, you must be able to prove that you have the experience and skills needed to complete construction.
Purchase plus improvement mortgage
If you need a mortgage to buy a home, plus additional funds for minor home improvements, a purchase plus improvement mortgage is your best option.
- Improvements can't cost more than 20% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of $40,000.
- You don’t get the money for improvement up front, you are reimbursed for them once they’re complete.
- The required down payment depends on the property’s overall value. We look at the value of the property after it’s improved and the original value of the property plus the cost of improvements. The required down payment is based on whichever value is less.
- So let’s say you paid $700,000 for your home. The improvements cost you $8,000, and your property’s overall value ends up as $710,000. Your down payment is based on the smaller value: $708,000.
- You’re making minor improvements. If you’re making changes to the structure of your new home you should get a construction mortgage.
- You can provide details of the proposed renovations, including cost estimates and contracts.
- You plan to live in this home – you can’t use this mortgage to pay for a rental or investment property.
- You can pay for the improvements up front – you won’t be reimbursed until they’re complete.
Be mortgage free sooner
We call it 20/20 prepayment. Pay off up to 20% more of your mortgage each year through a combination of prepaying more of your original principal balance and increasing your original mortgage payment.
Skip a payment
Life happens. Breathe easier knowing that you can skip one month’s mortgage payment once every 12 months with no penalty.
Choose from weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, or accelerated weekly or bi-weekly payment plans - whatever works for you.
Take advantage of Group Mortgage Protection (GMP) - a monthly premium that helps safeguard your home in case of financial hardships as a result of conditions such as death, disability, critical illness or loss of employment.
This creditor group insurance coverage is optional and is underwritten by The Canada Life Assurance Company (Canada Life). Supporting services, such as enrollment intake, medical underwriting and claims administration are provided by the employees of Canada Life. Coverage is governed by the terms and conditions of the creditor group insurance policy issued to the creditor and is subject to terms, conditions, exclusions and eligibility requirements. See the Certificate of Insurance for full coverage details
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