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Friday, July 16, 2010 - Port your mortgage when you sell

It's the day and age where a fair number people don't stay in their homes for more than a couple years, whether it be because they're starting a family or moving up the property ladder. These homeowners find that they're moving before their existing mortgage term is up. Luckily, lenders now offer portability options for their mortgages, meaning if you decide to move, you can bring your mortgage with you.

When you port your mortgage, and will need a larger mortgage than you currently have (which is normally the case), the lender will “blend” your existing rate for the mortgage amount you have with the current market rate for the amount you will be increasing your mortgage by. As long as you move into your new home within a certain period of time of selling your current home (normally ranging between 30 and 60 days), you will not pay a prepayment penalty, which will save you upwards of $3,000.
Note that the “blend and extend” is best when current rates are the same or higher than your existing mortgage. If rates are lower it might make sense to get a new mortgage (and therefore the lowest possible interest rate).

Before you sell your home, it's a good idea to consult a mortgage broker to discuss the conditions of porting your mortgage and the time frame you have to work with. If you have any questions, please contact First Foundation.

posted in News at Fri, 16 Jul 2010 16:20:30 +0000

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