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Alan B
Alan B
00:41 15 Sep 21

This was my second time working with James. Each time has been fast and seamless. Quick responses to all my questions. Very professional Clear explanations of everything going during the buy / sale. I would recommend James to everyone!read more

Michael Mooney
Michael Mooney
23:46 14 Sep 21

Steve & Zayna were incredibly helpful and supportive through the whole process. Highly recommend!read more

Majid Rismankar
Majid Rismankar
14:17 14 Sep 21

We worked with Steve for the mortgage of our dream house. He and his team were so supportive and responsive and patiently addressed any concern that we had. The process was very smooth and he handled everything on time and as promised. I definitely recommend him for anyone looking for a smart, honest, professional and responsible mortgage broker.read more

Francine Darroch
Francine Darroch
14:29 10 Sep 21

James Harrison and his team were wonderful to work with. They made the process of selling and buying our homes smooth. They are extremely response, efficient, professional, and a pleasure to work with. We will 100% work with them in the future and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.read more

Paul Moscuzza (WooFerPPK)
Paul Moscuzza (WooFerPPK)
12:48 06 Sep 21

Being our first time buying a place and getting a mortgage we were fairly scared and uninformed about everything related to that. James and his team were both very professional, friendly and helpful. Any questions and uncertainty we had we were comforted knowing that James would answer with a detailed response explaining whatever our questions were.James also worked hard to make sure he could secure us a great rate. He communicated all of the available options and helped us go through that process. If your looking for a mortgage specialist I highly recommend James and his team!read more

Christine Crawford
Christine Crawford
18:11 05 Sep 21

Steve Harrison and his team are always a pleasure to work with. We have worked with them many times! Professional, hard working (literally around the clock), treats his clients like family, and fun to work with!Highly recommended 🙂read more

Ryan Gilroy
Ryan Gilroy
16:59 03 Sep 21

James and his team were absolutely phenomenal to deal with throughout the entire process. Our situation was by no means straightforward and the amount of knowledge, patience, and professionalism they displayed really made me feel good from start to close. I can’t recommend them enough.read more

Jeff Campbell
Jeff Campbell
13:32 02 Sep 21

This is was our first going through a renewal process and a lot was on our plate and the way the economy/society was due to the pandemic, there was a lot of options to review. James and his team took the time to understand our family plans in the present and future and presented all options and guided us what he felt was best suited for our family and assured we were comfortable with the decision. The process was super easy and we highly recommend himread more

Sachin Hingoo
Sachin Hingoo
13:21 02 Sep 21

James and his team were always there to guide us through the (often complicated) mortgage process between the purchase of our new home and the sale of our previous one, every step of the way. They went above and beyond to secure us a great rate and were very helpful and communicative throughout the process. I would highly recommend their services to anyone that needs a mortgage specialist.read more

Kevin Colacci
Kevin Colacci
00:05 01 Sep 21

Steve and his team made the very overwhelming experience of buying our first house feel a lot more manageable. He listened to all of our concerns and found the best lender to meet our needs and limitations. Throughout the whole process there was no such thing as a stupid question, Steve took unfamiliar concepts and helped us make sense of them. He was available to help out whenever we needed him, which was very important in the fast-paced house hunt. Steve had our best interests in mind the whole time and found the best mortgage arrangement for us. When we have to renew our mortgage we will definitely be coming back and I would definitely recommend Steve to anyone else looking for a mortgage.read more

Steve Truong
Steve Truong
16:09 25 Aug 21

James and his team at Mortgages.ca are the real deal in many ways:- very professional through the process- knowledgeable of the process/market and able to guide you through your own circumstances, no matter how unique- extremely responsive- perhaps most importantly, they’re able to get great rates that are hard to find on your ownWould certainly recommend them to anyone looking for a mortgage.read more

David Chu
David Chu
18:25 23 Aug 21

Scott and James got us approved after we got poor service at our bank. They are experienced with self employed professionals and kept all their promises knowing we had a short closing. Thanks guys.read more

John Devaney
John Devaney
13:08 23 Aug 21

Hi James Harrison and Mayra Watrich are # 1 in my eyes . I had a bad experience with a very bad broker she lied from day one 3 weeks before closing she said i needed $30.000 more to close. I did not have. So because of her dishonesty. I would of lost my $15.000 deposit. A realtor Mike Mccarthy told me about James. Told him my story and he was very honest and professional up front. James did get me my loan before closing and a great mortgage. Thanks again James and Mayra.read more

Dan Maragno
Dan Maragno
20:35 17 Aug 21

James and his team were unbelievable and took any uncertainties right out of my hands. Very informative, exceptionally responsive and punctual. Hands down using them for my future transactions, it was a seamless experience….Thank you!!read more

Sharif Ad
Sharif Ad
21:15 13 Aug 21

Housing market is soaring like crazy and I thought I would not able to buy a house in Toronto. I reached out to Mortgage Architect after unsuccessfully dealing with various brokers. Scott Nazareth made me confident that he will buy me a house. He was incredible from beginning to end, very professional, responsive and managed to help me close on the property. He ensured that I felt at ease throughout the entire process, answered any of my questions via email and text message and always kept me updated with the progress of the approval. He also helped me to negotiate the interest rate! I am extremely glad and grateful that I reached out to Scott. I will not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.read more

Sura Jerky
Sura Jerky

22:23 04 Aug 21

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Jason Murray
Jason Murray
20:15 28 Jul 21

Amazing people who work their hardest to get you the best rate possible. Great communication and always prompt when responding! Overall great experience!read more

Joshua Acheson
Joshua Acheson
14:38 28 Jul 21

My partner and I worked with James and Mayra on our mortgage and they were fantastic. Both James and Mayra are great communicators and were very responsive throughout the process. They have good instincts for when to use email and when it’s best to hop on a call to sort out ambiguity.I would absolutely want to go through a future mortgage process with them and recommend them to any friends or family.read more

Mary Plasko
Mary Plasko
13:31 24 Jul 21

Scott is the one to speak to. In my unique situation, I was concerned about a few things and Scott was able to make things happen. 5 stars to your commitment, knowledge, thoroughness and professional approach while having an understanding of the human side of things at the same time. Scott alleviated much of the stress and helped this experience be that much more pleasant. I highly recommend mortgages.ca. You will be well taken care of. Thank you Scott.read more

Dariusz
Dariusz
14:26 16 Jul 21

Working with James and his team was a amazing! James was extremely responsive to my many questions and made the whole process very easy and stress free. I didn’t know getting a mortgage could be this smooth. Do yourself a favor and call James Harrison and his team to set you up with a mortgage. After working with banks and other brokers in the past they don’t even compare to the quality of service you will receive at Mortgages.ca.read more

Andrew McGirr
Andrew McGirr
15:24 14 Jul 21

My Wife and I worked with another mortgage broker to buy our home. Steve helped us refinance recently and we cannot believe the difference.Steve helps you through the whole process and understands exactly what the client wants/needsVery professional and timely and felt to be important. If I did not know any better I would say I was his only client at the time because he gives you so much attentionDo not waste time with anyone else, this will be the best choice you ever makeI will continue to use Steve for anything mortgage relatedread more

Holly Stallan
Holly Stallan
23:45 08 Jul 21

The best in the business. Steve is professional, incredibly thoughtful and responsive in all matters, and has gone above and beyond to help me with several mortgages over the past number of years. I highly recommend him to everyone looking for a sincere customer advocate!read more

Daniel Alonzo
Daniel Alonzo
17:30 08 Jul 21

My wife and I worked with James and his team when we bought our first home in 2017. Fast forward to today (i.e. 2021), James has once again made the transition of re-financing our mortgage as easy and comfortable as the first time we’ve worked with him. From this, we would like to highlight the consistent professional service he brings to his clients. We have full confidence that he will always represent the best interest of his clients regardless of how the real estate market is going.read more

Pedro Silva
Pedro Silva
04:02 07 Jul 21

We can’t thank James and Myra enough for their help in getting us our mortgage!We had been dealing with another mortgage broker a few weeks before our home search. All required paperwork done, all numbers crunched, you’re “good to go” we were told.We finally found the place we were looking for made an offer that was accepted then waited for the “formality” of having the mortgage approved. Well by day 4 of excuses we became extremely worried. Our place had sold, closing was now just 3 weeks away and we still had not been approved, despite being assured our file was “good to go”.We reached out to James and Myra and again submitted all the required paperwork, within a few days our mortgage (with a bridge loan in the mix) was approved!We wish we had started out with them from the beginning, the stress we would have been spared.THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!read more

Nathan Kruger
Nathan Kruger
15:01 03 Jul 21

Steve did an excellent job walking us through the mortgage application and closing process. He gave us good advice, was always available to answer questions and clearly enjoys what he does. He was a pleasure to work with and we would happily recommend him to anyone looking to buy their first home.read more

Rahul Ajani
Rahul Ajani
13:27 30 Jun 21

It was a pleasure to have James and Myra help us with our mortgage. They are well-organized, they prepared our file neatly and there was no last-minute rush for any missing papers. They are responsive: whenever I wrote to them I heard back from them in a matter of a few hours. They explained the whole process to us very well. There were no hidden fees/charges. Whenever we needed anything from them they acted really fast. For example, our builder’s law firm had made a mistake in the property address, so we needed revised approval letter, which they secured the very next day. Transparent professional and responsive. I would definitely recommend them to my friends.read more

Kathleen Bellehumeur
Kathleen Bellehumeur
21:11 18 Jun 21

Had a wonderful experience working with Mortgages.ca. James and team were so incredibly helpful, professional and detail oriented. They completely set my mind at ease and got us to a great outcome! Couldn’t recommend more highly!read more

Jonathan Grottoli
Jonathan Grottoli
21:45 14 Jun 21

Steve was very insightful. He really took the time to understand our needs and helped us think outside the box. With his guidance he saved us a lot of money and set us up for future success.read more

Neil Upshall
Neil Upshall
17:41 14 Jun 21

Had a great experience with James and Mayra at Mortgages.ca. And despite being a challenging customer, they were patient and accommodating with me throughout the entire process. Would highly recommend.read more

Natalie Kasparian
Natalie Kasparian
16:48 11 Jun 21

BEST MORTGAGE BROKERS.Look no further, they are always so fast at responding to any concerns you have regarding the mortgage process and then the mortgage itself. They made the whole process so seamless and easy.During my application, I wanted to make a change to my mortgage very close to the closing date and they were very understanding and made it happen in the nick of time !! I am very grateful and I highly recommend James and Mayra for all your mortgage needs !read more

Lisa Marriott
Lisa Marriott
16:21 11 Jun 21

James Harrison from mortgages.ca is our go-to mortgage broker. When we first purchased our home 9 years ago, we hadn’t met James yet. We used another broker from a big name company and it was disastrous. We were first time home buyers and I felt so alone in the process. My emails were often ignored and I did not have the guidance one really needs as a first time buyer.My husband is a successful realtor in Toronto and James Harrison came highly recommended. My husband recommends James to all of his clients as we have trusted him with our personal mortgage financing for the last two renewals. I’ve also recommended James to personal friends and they are all so thankful.James is very professional and very knowledgeable. He always responds very promptly. He makes everything seamless and stress free. He always goes above and beyond. If you’re looking for mortgage broker, look no further!read more

Anna Shpilevskaya
Anna Shpilevskaya
14:25 11 Jun 21

Had a wonderful experience getting our mortgage with James Harrison. This is the second time we had James help us and both times we have been extremely happy. He promptly answered all our questions and took the time to explain different options available to us. Highly recommend working with him and his team!read more

Ryan Wykes
Ryan Wykes
13:38 11 Jun 21

Only person I trust with my mortgage business. AAA+ service and guidance on the right moves for me and all my clients. The entire team makes the process seamless and easy.read more

Trudy T
Trudy T
17:13 01 Jun 21

I can not say enough about Steve and his assistance during my journey in purchasing a place. He has been nothing but helpful and full of insights… plus he has a friendly but non-pushy demeanor that made all our correspondences very comfortable. I felt like I could ask him anything and he was always happy to answer my questions in depth and easy to understand. Highly highly recommend Steve!!read more

Lauren Pelley
Lauren Pelley
03:00 01 Jun 21

We’ve had a great experience working with James and the Mortgages.ca team for more than a year now, including securing a mortgage for our first home. On top of that, the team alerted us to other great opportunities, such as a program to complete our home renovations and later helped us lower our interest rate. We highly recommend the broker route for anyone buying a home!UPDATE: We worked with James’ team again to refinance. Helpful and smooth process where he provided multiple options and got us the best rate, allowing us to make the most of our home’s value without moving. When we do sell, we’ll be returning for services from Mortgages.ca!read more

Tara Wood
Tara Wood
17:01 30 May 21

James and his team are helpful, thorough, responsive and just plain lovely to work with. While confirming a mortgage in this crazy market, they moved quickly to align with offer dates and provide sound advice along the way. highly recommend!read more

Patrick Stein
Patrick Stein
15:29 27 May 21

James and Zayna were great to work with. I was a first time buyer and needed a more complex mortgage setup than usual — they went out of their way to make the process smooth and answer any questions, and were always super quick with their responses (which, in this crazy world of Toronto real estate, was very helpful). Can’t recommend them enough!read more

Adam Mascherin
Adam Mascherin
14:33 27 May 21

We have used Steve and his team a second time for the mortgage on our new home and once again they hit it out of the park!It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with someone who always returns calls/emails in a timely manner and is a true professional.Steve’s knowledge of mortgages and finances in general is second to none. We always felt confident knowing that we would receive accurate and beneficial advice.There are many stresses related to moving and I’m happy to say that our mortgage wasn’t one of them.I have and will continue to recommend Steve and his team to anyone in need of a mortgage. Thank you for all the hard work and impeccable service!!!read more

Andrew Moody
Andrew Moody
13:41 27 May 21

We couldn’t be happier with Mortgages.ca and James and Mayra. Extremely professional and knowledgeable, they made the whole process super easy from start to finish and got us a fantastic rate. Highly recommended!!read more

rahman atta
rahman atta
15:13 26 May 21

Scott Nazareth was awesome from the start to my wife and I when we were looking to buy our first house. He was always super responsive to our questions whether a call or email and made the whole process a complete breeze. We secured an unreal rate also!!! Highly recommendedread more

Daniel Ling
Daniel Ling
14:51 26 May 21

James and his assistant Mayra did a great job on our mortgage! They were very honest about what I could afford and responded at all times of the day and night to questions I had. To top it all off he got me a great rate and even sent a gift basket to congratulate me on my new home.Would definitely recommend!read more

Shobha Shetty
Shobha Shetty
14:45 25 May 21

I will highly recommend James Harrison and his team Scott Nazareth @ mortgage.ca.Scott handled all our paper work . He was very professional and patient and answered all are queries and explained everything detailed . With all the follow work and his patience We felt very comfortable working with him. He closed our deal so smoothly and we are very happy that we choose the right brokerage company. Wishing him and his team all the good luck for future.read more

Eric Kennedy
Eric Kennedy
23:47 17 May 21

The professionalism and quality relationships we had during our experience was made so much better by the involvement of our broker and his dedication to our needs and goals. We were shown compassion and understanding that made the stresses of buying a house a little less stressful. Our dreams were met and we couldn’t be happier with our experience with Mortgages.ca and Our guy Vern Bovell. We are only here because of you.ThanksEric and Lisaread more

Sean Nolan
Sean Nolan
21:59 16 May 21

James and team were excellent with my first mortgage and subsequent refinancing. Very responsive and clear answers to what may be basic questions from first time buyers, highly recommend and will use James again in the future.read more

Alex Dettman
Alex Dettman
16:25 04 May 21

I’ve dealt with Steve for my initial mortgage (4 years ago) and again when I went to re-finance recently and Steve & his team were always willing to explore a variety of options and to accommodate our timelines, preferences and schedules and particular made navigating the complexities of a re-financing during the virtual environment as seamless as possible. I would definitely recommend Steve & team, and will likely go to him again in the future.read more

Sally B
Sally B
15:15 30 Apr 21

Great experience- professional and super pleasant to deal with! Highly recommend.read more

Sean Marks
Sean Marks
12:48 30 Apr 21

Both James and Zayna were incredibly helpful with this process, walking us through everything and spending the time to make sure our decision was the right one. As first time home buyers it made this big step so much more enjoyable knowing we were in good hands. Would highly recommend their services.read more

Anne-Marie Stuart
Anne-Marie Stuart
14:48 28 Apr 21

Working with James and his team was a dream! James was extremely responsive to our (many!) questions and gave us great advice. Most importantly, he found us a great mortgage that made it possible for us to buy our dream home. We would highly recommend working with James if you get the chance.read more

Himanshu Jog
Himanshu Jog
01:48 19 Apr 21

Worked w/James & team recently and had a great experience. Being new to this market, I was full of basic (& sometimes silly) questions and James/team were full of patience. They were very prompt in responding to my emails and phone calls. I’ve had a great experience and recommend their service to anyone in need. Thanks again, James!read more

Brian LeNguyen
Brian LeNguyen
17:27 15 Apr 21

Steve was excellent to deal with and always made himself available to discuss any questions or concerns. The whole mortgage process felt very seamless and pain free.2021 Update: Steve was once again an incredibly helpful resource and trusted advisor when guiding us through the steps required for the mortgage application process.read more

Ann MacNaughton
Ann MacNaughton

15:43 16 Feb 18

Mortgages.ca and the very personableJames Harrison have always offered a quick response to any query, in-depth knowledge of mortgage options and concerns, and excellent service to the clients we have successfully referred.
Looking forward to many more!
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Mustard Littl
Mustard Littl

16:26 14 Feb 18

Answer to trivia question: 2.7%

Amanda Rose
Amanda Rose

23:54 04 Sep 17

Great customer service. I was able to get a competitive rate. I’d like to treat them some champagne for helping me with my 1st mortgage so well.read more

Brad Scott
Brad Scott

03:08 15 Aug 17

Outstanding service. Steve Harrison went above and beyond. He was always available and answered every phone call or text immediately. We had a few issues which Steve easily solved for us. Would highly recommend.read more

Melissa Trombetta
Melissa Trombetta

02:19 17 Feb 17

Excelente service. Steve did everything we needed to get what we needed. Very satisfiedread more

Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith

01:28 06 Jun 16

After having a very negative experience with a banks mortgage devision. Steve was exactly what we were looking for. Steve was excellent at answering our questions quickly and clearly. His professionalism gave us the confidence to make an aggressive offer which ended up being successful in the purchase of our 1st home. Thank you Steve, would recommend to any one.read more

Barry Naymark
Barry Naymark

16:45 17 May 16

We are very happy with all the customer service, hard work and dedication from James and Laurie. I was able to ask all the important questions and get all the right answers as this was our 1st time buying our 1st home! The efficient and effective work really allowed me to feel at ease that I was getting the best service, rate and lender to make my dreams a reality! I recommend them for all future buyers. Their communication was perfect in instructing me to do have everything in place with closing! I will continue to recommend them!read more

Joy Varrasso
Joy Varrasso

18:41 11 Jun 15

Once again James has exceeded our expectations with his exceptional customer service and the ability to offer knock out rates. This is our second time using him and have referred him to family and friends. Thanks again for all your help!!read more

Diana Wright
Diana Wright

13:03 04 Dec 14

As first time homebuyers, finding the perfect home in Toronto within budget was challenging and full of learning experiences. Steve took the surprises and uncertainty out of the biggest purchase (ahem…loan) of our lives. He was able to answer all of our questions and ensure we had the information we’d need to make a decision. Trust me, as someone in financial risk management, I had A LOT of questions. And of course, No one could come close to the rate he got us. Thanks for helping us own our dream house and a piece of this great city!read more

Sarah Makhomet
Sarah Makhomet

17:45 26 Nov 14

A great team of professionals!!!

Alyse Orsborn
Alyse Orsborn

20:48 28 May 14

I was referred to Steve from a colleague and I have been blown away! Just got back from seeing my lawyer who actually fist pumped me on the amazing rate we got. Aside from the low rate, as a first time home buyer, Steve spent so much time with me helping me along the way and educating me on an area I felt I didn’t know a lot about. I’m a studier and he provided all the content and clarity I needed. He was only a phone call away and always stopped to take the time Trust is everything and I feel so lucky to have had Steve during this whole process. Thank you Steve!!read more

Paul Francis
Paul Francis

16:31 29 Mar 14

Nothing but professionals here, looking forward to our next dealread more

Nicolas Wen Shea
Nicolas Wen Shea

13:44 25 Mar 14

Incredible customer service from Steve. Always picks up and prompt for meetings. Found the best rates possible and always took the time to explain the pros and cons of each alternative. My go to guy for anything mortgages related!read more

Lee Dipps
Lee Dipps

22:18 17 Mar 14

I’m so lucky I got in touch with Steve Harrison from Mortgages dot ca before signing anything with my bank or the broker my agent referred me to. Steve’s ability and willingness to answer all of my questions as they came up day after day, was amazing. He was a great help throughout the process and even found me a significantly better rate than my bank or my realtor’s broker. I want to encourage anyone who is in the market to contact Steve Harrison.read more

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Taking Another Look at the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive

Taking another look at the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive

 

What if someone offered you five to 10 per cent toward your down payment on your first home? It might just be enough to make owning property a reality, even if one day you do have to pay back that hand up at market value. Now, what if that someone was the federal government?

 

The idea of the government having a stake in your home, even if it is as little as five to 10 per cent, might make some squeamish. But Matt Imhoff, a Mortgage Broker with Mortgages.ca, suggests giving some serious thought to what that financial assistance can do for you, especially right now.

 

What is the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive

 

Ottawa unveiled the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive about a year ago with the intention of making home ownership more affordable for those just entering the market. It’s a shared-equity mortgage with the Government of Canada offering first-time buyers five to 10 per cent toward the purchase of a newly constructed home; five per cent toward the purchase of a resale or existing home; or five per cent toward the purchase of a new or resale mobile or manufactured home.

 

The buyer needs at least five per cent of their own money to qualify, but personal and federal contributions can’t add up to a down payment of more than 19.9 per cent. The intention is to help first-time buyers reduce their mortgage payments rather than add to the financial burden that can come with home ownership and, now, the uncertainty of a pandemic.

 

It’s not a forgivable loan, however. Anyone tapping into the program has to pay back the government based on the property’s fair market value at the time of repayment. That’s either when the homeowner decides to sell or after 25 years — whichever comes first.

 

Doing the Math on the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive

 

“For me, the benefits I really see are that it does reduce what your mortgage payment is,” Imhoff says. “So if someone is buying with five per cent down and not using the program and someone is buying with 10 per cent with program, it means a lower payment.”

 

That’s a particularly helpful scenario for growing families, he notes. Parental leave and the reduced income it brings can be less stressful with lower mortgage payments, for example. The savings on mortgage payments could also be used to pay off other debt or go into a vacation (when things open up), education or retirement account. But the biggest selling point might just be the fact you can pay off your mortgage quicker.

 

Let’s look at the numbers:

 

Not using the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive

 

Purchase price: $500,000
Down payment (5%): $25,000
Mortgage loan insurance premium (4%): $19,000
Total mortgage: $494,000

 

Payments (five-year fixed at 2.09%): $2,113/month

 

Balance after five years: $414,608
Payments over five years: $126,802

 

Using the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive (5%) – Existing Property/Resale Home

 

Purchase price: $500,000
Down payment (5%): $25,000
First-time Home Buyer Incentive (5%): $25,000
Mortgage loan insurance premium (3.1%): $13,950
Total mortgage: $463,950

 

Payments (five-year-fixed at 2.09%): $1,985/month

 

Balance after five years: $389,387
Payments over five years: $119,089

 

Note: The government shares in five per cent of the value of your property. This is paid either in 25 years, when you sell the property or if you decide to refinance.

 

Using the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive (10%) – New Construction

 

Purchase price: $500,000
Down payment (5%): $25,000
First-Time Home Buyer Incentive (10%): $50,000
Mortgage loan Insurance premium (2.8%): $11.900
Total mortgage: $436,900

 

Payments (five-year fixed at 2.09%): $1,869/month

 

Balance after five years: $366,685
Payments over five years: $112,145

 

Note: The government shares in 10 per cent of the value of your property. This is paid either in 25 years, when you sell the property or if you decide to refinance.

 

In short, paying $128 or $244 less a month on your mortgage, depending on whether you choose the five or 10 per cent incentive, means having $7,700 or $14,600 more in your pocket over the next five years while still coming out ahead on your mortgage balance.

 

Not convinced yet? Imhoff is happy to go through the pros and cons with clients, and discuss payback scenarios. “If a property goes up in value and the government gets five to 10 per cent of that, you still have 90 to 95 per cent,” he says. “I can look at the numbers to show people. I’m sure anyone who takes advantage of the program isn’t going to be kicking themselves if their property goes up significantly and they have to pay back the government.”

 

Expanded Program Now Live!

 

First-time home buyers purchasing a home in the Toronto, Vancouver, or Victoria Census Metropolitan Areas are now eligible for a qualifying annual income of $150,000 versus $120,000 previously, and an increased total borrowing amount of 4.5 times their qualifying income, up from four times previously.

 

For more information, please visit the following link:

 

https://www.placetocallhome.ca/fthbi/first-time-homebuyer-incentive

 

Written by Matt Imhoff

 

Alan B
Alan B
00:41 15 Sep 21

This was my second time working with James. Each time has been fast and seamless. Quick responses to all my questions. Very professional Clear explanations of everything going during the buy / sale. I would recommend James to everyone!read more

Michael Mooney
Michael Mooney
23:46 14 Sep 21

Steve & Zayna were incredibly helpful and supportive through the whole process. Highly recommend!read more

Majid Rismankar
Majid Rismankar
14:17 14 Sep 21

We worked with Steve for the mortgage of our dream house. He and his team were so supportive and responsive and patiently addressed any concern that we had. The process was very smooth and he handled everything on time and as promised. I definitely recommend him for anyone looking for a smart, honest, professional and responsible mortgage broker.read more

Francine Darroch
Francine Darroch
14:29 10 Sep 21

James Harrison and his team were wonderful to work with. They made the process of selling and buying our homes smooth. They are extremely response, efficient, professional, and a pleasure to work with. We will 100% work with them in the future and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.read more

Paul Moscuzza (WooFerPPK)
Paul Moscuzza (WooFerPPK)
12:48 06 Sep 21

Being our first time buying a place and getting a mortgage we were fairly scared and uninformed about everything related to that. James and his team were both very professional, friendly and helpful. Any questions and uncertainty we had we were comforted knowing that James would answer with a detailed response explaining whatever our questions were.James also worked hard to make sure he could secure us a great rate. He communicated all of the available options and helped us go through that process. If your looking for a mortgage specialist I highly recommend James and his team!read more

Christine Crawford
Christine Crawford
18:11 05 Sep 21

Steve Harrison and his team are always a pleasure to work with. We have worked with them many times! Professional, hard working (literally around the clock), treats his clients like family, and fun to work with!Highly recommended 🙂read more

Ryan Gilroy
Ryan Gilroy
16:59 03 Sep 21

James and his team were absolutely phenomenal to deal with throughout the entire process. Our situation was by no means straightforward and the amount of knowledge, patience, and professionalism they displayed really made me feel good from start to close. I can’t recommend them enough.read more

Jeff Campbell
Jeff Campbell
13:32 02 Sep 21

This is was our first going through a renewal process and a lot was on our plate and the way the economy/society was due to the pandemic, there was a lot of options to review. James and his team took the time to understand our family plans in the present and future and presented all options and guided us what he felt was best suited for our family and assured we were comfortable with the decision. The process was super easy and we highly recommend himread more

Sachin Hingoo
Sachin Hingoo
13:21 02 Sep 21

James and his team were always there to guide us through the (often complicated) mortgage process between the purchase of our new home and the sale of our previous one, every step of the way. They went above and beyond to secure us a great rate and were very helpful and communicative throughout the process. I would highly recommend their services to anyone that needs a mortgage specialist.read more

Kevin Colacci
Kevin Colacci
00:05 01 Sep 21

Steve and his team made the very overwhelming experience of buying our first house feel a lot more manageable. He listened to all of our concerns and found the best lender to meet our needs and limitations. Throughout the whole process there was no such thing as a stupid question, Steve took unfamiliar concepts and helped us make sense of them. He was available to help out whenever we needed him, which was very important in the fast-paced house hunt. Steve had our best interests in mind the whole time and found the best mortgage arrangement for us. When we have to renew our mortgage we will definitely be coming back and I would definitely recommend Steve to anyone else looking for a mortgage.read more

Steve Truong
Steve Truong
16:09 25 Aug 21

James and his team at Mortgages.ca are the real deal in many ways:- very professional through the process- knowledgeable of the process/market and able to guide you through your own circumstances, no matter how unique- extremely responsive- perhaps most importantly, they’re able to get great rates that are hard to find on your ownWould certainly recommend them to anyone looking for a mortgage.read more

David Chu
David Chu
18:25 23 Aug 21

Scott and James got us approved after we got poor service at our bank. They are experienced with self employed professionals and kept all their promises knowing we had a short closing. Thanks guys.read more

John Devaney
John Devaney
13:08 23 Aug 21

Hi James Harrison and Mayra Watrich are # 1 in my eyes . I had a bad experience with a very bad broker she lied from day one 3 weeks before closing she said i needed $30.000 more to close. I did not have. So because of her dishonesty. I would of lost my $15.000 deposit. A realtor Mike Mccarthy told me about James. Told him my story and he was very honest and professional up front. James did get me my loan before closing and a great mortgage. Thanks again James and Mayra.read more

Dan Maragno
Dan Maragno
20:35 17 Aug 21

James and his team were unbelievable and took any uncertainties right out of my hands. Very informative, exceptionally responsive and punctual. Hands down using them for my future transactions, it was a seamless experience….Thank you!!read more

Sharif Ad
Sharif Ad
21:15 13 Aug 21

Housing market is soaring like crazy and I thought I would not able to buy a house in Toronto. I reached out to Mortgage Architect after unsuccessfully dealing with various brokers. Scott Nazareth made me confident that he will buy me a house. He was incredible from beginning to end, very professional, responsive and managed to help me close on the property. He ensured that I felt at ease throughout the entire process, answered any of my questions via email and text message and always kept me updated with the progress of the approval. He also helped me to negotiate the interest rate! I am extremely glad and grateful that I reached out to Scott. I will not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.read more

Sura Jerky
Sura Jerky

22:23 04 Aug 21

i just want to share this testimony with you friends, because am so happy now , finally i just got my loan from Flora LOAN HELPER… if you are in any need of any kind of loan you can contact them now on email: (floralenders001@gmail.com) or whatsapp +17816707813read more

Jason Murray
Jason Murray
20:15 28 Jul 21

Amazing people who work their hardest to get you the best rate possible. Great communication and always prompt when responding! Overall great experience!read more

Joshua Acheson
Joshua Acheson
14:38 28 Jul 21

My partner and I worked with James and Mayra on our mortgage and they were fantastic. Both James and Mayra are great communicators and were very responsive throughout the process. They have good instincts for when to use email and when it’s best to hop on a call to sort out ambiguity.I would absolutely want to go through a future mortgage process with them and recommend them to any friends or family.read more

Mary Plasko
Mary Plasko
13:31 24 Jul 21

Scott is the one to speak to. In my unique situation, I was concerned about a few things and Scott was able to make things happen. 5 stars to your commitment, knowledge, thoroughness and professional approach while having an understanding of the human side of things at the same time. Scott alleviated much of the stress and helped this experience be that much more pleasant. I highly recommend mortgages.ca. You will be well taken care of. Thank you Scott.read more

Dariusz
Dariusz
14:26 16 Jul 21

Working with James and his team was a amazing! James was extremely responsive to my many questions and made the whole process very easy and stress free. I didn’t know getting a mortgage could be this smooth. Do yourself a favor and call James Harrison and his team to set you up with a mortgage. After working with banks and other brokers in the past they don’t even compare to the quality of service you will receive at Mortgages.ca.read more

Andrew McGirr
Andrew McGirr
15:24 14 Jul 21

My Wife and I worked with another mortgage broker to buy our home. Steve helped us refinance recently and we cannot believe the difference.Steve helps you through the whole process and understands exactly what the client wants/needsVery professional and timely and felt to be important. If I did not know any better I would say I was his only client at the time because he gives you so much attentionDo not waste time with anyone else, this will be the best choice you ever makeI will continue to use Steve for anything mortgage relatedread more

Holly Stallan
Holly Stallan
23:45 08 Jul 21

The best in the business. Steve is professional, incredibly thoughtful and responsive in all matters, and has gone above and beyond to help me with several mortgages over the past number of years. I highly recommend him to everyone looking for a sincere customer advocate!read more

Daniel Alonzo
Daniel Alonzo
17:30 08 Jul 21

My wife and I worked with James and his team when we bought our first home in 2017. Fast forward to today (i.e. 2021), James has once again made the transition of re-financing our mortgage as easy and comfortable as the first time we’ve worked with him. From this, we would like to highlight the consistent professional service he brings to his clients. We have full confidence that he will always represent the best interest of his clients regardless of how the real estate market is going.read more

Pedro Silva
Pedro Silva
04:02 07 Jul 21

We can’t thank James and Myra enough for their help in getting us our mortgage!We had been dealing with another mortgage broker a few weeks before our home search. All required paperwork done, all numbers crunched, you’re “good to go” we were told.We finally found the place we were looking for made an offer that was accepted then waited for the “formality” of having the mortgage approved. Well by day 4 of excuses we became extremely worried. Our place had sold, closing was now just 3 weeks away and we still had not been approved, despite being assured our file was “good to go”.We reached out to James and Myra and again submitted all the required paperwork, within a few days our mortgage (with a bridge loan in the mix) was approved!We wish we had started out with them from the beginning, the stress we would have been spared.THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!read more

Nathan Kruger
Nathan Kruger
15:01 03 Jul 21

Steve did an excellent job walking us through the mortgage application and closing process. He gave us good advice, was always available to answer questions and clearly enjoys what he does. He was a pleasure to work with and we would happily recommend him to anyone looking to buy their first home.read more

Rahul Ajani
Rahul Ajani
13:27 30 Jun 21

It was a pleasure to have James and Myra help us with our mortgage. They are well-organized, they prepared our file neatly and there was no last-minute rush for any missing papers. They are responsive: whenever I wrote to them I heard back from them in a matter of a few hours. They explained the whole process to us very well. There were no hidden fees/charges. Whenever we needed anything from them they acted really fast. For example, our builder’s law firm had made a mistake in the property address, so we needed revised approval letter, which they secured the very next day. Transparent professional and responsive. I would definitely recommend them to my friends.read more

Kathleen Bellehumeur
Kathleen Bellehumeur
21:11 18 Jun 21

Had a wonderful experience working with Mortgages.ca. James and team were so incredibly helpful, professional and detail oriented. They completely set my mind at ease and got us to a great outcome! Couldn’t recommend more highly!read more

Jonathan Grottoli
Jonathan Grottoli
21:45 14 Jun 21

Steve was very insightful. He really took the time to understand our needs and helped us think outside the box. With his guidance he saved us a lot of money and set us up for future success.read more

Neil Upshall
Neil Upshall
17:41 14 Jun 21

Had a great experience with James and Mayra at Mortgages.ca. And despite being a challenging customer, they were patient and accommodating with me throughout the entire process. Would highly recommend.read more

Natalie Kasparian
Natalie Kasparian
16:48 11 Jun 21

BEST MORTGAGE BROKERS.Look no further, they are always so fast at responding to any concerns you have regarding the mortgage process and then the mortgage itself. They made the whole process so seamless and easy.During my application, I wanted to make a change to my mortgage very close to the closing date and they were very understanding and made it happen in the nick of time !! I am very grateful and I highly recommend James and Mayra for all your mortgage needs !read more

Lisa Marriott
Lisa Marriott
16:21 11 Jun 21

James Harrison from mortgages.ca is our go-to mortgage broker. When we first purchased our home 9 years ago, we hadn’t met James yet. We used another broker from a big name company and it was disastrous. We were first time home buyers and I felt so alone in the process. My emails were often ignored and I did not have the guidance one really needs as a first time buyer.My husband is a successful realtor in Toronto and James Harrison came highly recommended. My husband recommends James to all of his clients as we have trusted him with our personal mortgage financing for the last two renewals. I’ve also recommended James to personal friends and they are all so thankful.James is very professional and very knowledgeable. He always responds very promptly. He makes everything seamless and stress free. He always goes above and beyond. If you’re looking for mortgage broker, look no further!read more

Anna Shpilevskaya
Anna Shpilevskaya
14:25 11 Jun 21

Had a wonderful experience getting our mortgage with James Harrison. This is the second time we had James help us and both times we have been extremely happy. He promptly answered all our questions and took the time to explain different options available to us. Highly recommend working with him and his team!read more

Ryan Wykes
Ryan Wykes
13:38 11 Jun 21

Only person I trust with my mortgage business. AAA+ service and guidance on the right moves for me and all my clients. The entire team makes the process seamless and easy.read more

Trudy T
Trudy T
17:13 01 Jun 21

I can not say enough about Steve and his assistance during my journey in purchasing a place. He has been nothing but helpful and full of insights… plus he has a friendly but non-pushy demeanor that made all our correspondences very comfortable. I felt like I could ask him anything and he was always happy to answer my questions in depth and easy to understand. Highly highly recommend Steve!!read more

Lauren Pelley
Lauren Pelley
03:00 01 Jun 21

We’ve had a great experience working with James and the Mortgages.ca team for more than a year now, including securing a mortgage for our first home. On top of that, the team alerted us to other great opportunities, such as a program to complete our home renovations and later helped us lower our interest rate. We highly recommend the broker route for anyone buying a home!UPDATE: We worked with James’ team again to refinance. Helpful and smooth process where he provided multiple options and got us the best rate, allowing us to make the most of our home’s value without moving. When we do sell, we’ll be returning for services from Mortgages.ca!read more

Tara Wood
Tara Wood
17:01 30 May 21

James and his team are helpful, thorough, responsive and just plain lovely to work with. While confirming a mortgage in this crazy market, they moved quickly to align with offer dates and provide sound advice along the way. highly recommend!read more

Patrick Stein
Patrick Stein
15:29 27 May 21

James and Zayna were great to work with. I was a first time buyer and needed a more complex mortgage setup than usual — they went out of their way to make the process smooth and answer any questions, and were always super quick with their responses (which, in this crazy world of Toronto real estate, was very helpful). Can’t recommend them enough!read more

Adam Mascherin
Adam Mascherin
14:33 27 May 21

We have used Steve and his team a second time for the mortgage on our new home and once again they hit it out of the park!It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with someone who always returns calls/emails in a timely manner and is a true professional.Steve’s knowledge of mortgages and finances in general is second to none. We always felt confident knowing that we would receive accurate and beneficial advice.There are many stresses related to moving and I’m happy to say that our mortgage wasn’t one of them.I have and will continue to recommend Steve and his team to anyone in need of a mortgage. Thank you for all the hard work and impeccable service!!!read more

Andrew Moody
Andrew Moody
13:41 27 May 21

We couldn’t be happier with Mortgages.ca and James and Mayra. Extremely professional and knowledgeable, they made the whole process super easy from start to finish and got us a fantastic rate. Highly recommended!!read more

rahman atta
rahman atta
15:13 26 May 21

Scott Nazareth was awesome from the start to my wife and I when we were looking to buy our first house. He was always super responsive to our questions whether a call or email and made the whole process a complete breeze. We secured an unreal rate also!!! Highly recommendedread more

Daniel Ling
Daniel Ling
14:51 26 May 21

James and his assistant Mayra did a great job on our mortgage! They were very honest about what I could afford and responded at all times of the day and night to questions I had. To top it all off he got me a great rate and even sent a gift basket to congratulate me on my new home.Would definitely recommend!read more

Shobha Shetty
Shobha Shetty
14:45 25 May 21

I will highly recommend James Harrison and his team Scott Nazareth @ mortgage.ca.Scott handled all our paper work . He was very professional and patient and answered all are queries and explained everything detailed . With all the follow work and his patience We felt very comfortable working with him. He closed our deal so smoothly and we are very happy that we choose the right brokerage company. Wishing him and his team all the good luck for future.read more

Eric Kennedy
Eric Kennedy
23:47 17 May 21

The professionalism and quality relationships we had during our experience was made so much better by the involvement of our broker and his dedication to our needs and goals. We were shown compassion and understanding that made the stresses of buying a house a little less stressful. Our dreams were met and we couldn’t be happier with our experience with Mortgages.ca and Our guy Vern Bovell. We are only here because of you.ThanksEric and Lisaread more

Sean Nolan
Sean Nolan
21:59 16 May 21

James and team were excellent with my first mortgage and subsequent refinancing. Very responsive and clear answers to what may be basic questions from first time buyers, highly recommend and will use James again in the future.read more

Alex Dettman
Alex Dettman
16:25 04 May 21

I’ve dealt with Steve for my initial mortgage (4 years ago) and again when I went to re-finance recently and Steve & his team were always willing to explore a variety of options and to accommodate our timelines, preferences and schedules and particular made navigating the complexities of a re-financing during the virtual environment as seamless as possible. I would definitely recommend Steve & team, and will likely go to him again in the future.read more

Sally B
Sally B
15:15 30 Apr 21

Great experience- professional and super pleasant to deal with! Highly recommend.read more

Sean Marks
Sean Marks
12:48 30 Apr 21

Both James and Zayna were incredibly helpful with this process, walking us through everything and spending the time to make sure our decision was the right one. As first time home buyers it made this big step so much more enjoyable knowing we were in good hands. Would highly recommend their services.read more

Anne-Marie Stuart
Anne-Marie Stuart
14:48 28 Apr 21

Working with James and his team was a dream! James was extremely responsive to our (many!) questions and gave us great advice. Most importantly, he found us a great mortgage that made it possible for us to buy our dream home. We would highly recommend working with James if you get the chance.read more

Himanshu Jog
Himanshu Jog
01:48 19 Apr 21

Worked w/James & team recently and had a great experience. Being new to this market, I was full of basic (& sometimes silly) questions and James/team were full of patience. They were very prompt in responding to my emails and phone calls. I’ve had a great experience and recommend their service to anyone in need. Thanks again, James!read more

Brian LeNguyen
Brian LeNguyen
17:27 15 Apr 21

Steve was excellent to deal with and always made himself available to discuss any questions or concerns. The whole mortgage process felt very seamless and pain free.2021 Update: Steve was once again an incredibly helpful resource and trusted advisor when guiding us through the steps required for the mortgage application process.read more

Ann MacNaughton
Ann MacNaughton

15:43 16 Feb 18

Mortgages.ca and the very personableJames Harrison have always offered a quick response to any query, in-depth knowledge of mortgage options and concerns, and excellent service to the clients we have successfully referred.
Looking forward to many more!
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Mustard Littl
Mustard Littl

16:26 14 Feb 18

Answer to trivia question: 2.7%

Amanda Rose
Amanda Rose

23:54 04 Sep 17

Great customer service. I was able to get a competitive rate. I’d like to treat them some champagne for helping me with my 1st mortgage so well.read more

Brad Scott
Brad Scott

03:08 15 Aug 17

Outstanding service. Steve Harrison went above and beyond. He was always available and answered every phone call or text immediately. We had a few issues which Steve easily solved for us. Would highly recommend.read more

Melissa Trombetta
Melissa Trombetta

02:19 17 Feb 17

Excelente service. Steve did everything we needed to get what we needed. Very satisfiedread more

Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith

01:28 06 Jun 16

After having a very negative experience with a banks mortgage devision. Steve was exactly what we were looking for. Steve was excellent at answering our questions quickly and clearly. His professionalism gave us the confidence to make an aggressive offer which ended up being successful in the purchase of our 1st home. Thank you Steve, would recommend to any one.read more

Barry Naymark
Barry Naymark

16:45 17 May 16

We are very happy with all the customer service, hard work and dedication from James and Laurie. I was able to ask all the important questions and get all the right answers as this was our 1st time buying our 1st home! The efficient and effective work really allowed me to feel at ease that I was getting the best service, rate and lender to make my dreams a reality! I recommend them for all future buyers. Their communication was perfect in instructing me to do have everything in place with closing! I will continue to recommend them!read more

Joy Varrasso
Joy Varrasso

18:41 11 Jun 15

Once again James has exceeded our expectations with his exceptional customer service and the ability to offer knock out rates. This is our second time using him and have referred him to family and friends. Thanks again for all your help!!read more

Diana Wright
Diana Wright

13:03 04 Dec 14

As first time homebuyers, finding the perfect home in Toronto within budget was challenging and full of learning experiences. Steve took the surprises and uncertainty out of the biggest purchase (ahem…loan) of our lives. He was able to answer all of our questions and ensure we had the information we’d need to make a decision. Trust me, as someone in financial risk management, I had A LOT of questions. And of course, No one could come close to the rate he got us. Thanks for helping us own our dream house and a piece of this great city!read more

Sarah Makhomet
Sarah Makhomet

17:45 26 Nov 14

A great team of professionals!!!

Alyse Orsborn
Alyse Orsborn

20:48 28 May 14

I was referred to Steve from a colleague and I have been blown away! Just got back from seeing my lawyer who actually fist pumped me on the amazing rate we got. Aside from the low rate, as a first time home buyer, Steve spent so much time with me helping me along the way and educating me on an area I felt I didn’t know a lot about. I’m a studier and he provided all the content and clarity I needed. He was only a phone call away and always stopped to take the time Trust is everything and I feel so lucky to have had Steve during this whole process. Thank you Steve!!read more

Paul Francis
Paul Francis

16:31 29 Mar 14

Nothing but professionals here, looking forward to our next dealread more

Nicolas Wen Shea
Nicolas Wen Shea

13:44 25 Mar 14

Incredible customer service from Steve. Always picks up and prompt for meetings. Found the best rates possible and always took the time to explain the pros and cons of each alternative. My go to guy for anything mortgages related!read more

Lee Dipps
Lee Dipps

22:18 17 Mar 14

I’m so lucky I got in touch with Steve Harrison from Mortgages dot ca before signing anything with my bank or the broker my agent referred me to. Steve’s ability and willingness to answer all of my questions as they came up day after day, was amazing. He was a great help throughout the process and even found me a significantly better rate than my bank or my realtor’s broker. I want to encourage anyone who is in the market to contact Steve Harrison.read more

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