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Dawn Stephanishin

Dawn Stephanishin

Mortgage Agent

Specialties: Residential Mortgages, Reverse Mortgages, Self Employed, First-time home buyer, New canadian

About

Broker

With more than 40 years of  experience in the financial services industry, Dawn has the knowledge you need to help with financing your home. As an Independent Mortgage Broker, Dawn is able to offer Clients a variety of options and great mortgage products with competitive interest rates to suit each unique situation. Whether you are purchasing your first home, a larger home or a Vacation property, you want Dawn's experience behind you!

Dawn has lived in the Okanagan most of her life.   The Okanagan life has access to fantastic lakes, Silver Star Mountain and with the great residents that live here, what more could you ask for? If you are buying a home in Vernon, chances are, Dawn will know the property itself!

When not working, Dawn has a passion for traveling and for sports and is often seen with her husband Glen at a Seahawk Football game.  Dawn has volunteered over many years for local charities, and is proud to have been part of the wonderful group of women of Wine, Women & Woods, who collectively donated more than 1 million dollars to the Breast Cancer Foundation BC/Yukon and Vernon Jubilee Hospital to assist with Breast Cancer detection. WWW is proudly displayed on the Wall of donations at VJH! 

Dawn would be happy to provide local experience and knowledge to help you with obtaining the Best Mortgage Available for you. Dawn is consistently a top 5% National Invis Award Winner recognizing the commitment she has to her clients and Business every single year. Many of her Lender partners have recognized Dawn as part of the 100 Million Dollar Brokers. Give Dawn a call to get started! 

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Self-Employed

Borrowing money is harder for many self-employed Canadians. While there is broad recognition that self-employed Canadians are reliable borrowers, it may be difficult to navigate the mortgage process and the different options available specifically for this group. We can help turn the tables. These individuals may run their own businesses, or work in a profession where the main source of their income is predominately capital gains, a form of income that is generally not considered by most “A Lenders”.

We work with self-employed homebuyers every day and understand the challenges that they may face when arranging a mortgage especially with no standard proof of income. Our brokers are experts when it comes to mortgage solutions and have access to multiple options, including mortgage products designed specifically for self-employed Canadians. They can pinpoint which lenders have more favourable terms and requirements and advise you on how you can improve your options to get the best possible rate and terms.

The more complex your mortgage situation, the more sense it makes to use an experienced mortgage professional who can help simplify the process and help you achieve both your short-term objectives and your long-term financial plan. Most of all, they allow you to stay focused on your business, alleviating the burden of many time-consuming and frustrating tasks and meetings associated with securing a mortgage and will also work around your busy work schedule. Many will even travel to your work site if required to make the transaction as convenient as possible for you.

Remember, that independent mortgage professionals work for YOU, not the lenders or banks, so you can rest assured that their advice is unbiased and in your best interest when it comes to finding the right lender and right product to meet your needs. Find out what your options are, give us a call.

First-time home buyer

Here’s to buying like a pro the first time!

Buying your first home is one of the most important financial decisions you’ll ever make and getting the right advice from a mortgage professional is a great way to start.

Before you start looking for your dream home, your Invis professional can help you find out how much you can qualify for so you can shop with confidence. They’ll explain the process and even assist in getting you a mortgage pre-approval so you can take advantage of today’s low rate environment by locking in today’s rate for you for a set period of time, typically 90 to 120 days.

Understanding your down-payment options is important as you get ready to buy your first home. This is right time to consult with your mortgage professional who can explain the requirements and options available to first-time buyer only when it comes to down-payment. Generally, the min down-payment required depends on the purchase price with the min being 5% down. For homes $500,000 and under 5% down is the min required. For homes over $500,000 but less than $1 million, you need 5% down-payment on the first $500,000 and 10% for any amount over that. If your purchase price is $1 million or more, a minimum 20% down-payment is required. Mortgages with less than 20% down are subject to default insurance which is usually added to the mortgage amount.

At Invis, we work with over 60 lenders from major banks to private lenders. Your mortgage professional gives you access to multiple lenders and finds the right mortgage for you with only one application. They help you navigate the process, explain your options and present you with mortgage solutions that best meet your need. Having the right combination of mortgage features, privileges and rate is key. The right mortgage goes beyond just the rate--it's important to also consider term, prepayment options, refinancing penalties, restrictions, and fees.

Your mortgage professional will not only find the right mortgage for you but also provide strategies to help you pay your mortgage off faster and shave thousands off interest costs in the process.

Reverse Mortgages

If you’re a homeowner over the age of 55 and want to tap into your home equity, a reverse mortgage can be the right solution for you. A reverse mortgage is also known as an “equity release”. With a reverse mortgage, you can access up to 55% of the equity in your home tax-free as a lump sum or monthly cash deposits. The maximum amount you are able to borrow will depend on your age, your home’s appraised value, and our lender. No mortgage payments are required and you maintain ownership of your home. Repayment of the loan and interest is only required once you move or sell the home. At the end of your loan term, you may have less equity in your home. If you don’t make any payments, which is fine, you may have a larger interest payment to make when the home is sold.

A lender will often ask you to consult a lawyer prior to giving you a reverse mortgage to ensure you understand the conditions of the mortgage. The lender can never force you to sell your home to repay the reverse mortgage. It is also important to note that all existing loans on the property, including a mortgage or a home equity line of credit must be paid off prior to getting the mortgage.

Whether you’re looking for a financial cushion to live comfortably, funds to cover monthly expenses, pay off debt, renovate or fund your children’s education, you can use the funds from a reverse mortgage in any way you want without restrictions! What’s more, is if the home goes up in value, it doesn’t affect the reverse mortgage, meaning that all equity gained is yours! Lastly, you can get out of a reverse mortgage at any time by paying off the loan and any interest accrued.

Have a discussion with your mortgage professional to find out if a reverse mortgage is the right solution for you.

New To Canada

If you’re new to Canada and looking to buy a home of your own, we are here to help get you there sooner!

As you transition from renter to owner, seeking the advice of a mortgage professional is a smart move that can help make the transition easier. Your Invis professional will help streamline the mortgage process for you, explain the requirements and present you with the options available to you. If you have any questions, your mortgage professionals is there for you every step of the way.

Generally, the most important factors for new to Canada financing are credit history, and down-payment.

It is a good idea to start establishing credit in Canada as soon as you can. Not everyone may be where they need to be when they first meet with a Mortgage professional. Your Mortgage professional can take the time to coach you on what you can do to help build your credit. If you do not have established credit, they can show you have built credit by providing specific supporting documentation such as a credit report from your country of origin, proof of rental payments, proof of utilities payments, proof of income and others. In terms of the down-payment, a five percent of the purchase price is the minimum although a larger down payment may be required. If you are a non-resident, a 10% down-payment be be required. It is also important to remember that homes over $500,000 require 10% for every dollar between $500,000 and $999,999. Any mortgage over 1 million dollars will require 20% down payment.

Mortgage professionals also work with a large range of lenders and products, which makes them more likely to be able to find the right solution for your situation.

You can rely on your mortgage professional to help outline all the requirements and advise you on the paperwork you need to assemble to apply for a mortgage. Call for a consultation or to get the process started.

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Dawn Stephanishin

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