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Cam Brown, AMP
Specialties: Residential Mortgages, Commercial Mortgages, Rental Property / Investment, Alternative Lending, Reverse MortgagesApply Now
Hi, my name is Cam Brown. With the exception of a stint in Toronto my wife and I have been residents of Calgary since the early 1970’s. We think Alberta is absolutely the finest place in Canada to live and we are proud to consider ourselves long term Albertans.
I was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and was recruited by a major chartered bank out of school. My banking career began here in Calgary and continued for an interesting 18 years with stops in Edmonton and Toronto. My banking background includes roles in Personal, Commercial Lending and Business Account Management. As a result of this experience and training I am an expert in personal finance, business finance and the financing products that are available through out the industry. I know my way around the financial community and understand how lenders work and how they think.
Just as important are my own families’ home buying experiences. I recall the thrill of buying our first home and the surprise of all those unexpected costs – legal fees, property taxes, building a fence! Then deciding to renovate to accommodate first one then a second child and wondering about the costs of such a decision. And what about mortgage renewal time or deciding to move to a larger home because of that growing family. What is the best rate for us, what are the costs of renegotiating my mortgage, is my mortgage portable? Aren’t my personal experiences are just like yours?
We are blessed to live in a vibrant, thriving economy here in Alberta. Strong economic times have attracted new citizens to our Province and these new arrivals have caused the housing industry to boom. It has been a pleasure to draw on my professional and personal background to work with graduates, young couples, empty nesters, new Canadians or retirees in meeting their mortgage financing needs in this exciting time. With so much building activity going on and interest rates at all time lows lenders have developed a huge array of mortgage products aimed at attracting consumers. Such a selection of products available can be confusing to the consumer and I have been pleased to put my experience to work with a host of client’s young and old.
Every consumer has a different requirement – keeping monthly payments to a minimum or paying down the debt quickly or refinancing debt to complete a renovation and so on. My job is to understand your needs and to find a product at the best possible rate to meet your needs. I enjoy working with my clients and love the challenge of negotiating with lenders for the absolute best deal available!!
Please feel free to contact me for the absolute best and most experienced service in the industry.
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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.
Commercial Mortgages fall into their own class of financial products. As a result of this you will need to work with a broker who specializes specifically in commercial mortgages. They are different because there is no standard methodology that all lenders use to underwrite them so they require a lot more expertise to successfully put together.
Lenders typically underwrite each commercial mortgage transaction according to the merits of the proposal and the financial strength of the borrower. Once the lender is satisfied with the risk in funding the commercial mortgage or project, they will then decide on price.
Our commercial mortgage professionals arrange complex funding for client projects utilizing strong relationships across the entire commercial lending community. Our team of commercial mortgage brokers are experts when it come to commercial lending types and posses the knowledge and understanding of the niche each lender serves, loan types they prefer as well as what security, interest rates, fees and debt service coverage meet the criteria of those lenders. They will help you determine the right lender and mortgage for your investment.
We will ensure that your financial needs are matched with the right lender so you can get the highest possible rate of success for your investment. Commercial lending is very different from residential mortgages and are subject to a strict set of criteria. The participants in this market are chartered banks, credit unions, life insurance companies, mortgage investment companies, and non-institutional companies. Each have a unique portfolio structure, pricing matrix, and appetite for specific loan types and industries. It's important to seek the advice of a mortgage broker to ensure that your requirements are satisfied, and you get the mortgage that helps you reach your short term and long terms investment objectives. Contact us to get started and take your first step into making your project a reality.
With the ever-changing market and a stricter stress test, many Canadians are finding it harder to qualify for a mortgage through traditional financial institutions “A-Lenders” and are turning to alternative lending solutions for their mortgage. At Invis we work with many alternative lenders, who can offer excellent mortgage options with more flexible criteria and more lenient qualification requirements.
Alternative lenders are great for individuals who have non-traditional forms of income for example, capital gains, room rental income, child tax benefits and others or for self employed applicants who may not have the minimum required number of years being self employed.
These lending solutions are also a good option for those with lower credit scores. While the rate they offer is slightly higher than what you will see posted by an A-Lender, they are nothing out of the ordinary when compared to traditional rates posted in Canada. They also generally have shorter terms, meaning that you can get into the home of your dreams while being able to rebuild your credit at the same time.
Buyers who don’t qualify under the mortgage stress test can also take advantage of the expanded debt service ratios allowed by alternative lenders to qualify for a mortgage and get into the home of their dreams. If you have a very unique situation, we also have access to various private lenders who are even more flexible and lenient in requirements and may be able to offer you mortgage options that fit your situation. In today’s environment, we’re seeing more private lenders helping Canadians with their mortgages.
Call your Invis professional to find out about the different options available to you. They are experts when it comes to mortgage products and different solutions and will provide you with unbiased advice. They work for you, not the lender.
Are you considering buying a multiplex property in the near future to enter the rental market? While this type of investment is a great way to diversify your income and put money aside, it is important to be well prepared. Buying income-producing real estate is more than an investment, it also means starting a business. But where should you begin? Before you get started, it is important to quantify and analyze the financial implications to ensure that your project is viable and profitable. The return on investment is calculated by subtracting the operating expenses from your income. This amount is then divided by the down payment on the building. The percentage obtained represents the annual return, which should ideally be higher than the mortgage rate.
Another aspect to consider is your ability to manage risk. Rental real estate does not guarantee constant profits, so it is important to assess your tolerance for risk and financial uncertainty.
The financial aspect is not the only aspect to consider. When entering the rental real estate market, you have to manage tenants and take care of the building maintenance. It is therefore important to be familiar with tenants’ rights in Québec and to have an interest for manual work. This will greatly help!
The down payment required for your project will depend on the number of units in your plex and whether you want to live in the building. Usually, you need a down payment equal to 20% of the property value. However, if you intend to live in one of the two apartments of a duplex, the required down payment is 5% and that will increase to 10% in the case of properties with 3 or 4 units.
Invis brokers are there to help you make the right decisions. They can give you advise and guide you through the investment process. Contact us today to start making your project a reality.
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