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6 Mar



Posted by: Peter Paley

There are a lot of misconceptions about mortgages today. How much do I need as a down payment? The Zero down payment mortgage of the past no longer exists. How it used to work, was a lender would give you 7% Cash Back from the mortgage proceeds which used to be allowed for the down payment. In return, the borrower would have about a 1% higher interest rate & would have a stifling penalty should they ever had to pay out they mortgage early.

This was an option for people who didn’t have their down payment. However, statistic show that many people change their mortgage after 3 years. This either resulted in very high penalties for clients as you had to pay your regular penalty and a portion of the cashback.

Our BLOG Today from Geoff Lee, explains how a zero down payment mortgage could work using the FLEX-DOWN PROGRAM.



Did you know that you can buy a home with ZERO down payment?? If a home purchase is your goal this year but you aren’t able to save up enough of a down payment, you may qualify for a low or zero down payment mortgage. One of our Lenders is offering a great zero down program.

What is a Flex-Down Mortgage?
A Flex-Down Mortgage is a mortgage product that has a flexible down payment amount. There is still a down-payment required, but it will vary based on the property value.

For a property valued under than or equal to $500,000, 5% down payment is required (sources available below)
For a property valued at greater than $500,000 and less than $1 million –5% down payment is required up to $500,000 with an additional 10% down payment on the portion of the home value above $500,000.
Flex-down mortgages can only be on first mortgages, not second or third or used in refinance situations. As noted above, the total property value has to be less than $1 million. This type of mortgage will also have insurance included with it—the premium will be lesser of the premium as a % of the total new loan amount or the premium as a % of the top-up portion additional loan based on the rates at that time.

Those that choose to go with this type of mortgage product will have to meet requirements, just like any other mortgage. There are a few specifications with this product:

You must show that you have standard income and employment verification papers
A credit score of 650 or higher is highly recommended
You must have no previous bankruptcies
Some lenders may still require you to have some of the down payment from your own resources
Those considering this type of mortgage are recommended to have very little debt and be able to accommodate the additional cost of higher mortgage insurance (due to the higher risk to the lender on this type of mortgage). Typically, the insurance premium would be 0.2% higher on a flex down mortgage.

How it Works
You can borrow your 5% payment from a Line of Credit or even a credit card. This can then be used for your down payment. You have to disclose this to the Insurer and it will be on the application that goes to the Lender.

This is perfect for someone just getting into a new high paying job or for someone who is renting and can afford higher monthly payments but would take forever to save up the 5% down payment. This type of mortgage product can be an excellent option if you don’t quite have enough for the down payment. Are you interested in learning more about this mortgage product? Contact a Dominion Lending Centres mortgage professional who can show you how a Flex mortgage can make the home of your dreams happen sooner than you think!

Geoff Lee