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Mortgage Renewal

Mortgage renewal is an essential milestone in the life of a mortgage. It is the maturation of its term leaving you, the borrower, with a choice to renew with your current lender or switch to a new lender. A mortgage renewal doesn't need to be at the end of a term, though the closer it is to the end of a term the better for you. An early renewal will result in a penalty by the lender for breaking the current term agreement.

Mortgage Renewal uses

Mortgage rates are now lower than the current rate you have on your mortgage

Just like an annual financial plan, you should review your mortgage regularly. Renewal time is the ideal time to reassess your options and re-examine your overall financial situation. Our mortgage professionals are available to answer any questions you have and to help you choose the best options and lender for you.

When renewing your mortgage the rate guarantee period can be critical. Some lenders provide a 30-day period and some 60 days to lock into your next term. Obviously the longer this period is the better it is for you, because if rates move after you lock in, you may miss out on the better rate.

This is where one of our mortgage brokers can help. We can arrange a rate hold for four months, this can beat your current renewal often by 90 days. This will give you rate protection in an increasing rate market.

At renewal, you have several options:

  • pay off all or part of your mortgage
  • change the term (the interval between renewals)
  • change the amortization period (the time required to fully pay off your mortgage), or
  • change the frequency of payments (weekly, etc.).

With this flexibility, you can adjust your regular payments to suit your circumstances, which may have changed.

Reasons to renew your mortgage

You want to renew early to lock in a better rate

When you break your mortgage contract in favour of renewing your mortgage at a new rate and term, you’re faced with a penalty charge to reimburse your financial institution for the lost interest income.

As a basic rule of thumb, the prepayment charge is based on three months interest or the interest rate differential (the difference between your present mortgage rate for the balance of your term and the current rate you want to take out), whichever is greater.

The amount of the prepayment charge will tell you whether or not you should renegotiate your interest rate.

Generally speaking, the shorter your remaining term the better the chance your prepayment penalty will be worth it in comparison to the savings generated with a better rate.  

Ideally your mortgage term would be up for renewal in less than a year. The smaller the penalty the more attractive early renewal becomes. 

On the other hand, the longer the term left on your mortgage, the greater the prepayment penalties, which makes early renewal less desirable. At Mortgage for Less we can calculate the costs versus the benefits of breaking your mortgage early.

Your current mortgage term is ending

If the terms and rate of your current mortgage are fitting your budget and lifestyle and your mortgage term is ending soon, a renewal will reinstate your mortgage contract for another term, allowing you keep your current mortgage without change.

Switch Mortgage

It is as the name suggests, the opposite of a renewal, literally switching your mortgage from your current lender to a new one.

You can switch to a new lender for a variety of reasons:  better mortgage, an adjustment to your payment, a better interest rate, an increase in financing and/or opening up your repayment options.

If your mortgage is up for renewal with a major financial institution, switching it to another lender is easy. Quite often other lenders  will offer you a better deal. This can be done at no cost to you because the new lender wants your business and will pay for the legal and appraisal fees to do the switch.

You may have a discharge fee charged by your current bank/lender, however the money you save by switching frequently outweighs the costs.

You can switch to a new lender at anytime with a penalty, considering this a switch is best utilized at the end of your current mortgage term. Although there is a penalty if you break your mortgage term before its up, the cost can be outweighed by the savings that follow a better mortgage.

Required documents for a Mortgage Renewal


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Income Verification

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Current Mortgage Statement

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Renewing vs Switch

We can help. We have the knowledge, tools and professional dedication to advise you on your mortgage options.

Give us a couple of details and we'll advise, with no obligations.

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Feel free to send us an email with any questions you may have about the required documents for a mortgage renewal.

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How to get started with a Mortgage Renewal

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Determine what you can afford

We have a few excellent options to determine what you can afford to borrow. We offer an easy to use Mortgage Qualifier Calculator. Simply input the required information and let our calculator give you an idea of how much you can afford to borrow.

If you want to get the most accurate idea of how much you can afford to borrow, contact us or fill out our online mortgage assessment form.

Get a mortgage assessment

Get your mortgage assessed by professional mortgage brokers. We'll assess and advise on a mortgage product right for your financial needs an goals.

Decide on a mortgage loan

There are a variety of mortgage types and purposes. Deciding on the best mortgage for you is essential to getting the most logical loan for your financial needs, goals and future.

If you don't know what you want or need in a mortgage, we can assess your finances and  in consideration of your financial needs and goals, we'll provide the best mortgage and rate for you.

Contact us for advice

We can assess your situation and advise on a mortgage product that will meet your financial goals and needs into the future.

Contact us for mortgage consultation

We can be contacted by phone, email or directly through our website. We do consultations through email, phone and meetings. To begin a consultation fill out a form pertaining to your mortgage needs.

We've been helping Canadians obtain financing at the best terms and rate for 30 years and we'd be happy to help you get the best mortgage.

Fill out an online form

We have a variety of forms and applications at your disposal. We do everything from mortgage applications to mortgage assessments to helping to improve credit ratings.

How getting a Mortgage Renewal works

Fill out our online mortgage application

We assess your financial information

We chat about your mortgage financing options

We collect your required documents

We shop for your best mortgage and rate

We submit your application to a lender

You get approved for mortgage financing

We continue to advise and standby to guide

Determine your home equity 
with a free Ontario property assessment

A summary of our mortgage service

We navigate the mortgage market for you. As professionals we shop for you and in doing so we provide proficient service and advice.

Nick and his staff were very efficient and helpful. Nick in my opinion went above and beyond what was required in arranging my new mortgage.  This has been my experience over the past 25 years when dealing with Mortgage for Less and Nick specifically.

Steven Hensman

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Nick Mitskopoulos was professional, trustworthy, efficient and proactive. His expertise as a broker was evident from the moment we met him. We had encountered 2 other brokers before but we decided to go with Nick because of his professionalism and sense of ethics. He was also patient and answered our numerous questions. We definitely recommend him as a mortgage broker. Keep up the good work Nick!

Sylvie Leung

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At no cost to you, we work on your behalf with your best interests in mind, until the mortgage transaction is closed and you are funded.

We asses your situation, advise on a mortgage product, find your best rate and provide you with options to customize your mortgage.

Nick was great to deal with. Professional, knowledgeable, polite and quick to answer any questions we had. Throughout the process from mortgage pre approval all the way through to closing day he stayed in touch making sure we had all the information necessary.
Would highly recommend Nick.

David Lowcock

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I have used Mortage For Less for all my mortgages since purchasing my first home nearly 15 years ago. From our first experience Nick has always been amazing at providing advice and negotiating great deals, and we have been a loyal customers ever since. Nick also jumped in quickly to help us work out a line of credit through our mortgage when we inquired a few years ago, and he provides interesting updates on the market. I plan on sticking with Nick for as long as I own a home.

Rob Taniwa

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We consider your financial needs and goals to provide a proficient service of strategic mortgage customization.

We provide advice before and after a mortgage. We're dedicated to answering and advising on all your mortgage inquiries.

What a pleasure it is to do business with Nick. I have used Nick as my mortgage broker several times now and wouldn't think of using anyone else. He is knowledgeable, professional and always timely on any questions or inquires I have. He makes you feel like you are a special customer through the entire process. Nick thanks again for all you expertise and making this a smooth transaction.

Much appreciated !

Danny Phillips

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It's always been a pleasure to work with you. Everything was made very easy for us even though you are in a different province. I believe I always got a great rate without me having to negotiate with several different banks. All the work was done for me. Thank you.

Mary Tiberio

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We provide a continued service of advice to strategically save tens of thousands over the life of a mortgage.

Renew your mortgage with your current lender

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We've been advising on mortgages for 30 years and we've helped thousands of Canadians get approved for their mortgage financing needs. We'd be happy to help you with your mortgage renewal.


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