With close to 20 years in the mortgage industry and a consultative touch, Nishka makes the entire process smooth and easy.
Do we renovate? Do we buy a vacation home? Do we package up our debt and add it to our mortgage? Using your home equity doesn’t have to be expensive. From re-organizing debts to parents helping their children buy homes, draw upon Nishka’s collective experience from dealing with every possible financing scenario over the past 15 years.
“Nishka has been our mortgage advisor for many years. While we have always valued her experience, excellent customer service, and advice in providing financing solutions, it wasn’t until we started our major renovation that we got to see how extensive her knowledge really is. Not only did Nishka recommend over 10 trades people to us, she also came to our home and shared some of her personal experiences, offering ideas from several of her projects on her past homes. She also drew upon the collective experiences that her clients have been through, some of which are property developers.
Working with someone who is “battle tested” has given my wife and I a huge level of comfort as we take the leap into this massive undertaking!”
– Leonard and Liana Cox – North Vancouver
As a real estate investor you want a mortgage advisor with experience. In addition to structuring mortgage financing deals for over 15 years, Nishka is also an active real estate investor herself. Having bought and sold close to 10 properties in the past 10 years, Nishka understands how real estate in the Vancouver area is an integral part of building wealth. With over 50 lenders at her disposal, Nishka can find the funds to “do the deal” and structure it in a tax efficient manner.
– Robert and Kasia
How exciting! After driving around town, visiting a million open houses over countless Saturday’s, you are ready to make an offer. Or maybe it’s just the opposite! The house that you have always found an excuse to drive by now has a For Sale sign! Suddenly the traffic on the street seems much more than usual; you know you are going to have to go into a multiple offer situation to get this one!
This is where Nishka shines! In either situation you need a mortgage advisor who can act fast to get you an approval with the right lender so you can remove that “subject to financing clause” ASAP!
“Buying a house and securing financing is a very stressful experience, however, through working with Nishka, the process was surprisingly easy. She was extremely helpful in explaining all the details to us. She has years of experience and knowledge in the industry and was creative in helping us achieve our goals. I would, without a doubt utilize her services again in the future and would recommend her to anyone looking into mortgage financing as she is one of the best at what she does!”
– John from New Westminster
You want to explore your options. Perhaps you are tired of making appointments during “Banker’s Hours” or you would like some advice on what type of mortgage best fits with the current rate environment. With access to over 50 lenders Nishka has the ability to find the right mortgage, with the right lender that best fits your needs. Today’s mortgage financing landscape is very different than when you initially set up your mortgage. Let Nishka guide you through the new government legislation and product options.
“Nishka listened to our financial needs and knew exactly how we should proceed to achieve our lifestyle goals. Thank you Nishka – you are amazing in every way!”
– Tracy and Declan Sacre – North Vancovuer
How exciting! Buying your first home is something you will remember for a life time! Let me tell you why First Time Buyers love dealing with Nishka!
Compass™, a program available exclusively from Nishka, allows you to harness her 20 years of experience as an Accredited Mortgage Professional. First Time Buyers that have been through the Compass™ process, on average buy a home 50% sooner and at a 50% to 70% greater purchase price than those First Time Buyers that haven’t gone through the process. With Compass™ you will get the road map and the directions you need to get you moving into your very first home!
– Mike and Sherri
Nishka has been an amazing resource for our first home purchase. She was professional and thorough throughout the process and secured a great rate for us quickly and efficiently. Thanks Nishka!
– Ian and Elisabeth
“As first time home buyers, we didn’t know much about the mortgage process. Nishka made everything simple, was always there to answer questions, and catered to our personal needs in finding the right mortgage for us!”
– Jon and Cassia
“So grateful to have Nishka help us make our dream a reality!!
I can’t speak highly enough to explain how much Nishka has helped us through the process of buying our first home. She not only helped us secure a great mortgage product with one of the best rates, but in my mind she also went way outside her job description to make the entire process comfortable for us by having such a wealth of knowledge in all areas of the home buying process. I walked into her office just to explore what it would take to get ourselves into a position where we could buy our own home and with an amazing suggestion on how we could invest in RRSP’s to maximize our tax refund and then utilize our first time home buyers program we actually turned just and idea into me sitting here now in our beautiful home writing about the experience all within 6 months. There were a lot of unknowns and really big sometimes scary decisions to be made along the way when buying our house and what I loved about working with Nishka is that she was always available to return my calls. When we were hunting for houses I think I had to call her 3 times in a row to ask different questions and not once did she ever make me feel as though I was being a bother and she always had a way of leaving me feel very comfortable and confident in what I was doing. Nishka went way above my expectations and I am so grateful to have met such a great person and I will definitely be continuing our journey with her when our mortgage term comes time for renewal. If anyone is considering buying a home or is looking to find a great mortgage I highly recommend you see Nishka to discuss your options she has made our dream come true and I really know she would be helpful to anyone who is going through the process.”
– Sarah & Jay
Very happy new homeowners!!!
As first time home-buyers, my husband and I were referred to Nishka to help us secure a mortgage. Nishka was incredibly patient, meeting with us in person to answer all of our questions and coach us through the process. She also made sure to keep in touch regularly throughout our experience so we were aware of where things were at and what was required of us. Even when faced with unique challenges, Nishka went above and beyond in gathering additional information and providing guidance to us on how to navigate our situation. Overall, the knowledge she shared with us and her drive to get us set up with the best mortgage possible reduced our stress and made the entire process easy and straightforward. We would recommend Nishka to other first time home-buyers in a heart beat!
-Amy and Shaun
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With the recent increases in fixed mortgage rates, some of our clients are asking is it time to lock in our variable rate mortgage. It’s tough to give a yes or no answer since it depends on your personal situation. So to answer the question I’ve outlined what’s involved in “the fix or not to fix” decision, from the perspective of the three different client types we most often encounter.
Before we dive into the different situations let’s do a quick refresher on how mortgage interest rates are priced. Fixed rates are priced off the bond market, and the bond market pricing is based on future expectations of where inflation is going. Variable rate mortgages are based off the Bank of Canada prime rate, and the prime rate is based on economic data that happened in the previous 3 to 6 months. You can see where the gap is created between the two types of mortgages. Variable rates are based on economic data vs. fixed rates on based on future expectations. One is fact, the other is fiction. This is why we see fixed rates jump up 6 to 9 months before variable rates move. And this is also why we see rates jump up and then settle back down when the catalyst for the increase doesn’t materialize i.e. President Elect Trump killing trade agreements, deporting 11 million workers and creating huge deficit spending at the same time as decreasing the revenue from taxes. As it becomes more apparent that it’s unlikely Trump will be able to fulfil all those promises, rates could settle back down.
Now that you understand mortgage pricing, here are the three main types of calls we field from clients:
The strategic decision:
This phone call often comes from our more savvy clients who like to time the market. Often we remind these clients that timing the market rarely works out. Over the long term, variable mortgages outperform fixed mortgages, provided you have a sufficient discount to prime. Our experience has shown that prime minus 0.5% is the cutoff point, so if your discount from prime is larger than that you should come out ahead at the end of the term compared to a fixed mortgage.
As mentioned above, the variable mortgage will lag on any rate increases. What I didn’t mention is that it will also lead on any decreases. It’s this lag and lead effect that make the variable mortgage more efficient over the course of a 5 year term.
If this sounds like you, our experience is you have a sufficient financial cushion to comfortably handle future rate increases. What you are really looking for is bragging rights at the next office party to say that you timed it perfectly! Trust us on this one, when it comes to long term investments, being right for the short term can be very expensive in the long term.
The life event decision:
This is the most challenging phone call we get. What we often see with this type of situation is that the rationale behind going with a variable mortgage is about to change. Common things that come up are a change in careers, having a baby or possibly moving (some variable mortgage aren’t portable). What we do in this situation is evaluate all the variables and make sure that staying in a variable mortgage still makes sense. We often find in this scenario that a bit of forward planning can save a lot of money down the road.
If this situation describes you, it would be a good idea to give us a call.
The emotional decision:
This phone call often is based on the fear that things are going to run away on them and that they will be faced with a 21% interest rate like the spike seen in the early 80’s. If their payment goes up too much they won’t be able to afford their home.
This call is incredibly rare (like being struck by lightning rare) for us since we put a lot of effort into financially and emotionally profiling our clients to ensure they are comfortable with market fluctuations. If you aren’t our client and this resonates with you, then you probably shouldn’t have been placed in a variable mortgage in the first place and it might be a good time to lock in your interest rate for 5 years. I wouldn’t recommend a term longer than 5 years given that they are rarely priced competitively.
One important thing to note, is that as humans, we have a primitive instinct hard coded into our brains that we have to grab something if it’s going to be taken away. It’s an incredibly powerful desire that causes us to override previous decisions and sometimes abandon logic. I say this because it’s important to understand the underlying force driving your decision – and it doesn’t just apply to finances!
I hope that this post gives you insight into how a variable rate mortgage fits into your personal financial situation in the context of today’s economic environment.
Since 1995 Nishka has been providing financing solutions for North Vancouver, Vancouver and the Tri-City areas. In that time she has come to understand one simple thing; owning real estate is a key ingredient to creating wealth. “I’ve had the opportunity to meet and interview some very successful people. The common thread between them was that they all actively used real estate to build their net worth.” With this in mind, Nishka is an active advocate in helping clients on their journey in either starting or building on their real estate portfolio. It’s not all about building wealth though. ” Living in Vancouver is a lifestyle choice. We choose a community that we feel our family will be able to connect with. Having lived in North Vancouver for close to 20 years; I am able to provide insight into the various communities and their idiosyncrasies.” When we asked Nishka what does she love about her role as a Mortgage Advisor: ” Helping people. It’s as simple as that. When I meet people they are often at the cross roads of some pretty big decisions. Providing insight from my collective experience and guiding them through the process to the solution is challenging and also exciting.”
“My wife and I were facing the exciting, but also somewhat horrifying task of purchasing our first apartment. As first time buyers, we really didn’t know a whole lot of the ins and outs of a home purchase and about all the different types of mortgages and lenders. Nishka made this whole process easy and as stress free as it could possibly have been. We were referred to her by a coworker and from day one she was absolutely wonderful. She is calm, patient, informative, extremely professional, and very easy to get ahold of if you have questions or concerns. We would highly recommend Nishka to anyone looking for a mortgage.”
– Mike and Sherri
“As first time home-buyers, my husband and I were referred to Nishka to help us secure a mortgage. Nishka was incredibly patient, meeting with us in person to answer all of our questions and coach us through the process. She also made sure to keep in touch regularly throughout our experience so we were aware of where things were at and what was required of us. Even when faced with unique challenges, Nishka went above and beyond in gathering additional information and providing guidance to us on how to navigate our situation. Overall, the knowledge she shared with us and her drive to get us set up with the best mortgage possible reduced our stress and made the entire process easy and straightforward. We would recommend Nishka to other first time home-buyers in a heart beat!”
– Amy and Shaun
“So grateful to have Nishka help us make our dream a reality!!
– Sarah & Jay
Very happy new homeowners!!!
– Robert and Kasia
“My family and I HIGHLY recommend Nishka Riley. We’ve used her expertise more then once. She, every single time, succeeded where others repeatedly kept failing. She is a Life Saver and Happiness Maker… Thank you Nishka for who you are and for helping others be where they want to be.”
– Kamal Derkaoui csc
– Ian and Elisabeth
“Nishka has been a pleasure to work with. She is a warm and sincere person and also has great vision and knowledge.”
– Juliette Schmerler
“I’ve known Nishka for several years and have found her to consistently be a knowledgeable expert in the field of mortgage financing. I would highly recommend her services to anyone requiring mortgage advice or insight related to financing a real estate transaction, either for personal use or investment purposes.”
– Gord Trembath
The service that Nishka provided was exceptional. Not only did she find me a great mortgage but also gave me some common sense solutions for future investments. I would highly recommend Nishka to my friends and family, and look forward to working with her in the future.
– Mark Walker
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