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6 Month Mortgage Deferral: Here’s what you should know

March 26, 2020

6 Month Mortgage Deferral: Here’s what you should know

Written by Steven Tulman

 

When the six big Canadian banks announced last week that they were offering mortgage holders a six-month deferred payment option, some people were skeptical or confused. And who could blame them? Good news has been hard to come by lately and with a deluge of information from the media and press, it’s hard to know up from down.

 

The purpose of this post is to clear up that skepticism and confusion and provide clarity and information to Canadian homeowners.

 

The majority of questions I’ve received from mortgage holders regarding the new six-month deferred payment option were primarily about the following concerns:

 

a) How it might affect their credit rating

b) How expensive it would be in the long run to defer mortgage payments

c) What the process is to apply for the mortgage deferral program.

 

Well, here is some good news.

 

The six-month deferred payment option does not affect your credit rating, it is not expensive, and it is easy to apply for, but you have to reach out to your bank in order to apply for it. It is not automatic.

 

Let’s go through each concern, one at a time in more detail.

 

Will my credit rating be affected if I defer my mortgage payments?

 

No. Not at all. When Equifax was asked about the matter, they said in a recently released press release that “In the event that a lender makes a credit relief or payment deferral program available to its consumers to opt out of making monthly payments during a pandemic, Equifax’s expectation is that the lender would take actions on its system to ensure that it does not report any derogatory or missed payment information to the credit bureaus that is misaligned with the program it has implemented.”

 

In other words: do not worry about your credit score if you apply for the deferred mortgage payment option. It should not be affected.

 

Will deferring my mortgage payments increase the cost of my mortgage?

 

Nothing in this world is free, but that does not mean that this deferred payment option is expensive.

 

Yes, you will have to pay back the monthly interest that your mortgage accrues, but it will not be an excessive amount of money. To put it into context, if your monthly mortgage payment is $2000 and your mortgage interest rate is 3.00%, you will pay around $5/month more for deferring your mortgage payments. In essence, you can defer your mortgage for the price of one Grande sized Starbucks coffee per month.

 

How can I apply for the mortgage deferral program?

 

First off, it is not automatic. You must call your lender and apply for the six-month deferred payment option. I will include the contact numbers of most major lenders in Canada below.

 

When you get a hold of your bank, it is easy to apply for this program. Just remember, they are probably swamped with calls right now, so it might take some time to get in touch with someone. Patience is a virtue, and it is a virtue that can save you some money and stress in the short term.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to a mortgage broker at Clover Mortgage at 416-674-6222 or by email at info@clovermortgage.ca and we will be glad to help you navigate and understand the process better.

 

MORTGAGE LENDER CONTACT INFORMATION

 

ATB 1-800-332-8383

B2B 1-800-263-8349

Bank of Montreal 1-877-895-3278

BluePrint Mortgage 1-877-637-7881

Bridgewater 1-866-243-4301

Canadiana 1-877-315-1633

CFF Bank 1-855-767-3031

Chinook Financial 403-934-3358

CIBC 1-800-465-2422

CMLS Financial 1-888-995-2657

Connect First 1-403-520-8000

Equitable 1-866-407-0004

First Calgary Financial 403-736-4000

First National 1-888-488-0794

Haventree 1-855-727-0051

Home Trust 1-855-270-3630

HomeEquity Bank 1-866-331-2447

HSBC 1-888-310-4722

ICICI 1-888-424-2422

Lendwise 1-866-675-7022

Manulife 1-800-268-6195

Marathon 1-855-503-6060

MCAP 1-866-809-5800

Merix 1-877-637-4911

National Bank 1-888-835-6281

Optimum 1-866-441-3775

PC Financial 1-888-723-8881

Radius Financial 1-866-550-8227

RFA 1-866-939-5005 Mortgage Numbers starting with 4

RFA 1-877-776-6888 Mortgage Numbers starting with 6

RFA 1-833-228-5697 Mortgage Numbers starting with 7, 8 or 9

RMG 1-866-809-5800

Royal Bank 1-800-768-2511

Scotiabank 1-800-472-6842

Servus 1-877-378-8728

Street Capital See RFA

Tangerine 1-888-826-4374

TD 1-888-720-0075