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Ryan Boughen a Trusted Regina Mortgage Broker Shares Mortgage Renewal Tips!

The land of mortgages is a big one and Ryan Boughen a multi-award-winning Regina Mortgage broker with TMG The Mortgage Group, understands how confusing it can be with new rules and rates and information appearing regularly in the market. There are also dozens of lenders with thousands of mortgage products available. Each lender is unique in the types of situations they will lend on, their terms and conditions, and their best mortgage rates. Ryan Boughen is a Trusted Regina Mortgage Broker and in this Trusted Regina mortgage tip, he shares mortgage renewal tips!


Your mortgage is probably the single biggest expense. Unfortunately, most people give it little thought. Here are the most expensive mistakes you must avoid when you renew your next mortgage.

✅ Don't take the first offer - Most times the first offer you receive from a bank or lender is never their best. Don't be afraid to shop around.

✅ Refinancing - Many mortgage brokers and lenders will bring up the opportunity to refinance your debt or take out equity from your home at the time of mortgage renewal. For more than 99% of us, this is a bad idea. The lure of “cheap money” is strong – whether it is to pay off debts or use the money for a home reno – going into more debt when you renew your mortgage will cost you in the long run.

✅ Paying off Debt Responsibly - If you have car loans, lines of credit, a balance on your credit card, or other personal debts, you should never pay more than the minimum on your mortgage. Paying off these debts, along with saving for your child’s education and putting away 15% of your gross income into retirement ALWAYS takes priority over paying off your house.

✅ Have A Master Plan for your Finances - If you fail to plan, plan to fail. Ideally, you should have a monthly, yearly and 5-year plan for your overall finances. Anything from planning your monthly expenses such as budgeting housing, automotive, and general expenses to the amount you want to see in your RRSPs and retirement fund.


Trusted Regina REALTOR® James Wruth Explains Selling A Deceased Family Member's Home

James Wruth is one of Regina’s most trusted and top-selling Realtors. A member of Remax Crown Real Estate since 2006, James works with families, individuals, investors, and developers in the purchase and sale of residential properties. Since 2006, James has been a consistent Top Producing Realtor, and he has been awarded numerous prestigious distinctions including Re/Max 100% Club distinction, Platinum Sales Award, and Remax Hall of Fame induction. James Wruth is a Trusted Regina Real Estate expert.

James Wruth Explains The Process When Selling The Home Of A Deceased Family Member

I believe that relationships are more important than transactions. I started a career in real estate in 2006, and since that time I have built a Regina real estate business around that philosophy. My goal is a personalized one-on-one service to fully understand you, your real estate goals, and to be 100% accountable to you. In my latest blog post, I explain the process of selling the home of a family member who has passed. 

What Is The Process Involved When Selling The Home Of A Deceased Family Member? 

Unfortunately, I am all too aware that the death of a relative is always a hard time for the family left behind. Not only do you have to navigate the emotional turmoil that is present when someone you love passes, but you may also have to deal with the inevitable real-world details – like liquidating assets and maybe even selling that person's home.

1. The Importance Of An Up To Date Will

If you think their properties will automatically pass to their descendants when they die, you could be in for an unpleasant surprise. If a homeowner dies without a will, or with a will that somehow fails to specify who the deceased’s property is meant for, what happens to the home becomes a provincial decision.

Each province has its own formula for distributing the deceased’s assets that takes priority over the dead person’s wishes.

When a person dies intestate, typically the family will act as administrator of the estate. Section 11 of The Administration of Estates Act lists the persons entitled to apply for Letters of Administration:
  • spouse; children & grandchildren;
  • parents;
  • siblings; nephews and nieces;
  • next of kin of equal degree of consanguinity;
  • creditors; and the official administrator.
Letters of Administration may not be required to deal with assets that are not part of the estate (Part II Assets) such as property jointly owned with the deceased at the date of death, assets with a named beneficiary or assets outside Saskatchewan. Letters of Administration will be required if the estate assets include real estate in order to conduct any land transactions with Information Service Corporation.

Selling a home after a relative dies is what’s known as an “estate sale.”

The term “estate sale” can often be interpreted in different ways. For instance, if you are not a Realtor, you might be thinking that an estate sale is an auction where furniture and other possessions are liquidated. Most real estate agents, on the other hand, think of an estate sale as selling a property for one of the heirs.


2. Transference of real estate after death.

So what happens when the home is going to be sold?

The first thing that needs to be done is to ensure the executor has been given authority to liquidate the real estate. There should be specific instructions in the will about selling the property.

First, look to see if the executor under the will was given power or authority over the real estate. If they were not given authority over the real estate, then the beneficiaries hold the authority and can sell the real estate without the executor’s consent.

Important note: 
If you are going to be selling an estate where there are more debts than assets, this is what’s called being insolvent. If this is your situation it is important NOT to pay any debts you don’t have to— If you pay some low-priority creditors, you could find you are personally liable for the amount you shouldn’t have paid out. For example, don’t pay the landscaper or the telephone bill. These should be paid by the executor once approved.

3. What Happens If there Is a Mortgage Outstanding?

A majority of Canadian homeowners don’t know what happens to their mortgages when they die. Only 28 per cent of respondents to a 2021 survey realize that their mortgage needs to be paid by the beneficiary who receives their properties. It does not disappear, unfortunately, although that’s exactly what 12 per cent of survey respondents think happens to a mortgage when a borrower dies.

Property owners, particularly investors, must also keep in mind the tax bills awaiting their surviving family members. The CRA treats a dead individual’s assets as if they were all sold on the day prior to his death, meaning capital gains taxes on non-primary residents need to be paid – even if the home is left to a beneficiary. Joint ownership of a property with a spouse can provide a clean and legal workaround; otherwise, those left behind will need to foot the bill. 

4. Collect all the necessary documents related to the home.

One of the least enjoyable, but most necessary, things that those left behind need to do is collect all required financial documents. Financial documents are essential for the distribution of the estate, including the home. Without all the necessary documents things become much more complicated.

You may have to search for a while to find everything you need. Often all documents won’t be in the same place. Sometimes people will stash them in hidden places. It is worth the time to search everywhere, including crawl spaces, the attic, and the garage, go through all the boxes and files, and even look under the mattress and drawers.

The documents you will want to gather may include:
  • Will – As explained - If there is a will, it will significantly simplify the distribution of the estate.
  • Receipts from bills – You will need to freeze your relative’s credit and contact all creditors, including the three major credit reporting agencies.
  • Investment documents – Your relative may have had stocks and/or bonds.
  • Insurance documents – There may be a policy from an employer, or one purchased privately.
  • Homeowner’s policy – Keep homeowner’s insurance up to date and increase coverage if necessary.
  • Bank account documentation – You want accurate information on all of your relative’s bank accounts.
  • Personal documents – If your relative had any personal documents, like journals, poetry, etc., you might like to have them at a later date for sentimental reasons.
Once you have gathered all the documents you know, you will need, shred everything else that has personal information on it. It is a common thing for identity thieves to use the social security numbers of the deceased. By eliminating all documents with the number on them, you make identity theft more difficult.

4. Change The Locks and Mail Delivery

When selling a home as an estate sale, it is essential you have complete control of the property. This includes changing the mail, so you receive it in a timely fashion, along with enhancing the home’s security. Keep in mind there are going to be folks who know about the death that took place and the fact the home may be vacant.

You will be surprised how many keys have been given out on a property over the years. Whether it is friends, relatives, the babysitter or various contractors who have done work. It is better to be safe than sorry.

5. Hire a Regina Realtor To Help You Get the Home Ready For Market

After you have processed all the personal possessions of your relative, you will be ready for the actual sale. At this point, you will go through much the same steps as any other home seller – although some minor differences may apply.

I have found that often when selling a home that was owned by an older relative, or a house that has been occupied for decades, there is extra work involved in prepping for sale. This can be one of the most challenging parts of selling a deceased parent's home. The house may be quite dated, including old wallpaper, decorations, carpet, paint, etc. It may also have damage that has gone unaddressed for a long time.

An experienced and reputable real estate agent will provide the best advice on what needs to be changed or repaired before you put the home on the market. If you want to get the best possible price, you may need to make some changes. The most common I see include:
  • Getting rid of old furniture/ window coverings
  • Removing wallpaper
  • Changing dated flooring and/or refinishing hardwood floors
  • Applying a fresh coat of paint
  • Eliminating all signs of pet ownership, like stains and other damage
  • Installing new fixtures and updating lighting
In addition to any changes you make to the home, you are going to want to clean it thoroughly. There is nothing more critical to the sale of a home than a proper cleaning. I may also suggest professionally staging the property if there is not enough appropriate furniture/belongings left after the cleanup. 

Once the home is prepared for buyers, then we can go ahead and list it. As long as you have made the home desirable based on the current Regina and Rea Real estate market, you should be able to sell it for a fair price.

A misunderstanding of what happens to a person’s property once they’ve died can cause extreme distress, both financial and emotional, for her surviving family members. So the best advice I can give is to have your will and paperwork in order as soon as you become a homeowner. In addition, you review your will on a regular basis to ensure it reflects your wishes. 

If you are looking for a Regina Realtor who works tirelessly on your behalf and always offers honest and candid advice, James will be an expert at your side. 

Trusted Regina Financial Advisors at Worby Wealth Management Talk Insurance Needs

Chris Worby and Jeremiah Worby are Trusted Regina based financial advisors and Wealth Management services providers servicing local Regina households and businesses. With over 20 years of experience, Worby Wealth Management has been committed to providing a high standard of financial service to individuals, families and business owners. Worby Wealth Management listens and provides a personalized financial plan.


Insurance Needs

by Jeremiah Worby

What will happen to you and your loved ones if something unexpected occurs?  Do you have contingency plans in place?  Being prepared for the unexpected is something that should be planned for.  Insurance isn’t always for everyone, but if the need arises, having something in place can help alleviate unwanted stress and burden.

Life Insurance

A very unfortunate statistic, but 100% of people eventually die.  Does that mean that you have to buy life insurance?  Well not necessarily.  Everyone’s situation is different.  It can depend on a variety of factors such as age, current and future financial circumstances, possible inheritances, considerations about how much you would like to leave loved ones, and funeral expenses, just to name a few.  


If you do decide that a need for life insurance exists, these are just some of the decisions that need to be considered:

  • Did you want a whole life policy or a term policy?

  • Did you need a joint policy with either first-to-die or last-to-die?

  • What amount of coverage should you get?

  • What monthly premium is reasonable?


Critical Illness Insurance

Critical Illness insurance exists for those who wish to sleep comfortably at night knowing they are covered in case a major medical emergency should ever arise.  Very few critical illness policies are the same.  Some considerations include:

  • Do I only want coverage for only the four major illnesses (life-threatening cancer, stroke, heart attack, coronary artery bypass surgery)?

  • Are there other conditions that I’d like coverage for (diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, etc.)?

  • How much coverage do I need?

  • How long do I need coverage for?


Disability Insurance

If you’re employed at a high injury risk job, this is a serious consideration to take into account.  Disability insurance can provide protection against loss of income should you become disabled.  When disabled, as much as we’d love them to, your bills don’t just stop.
  • Check to see if you already have coverage through your employer so that unnecessary overlapping coverage isn’t purchased

  • Decide on how much coverage you would like to have

  • Calculate what your monthly expenses will be taking everything into account

  • Would you be willing to change jobs if need be?

  • Would you be willing to cut back on your current standard of living?


Find Out More

Whether you’re 20 years old or 50 years old, proper insurance planning is essential.  Contact Worby Wealth Management to assess your insurance needs today.


Some of the services that Worby Wealth Management can help you with: 

TRUSTED REGINA FINANCIAL ADVISOR Chris Worby from Worby Wealth Management helps you live your dream!


The comments contained herein are a general discussion of certain issues intended as general information only and should not be relied upon as tax or legal advice. Please obtain independent professional advice, in the context of your particular circumstances. This Blog was written, designed and produced by Jeremiah Worby and Chris Worby for the benefit of Jeremiah Worby and Chris Worby who are Financial Advisors at Worby Wealth Management, a registered trade name with Investia Financial Services Inc., and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Investia Financial Services Inc. The information contained in this article comes from sources we believe reliable, but we cannot guarantee its accuracy or reliability. The opinions expressed are based on an analysis and interpretation dating from the date of publication and are subject to change without notice. Furthermore, they do not constitute an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any securities. Mutual Funds, approved exempt market products and/or exchange traded funds are offered through Investia Financial Services Inc.

Trusted Regina Financial Advisors at Worby Wealth Management Discuss Credit Ratings

Chris Worby and Jeremiah Worby are Trusted Regina based financial advisors and Wealth Management services providers servicing local Regina households and businesses. With over 20 years of experience, Worby Wealth Management has been committed to providing a high standard of financial service to individuals, families and business owners. Worby Wealth Management listens and provides a personalized financial plan.


Credit Ratings

by Jeremiah Worby

We’ve all heard the stories from someone we know (though we may or may not like that person) about having been a victim of some form of identity theft.  Identity theft can drastically affect your credit rating, and your credit rating affects almost everything in your financial world.


Whether you’re looking to apply for a credit card, take out or renew a mortgage, get a car loan, or want to borrow a million dollars from that loan shark down the street, your credit rating will greatly impact the interest rate which you might receive for such loans.



There are two major players in the credit rating world of Canada – those being Equifax and TransUnion.  You can, and we suggest you do, go to both these websites and sign-up for their free service to check your credit scores.



Equifax

Directly from their website, Equifax states:
“We are a global data, analytics, and technology company. We believe knowledge drives progress. Our unique data assets, technology and analytics transform knowledge into insights to power decisions that move people forward.”

Here’s a wonderful and short read [they claim it’s 2 minutes but I think it’s way more like 3 minutes :)] from Equifax about what impacts your credit score.

https://www.consumer.equifax.ca/personal/education/credit-score/what-impacts-credit-score/



TransUnion

Directly from their website, TransUnion states:

Our mission is to help people everywhere access the opportunities that lead to a higher quality of life. By helping organizations optimize their risk-based decisions and enabling consumers to understand and manage their personal information, we empower both to take their destinies into their own hands.”

Here’s a true 2 minute read from TransUnion about 5 factors that affect your credit score.

https://www.transunion.ca/what-affect-credit-score?



Find Out More

Whether you’re 20 years old or 50 years old, credit ratings are of utmost importance. Contact Worby Wealth Management to help fix your credit score and set you on the path to success!


Some of the services that Worby Wealth Management can help you with: 

TRUSTED REGINA FINANCIAL ADVISOR Chris Worby from Worby Wealth Management helps you live your dream!


The comments contained herein are a general discussion of certain issues intended as general information only and should not be relied upon as tax or legal advice. Please obtain independent professional advice, in the context of your particular circumstances. This Blog was written, designed and produced by Jeremiah Worby and Chris Worby for the benefit of Jeremiah Worby and Chris Worby who are Financial Advisors at Worby Wealth Management, a registered trade name with Investia Financial Services Inc., and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Investia Financial Services Inc. The information contained in this article comes from sources we believe reliable, but we cannot guarantee its accuracy or reliability. The opinions expressed are based on an analysis and interpretation dating from the date of publication and are subject to change without notice. Furthermore, they do not constitute an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any securities. Mutual Funds, approved exempt market products and/or exchange traded funds are offered through Investia Financial Services Inc.

Trusted Regina Financial Advisors at Worby Wealth Management Share Expense Considerations After Retirement

Chris Worby and Jeremiah Worby are Trusted Regina based financial advisors and Wealth Management services providers servicing local Regina households and businesses. With over 20 years of experience, Worby Wealth Management has been committed to providing a high standard of financial service to individuals, families and business owners. Worby Wealth Management listens and provides a personalized financial plan.


Retirement Considerations

by Jeremiah Worby

One of the biggest financial questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not they will have enough money to retire. Not only do savings and investments need to be taken into the equation, income and expenses also need in-depth analysis.


Expenses


Will my daily coffees increase in price? Although I’m poking fun, inflation is a serious concern. Everyone’s expenses will clearly vary from one person to another, but some other considerations need to be taken into account, such as:


  • Will I be able to find work if needed?

    • If income falls short, will a new source of income be required?

  • Am I financially dependent on someone else?

    • Or is someone else financially dependent on me?

  • Do I plan on living in the same city upon retirement?

    • Costs of living can vary greatly from one city to the next

  • Have I taken into account inflation?

    • Will my entertainment and hobby expenses increase during my retirement years?

  • What if interest rates rise?

    • Will I be able to afford my home if rates rise?

  • Do I plan on living in the same home upon retirement?

    • Will I downsize?  

    • Is condo living a consideration due to limited mobility (that could mean increased expenses due to HOA fees)?

  • Do I have or need insurance?

    • What if something unexpected happens during retirement?

  • Do I have a will, power of attorney, health care directive in place?

    • Making sure all angles are considered and taken care of in your retirement years can help you live without unneeded stress


Find out more

Whether you’re 30 years away or just a few months from retirement, proper retirement planning is essential. Contact Worby Wealth Management to start planning your retirement today.


Some of the services that Worby Wealth Management can help you with: 

TRUSTED REGINA FINANCIAL ADVISOR Chris Worby from Worby Wealth Management helps you live your dream!


The comments contained herein are a general discussion of certain issues intended as general information only and should not be relied upon as tax or legal advice. Please obtain independent professional advice, in the context of your particular circumstances. This Blog was written, designed and produced by Jeremiah Worby and Chris Worby for the benefit of Jeremiah Worby and Chris Worby who are Financial Advisors at Worby Wealth Management, a registered trade name with Investia Financial Services Inc., and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Investia Financial Services Inc. The information contained in this article comes from sources we believe reliable, but we cannot guarantee its accuracy or reliability. The opinions expressed are based on an analysis and interpretation dating from the date of publication and are subject to change without notice. Furthermore, they do not constitute an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any securities. Mutual Funds, approved exempt market products and/or exchange traded funds are offered through Investia Financial Services Inc.

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