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First Time Home Buyers

So, what’s a mortgage anyway?

A residential mortgage is simply a loan that’s intended to help you buy a home to live in. The property acts as security for the loan, so the value of the property itself is an important aspect of being approved for a mortgage. A mortgage is also a contract between the property buyer (borrower) and the financial institution (lender). When you take out a mortgage, Kindred’s lending experts will help you navigate the process and understand the costs involved in buying your first home, which will include interest and may include some fees.

The total amount of interest you pay depends on three factors:

1. How much you borrow (the principal)
2. The interest rate ​on the mortgage
​3. How long you take to pay it back (the amortization period)

What are your mortgage options?

Fixed or variable? Open or closed? Amortization? There’s a lot to learn when it comes to buying a home. Get familiar with your home buying options by reviewing the information below.


Fixed Rate 

This is a rate you commit to for a defined period of time, between one and five years. The longer you commit, the lower the rate (usually)! Typically your payments are locked in for the same period of time with a fixed rate. 

Variable Rate 

A variable rate ‘floats’ with Kindred’s prime rate, which in turn is related to the Bank of Canada’s prime lending rate. If interest rates appear to be on the way down, you could benefit. On the other hand, it’s a bit of a risk because rates could go up; in that case, your rate and your regular payments will also increase. 

Open Mortgage 

If you think you’ll sell your property soon, an open mortgage might be a good idea. Your rate will be slightly higher, but you’ll have the flexibility to pay down the balance when it works for you because there’s no charge for making prepayments (meaning, paying off the mortgage whenever you like). 

Closed Mortgage 

The most typical arrangement, a closed mortgage means that you’re committed for the term of the mortgage. You benefit from a steady interest rate and set payments. If you do decide to sell in the middle of your term, you’ll have some options including ‘porting’ or moving your mortgage to your new home. There may be a prepayment charge should you wish to pay more than your regular payments.

After choosing a mortgage type, you also need to consider your payment options. You can choose to make payments weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly, or monthly, depending on your cash flow needs. However, your payment frequency can have a significant impact on your overall interest costs. Ask us about an accelerated bi-weekly or accelerated weekly payment schedule, which may help you pay off your mortgage years sooner.  

You also need to bear in mind that you’ll need a minimum down payment of 5% for homes that cost up to $500,000. For the portion of a purchase price between $500,000 and $1 million, you’re required to provide a 10% down payment. If your down payment is less than 20%, you’ll need a high ratio mortgage, which requires mortgage default insurance.  More helpful information about how much you need for a downpayment is found at


We have a number of different mortgage options to suit your needs. Get familiar with your home buying options by reviewing the information below.

Full-Feature Mortgage

Choose the term length that fits your life — 1 to 5 years; choose a variable or fixed rate; open or closed mortgage.


Flexibility to prepay up to 20% of your remaining principal balance once annually between anniversary dates. Plus, you can increase your regular payment by 20% once anytime between anniversary dates.


Our Full-feature Mortgage allows you to use the equity in your home to access additional credit in the future for a home renovation loan or line of credit.


Value Mortgage

The Value Mortgage might be right for you if you want a great rate, without any bells or whistles!


5-year term, closed mortgage; fixed rate.


Prepayments up to 10% are permitted, if you have a little extra that you want to put towards your principal and pay down your mortgage more quickly.


Kindred offers first-time home buyers a great cash incentive!

Get your first mortgage at Kindred, and we’ll contribute up to $1,000* to help you get into a home of your own and cover some of those extras!

There are a number of government programs designed to help first-time buyers get into the housing market.


The FHSA is a registered savings account that offers the benefits of both tax deductions on your contributions and non-taxable earnings! Learn More.

The First-Time Home Buyer Incentive is a federal government program that helps qualified first-time home buyers reduce their monthly mortgage payments. Learn More.

The Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP) allows you to withdraw from your registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) to buy a qualifying home. ​Learn More.

The Home Buyers’ Amount offers a $5,000 non-refundable income tax credit on a qualifying home acquired during the year. Learn More.

Get Pre-Approved

What does it mean to be pre-approved? Getting pre-approved for a mortgage is a smart first step towards buying a home. Basically, pre-approval lets you know how much you can afford, so you know how much you can offer on a home. A fairly quick check helps us understand your credit history and ability to borrow so that we can provide you with a “Yes!” Then you can hit the open houses and make an offer with confidence.


Our mortgage calculator is a quick way to get an idea of how much you may be pre-approved for. Use our mortgage calculator.

Contact us to start the pre-approval process. We can set up an appointment and let you know what to bring when you come in.

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Ready for the next step?

Your Kindred Mortgage Expert will help you better understand the finances of home buying and build a customized solution that fits your unique needs.