Do You Know Your Credit Score?

Do you know you credit score? And why can it impact your chances of getting a mortgage?

Have you been struggling to land your dream job? Maybe it’s not your qualifications that are keeping you back but your credit score. Yes, I said credit score. Mortgage lenders are not the only people who can access your credit history. Employers, landlords, and even cell phone companies can review your credit history. Before sending in that next job application, it’s a good idea to check where your credit stands. What Does A Good Credit Score Mean? Your credit score is a three-digit number between 300 and 900 that is used by lenders to determine how dependable you are with…

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4 Signs You’re Ready to Be a Homeowner

4 Signs You're Ready to Be a Homeowner

How do you actually know when you are ready to be a homeowner? Many people will say that homeownership is one of the greatest investments you can make. And while those people aren’t wrong with that statement (if you do it right!), homeownership isn’t always the best fit.  But if you’re on the fence between owning or not, these are the top 4 signs I usually see in folks who are ready to be a homeowner. Sign #1: You’re Tired Of Renting Rent increases. Overbearing landlords. Limitations on rental options. Whatever the reason is, the first sign you’re ready to…

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PRE QUALIFY FOR A MORTGAGE IN 60 SECONDS: BUYER BEWARE

Pre-qualifying

With the recent regulation changes in Canada, being approved for a mortgage has become a little more difficult than to pre qualify for a mortgage in 60 seconds. So why are we receiving contradictory information about how quick and easy getting a mortgage can be? Transparency, as we all know, is not a word that would be dominantly used to characterize the banking world, and in many other industries unfortunately.   We thought it was time to unveil some of the misleading interpretation that might have been adopted due to recent promotional content within our industry. Technology is evolving with…

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Why do Lenders ask for Employment letters?

employment letters

Why do Lenders ask for Employment letters? Checking for employment letters might seem like just one more piece of paper, but it’s important.  It’s due diligence.  And it works on your behalf. A borrower will provide employment letters if requested when applying for a mortgage.  You will also need a current pay stub dated within 60 days. The mortgage broker informs the borrower for additional income documents.  A lender requests the most recent 2 years Notice of Assessments or T1 Generals (tax return) or T4s certainly if overtime or bonus income is used to qualify. Employment letters should provide the…

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3 Quick Tips for Making an Offer on a Home

Making an Offer on a Home? Ideal homes often receive offers within days of being listed.  A buyer can increase their chances of securing their ideal home by being prepared! 3 Quick Tips for Making an offer on a Home: 1) Visit a Mortgage Broker Sit down with a Mortgage Broker and find out what you qualify for. It isn’t just about getting preapproved with a great rate.  It is about being prepared for when you do put an offer in. Know what you qualify for, know roughly what your payments will be and what costs are associated with purchasing…

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What Are Your Real Closing Costs?

What are closing costs?

What are Closing Costs? Congrats! You saved for a downpayment and now you are ready to buy. The mortgage and downpayment cover the purchase price of the home. There are other costs involved with purchasing a home, referred to closing costs. Consider these when you are budgeting for the full cost of your purchase Appraisal: If you are purchasing a private sale, you will require an appraisal. If you are purchasing a home with 20% down, chances are you may need an appraisal as well. Approx. cost $250-$350. Home Inspection: Whether you are buying a brand new home or an…

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Downpayment Options

Downpayment options

What Are My Downpayment Options? One of the biggest challenges of home ownership is saving the required downpayment. Your lender will be looking for a minimum 5% down payment on your property. There are generally 5 options available. Your down payment can come from more than one source. Using Your Own Savings or Investments One of the most straight forward down payment options is your own savings or investments.  You will need to provide recent 3 month bank statements to show the history of the savings.  It is required that the full amount of  savings for your down payment must be in…

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Why I check my Credit Rating every 6 months

Credit rating

When is the last time you checked your own credit rating? I’ve made it a habit to check my credit bureau every 6 months or when I close a loan or credit card and here’s why. I purchased a new computer in the fall.  I had the money to buy it out right but decided to use the 0% financing & no payments for 3 months.  The balance was paid on the very last day and received a stamped confirmation of payment. Two months later, I receive a call from CitiFinancial that I owe $106 in late interest.  I corrected…

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House Hunting: 5 Tips to help with the Homebuying Process

House Hunting: 5 Tips to help with the Homebuying Process

There are so many options when you start the house hunting process. It can be overwhelming! Here are a few house hunting tips to help make the process a bit easier: 1)  Get Pre-approved First of all, the #1 thing in home buying is that you need to know how much you can afford before you go house hunting. This saves grief and frustration from looking at homes that are beyond the reach of your budget. In addition, it also puts you in a better position when making a serious offer. There is a difference between being pre-qualified and pre-approved. When you are pre-qualified, a mortgage…

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Buy now or wait for the rates to go down?

Buy now or wait for better rates ? Recently I was asked a great question from a local realtor.  Her clients are looking to buy BUT are on the fence about whether to buy now or wait 6 months to see if the interest rates go down. With the state of the economy now, there is anticipation that home prices may drop in the future, however there is also talk that mortgage interest rates are on the increase. What is the best option for saving money? Buy now or wait 6 months? There is no crystal ball in the mortgage world. …

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