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6 MONTHS TO A BETTER BUDGET
One of the challenges with proper budgeting is that ithas to become habitual in order to be effective. You can survive withoutknowing how to budget if you manage to keep more money coming in rather than goingout or have credit cards to cover the gap, but this won't last forever. EmergencyFund The crux of this six-month plan is the emergency fund.Ideally, everyone should have at least one or two months' wages sitting in a moneymarket account for any unpleasant surprises. This emergency fund acts as abuffer as the rest of the budget is put in place, and should replace the use ofcredit cards for emergency situations. You will want to build your emergencyfund as quickly as possible. The key is to build the fund at regular intervals,consistently devoting a certain percentage of each paycheck toward it and, ifpossible, putting in whatever you can spare on top. What'san Emergency? You should only use the emergency money for trueemergencies: like when you drive to work but your muffler stays at home.Covering regular purchases like clothes and food do not count, even if you usedyour credit card to buy them. Downsizeand Substitute Now that you have a buffer between you and morehigh-interest debt, it is time to start the process of downsizing. It’s odd that the naturalsolution to not enough money seems to be increasing income ratherthan decreasing spending, but this backwards approach is very familiar to debtcounselors. The more space you can create between your expenses and yourincome, the more income you will have to pay down debt and invest. This can bea process of substitution as much as elimination. For example, if you buycoffee from a fancy coffee shop every morning, you could just as easilypurchase a coffee maker with a grinder and make your own, saving more moneyover the long term. Focuson Rewards Another trick that will help your budget come togetherfaster is to focus on the rewards. A mixture of long- and short-term goals willhelp keep you motivated. This can be as simple as saving for a small luxury, oreven something bigger like buying a car with cash. Watching these goals slowlybut surely become a reality can be very satisfying and provide further motivationto work harder at your budget. FindNew Sources of Income Why isn't this the first step? If you simply increaseyour income without a budget to handle the extra cash properly, the gains tendto slip through the cracks and vanish. Once you have your budget in place andhave more money coming in than going out, you can start investing to createmore income. Now, it is possible that it will take you more than sixmonths to get your budget balanced out as it all depends on your situation,including how much or what kind of debt you have. But, even if it does take youlonger than six months to get your budget turned around, it is time well spent.
A good credit report and credit score are important factors in determining whether or not you will be approved for a mortgage. Here are some simple steps you can take to maintain a good credit history, and improve your chances of being approved.
What is a Credit Score
Your credit score is a number that illustrates your financial health at a specific point in time. It also serves as an indicator of your financial past, and how consistently you pay off your bills and debts. This is one of the factors mortgage professionals consider in qualifying you for a mortgage.
How to Check Your Credit Score
To find out your credit score, contact Canadas two credit-reporting agencies: Equifax Canada at www.equifax.ca and TransUnion Canada at www.transunion.ca. For a fee, these agencies will provide you with an online copy of your credit score as well as a credit report a detailed summary of your credit history, employment history and personal financial information on file. You can also obtain a free copy of your credit report by mail. If you find any errors in your report, notify the credit-reporting agency and the organization responsible for the inaccuracy immediately.
If You Do Not Have a Credit Score
Its important to begin building a credit history as early as possible. You can begin to build one by applying for and responsibly using a credit card. Your financial institution or mortgage professional can help.
How to Improve Your Credit Score
Demonstrating your ability to manage credit is key to maintaining a good credit score. There are a number of things you can do to improve your credit score. These include: Always pay your bills in full and on time. If you cannot pay the full amount, try to pay at least the required minimum shown on your monthly statement. Pay off your debts (such as loans, credit cards, lines of credit, etc.) as quickly as possible. Never go over the limit on your credit cards, and try to keep your balances well below the limits. Reduce the number of credit card or loan applications you make. Once your credit score has improved, work with your mortgage professional to obtain a mortgage that works for you.
Find Out More
To find out more about credit scores and reports, visit the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada website and download or request a free copy of their guide, Understanding Your Credit Report and Credit Score. This guide provides practical, straightforward information on how to obtain and understand your credit report and score, as well as how to build and maintain a good credit history.
CMHC’s 2017 Mortgage Consumer Survey
In March 2017, CMHC completed an online survey of 3,002 recent mortgage consumers, all prime household decision-makers who had undertaken a mortgage transaction in the past 12 months. Sixty-five percent had undergone a mortgage renewal, 15% had refinanced their mortgage, and 20% had purchased a home with mortgage financing (11% First-Time Buyers and 9% Repeat Buyers). CMHC has conducted this survey since 1999. It is the largest and most comprehensive survey of its kind in Canada.
The Home Buying Process
Sixty-four percent of First-Time Buyers indicated they were renting before purchasing, and 34% lived with family.
Wanting to buy their first home (37%) and feeling financially ready (31%) were the most important reasons First-Time Buyers gave for purchasing a home in the past year. Low interest rates was the most important reason noted by Repeat Buyers at 33%.
Fifty-three percent of buyers were aware of the latest mortgage qualification changes, and 19% noted that it impacted their purchase decision. For example, 11% of buyers said they increased their down payment, 6% purchased a smaller home, 5% purchased in a dfferent location, and 3% delayed their purchase.
Buyers interact with a wide variety of people, and are most likely to consult a real estate agent (72%), or look to a family member or mortgage lender for advice (both at 57%). Forty-one percent reported interacting with a mortgage broker. Of all interactions, real estate agents were noted as most valuable.
Seventy-one percent of First-Time Buyers accessed savings for their down payment, while 18% received a gift from a family member.
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