If you are thinking of buying your first home, next home or a rental property, now is the time to get a mortgage pre-approval and lock in that rate for up to 120 days. This way, you’ll know exactly what you can afford and have your mortgage ready in hand.
I will support you every step of the way from shopping for your home, to making an offer to getting your keys.
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Things that make your loan officer cry!
If you have ever applied for a mortgage you know how much paperwork it can be. Although we still close average transactions in less than 4 weeks, there are situations where unexpected things happen. This blog is a quick guide to the 3 things that can throw off deals, and sometimes make your mortgage originator cry. Consider it a list of things not to do during the loan process.
1. When a borrower quits their job (or gets fired) in the middle of the loan process. This shouldnt be much of a surprise but if you are trying to qualify for a loan based on your income dont change jobs during the transaction. You dont have to stay at your job forever, just dont quit in the middle of your mortgage process.
2. SURPRISES! Although life is full of surprises try to be as honest and upfront about all of your debts and financial information with your loan originator up front. Its never good when all of a sudden your mortgage team pulls your information and finds out you make great money but you have $23,000 in collection debt on that boat you forgot about. Remember you dont need to over exaggerate your income to impress your mortgage company, we are more impressed with honesty and organization.
3. Disappearing Acts. Nobody loves vacations as much as we do but there are a lot of moving parts in the real estate and mortgage process and you may need to be around to sign documents and communicate. You can still take vacations just make sure to let everyone involved in the transaction know so that they can plan around your travel.
Just remember, your Realtor, your loan originator and an entire team of others are working their to their best level to help you close on your real estate transaction- before you make a bone head move, just think What Would My Loan Officer Do?
No harm can come from asking a question so whether you are already in the mortgage process or you are thinking about jumping in soon, you can call me or email me any time for free advice that will avoid tears in the future!
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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