Whether it is your first time applying for a mortgage or not, the process can be overwhelming and intimidating. With a great mortgage agent on your side you will be well informed and educated throughout the entire process. Being educated will give you confidence and provides you with realistic expectations.
If you are:
- A First Time Home Buyer
- Looking to Upgrade or Downsize Your Home
- At Your Mortgage Term Renewal
- Wanting to Consolidate Debt and Have Home Equity
- Have ANY Mortgage Related Questions
PLEASE KNOW I AM ALWAYS HAPPY TO HELP!
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Tess Arpa is a mortgage agent under Excel Mortgage Canada Connection and serves the Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo, Brantford, Mississauga, Milton and surrounding areas in Ontario.
My office is located at:
226 KING ST. E
CAMBRIDGE, ON N3H 3M6
1 VICTORIA STREET SUITE 613
KITCHENER, ON N2G 0B5
How Does Mortgage Qualifying Work?
How Does Mortgage Qualifying Work?
Have you ever wondered what lenders look at when deciding to approve a mortgage application or not?
If so, you are not alone!
When talking to local real estate agent, Katie Kertesz, she mentioned that it is common for her clients to be concernedabout their approval and that the process can be intimidating. Most mortgage agents do not take the time to educate their client on the application process, they simply just fill the blanks in on the application form. This can leave you wondering what the odds are, and what determines the outcome. I try my best to educate my clients so that there are limited surprises and that they fully understand the application process.
For those of you I have not met with I hope this blog will give you some insight.
There are four main areas of interest to Canadianlenders. They are all equally as important and not in any particular order.
The Big 4 Income, Credit, Down Payment, and Property
Lenders need to know how you will be able to make your mortgage payments. They like to see steady guaranteed income that can be proven. If you work for a company, typically lenders will ask for a recent pay stub and a letter of employment to confirm your income. It is also very common for them to call your employer to confirm your employment details.
If you are self employed, or heavily rely on commission/overtime, the lenders will require your last two years of income filed on your taxes. Other documents will be needed as well depending on your type of business.
Lendersalsocalculate your total and gross debt servicing ratios. Total debt service ratio (commonly referred to as TDS) is calculated by adding up all of your monthly debt obligations (credit cards, lines of credits, auto payments, loans), and your housing expenses (property tax, heating, condo fee, mortgage payment) and dividing thattotal by your gross income. Gross debt service ratio (commonly referred to as GDS) is only your housing expenses (property tax, heating, condo fee, and mortgage) vs. your gross income. Each lender will have a maximum TDS and GDS in their lending guidelines that you must fit into in order to be approved. I go over these ratios with my clients.
I always tell my clients to think of their credit bureau as a report card. Your credit bureau reports all of your outstanding debts, and credit that is available to you. It shows if you make your payments on time and if you extend yourself financially. Lenders want to know that you are likely to make your payments to them on time and they will look at your credit bureau as your track record.
Each lender has different credit guidelines but generally lenders want a 700+ credit score with no recent late payments. I do have access to subprime lenders aswell that consider clients with lower credit scores.
3. Down Payment
A down payment is needed in order to purchase a property.
Lenders require that there is equity in the property for their security. It is possible to put as little as 5% down on a personal residence which is very common for first time home buyers. If you put less than 20% down it is mandated by the government that you pay CMHC insurance. This is an insurance premium that protects the lender if you were not able to make your payments. This premium gets added to your total mortgage amount and is not paid up front. You only have to pay the hst on the premium amount up front at the time of closing. Since it is added to your total mortgage amount it makes a minimal difference on your monthly payment. The premium varies depending on the purchase price and how much you are putting as a down payment.
If you have access to 20% or more down than you can forgo the insurance premium charge. Required down payment varies depending on your personal application.
Lenders will want a 90 day history of your down payment if coming from your own personal funds. You can also have down payment gifted to you by an immediate family member. Regular banks and lenders do not allow you to use borrowed funds as your down payment.
The lender wants to make sure the property you are purchasing is easily resalable. They may ask for an appraisal on the property to confirm the propertyvalue and to ensure it is in good resalable condition. An appraisal is not always required, but it is more commonly required when you put 20% or more down since the lender will not be covered by CMHC insurance. The appraisal not only protects the lender but it protects you as well.
The above information is intended as a general guideline. If you want to knowhow much of a mortgage you qualify for and what documentation is needed the best way to find this out is to contact me directly. Every application is different, and each lender has different guidelines so it is not always black and white.
Once we have talked mortgages I highly recommend that you get in touch with Katie. She has a wealth of real estate knowledge and she is driven to make sure her clients get the home they want at the price they want!
Tess Arpa Katie Kertesz
Mortgage Agent , Excel Mortgage Real Estate Agent, Remax
Virtual Tours and Live Streams a Hit on REALTOR.ca
While staying home to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Canadians are spending more time looking at properties on REALTOR.ca, Canadas No. 1 real estate platform*. During the week of March 9, visits to REALTOR.ca dropped by 30%; however, since April 12 traffic has crept back up by 14% and consumer inquiries to REALTORS through the site rose by 25%similar to levels during the same period last year. Despite the pandemic, REALTOR.ca has seen a 14% increase of visitors during the first quarter of 2020.
As COVID-19 is limiting how buyers can visit homes that interest them, REALTOR.ca makes it possible for Canadian REALTORS to virtually showcase listings by integrating video and 3D tours from 10 of the most popular services. Since April 7, REALTORS can also schedule and promote live stream open houses using popular platforms such as Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Zoom and YouTube.
If theres one thing 30-plus years in this business has taught me, its that as an industry we are early adopters of technology, said Costa Poulopoulos, Chair of the Canadian Real Estate Association. With restrictions on how we can continue to serve our clients, Im proud that weve been able to add features for REALTORS that allow them to continue to show homes to interested buyers.
Canada's Manufacturing heavily impacted in March
Manufacturing shipments fell 9.2% in March after climbing 0.4% the prior month. This result was more than double the drop expected by consensus (-4.5%). Lower sales were registered in 17 of the 21 industries surveyed, including transportation (-26.5%), petroleum and coal products (-32.2%), and plastics/rubber products (-10.9%). Alternatively, shipments increased for food manufacturing (+8.2%) and paper manufacturing (+8.4%). With the price effect removed, total factory sales decreased 8.3% m/m, while inventories grew 0.8%. As a result, the real inventory-to-sales ratio rose from 1.56 to 1.72, a bad sign for future production.
Manufacturing sales came in much worse than expected in March, matching their largest one-month decline on record (December 2008). Sales retraced all the way back to their level in June 2016. It should come as no surprise that disruptions from COVID-19 were the chief cause of the decline. Indeed, 78.3% of manufacturing businesses reported being impacted by the pandemic. Transportation saw a significant decline owing to plant closures, while refineries lowered production as demand and prices waned. Not everyone experienced an adverse shock, as evidenced by marked increases for food (groceries) and paper manufacturing (toilet paper) in the month. This will likely be transitory, however, as households rushed to stock up in March. Eight of the ten provinces reported lower sales, with Ontario and Quebec posting the largest declines. All told, given that confinement measures had been in place for only two weeks in March, the April manufacturing picture can be expected to be even worse.
Home sales fell 56.8% from March to April, to the lowest level recorded since the inception of seasonally adjusted data in 1988. The fall was generalized to all the 26 major markets tracked by CREA except Newfoundland and Labrador, where sales rose 13.6%. New listings also fell sharply (-55.7%) but active listings only 8.7%. Therefore, the active-listings-to-sales ratio (our preferred gauge of market conditions) skyrocketed from 4.3 months of inventory in March to 9.2 in April, the largest since the 2008-09 recession.
Source: National Bank of Canada