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A 700 Credit Score Doesn’t = Good Credit
Theres more to a credit report than a score. You can have good income and a 700credit score(which is about average) and still not qualify for a mortgage. The reason is that lenders generally look for one key factor: repayment history. Suppose, for example, that you have a 710 credit score but only one credit account. Worse yet, that one account is a credit card that youve had for only two months. Before that, youve had either no credit or bad credit (most likely, any bad credit would be from a few years ago, given your score). In this case, your 710 score may not get the job done. Lenders often want to see a minimum of 1-2 years of satisfactory payment history and at least two trade lines (loans or revolving credit accounts). A trade line can consist of a major credit card with a $1,500+ limit (a rough rule of thumb), a revolving credit line, a reported lease, or an instalment loan (like a vehicle or investment loan). So, if you have no credit and you hope to apply for a mortgage, start building credit pronto. Get a credit card (even if its secured), a small instalment loan, a Futureshop card, whatever. And dontevermake a late payment. Many lenders require squeaky clean repayment history for at least 1-2 years. Of course, there are lots of exceptions to the aboveincluding cases where a co-signor or alternative credit can make up for traditional repayment history. (As noted in CMHCsNewcomerprogram, Alternative credit can include things like proof of satisfactory rent payments and utility payments for 12 months). Keep in mind, however, that alternative credit is an exception and not a rule. Speak with a mortgage professional if you have questions about your own unique circumstances.
National Bank of Canada Weekly Economic Watch
Housing starts rose from 166.5K in April to 193.5K in May (seasonally adjusted and annualized). Urban starts improved 22K to 181.1K on increases in both the multi-unit (+14.9K to 135.9K) and the single-detached (+7.1K to 45.3K) segments. At the provincial level, urban starts shot up in Quebec from 0K in April to 56.3K as social distancing measures were eased but plunged 37.1K to 56.5K in Ontario. June results should provide a clearer snapshot of the post-lockdown residential construction industry in Canada. Projects delayed on account of the Covid-19 pandemic might sustain starts at a relatively high level for a short while but the longer-term horizon looks less promising in light of much higher joblessness and reduced immigration. Moreover, tougher CMHC standards for mortgage insurance will likely exclude some potential buyers by shrinking their purchasing power. We estimate that the new rules governing maximum gross debt service will reduce by about 11% the amount that the median Canadian household will be allowed to borrow. Source: NBA Economics and Strategy
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.