How to Read Your Credit Report + MORE Jun 1st

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Reaction to CMHC’s New Restrictions on Insured Mortgages Jun 7th

Obtaining mortgage insurance for a home purchase is about to become more challenging on July 1, particularly for first-time buyers. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Canada’s national mortgage insurance provider, unveiled stricter underwriting policies on Thursday for insured mor.... More »

Latest in Mortgage News: 4 in 10 Buyers Open to Purchasing a Home “Virtually” + MORE Jun 13th

Social distancing restrictions in place for the past few months have transformed the way homes are bought and sold, with many showings now taking place “virtually.” And many homebuyers—42%, to be exact—are just fine with that, according to a recent survey by the Ontario Real Estate A.... More »

CMHC tightens mortgage rules in latest response to COVID-19 + MORE Jun 10th

On June 4, 2020, the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) announced changes to the eligibility rules for mortgage insurance, in the agency’s latest response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The new rules will lower the amount of debt an applicant for an insured mortgage can carry, set a hig.... More »

Navigate through these uncharted waters in 2020 Jul 4th

In 2009 and 2010, for the first time ever we saw mortgage rates under 2.00%.  That’s right, if you were in a variable rate mortgage, you had a rate under 2.00%. We were coming off the catastrophic US sub-prime mortgage crisis. The financial US scam that cost the world trillions of dollar.... More »

Latest in Mortgage News: Newton to Provide Free TransUnion Access to its 6,000+ Velocity Users + MORE Jun 28th

Starting today, the more than 6,000 mortgage brokers who use the Velocity mortgage operating system will gain free access to TransUnion credit reports for the remainder of the year. The offer is part of a campaign by Newton Connectivity Systems, which operates Velocity, to encourage greater diversif.... More »
Canada’s housing sector indicators, including prices, sales and home starts, aren’t expected to return to pre-COVID levels until at least the end of 2022, according to CMHC’s latest Spring Housing Outlook. “Following large declines in 2020, housing starts, sales and prices are expected to start to recover by mid-2021 as pandemic containment measures are lifted and economic conditions improve,” said the housing agency’s chief economist, Bob Dugan. “Sales and prices are likely to remain below their pre-COVID19 levels by the […]

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How to Read Your Credit Report


How to Read Your Credit Report
Your credit report summarizes your credit history and helps lenders weigh your credit risk. Often your credit report is initiated when you apply for your first credit card. Over time it can help you reach your larger financial goals such as obtaining a rental agreement or mortgage. When you apply for a credit product, you may request your report to get one number—your credit score. But that detail is just one aspect among a long list of confusing text and alphanumeric codes. Credit reports can seem cryptic and hard for the average consumer to interpret. However, reading and understanding them is an essential part of maintaining good credit and healthy financial habits.
In Canada, consumers are allowed to request their credit report free of charge at least once a year from the two main credit bureaus, Equifax and TransUnion. Asking for your information from one reporting agency and then the other every six months can help you stay up to date with your credit report and ensure the information is accurate…

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