Canadian housing mortgage rates are all over the map. Don’t get trapped in an unnecessarily costly mortgage agreement.
For the second year, Evan Siddall, President and CEO of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, attended the National Mortgage Conference in Toronto to defend and provide updates on the agency’s programs and policies. He participated in a candid on-stage chat with Mortgage Professionals Canad.... More »
Equitable Bank Improves Reverse Mortgage Process Reverse mortgage clients of Equitable Bank can expect a quicker and less expensive closing process, according the the bank. Equitable, one of just two reverse mortgage providers in Canada, announced the launch of its new closing process this week. The.... More »
Following a challenging 2018, by most accounts 2019 could be characterized as a “turnaround year” for Canada’s housing market. And 2020 is looking to bring much of the same. That’s according to predictions for the new year by CMHC, the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and .... More »
RateSupermarket.ca aims to make financial decision-making easier for the consumer by acknowledging the best credit cards and banking products in Canada at its annual Best of Finance Awards. (Originally published May 15, 2019) The credit card, loan, bank account, or mortgage you choose can affect ho.... More »
Starting now, Canadian mortgage seekers will find it easier to qualify for more money. That’s because the Bank of Canada has dropped its five year benchmark qualifying rate from 5.34 percent to 5.19 percent. This is the rate banks use to qualify would-be-homebuyers for a mortgage. This is the fir.... More »
Are you interested in learning about the mortgage pre-approval process? Or, do you want to learn how to improve your credit score? One of the biggest steps you’ll take in life is buying a home. And, while you might want to go and pick out your dream home first, this is a mistake. You need to get pre-approved first so you’ll know how much money a lender (bank) will give to you. You’ll also need a good credit score to lock in the best interest rates. But, if your credit score is low, don’t worry. There are several ways to improve it.
Here’s how to increase your credit score and get pre-approved for your dream home (so you can go pack!).
Steps for Mortgage Pre-Approval
Often, when people shop for their first home, they hop online and check out the real estate websites. Or, they drive through their favorite neighbourhoods and pick out a place. They might even stop in at an open house and take the tour. While it’s exciting to search for a home with the gorgeous landscaping or the huge master suite, that’s actually Step 3 in the homeownership search…
Thanks to tighter mortgage qualification rules and higher-priced real estate—particularly in the greater Vancouver and Toronto areas—it’s not always easy to qualify for a mortgage on your own merits. You may very well have a great job, a decent income, a husky down payment and perfect credit, but that still may not be enough. When […]