Beginners Guide to Getting a Mortgage

Beginners Guide to Getting a Mortgage

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A beginner’s guide to getting a mortgage

In this beginner’s guide to getting a mortgage we will take you through the main steps of applying for a mortgage application. This beginners guide to getting a mortgage will cover the main points that will help you better understand what is involved when getting a mortgage in Canada.

Beginners Guide to Getting a Mortgage

A beginner’s guide to getting a mortgage STEP 1 – find a mortgage professional

We strongly recommend you working with a Mortgage Broker or Agent. They are licensed with their respective Provincial Governments and have met all the required educational standards to become a licensed mortgage broker or agent.

There are many advantages to acquiring the services of a mortgage broker or agent. To name a few;

  1. They work for their client’s best interest,
  2. Mortgages are what they do day-in, day-out,
  3. Because a mortgage broker or agent is not working for any of the lenders there is no conflict of interest for them towards pushing you to one lender or the other,
  4. They constantly stay up to date with the real estate financing world by participating in continuing educational courses and workshops.

A beginner’s guide to getting a mortgage STEP 2 – ‘checks and balances’

Buying real estate is, for most people, the largest single investment they will ever make, and because of this, getting a mortgage should not be taken lightly. Every person thinking about buying their own home whether now or in the future should start planning for the inevitable. What is the inevitable you ask? It is being able to show the lender that you are able to pay them back on a timely manner as agreed upon based on your credit strength and income. And how do you show this in practicality? Lenders such as Chartered Banks, Trust Companies, and Credit Unions follow Government underwriting guidelines, and as well their own internal policy’s, all designed to test how strong or week someone’s personal financial strength is in comparison to their debt level’s to be able to pay back the mortgage loan. To do this the lenders have certain requirements and they ask for information from the borrower when considering whether to approve them for a mortgage loan or not. They want to make sure at minimum the borrower has:

  • Enough income to pay back the monthly principle and interest of the loan
  • At least 5% down payment or more; you can even use gifted money from immediate family
  • A satisfactory credit history and a healthy credit score
  • We also recommend checking your credit report and score regularly, perhaps every year or two at Equifax and Transunion. This is great preparation for when you are ready to apply for a mortgage by making sure there are no discrepancies or fraud activity in your accounts.

Beginners Guide to Getting a Mortgage

That means from now you can start putting aside money each month in your bank account for your down payment and making sure that you have a steady job or income coming in to show the lender that you can afford to pay back the loan. As well, you want to make sure that you are paying back your debt on time, and on a monthly basis, and not be late making those payments.

A beginner’s guide to getting a mortgage STEP 3 – Consult with your Mortgage Broker or Mortgage Agent

Beginners Guide to Getting a Mortgage

Now that you have done your checks and balances, you can contact your Mortgage Broker or Mortgage Agent and consult with her or him about your current financial strength and debt obligations. They will ask you to fill out their mortgage application so that they can better assess your financial health and credit worthiness/readiness to apply for a mortgage. Your mortgage professional will, after reviewing your financial and debt history, ask further questions and give you advice on what steps to take next; whether to continue with your mortgage application or to wait until other matters are taken care of to strengthen and improve your chances of getting approved for a mortgage.

 

This post and its content, we hope, has provided you with the basic information you need when considering applying for a mortgage. Don’t hesitate to Contact Us with your questions, and if you would like to start the mortgage application process. As well, we invite you to share any thoughts you may have about the mortgage application and approval process below in the comments section.

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How to Select Mortgage Broker

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How to Select Mortgage Broker

Are you planning to buy your first home, or refinance your existing home? Maybe you have been thinking about purchasing an investment property. Whatever your plans are, you should know how to select mortgage broker.

In the mortgage industry, these professionals are called mainly Mortgage Brokers, or Agents. There are many reasons why you should know how to select mortgage broker and we will provide a few here, and invite you to also share your points and experiences on how to select mortgage broker in the comments section below.

An experienced and licensed mortgage broker or agent specializes in helping you get a mortgage to purchase real estate. Mortgage brokers or agents for the most part do not sell other products as part of their mortgage services and they are here to work on your behalf and for your benefit in applying for a mortgage with one of the lending institutions in Canada.

First you need to make sure when selecting a mortgage broker or agent that they are licensed with the provincial governing body of the province they reside in. You can go onto the Governments web site and check to see if their name is on their approved list. Or you can call in and check that way.

Another way on how to select mortgage broker would be to see how many years of experience they have in the field. Being a member of the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals CAAMP www.caamp.org  is a bonus and a good sign as well of the mortgage broker or agents level of professionalism, and commitment to the industry.

As part of how to select mortgage broker you should also make sure that you interview the mortgage broker or agent over the phone or in person. This will allow you to gauge their sincerity and personal demeanor and respect for their clients by way of their tone of voice and body language; are they showing interest in you and listening to all your questions and concerns?

Referrals from a close friend or family member are another method in which you can funnel out the mortgage broker s or agents. These are individuals who would have worked with a mortgage broker or agent in the past and will have your best interest in mind.

Don’t be fooled or swayed towards advertisement promoting best and lowest rates around, but not knowing who the company is or person advertising the rate. You might be promised a low rate, but how will the service and trust factor be?

These are just a few suggestions, and we hope to hear your comments as well below.

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