Category Archives: Qualification hypothécaire

Is it smart to use part of my RRSP’s to pay down debts so I can become a homeowner?

Monday March 19th, 2018

Is it smart to use part of my RRSP’s to pay down debts so I can become a homeowner?

Marie-Pierre decided to buy a nice home in the suburbs.  However, when she applied for a loan with her financial institution, she was refused.  They explained to her that she was already carrying too many debts and fixed monthly payments to qualify for a mortgage. Later that night she met up with some friends and told […]
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Should I choose monthly or weekly payments?

Monday March 5th, 2018

Should I choose monthly or weekly payments?

You have just completed the mortgage approval process, and the inevitable question from your mortgage broker or bank adviser crops up: do you want to make weekly or monthly payments? If you answer weekly payments (my suggestion!), be aware that your choice doesn’t end there. First of all, there is a big difference between an […]
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I’m a self-employed worker looking for a mortgage loan, but my declared income isn’t representative. Are there solutions?

Wednesday January 31st, 2018

I’m a self-employed worker looking for a mortgage loan, but my declared income isn’t representative. Are there solutions?

Your declared income isn’t representative of your current income? If this is the case, we’ve got good news: you now have access to a program that could help you buy a property. Mortgage loan for self-employed workers with self-reported income The Business for Self (ALT.A) program allows self-employed borrowers to self-report their income. However, borrowers […]
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Do I need to have my mortgage pre-approved if I’m planning to buy a condo?

Monday January 8th, 2018

Do I need to have my mortgage pre-approved if I’m planning to buy a condo?

The short answer is no, but your real estate agent and mortgage broker strongly recommend it. Here’s why: You will be spending a lot of time with your real estate agent because they will be there to help you pinpoint your needs, look at properties, and negotiate with the sellers. It is only normal then […]
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Tired of paying rent?

Monday December 18th, 2017

Tired of paying rent?

Are you tired of paying the mortgage of your apartment building’s owner? Are you ready to make the leap and become a homeowner? You might feel totally ready, but, in my opinion, the first step you need to take before you go home or condo shopping is to get yourself pre-approved. A pre-approval allows you […]
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Another good reason to obtain a pre-approved mortgage.

Monday December 11th, 2017

Another good reason to obtain a pre-approved mortgage.

Patrick is walking around in the city and spots a condo for sale that interests him. He immediately calls the real estate agent whose phone number is on the sign to find out the price and to visit the condo. The real estate agent informs him that he has just received a purchase offer on […]
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What do we do if we just made an offer on a house, but haven’t sold our condo yet?

Monday November 20th, 2017

What do we do if we just made an offer on a house, but haven’t sold our condo yet?

Start by asking yourself this one all-important questions: could you qualify for 2 mortgage loans – your current one on your condo and a new one for the house you want to buy? In effect, even if you intend to sell your condo, all the condo-related expenses (mortgages payments, municipal and school taxes, heating, and […]
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Your credit rating: Debunking the myths

Monday November 6th, 2017

Your credit rating: Debunking the myths

Your credit rating, also known as your credit score, is a number assigned by credit bureaus based on your debt payment habits. The lower your score, the more risky it is for lenders to loan you money. The higher your score, the less risky it is. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation surrounding credit scores, […]
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Important changes coming to mortgage financing standards

Monday September 18th, 2017

Important changes coming to mortgage financing standards

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) is currently studying the possibility of applying another major change that will affect anyone looking to purchase or refinance a property (1 to 4 units) and having at least 20% in down payment and/or equity for mortgage refinancing: Primary residence Secondary residence Income property (1 to […]
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How to find out about your credit rating.

Monday September 11th, 2017

How to find out about your credit rating.

There are essentially two private credit rating firms that produce credit scores which the banks will consider while analyzing your mortgage application. The most well known is Equifax, the other one is Trans-Union. They gather and process the following information: The current monthly balance on your credit cards, lines of credit, car loans, furniture loans, […]
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