As a first time homebuyer, it's important to know what could kill your mortgage application

first time homebuyer

As a first time homebuyer, it’s important to know what you need, to have a successful mortgage application.  Some of the last round of changes from the government, regarding qualifying for a mortgage, included that  if you have a balance on your unsecured Line of credit, to qualify for a mortgage, the lenders require that we use a 3% payment of the balance of the Line of credit.

Simple math, if you owe $10,000 we have to use $300 as your monthly payment, regardless of what the bank requires as a minimum payment.  Given that the banks hand out a Line of credit on a regular basis, it is not uncommon for us to see $50,000 Lines of credit with balances in the $40,000 range.  That amount then means we have to use $1,200 a month as payment, even though the bank may require considerably less.

But what if it is a Secured Line of Credit?  Again we have clients telling us that they don’t have a mortgage, only to realize they do have a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC).  A home equity line of credit by all definitions, is a loan secured by property, the actual definition of a mortgage.

Again, it’s something the bank will require little more than interest payment on, because it is secured.   The calculation here can also upset the calculation for your next mortgage, because many lenders require us to take the balance of the HELOC.  Let’s say the balance is $200,000 and you convert it to a mortgage at the bench mark rate, which today is 5.34%  with a 25-year amortization.  That without any fees today, is equal to $1,202.22 per month, so what in the client’s mind may be a $400 or $500 dollar interest payment for the purpose of qualifying, will be almost three times higher.

This one change to supposedly safe guard the Canadian consumer has lately been the thing we have seen stop more mortgages than just about anything else.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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