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Tips on Applying for a Mortgage in Today's Market

October 17, 2011 - Updated: October 17, 2011
Simple Tips for Shopping for a Mortgage


In today's market banks are taking a more cautious approach with qualifying consumers for mortgages.

Before starting your search for the perfect mortgage be prepared, so You can negotiate the best rate.


  •    Employment Verification:  

 Have your job letter and pay-stubs handy. If you don't have pay-stubs, have your T4 ready.

If you are self employed, obtain 2-3 years of your tax returns (Notice of Assessments). If you cannot find them, contact Revenue Canada to reprint and mail you a copy.


  •   Down Payment Verification:

Many banks today want to ensure your down payment is obtained through savings and not being borrowed from a line of credit or cash advance from a credit card. Copies of your passbooks, bank statements, RRSP's, GIC's etc in advance are extremely helpful.

The majority of lenders will be looking for a minimum of 5% down payment plus evidence that you have sufficient funds for closing costs (lawyer fees, land transfer tax, etc)


  •   Credit: 

Credit Score is key. If you are not sure of your Credit score - you can apply online with to review your personal file. Read my blog on how to analyze your credit score.




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