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5 ways to improve mortgage qualifying success

Yes new mortgage rules have made it harder to qualify for a mortgage, whether you are a first-time buyer or looking to renew or refinance your mortgage with a new lender. That’s why you should get yourself mortgage ready well in advance. Here are 5 tips to help you do just that:

  1. Get your Credit Report. Getting a copy of your credit report will let you know how you will be viewed by lenders. You can order yours for free through the mail or for a small fee online at www.equifax.ca as well as www.transunion.ca If you spot a problem, call us for assistance to resolve the issue.
  2. Polish your Credit.You can boost your score by several points fairly quickly with continual good credit habits. Most importantly, pay your bills on time, every time. Don’t let your credit accounts exceed 50% of the credit available. Before you cancel any credit cards, get advice. And don’t apply for a store card just to save on your purchase that day. Make a habit of checking your credit score each year, and watch how those good credit habits push your credit score skywards!
  3. Cash is King. Plan to go into homeownership with the maximum downpayment possible. If you are in the "saving up" stage of preparing for homeownership, now is the time to meet. There are several downpayment savings strategies available that we can put to work for you.
  4. Get a boost from Family. Parents and grandparents have enjoyed the personal and financial benefits of home ownership themselves, and see how hard it is today to make that important first step into the market. Check to see if they are willing to help by gifting or loaning some or all of the downpayment, or by helping you with other debts.We can help you be fully prepared to get you where you want to go, and to make sure you can take advantage of any opportunities that come your way.
  5. Start a Dialogue early. Get in touch early to talk about your purchase, refinance or renewal plans. We can help you be fully prepared to get you where you want to go, and to make sure you can take advantage of any opportunities that come your way.

Also remember,history has proven that it is almost impossible to perfectly time the market.Home ownership has proven to be a very solid investment over the long term, so focus on buying a home when you are financially ready and when it fits your lifestyle.

Troy Resvick, MBI

Managing Partner / Senior Mortgage Advisor

Invis - Resvick & Associates Mortgage Advisors

T: 604.532.8769 ext. 1

10 Benefits of Buying a Newly Constructed House
August 14, 2019 @ 4:20 PM by: Resvick & Associates

There are two options available when seeking a new home for your family. You can purchase a resale (meaning an older home that has already been lived in) or a new construction. While each choice provides a distinct set of pros and cons, purchasing a newly constructed home offers numerous comparative benefits. Below are just 10 of the primary benefits. 

1. Customization

New constructions allow homeowners to customize their homes with a variety of options prior to moving in, if they purchase during the pre-construction phase.

2. No Extra Work

Homeowners need not put in any work prior to move in. Resales, on the other hand, often require at least a minimal amount of renovations prior to move in.

3. Modern Appliances

A new construction will be equipped with modern appliances and conveniences, whereas resales may need to be updated. For example, most new homes are created with dishwashers, which are not often seen in older homes.

4. Stays Repair Free

Your home should be repair free for a minimum of two years. If anything does break during the first few years, most items will still be under warranty. 

5. Eco-Friendlier

With better construction materials that have yet to see the effects of time and weather, new constructions are much eco-friendlier. The environmentally-friendly new materials could help lower your utility bills for years to come. 

6. Modern Technologies

New constructions often come already equipped with modern technologies or 'gadgets.' Modern technologies could include a home security system, geothermal flooring, solar paneling, or smart home technologies, to name a few.

7. New Home Smell

As strange as it may seem, new constructions come with that new home smell and feel, which is distinctly appealing and satisfying. There is also the benefit of no 'strange' smells from age, as might come with a resale.

8. Higher Resale Price

If you decide to sell your home a few years down the road, a new construction will sell at a considerably higher price than older homes. Each time an older home is sold (unless it has undergone a full remodeling), it typically sells at a slightly lower price.

9. Community Features

New homes are often built in communities, which offer a lot of extra amenities and security features. Examples of extra amenities might include a pool, club house, security gates, game room for children, and many other things that will  provide convenient, safe areas for yourself or children to pass their free time.

10. Founding a Neighborhood

Many new homes are being built in areas where a neighborhood is not yet established. Being among the first to move in means you have the distinct privilege of helping found a safe neighborhood for your children (and their new friends) to grow up in.

Conclusion

Choosing to purchase a newly constructed house has several distinct benefits when compared to the alternative of purchasing a resale. This article discusses just 10 of the primary benefits homeowners may experience during their home buyer's journey. This list is not, however, all inclusive and each unique family (and home) will come with it's own unique benefits.

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