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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

Exploring the Pros and Cons of Purchasing a Condo
August 28, 2019 @ 1:12 PM by: Resvick & Associates

When you decide to take your first step on the property ladder, you will have plenty of property-types to choose from. Many buyers prefer to buy an existing single-family home, some want to buy a plot of land on which to build their house, while others would like to get the keys to a condo.

If you are a member of the latter group, you may be interested in learning a little bit more about the benefits and drawbacks of purchasing a condo:

Pros

•    A Gated Community 

Condos often offer higher security than a traditional home as they usually sit within a gated community. There will be a security presence at all times at the gate, keeping a close watch on the people who enter and leave. If you are at all concerned about crime and theft in your area, this added security can do a great deal to set your mind at ease.

•    A First Home

If you, like most people, don't have a huge budget to purchase your first home, a condominium may be an attractive option. They are often available for a significantly lower price than similarly-sized single-family homes in the same neighborhood.

•    Easy Maintenance

When you own a condo, you can just kick back and relax on the weekends while the on-site crew takes care of all the maintenance and repair work on the property. Condo ownership means no more trimming the front lawn, cleaning the pool, or shoveling the snow.

Cons

•    Extra Fees

Owning a condo can be a liability as well as an asset. In return for the beautiful landscaping and pristine surroundings, you will need to pay condo fees. The exact amount of these fees will usually be determined by your board, but you can expect to pay at least a few hundred dollars extra each month.

•    Lack of Privacy 

A condo is first and foremost a community of people. As such, you will encounter other members of the community at various points in time throughout the day and night. If you would prefer to avoid this and instead lead a more private life, a condo may not be right for you.

In Closing

Finding the perfect home to buy is never easy. However, by carefully reviewing the pros and cons outlined in this article, you will be better able to decide if purchasing a condo is the right decision for you. 

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