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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

Real Estate: How to Boost Your Credit Score Before Buying Applying for a Mortgage
September 11, 2019 @ 1:22 PM by: Resvick & Associates

For the vast majority of home buyers, obtaining a mortgage will be a vital part of the purchasing process. Of course, in order to be approved for that mortgage, you will need to ensure that your credit score is in good shape. Luckily, there are a few steps that you can take to boost your score before starting your application, such as:

Fix Reporting Errors

When compiling your credit report, it is not at all unusual for the credit bureaus to accidentally place an incorrect or inaccurate note in your file. For example, if an individual who shares your name has fallen behind on their car loan it can occasionally appear on your credit report. As such, before you apply for a mortgage, it is a good idea to check your report for any mistakes such as these. If you spot any mistakes, report them to the agencies and they should be able to remove the errors in a relatively timely manner. Once the negative mark has disappeared, your credit score will quickly move upwards.

Reduce Your Balances

Your outstanding credit balances are an important factor in determining your credit score. As such, if your balances are currently quite high, it would be a prudent move to try to reduce them as much as you can. By reducing these balances, you are both improving your credit score and improving your debt to income ratio, making it just a little bit easier to be approved for your mortgage.

Avoid Opening New Credit

Each time you apply for new credit, it causes a small ding in your credit score. With this in mind, you should try to avoid opening up new credit cards or taking out new loans for around a year before you plan on purchasing your house. That year will allow time for the effects of previous credit applications to drop off of your report, and you will eventually end up with an impressively high score.

Pay Your Bills On Time

The most obvious way to boost your credit score is also the best way to do so. During the year that you are waiting for your score to recover from any previous credit applications, you should make a concerted effort to pay all of your bills on time. By establishing a pattern of on-time payments, your score will soon show you to be a reliable and trustworthy borrower.

Obtaining a mortgage is an essential part of the home buying process. By following the advice contained in this article, you will be able to boost your credit score and increase your chances of being approved for that mortgage.

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