When considering to buy a new home, the thought process can be both exciting and terrifying as you put all of your hard-earned money towards a down payment on a single tangible asset, and prepare for one of the largest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime.
The best advice we can offer you when applying for a mortgage in Mississauga is to be prepared! This means understanding all your finances including income, expenses, debt, and credit history and score. When you come prepared to a mortgage lender or broker, you are more likely to explain your wants and needs, and the process will be expedited because they will not have to decipher your financial understanding of the information presented.
The mortgage broker or lender in Mississauga will be able to simply verify your information and look at it from a lending standpoint. They will be able to determine the amount of money you can handle as a monthly payment, how much money will be paid in interest, as well as the interest rate that is best suited for your level of risk. Generally, the better your financial position and credit history, the better your interest rate on the mortgage will generally be applicable.
You are saving both yourself and the mortgage lender broker time in assessing your specific case, when you have educated yourself on what your affordability payment maybe.
By being educated, you also have a sort of protection mechanism in place. You are more likely to sense wrongdoings, or unfair dealings when you come prepared. They can not tell you something negative about your financial circumstances that may not be true, because you have reviewed your situation and are aware looks like, and understand the type of deals you are capable of qualifying for.
So here are the top 3 things you need to have before you begin shopping mortgage lenders:
Don’t rely on the mortgage lender to pull your credit report. Take responsibility and pull it yourself! You can get your credit report for free. Check for mistakes or discrepancies, as they can happen often. You can see the exact items on your credit report and your credit score. Perhaps there are items you can quickly take care of, or items you simply forgot about that could be easily closed out. You can also have an explanation planned for less than attractive items on the credit report.
Perhaps you fell on hard times, but since have taken steps to correct the problem and are now in a better position. When you understand your credit history you have full control over the information and how it is used in the mortgage process.
It is much better to come prepared with an explanation for a negative item, rather than being surprised by the item by the broker and responding with a “What?” or “I don’t know.”
Income and Expense Sheet
To assess how much of a monthly payment you can afford, an analysis of your total income and expenses needs to be done. You can do this by writing down every source of income as well as the amount, every month. This may include paychecks, alimony, child support, investments, a side business, etc. Anything that contributes to your income is a source.
You then would want to determine your monthly expenses, such as rent, car payment, food, cellular phone bill, utilities, clothing, etc. Anything that is taken from your income is considered an expense.
Everything that is left over is considered disposable income, and this is used to help determine how much payment can be afforded every month in congruence with your current rent or lease payment.
Assets are a definite plus when applying for a mortgage. It shows the mortgage lender that even if your cash reserves are depleted or in trouble, you will still be able to afford the monthly payment. Assets may include investment properties, investment accounts, types of cars and household items, etc. Anything that can appreciate or return your money is considered an asset. Assets are used to gain wealth, not just have a large bank account. Be prepared to show these assets with supporting documentation.
If you come prepared with this information and documentation to support it, you are halfway to getting your mortgage application approved! The process will be much smoother and more pleasant by having this information readily deliverable to those who might need it. If you need help putting this together, ask for the help of a financial advisor. There are many resources available for your use.