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You - Through the Eyes of a Mortgage Lender

Golden Girl Finance, On Tuesday May 24, 2011, 11:36 am EDT

If you're a newcomer to Canada, self-employed, work on commission or have a poor credit history, you may think your chances of qualifying for a mortgage or refinancing are slim to none. Think again. It is often possible to find a way - the trick is seeing yourself through the eyes of a mortgage lender.

The 5 C's of borrowing:

Mortgage lenders look for certain characteristics in potential borrowers. Generally, they're attracted by five key criteria:

  • Capacity — whether your income is sufficient to repay the mortgage once all your other debts are factored in
  • Capital — whether the size of your down payment indicates a serious commitment to the property on your part, and sufficient minimization of risk on the part of the lender
  • Collateral — whether the property is of sufficient value and marketability to cover the amount borrowed
  • Character — your reputation and reliability, usually based on factors such as your education, employment history and residence
  • Credit — your history of meeting credit obligations, which is based on credit-bureau records for the past six years.

If your qualifications are less than stellar in any of these areas, a traditional lender may not accept you. But that doesn't necessarily mean you can't get a mortgage. Like we said before, it is possible! You just need to find the right match.

Bringing your best qualities to light
Many lenders may be perfectly willing to accept you as long as they view you as a reasonable credit risk overall. For example, if you are new to Canada, lenders may consider you based on the steady nature of your employment or the size of your down payment. Likewise, if you are newly self-employed and can't prove a regular income, the lender may instead look at your debt load, credit history and business plan. If these are all very positive, the fact that you don't have an earnings history may not be so important. And if your financial reputation is marred by a poor credit history, but you've have taken discernable steps to improve your rating and your debts are under control, your current income and down payment may be enough compensation.

Finding your perfect mortgage match
Each mortgage lender has its own particular requirements. Professional advice can go a long way in helping you find the right one. The right lender will be a good match for your situation, so that the mortgage you get meets your needs. A financial professional can also help you put the steps in place so that you can make the most out of your best qualities and help you overcome mortgage hurdles — whether they're real or perceived. Remember that you are most often your own worst critic. Let others see the good.

25 YEAR HISTORICAL RATE SUMMARY

SEPTEMBER 8, 2010: While the Bank of Canada announced another 25 basis point increase to put the key rate to 1% this morning (see www.bankofcanada.ca), Canadians are still enjoying some of the best rates when it comes to mortgage financing. Check out the 25 year historical summary of fixed and variable rates - compliments of one of the lenders we work with - and then call Your Mortgage Store to get an expert opinion on what is the right option for you.

NATIONAL MAGAZINE PROFILES DONNA MULLEN

AUGUST 24, 2010: The latest edition of CMP Magazine - published by KMI Publishing and distributed nationally within the mortgage industry - includes a 3 page feature profile of Donna Mullen, Broker/Owner of Your Mortgage Store - Donna Mullen & Associates Inc.

Titled as "Teaching in Cottage Country" the article starts off by saying "When the Canadian mortgage industry first started growing in the early 90s, the obvious place to make money was in the major cities. But Donna Mullen defied the standards and built her business in an area where financial education for the everyday person was limited. Heather Li (CMP Staff Writer) shows how by going small, Mullen made it big."

Click on this link and read about how Donna got started in the mortgage industry and see what really drives her to succeed: CMP Magazine Article - Profile of Donna Mullen

DONNA MULLEN RANKED IN CMP's TOP 50 BROKER LIST

AUGUST 4, 2010:  Congratulations to Donna Mullen for being the only area Broker to make the CMP's Top 50 Brokers List in Canada with more than $34 million in mortgages funded in 2009 from her office in Wasaga Beach alone! This latest achievement reflects Donna's commitment to help residents "BE EDUCATED" about their financing options while creating a Total Homeownership Plan that includes great rates for their real estate purchases and mortgage renewals/refinancing. By helping clients to be successful with their debt management Donna's efforts also contribute to a healthy community as homeowners pay taxes and support an array of local businesses. For all these reasons Donna is looking forward to many more years of serving her own client base in addition to mentoring a team of Mortgage Agents serving many communities in Southern Ontario.

Discover Your Financing Options!

Contact our qualified Mortgage Agents for a FREE FINANCIAL CONSULTATION and let us help you assess your situation then offer objective advice on how you can maximize your real estate investment and save borrowing costs based on your unique circumstances. Call or visit one of our offices in Simcoe County today! (see directory at right).


  • Refinance to a lower rate
  • Consolidate debt
  • Buy a new or investment home
  • Pay down your mortgage faster

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