Hey Newcomer to Canada!! Are you applying for Mortgage
I hit upon this blog giving advice to new comers. Understanding mortgage after coming to Canada takes some time, so I thought to contribute article giving tips before applying for mortgage.
Before applying for a mortgage, normally you would need following documents:
- A copy of the accepted Offer To Purchase and the land survey.
- A salary letter from your employer.
- Self-employed individuals need financial statements for the past three years as well as personal income tax returns.
- Confirmation that your down payment came from your own resources (i.e. bank statements or a gift letter).
- A list of all your assets and debts along with account numbers.
- A copy of the Real Estate Listing if buying an existing home.
- Condominium financial statements, if applicable.
- If you are buying a home to be constructed, bring a picture of the property, a copy of the building plans and specifications, the land survey, plus your agreement with the builder.
- Your mortgage agent can help you determine how much you can afford, and you’ve selected a Mortgage that’s right for you. This allows you to act quickly when you find the perfect home. As soon as your real estate agent draws up an Offer To Purchase between you and the vendor, setting up agreement fixing the final price and all the conditions of sale and your deal is almost complete.
Before Signing the Offer make sure that you get the right combination of price and service from your lawyer as from your real estate agent viz; Competitive fees, excellent service, knowledgeable, approachable and, in a word, VALUE for money.
It’s not a bad idea to involve your lawyer before you sign the Offer, which becomes the legal Agreement of Purchase and Sale once signed by both the buyer and seller. If you wish, have your lawyer read the document carefully and review it with you. Once signed and accepted, your lawyer will order a series of searches from various municipal offices. This is to ensure that the vendors have not been sued and that they have paid all of their realty taxes, hydro, water and gas bills; and that there will be no old mortgages or liens on the property once you become the owner.
Your lawyer will also draft a series of closing documents, and will review the closing documents drafted by the lawyer for the vendor, since both lawyers participate in this process.
Your bank and lawyer will co-ordinate and draft the appropriate documents. Your lawyer will notify the property tax offices as well as the utility offices that you will be the new owner as of the closing day.
When it comes to the largest purchase in one’s life, the key phrase is ``you’d better shop around``. Don’t settle on the first home you see.
Before hiring a real estate consultant, do check whether they have any special affiliations or packaged discount programs with other corporations where you can save on your mortgage, on moving costs or on household purchases for your new home? You’ll want to work with someone you relate to, with whom you have some chemistry, and who offers you excellent service and value. Make sure you ask if the Realtor is acting for a vendor or for you.
This way you would make House Hunting a fun. You can have more information from Banks, as well as CMHC, the Canadian Bankers` Association, the Ontario Real Estate Association and the Home Builders` Association all have brochures to make a informed decision.