3 Things To Know About Mortgages For Overseas Properties

Posted onDecember 20/2017By

There are many good reasons to invest in property overseas. You may want to use the property as a vacation rental or as a vacation home for yourself and your family. Your child may be going to university overseas, and you may be thinking about buying a property as an investment where they are studying. Getting a mortgage for an overseas property is different than getting a mortgage in your country of residence, however, and there are some things to consider. Hire an Expert Even if you are experienced in buying real estate, the rules are often quite different when it comes to buying overseas. The best thing to do would be to find a local real estate agent in the country where you want to buy, who is experienced when it comes to dealing with overseas buyers. By working with a local agent, you can better understand the local…

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Got A Mortgage Offer? Here’s What To Do Next

Posted onNovember 13/2017By

Navigating mortgage applications is a complex process, especially for first-time home buyers. Applying for a mortgage requires a detailed and thorough examination of your income, financial situation, and credit score; the process can be exhausting. There’s never a guarantee you’ll be accepted either, so it can be a big relief once you receive your mortgage offer. Your mortgage offer will be sent either to you or to your solicitor. This offer should be read very carefully. It will contain the amount of money the lender is willing to lend, the length of the mortgage term, and the amount of monthly payments required. You should go over this offer with your lawyer in order to make sure everything is in order. Legal fees are a significant part of mortgage closing costs, but the consequences of not examining the offer carefully enough can cause even bigger problems. Keep in mind that this…

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Getting A Mortgage While Self-Employed: 3 Things To Know

Posted onAugust 28/2017By

While many people make a good, or great, income being self-employed, it can make getting a mortgage or other loan more difficult. However, this doesn’t mean it’s impossible. There are just a few more things to take into consideration. While you can use an online mortgage qualifier calculator, it’s often helpful to seek the advice of a mortgage professional as well. Before you do, here are some important things to know if you’re applying for a mortgage while self employed: 1. What You Need When applying for a mortgage loan, you must be able to prove your income to show that you’ll be able to make your monthly payments in full. Most lenders will require at least two years’ worth of accounts and tax returns in order to prove your income. The more you can provide in this case, the better. To apply for a mortgage, you’ll generally need: Good…

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Ways A Second Mortgage Can Help Your Financial Situation

Posted onAugust 29/2016By

Life happens – and there are things that may crop up that may put a serious damper on your financial situation. Owning your home can help mitigate these problems through the use of a second mortgage. Consolidating debt, for most people, is a reality in this economic climate. Homeowners with at least 20 per cent equity in their homes can apply for a second mortgage, which is a great way of working away at reducing your debt. It’s also an option when you need extra cash for things like medical expenses or renovations. Do I qualify? The interest rates on second mortgages are often higher than first mortgages, yet carry lower interest rates than credit cards. If you pay other debts on time and choose to get a second mortgage, you may find your credit score improving, a definite bonus! Here are a few things lenders will look for in…

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How Student Loans Can Affect Your Mortgage Application

Posted onMarch 21/2016By

The latest figures show that almost $30 billion is owed by Canadian students in student debt. With many people going back to school in their adult years, this increasing level of student debt brings with it numerous challenges for the average Canadian student. This is clear when examining how student loans can impact your ability to buy or sell a home. And so within this article, we’ll look at how student loans might impact a buyer during their mortgage application process. Your Debt to Income Ratio When buying a home, your lender will calculate your debt to income ratio by adding up your monthly payments, along with your expected mortgage, and dividing the total by your monthly income. To qualify for a loan with most companies, your debt-to-income level should be less than 43%. For those with a $20,000 student loan looking to buy a house for $300,000 or more, this…

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