Have you ever wondered exactly what factors determine your mortgage eligibility? These are some of the most common ones:

  • Your income. 

  • Your credit score.

  • Your ability to provide a down payment.

You Need To Be Able To Prove You Have Enough Income To Cover A Mortgage

The biggest thing lenders look for when determining your eligibility is to confirm that you have a secure source of income. This proof of payment can take various forms, including pay stubs, a letter from your employer, or tax returns if you're self-employed.

In addition, you also need to prove you have enough income to cover not only the mortgage but other expenses associated with buying a house, such as property taxes and utilities.

Lenders Look At Your Credit Score

A high credit score is also good if you want to secure a mortgage. A high credit score indicates that you are a low-risk borrower and gives you access to lower mortgage rates.

Want to increase your credit score? Make sure you pay your bills on time and ensure you have a few different types of credit, such as more than one credit card.

You Must Be Able To Provide A Down Payment

The minimum down payment you have to be able to afford a house varies. It is as follows:

  • Five percent of the purchase price if it's $500,000 or less.

  • For houses that are more than $500,000 but less than 1 million dollars – five percent of the first $500,000 of the purchase price and ten percent of the rest.

  • Twenty percent of the purchase price if the house costs more than 1 million dollars.

To protect themselves, lenders will also insist you buy mortgage loan insurance if you have less than a twenty percent down payment.

Use Our Ontario Mortgage Qualification Calculator To Determine What You Can Afford

Do you want to buy a home but need to figure out how much of a mortgage you can afford? Our mortgage qualification calculator can help you determine what size of mortgage you can afford for an Ontario home.

To use our calculator, you need to provide information such as the asking price, the interest rate of the mortgage, the amortization period, and the estimated property taxes. 

Our calculator will then tell you a variety of information you need to know to make an informed decision about whether you can afford an Ontario house, including the expected monthly mortgage payments and insurance premiums.

Contact Us To Learn More About Obtaining An Ontario Mortgage

At Northwood Mortgage, we have various options available to you. Call us at 888-257-8130 or contact us online to learn how we can help you afford a new home!