After you have immigrated to Canada, making the decision to buy a home can be an exciting but perhaps unfamiliar journey. As a mortgage broker who has worked with many newcomers, here are my “top 7 tips” to help you on your way to home ownership:
1. If you have not done so already, apply for credit. It is very important that you establish a credit report. When considering a new mortgage application, Canadian lenders will look at your credit standing.
2. Gather relevant overseas documents. Depending on your immigration status, you may need to provide copies of your work visa/permit. Make contact with your overseas bank in the event that you may need to provide a bank reference letter.
3. Get organized. Canadian lenders will need a job letter, pay stub or other forms of proof of income like income tax documents. If you are planning to transfer money from overseas for your down payment, you should also allow plenty of time to complete this.
4. Become informed. Research the basic procedures of buying real estate in Canada. For example, are you aware of the rules when buying a stratified property like a condo?
5. Create a budget. Housing costs in Vancouver and Toronto, for example, can be high. A financing budget can ensure your anticipated housing costs are manageable.
6. Get pre-approved. By providing a short application, a banker or mortgage broker can let you know exactly how much of a mortgage you can qualify for. the loans officer will review the mortgage payments, the interest rate and a closing cost budget with you in advance.