GDS and TDS Calculations

Total Debt Service

Learn how mortgage lenders calculate your debt service ratios, GDS and TDS. You need to know these two basic calculations so you can crunch the numbers to find out what your budget and affordability is. Gross Debt Service (GDS) Lending guidelines allow you to use up to 32% of your gross monthly income towards housing […]

Mortgage Stress Test

Mortgage Stress Test

The “stress test” rule can be a little complicated to understand. Here’s a break down of why the rule exists and how it will apply to your mortgage. What does the mortgage “stress test” really mean when applying for a mortgage? When you buy a home in Canada your mortgage is “stress tested” to ensure […]

New Conventional Mortgage “Stress Test” Rules

New "Stress Test" Mortgage Rules

The decision has been made by the Office of Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) to proceed with the mortgage rules they proposed earlier this summer. OSFI is an independent agency of the Government of Canada that reports to the Minister of Finance. It was created to contribute to public confidence in the Canadian financial system. OSFI is the sole regulator of […]

Breaking Down the 5 C’s of Credit

The 5 C's of credit will help determine if you can get a mortgage

To qualify for a mortgage, a borrower needs to meet specific criteria known as the five C’s of credit. This process weighs five characteristics of a borrower and tries to evaluate the likelihood of default on a mortgage loan. The five C’s of credit are capacity, capital, collateral, credit history, and character. Capacity measures a borrower’s ability to make […]

Home Buyers’ Plan for First-Time Home Buyers

Home Buyer's Plan

Saving for a down payment is a challenge for many first-time home buyers. It can be the only hurdle standing in the way of homeownership. The Government of Canada acknowledged the difficulty first-time home buyers were facing and established the Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP). The Home Buyers’ Plan allows first-time home buyers, people who have […]

Mortgage “Stress Test” Tips

New Mortgage Rule Tips

The mortgage “stress test” rule is now in effect. Canadians applying for a default insured mortgage are required to qualify at the Bank of Canada’s five year posted interest rate (the benchmark qualifying rate) on all mortgage terms. The qualifying mortgage payment is based on this higher rate. This directly results in lower mortgage amounts. […]

New Mortgage Rules Coming to Canada Soon

New Qualifying Mortgage Rules

The Government of Canada announced new mortgage rules that will be coming into effect on October 17, 2016. The rules will directly impact those purchasing a home in Canada with less than a twenty percent down payment. Canadians applying for a default insured mortgage (high-ratio mortgage) will be required to qualify at the Bank of […]

What is Mortgage Default Insurance?

Default Insurance

Why do most lenders require mortgage default insurance for home buyers purchasing homes with less than a twenty percent down payment? Canadian banks and most lenders are required by law to insure “high ratio” mortgages against default. “High ratio” refers to mortgages with less than a twenty percent down payment. Default insurance is provided by […]

Dreaming of Buying a Vacation Property?

finance a vacation property

There’s no better place to spend the hottest days of summer than by a cool lake making memories. The dream of owning a weekend getaway could be within your reach. Find out which type of vacation property will work with your financial situation and how to buy it. Vacation properties come in all shapes and sizes. […]