Here are some real estate home financing tips that will help you to purchase and finance a home that you can afford.
Real estate home financing tips – tip number one: Review your budget. On big reason that some people find themselves house poor is purchasing a home that is at the top of their budget. Look realistically at your budget and when determining what you can afford to pay for a home, consider your future financial goals. If you currently do not have debt and so you have decent cash flow, do not take out a mortgage that puts you at your limit. This can set you up for failure. In the future if interest rates go up, and you need to finance a new vehicle or you have some other need to have to take out new debt, you could find yourself in financial trouble.
Real estate home financing tips – tip number two: Know your credit. Request your credit report from Equifax. It is really important to know what’s on your credit so that you don’t make an offer on a home only to find out that there is an issue with your credit that will prevent you from getting a mortgage.
Real estate home financing tips – tip number three: Consult a mortgage broker. Consulting with a local mortgage broker will enable you to find out all the deals being offered by the different banks and a mortgage broker can even pursue a mortgage pre-approval on your behalf so that when you go out to buy your home you have the security of knowing that: 1) you can get a mortgage 2) how much of a mortgage you qualify for 3) what will be required for you to get your mortgage.
Real estate home financing tips – tip number four: Be realistic about the cost of buying a home and budget accordingly. Outside of your down payment there will be many other expenses that come up as it relates to buying your home. These expenses include property tax hold back, property tax and interest adjustments, land transfer tax, insurance fees, legal fees, moving costs and more. Expect to have an additional $5,000-$7,000 budgeted for your closing to cover these expenses if you want to have a stress free mortgage closing.
Buying a home is a complicated process with many considerations. Keeping these real estate home financing tips in mind will help you to prepare to purchase in the smoothest manner possible and make for an enjoyable and exciting home buying experience.
Answers to your most common questions:
1) I am a first time buyer but my spouse is not, can we qualify for a 5% down mortgage again?
- Anyone can qualify for 5% down, you do not need to be a first time buyer.
2) As a first time buyer I want to use my RRSP for down payment, but I only need $10,000 for my down payment but I need another $3,000 for closing costs, can I use my RRSP’s for that too?
- Yes, you can use up to $20,000, it does not all have to be used toward down payment. You then have 15 years to pay it back to your RRSP.
3) Are we limited to the amount we can spend as a first time buyer?
- Only to as much as you can afford, or your down payment can limit you to the amount you qualify for as you still require 5% down whether it be saved or given to you as a gift from family.
4) Why is using a mortgage broker better than using my bank if I am a first time buyer?