4 Significant Signs You're Not Ready For A Mortgage

By: Thomas Cook

4 Significant Signs You're Not Ready For A Mortgage

Toronto’s real estate market has been going steadily upward since 1997 and, although 2016 had exceptional appreciation above 17%, the average has been about 7% over the last several years.  2017 was even higher!

Then along came the Covid-19 outbreak which threw our economy and job stability into disarray.
Bullish outlook or the pandemic effects aside, there are still plenty of other challenges for many would-be buyers, from shaky credit to sputtering incomes and more. To be sure, the right time to pursue a home purchase is when you’re financially and emotionally ready.
Here’s a look at a few signs you may not quite be there.
Bruised Or Beaten Credit
Consumers with scores below 620 can have a tougher time securing mortgage financing.  You might need to work on improving that first.
Insufficient Savings
Since Toronto and the GTA have seen steady price increases, the minimum down payment needed has grown also.  Besides a 5-7% down payment requirement, you’ll have to pay additional cash to cover closing costs.  Count on closing costs to average another 2% of the purchase price.
There are excellent, unconventional ways to add quickly to your down payment described later in this Home Buyer’s Financing Guide.

Income Instability
Mortgage lenders want to feel like you’re a safe bet. A rocky employment situation can raise red flags.
Ideally, you’ve been working the same job for at least the last two years. But that’s certainly not a reality for many Canadian workers.
Employment scenarios are always a case-by-case evaluation.
Generally, though, you might have a tougher time securing a mortgage if:

Thomas Cook

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