Mortgage Quotes? It isn’t that Easy.

by Steve Clark on February 4, 2012

Mortgages aren't something we all tend to spend a lot of time pondering, unless you need one. So it is understandable that there's a lack of information surrounding mortgages and mortgage rates and more crucial mortgage quotes.

In today’s world of instant information, reports and real time video, one would just naturally assume that all that you need to do is jump on-line and there’s your rate, right? Well yes and no. Those with impeccable credit, solid revenue, no debt and all the required paperwork can in fact get a reasonably correct idea of what interest rate they may pay on their mortgage. But it’s still a guesstimate and not to be taken as a quote. It just isn’t that easy.

Imagine quoting a renovation or construction job, or a service or even quoting your own product. Without knowing exactly what you are estimating on, it’s not going to be completely correct, is it? You need details such as how large the job is, what are the materials needed, and even if the product the customer is asking for is the right product for their requirements.

The same is true for a mortgage quote. Mortgages are as unique as the folks that hold them and no 2 are completely alike because no two people have the same circumstances. A good mortgage broker or agent knows this and though it is awfully enticing to discuss his new low rates, he customarily moves the discussion to you and your individual situation.

The particular rate of interest that any individual will pay, is determined ultimately by how high a risk you present to a lender. The bigger the risk, the bigger the rate. The only real way for a lender to appraise that risk is to study the information supplied by the mortgage broker. This indicates that before he can offer you a quote he must do his job and assemble all of the applicable info. They include, identification, income verification, and a credit report.


Details like name, address, and so on. Are critical, but apart from knowing how to get in touch with you, they also identify you when the bank is making a search on your credit and financial history. There are heaps of Bill Smiths out there but only one with your S.I.N. Number living at your address, with your picture on his driver’s licence. Proper identification is essential.

Income Corroboration

Then it’s obligatory to confirm your earnings or capability to pay. The best way is to provide your last pay stub, a work letter and last 2 years of T4 slips and Notice of Assessments, (NOA). Here is where some of us have a challenge particularly if they're disorganised or behind on their filing. If your NOA is missing in action, one can be obtained from the CRA website, after a little bit of work. (Obtaining your NOA is a technique and is not instant. It'll take at least 3 weeks to receive the actual info, so plan in an appropriate way.) There also are lenders who will take a look at undeclared earnings for self-employed people, but at a price and a different rate than what’s posted.

Credit History

The next bits of information for an accurate quote are contained in your credit score and are possibly the most important information a bank will make his determination with. The credit score is way more than a score, although the score is the foundation for most decisions. There is much more detail in a credit history that lenders look at. Details such as your present and past work, the amount of investigations made, and the people you owe. There is information such as how high your limit was and how good your payment history has been on each account. It awards an “R” factor from R1 to R9. R1 means that you do not have any payments later than 30 days and is regarded as the best. An R9 anywhere on the report spells difficulty and there are very few lenders who will accept anyone with R9s. It lays out the balances due any collections, judgements and debt written off by creditors. The credit report is a crucial tool that banks evaluate borrowers with. Know your credit and check it constantly, over 70% of all credit reports contain errors which will effect your capability to borrow.

Mortgage Calculators

If you're wondering what sort of mortgage you can afford or the rate it is possible to get there are several mortgage calculators online that are generally available for you to “play” with numbers to see the result. There are early payment penalty calculators too , so you can get a sketchy concept of the penalties you can face for breaking your mortgage before maturity. All are made to help you get a rough idea of the payment concerned in owning. A home.

Remember, till a home-loan broker or agent has done all the work we have written about here, you've not received a quote and if you're serious about getting one be prepared for some detailed dialogues and research.

Steve Clark is a Mortgage Broker with Northwood Mortgages. He keeps his clients current with the newest mortgage news by posting on his website

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