FAQs


  • As a non-resident, can I qualify for a mortgage?

    Yes, as a non-resident you are able to qualify for a mortgage. The maximum Loan to Value Ratio is typically limited to 65%, but can go as high as 75% in special cases.

    A credit report from the country of origin, proof of income and down payment is also required.

  • I’m retired with a pension income. Can I get a mortgage?

    Absolutely! Financial institutions are not permitted to discriminate based on age. As such, you are entitled to the same mortgage terms and qualifications guidelines as non-retired persons.

    Further, pension income qualifies the same as any other income.

  • Should I wait for my mortgage to mature before obtaining an approval?

    No! Have Balance Mortgages begin shopping around for an interest rate at least 90 days before your mortgage matures. Lenders will often guarantee an interest rate to you as much as 120 days before your mortgage matures. Most lenders will cover or offset a majority of the costs of transferring your mortgage. This means a rate promised well in advance of your maturity date, thus eliminating any worries of higher rates. And if rates drop before the actual maturity rate, the new lender will usually adjust your interest rate lower as well.

    Most lenders send out their mortgage renewal notices offering existing clients their posted interest rates. The rate offered is usually not the best one.

  • How will child support and alimony affect my mortgage qualification?

    Where Child Support and Alimony are paid by you to another person, generally the amount paid out is deducted from your total income before determining the size of mortgage you will qualify for. Where Child Support and Alimony are received by you from another person, generally the amount paid may be added to your total income before determining the size of mortgage you will qualify for. Proof of regular receipt for a specified period of time will be required by the lender.

  • How does bankruptcy affect my ability to qualify for a mortgage?

    Depending on the circumstances surrounding your bankruptcy, generally some lenders would consider providing mortgage financing. If you have been previously discharged from bankruptcy, the best way to determine whether or not you qualify at this time is to fill out an application and have one of the Balance Mortgages team members discuss your situation. Balance Mortgages has many lenders we can approach based on your circumstances.

  • Can I use gift funds as a down payment?

    Most lenders will accept down payment funds that are a gift from family as an acceptable down payment. A gift letter signed by the donor is usually required to confirm that the funds are a true gift and not a loan. Where the mortgage requires Mortgage Loan Insurance, the gift money is required to be in the purchaser’s possession before the completion of the mortgage.

  • What documentation is required to confirm my down payment?

    For funds derived from a bank account, lenders require a bank statement confirming the down payment. For funds derived from RRSP, GIC, or stock portfolios, the most recent statement is required. For funds derived from the sale of property, a fully executed binding sale agreement is required.

  • What if I have a poor credit history?

    While you may not be given immediate mortgage approval, Balance Mortgages has access to many lenders and products that will probably work. The terms and interest rates will depend on the severity of your credit situation. Credit Repair Tips

  • Can I qualify for a mortgage if I am unable to confirm my income?

    There are a number of products available for applicants who, for whatever reason, have a solid down payment but are unable to provide standard income verification. Another normal requirement is that the applicant have good credit. The amount of the mortgage advance will typically be 65% of the total property value but mortgages of up to 75% of the total can also be arranged.

  • What are the early payout penalties that apply to my mortgage?

    Either a three-month interest penalty or interest differential penalty will apply if you close out your mortgage prior to the maturity date of the term. The greater of the two applies. Interest differential is charged when interest rates have decreased relative to your rate, whereas three-month interest charges are typically charged when interest rates have increased relative to your rate.