$750 tax incentive for first-time buyers. When you buy your first home, you may be able to take advantage of the Home Buyers Tax Credit (HBTC) when you file your tax return. The $5,000 non-refundable HBTC provides up to $750 in federal tax relief. You qualify if neither you nor your spouse (or common-law partner) have owned and lived in another home for the past five years. For more information, visit the Action Plan website at www.actionplan.gc.ca/en/initiative/first-time-home-buyers-tax-credit.
Monthly Archives: February 2016
Your Home & Mortgage
Be prepared with your income verification
One of the most critical components of a successful mortgage approval is verifying your income. Being prepared up front will make the entire process easier and less stressful. Here is a summary of the different types of income and what is acceptable as verification to lenders.
Full-time salary: Provide a recent paystub and letter on company letterhead of employment signed by an authorized officer confirming position, annual salary and length in position. If you are new to your position, the letter must state that you are no longer on probation. Lenders will follow up and confirm these details. Commissions and bonuses can be supported by averaging your last two notices of tax assessments.
Commission, contract, part-time, seasonal employment: Company letter and paystub are required. Income must be consistent and can be proven with a 2 year average of tax assessments or T4s. If the position is contract, a copy of the contract and any renewals is required.
Self-employed: Two years of tax assessments, a business license/registration or articles of incorporation and the last 2 years T1 general tax returns or 2 years of accountant prepared financial statements if incorporated. Since the amount of income is purposely kept low, some expenses on the statement of business activities can be added back. If income is difficult to prove then be sure to have a strong credit history and downpayment.
Child support: A copy of the separation/divorce agreement and three to six months bank statements are typically required. This income should be less than 30 per cent of total income.
Disability: A letter confirming permanent status along with a paystub.
Maternity leave – Some lenders use full employment income if the employment letter confirms a return date within one year.
Pension/RRIF/Investment income: Most recent tax assessment, T4A’s for pension income. There must be sufficient funds in the investment to support the income being withdrawn.
Being fully prepared to verify your income will make a considerable difference to your stress level and mortgage success. If you have any questions, ask! Contact us now to speak to an expert or to get pre-approved, apply now through our secure website.
February Real Mortgage Story
Dennis is a 29 year old Canadian Citizen. Like many Canadians, Dennis lived and worked in America was for the last 10 years. During his absence from the country, Dennis filed his taxes in here Canada, for rental income, from the property that he owned in Clarington, Ontario.
In 2015, upon his return to reside in Canada, Dennis was looking to buy a new home. He was however unaware of an old derogatory credit issue from years back, which had not been solved. As a result, this credit issue made it impossible for Dennis to obtain funding to purchase his new home, through a bank. By contacting the team at MiMortgage.ca, Dennis was able to secure mortgage funding through a credit union, which enabled him to buy his new home.
- 25 per cent downpayment
- Interest rate of 3.99 percent for 1 year
- Montly payments of $1,246.40
Having a tough time securing mortgage funding due to unresolved credit? We maybe able to help. Speak to an expert at MiMortgage.ca for a quick assessment of your circumstances and for advice on how you can build or improve your credit.
Fictitious names have been used in order to protect our clients’ identities.
2016 Canadian Mortgage Awards Nomination
The deadline for CMA Award nominations has been extended until February 19, 2016.
The Mortgage Intelligence, Oshawa office has been nominated for an award of excellence for Best Customer Service from an Individual Office, by Invis-Mortgage Intellegence.
Please see the nomination submitted by Invis-Mortgage Intelligence:
David Hetti, Mortgage Agent
Best Customer Service from an Individual Office
firstname.lastname@example.org | 905.424.0695
As soon as you enter this wonderful office you get a welcome feeling of warmth. David and his team have really perfected the customer service experience, with processes and systems in place to ensure that clients and partners stay well informed, before and after the mortgage closes. David says he is in the relationship business not a transactional business, and starts his day by making customer service calls to his clients – just to check in. As a result, 80% of David’s business is referral based. David also provides exceptional monthly training sessions for staff and agents to elevate their success.
We would appreciate if you could please take a few moments to complete the online nomination:
Select: Award for Best Customer Service from an Individual Office
You are required to complete your name & contact details, name & contact details of your nominee and write a short review about your experiences with David and his staff over the years.
We look forward to your support.
RRSP Contributions for 2015
10 STEPS TO HOME OWNERSHIP. UNDERSTANDING THE MORTGAGE PROCESS.
Dreaming of being in your very own home in Durham Region this summer? Maybe it’s not as far away as you think. In fact, you might be just ten steps away!
Here’s a summary of those 10 steps –
- Start off on the right foot and get professional mortgage advice! We can help you determine if you’re ready to buy, or give you some tips on how to get ready!
- We will let you know how much home you can comfortably afford.
- Work with an experienced realtor to find your home.
- Find your perfect home and make an Offer to Purchase that is subject to financing.
- Gather up the documents to support your mortgage request.
- Get your mortgage approval, waive your financing condition, and sign your mortgage commitment.
- Don’t make any significant changes to your income or debts before getting possession of your home.
- Meet with your lawyer approximately a week before the house becomes yours to finalize everything.
- Arrange for home insurance.
- Walk in your very own front door!
Now that you’re home, we will help you make the most of your home ownership with tips to help you manage your mortgage, and power down your debt as quickly as possible. If you have any questions about the process or your situation, contact us now. Or if you’re ready to get into your home, Apply Now!
The 90-day downpayment boost for first-time homebuyers.
If you’re buying your first home now and it’ll be 90 days before your move, so let’s talk. The Federal Home Buyers’ Program (HBP) and a tax refund can boost the funds you have available for your purchase. First, make as big an RRSP contribution as you can – up to your contribution limit or $25,000 per person. You can even use your downpayment savings for this. Big RRSP contribution means a great 2015 refund. Then, after 90 days, you can go back into your RRSP and redeem your contribution under the HBP program. So you’ve got your original downpayment funds back PLUS a nice fat tax refund. You’ll need to pay the withdrawn funds back on a repayment plan, but this strategy can make a substantial difference in the affordability of home ownership!