27 Feb

GETTING STRICT ON DOCUMENTATION

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Posted by: Angela Vidakovic

With an increase in concern about fraud, lending institutions are getting strict on documentation for mortgage approval.

As part of the mortgage approval process, your mortgage broker will ask for documents to show proof of your income, down payment and possibly other items such as proof of permanent residency and other identification. Since most of that paperwork is in your home in hard copy many people simply take a photo on their phone and send it over by email. As lenders are getting strict on documentation they are not accepting photograph copies and some lenders are not accepting a JPEG file or other formats. They will want a PDF copy of the document.

So I suggest to clients –keep it simple—and make a digital file of all of your important documents stored in a safe — place such as an external hard drive or offsite server location.

1. Your passport or other important forms of identification

2. PDF copies of your T1 General tax returns and Notice of Assessment from CRA.

3. If you need to make a copy of a bank statement get it scanned and copied to a PDF

DO NOT take a photo of your documents and keep them on your phone OR consider those as good forms for lender financing purposes.

When in doubt ask your Dominion Lending Centres mortgage professional.

Remember – these extra steps may be frustrating but this level of security are in place to protect all of us from fraudulent practices by criminals.

15 Feb

TOP FIVE HOME RENOVATIONS THAT INCREASE PROPERTY VALUE

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Posted by: Angela Vidakovic

 

Purchase Plus ImprovementsLooking to increase your homes property value? Here are five of the best renovations you can do to your home to increase property value. These five renovations can sometimes have a return on investment 5-6x what they cost.

# 5 Flooring

Flooring is one of the most important aspects of your house. You will see an immediate rise in property valuation with the installation of hardwood floors. Existing hardwood floors that you can refinish are ideal as they are less costly to restore and in higher demand than new flooring materials. For the bathroom, tile will always be in demand and retain value exceptionally well.

# 4 Fixtures

Kitchens often look tired and dated, in large part due to old fixtures. Replacing or updating cabinet hardware, light fixtures, countertops and faucets will result in an immediate increase in your home’s value. This small, but effective upgrade will also revitalize the entire home. Pot lights are in high demand in open concept style homes.

# 3 Bathroom

The bathroom is the second most important room in the home in terms of valuation. If you can add a three-piece bathroom to a home with only one full bathroom, you will see a dramatic rise in the market value of your home. While you should never compromise bedroom space for a bathroom, try sneaking one in dead space in the home. Scott managed to fit in a 3-piece bathroom under a staircase – the width of the room measured just 44 inches. As an added tip, use glass for the shower to make the bathroom feel more spacious.

#2 Kitchen

Kitchens are the single most important room in the home relating to valuation. The kitchen can make a significant difference in the value of your home. As such, it is crucial that you invest in having a modern, fresh and desirable kitchen. Modern cabinetry, under cabinet lighting and new appliances will all significantly increase the value of your home on the market. To save on cost without compromising construction and desirability, look at options like Ikea cabinets as opposed to custom cabinetry.

#1 An Income Suite

No surprise, but the single biggest way to increase the value of your home is to build an income suite within the property. Whether this is converting your basement into a rental, or another floor in the home, an income property will increase your home’s worth. The main reason for this is that it covers a portion, or sometimes all of your mortgage payments, and results in your home being cash flow positive – which creates real wealth that can supplement your income.

Call me to learn about how Genworth Canada can help qualified home buyers make their new home just right for them, with tailored improvements, immediately after taking possession of the purchased property.

 

written by: MARC SHENDALE

6 Feb

3 STEPS TO KEEP YOUR CREDIT IN CHECK

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Posted by: Angela Vidakovic

 

 

3 Steps to Keep Your Credit In CheckIf you have have overextended yourself with credit card debt, or have consolidated all of your consumer debt into your mortgage, or are at the point where you just want to cancel your credit cards, we have the 3 steps for you to follow to get your credit back in check.

  1. DO NOT CANCEL ALL YOUR CARDS

It may seem tempting, but money lenders want to see that you can handle your credit responsibly. Instead keep your 2 oldest credit cards (trade lines). The longer you have had your trade line, the better it is for your credit.

  1. FOLLOW THE 2/2/2 RULE

The 2/2/2 rule means that money lenders what to see 2 trade lines, for 2 years with a minimum of a $2,000 limit. These cards need to be paid on time each month, and they also need to stay within that $2,000 limit!

  1. USE WITH CARE-REGULARLY

The 2 trade lines you keep need to be actively in use. If you are concerned about consumer debt, then have a monthly bill such as your cell phone, cable, or even Netflix charge billed to your credit card. Then have that credit card paid automatically each month from your bank account.

Follow these steps to keep your credit in check and growing.  When it is time to renew or revamp your mortgage, or purchase a new home, your credit won’t hold you back—And you can bet Dominion Lending Centres is here to help you get the sharpest rate and the best product!

 

Written by: Geoff Lee