Documents you need to qualify for a mortgage
Being fully pre-approved means that the lender has agreed to have you as a client (you have a pre-approval certificate) and the lender has reviewed, approved ALL your income and down payment documents (as listed below) prior to you going house hunting. Many bankers will say your approved, you go out shopping and then they sorry you not approved due to some factor. Get a pre-approval in writing! It should have you amount, rate, term, payment and date it expires.
Excited! Of course you are, you are venturing into your 1st or possibly your next biggest loan application and investment of you life.
What documents are required to APPROVE your mortgage?
Being prepared with the RIGHT DOCUMENTS when you want to qualify your mortgage is HUGE; just like applying for a job or going for a job interview. Come prepared or don’t get hired (or in this case, declined).
I assist all my clients along the way to ensure any questions are asked and when you are my clients YOU are prepared UPFRONT and fully PRE-APPROVED before you go house hunting.
No stress, no running around, no surprises.
Why is this important?
You can have a leg up against the competition when buying your dream home as you can have very short timeline (ie: 1 day to confirm vs 5-7 days) for “financing subjects”.
Think?: you’re the seller and you know the buyer doesn’t have to run around finding financing and the deal may fall apart? This is the #1 reason deals DO fall apart. You will likely get the home over someone who isn’t fully approved and has to have financing subjects. Home is yours and no-ones time is wasted.
If you just walked into the bank, filled an application and gave little or no documents, and got a rate – you have a RATEHOLD. This is NOT a pre-approval. This guarantees nothing and you will be super stressed out when you put an offer in, have 5-7 days to remove financing subjects and you need to get any or all of the below documents. That’s not fun is it? Use a broker ALWAYS…me preferably. We don’t cost you anything!
When you get a full pre-approval, you as a person(s) are approved; ie: the bank done their work of reviewing (takes a few days) to call your employer, review your documents, etc. All we have to do is get the property approved, which takes a day or two. Much less stress, fastest approval…faster into you home!
Here is exactly the documents you need MUST have (there is NO negotiation on these) to get your mortgage approved with ease. Key word here is EASE. Banks/Lenders have to adhere to rules, audit files and if you don’t have any of these or haven’t been requested to supply them…a big FLAG that your mortgage approval might be in jeopardy and you will be running around like a crazy person 2 days before your financing subject removal.
Read carefully and note the details of each requirement to prevent you from pulling your hair out later.
Here is the list for the “average” T4 full-time working person with 5-15% as their down payment (there is more for self employed, and part-time noted below):
Are you a Full-time Employee?
Letter of Employment from your employer, on company letterhead, that states: when you started, how much you make per hour or salary, how many guaranteed hours per week and if your new is there a probation. You can request this from your manager or HR department. This is very normal request that HR gets for mortgages.
Last 2 paystubs: must show all tax deductions, name of company and have your name on it.
Any other income? Child Support, Long Term Disability, EI, Foster Care, part-time income? Bring anything that supports it. NOTE: if you are divorced/separated and paying support, bring your finalized separation/divorce agreement. With some lenders, we can request a statutory declaration from lawyer.
If you need a simple, cost effective, agreement drawn up to get this mortgage done, you can contact Kevin Moye, my good friend and divorce mediator at BC Mediation Services . Going to a lawyer isn’t usually necessary if you’re amicable with your ex-partner. Kevin: 604-818-5632. Using the cheap divorce kit from the library won’t work as it needs to be certified by independent legal representation.
Notice of Assessment from Canada Revenue for the previous tax filed year. Can’t find it? you can request it from Rev Can to send it to you by mail (give 4-6 weeks for it though) or get it online from your CRA Account.
T4’s for you previous year.
90 day history of bank statement showing the money you are using to put down on your purchase. Why 90 days? Unless you can prove you got the money either a sale of a house, car or other immediate forms of money (receipt required)…saved money takes time and the rules from the banks/government is 90 days. They just want to make sure you aren’t a drug dealer, borrowed the money and put it in your account or other fraud issues. OWN SOURCES = 90 days. BORROWED is fine, but must be disclosed. GIFT is when mom/dad give you money. Once you have an approval for “own sources” you can’t decide to change your mind and do gifted or borrowed. That’s a whole new approval.
Own Sources: For example for “own sources”: if you are a first time buyer and your money is in RRSP’s then, have your last quarterly statement for the RRSP money. If your money is in 3 different savings account, you need to print off 3 months history with the beginning balance and end balance as of current. The account statements MUST have your NAME ON IT or it could be anyone’s account. I see this all the time. If it doesn’t print out with your name, print the summary page of your accounts. This usually has your name on it, list of your accounts and balances. Just think, the bank needs to see YOU have X$ in your (not your mom’s or grandparents) account.
GIFT: If mom/dad/grandparents are giving you money…then the bank needs to know this as the mortgage is submitted differently (this is called a GIFT).
If you are PART-TIME employee?
All of the above, except you will need to bring 3 years of Notice of Assessments. You need to be working for 2 years in the same job to use part-time income. You can have your Full-time job and have another part-time gig…you can use that income too (as long as it’s been 2 years).
If you are Self Employed?
2 years of your T1 Generals with Statement of Business Activities
Statement of Business Activities.
3 years of CRA Notice of Assessments
if incorporated: your incorporation license, articles of incorporation
90 day history of bank statement showing the money you are using to put down on your purchase.
Now let’s get started! Give me a call 778-808-7756 to start your mortgage plan, find out what you want from your mortgage, and get you moving along, having fun and being excited! There are so many options for you.
Going to the bank direct is such a big dis-service to you. That is like walking into Ford and asking for a Mercedes or Toyota. As a broker: I am FREE! I work with ALL the banks, know ALL the rules, get the bank you choose pays me to give you great service and a fantastic product. There are over 300 of them…so don’t sell yourself short.