July 6, 2024 CMSpeople

Building Credit for a Mortgage Approval in Canada

So you’ve set your sights on homeownership – congratulations! But before you start browsing open houses, it’s crucial to ensure your credit score is in tip-top shape. A strong credit score is essential for mortgage approval and can even land you a lower interest rate, saving you thousands in the long run.

Here’s your roadmap to building and maintaining stellar credit for that dream home:

  1. Check Your Credit Report:

Like a financial compass, your credit report provides a snapshot of your borrowing history. It’s vital to review it regularly for errors that could be dragging down your score. You’re entitled to a free credit report from each bureau annually. Be sure to obtain reports from Canada’s 2 major bureaus: Equifax, TransUnion (there are other companies that draw their date from these 2 main bureaus).

  1. Be a Payment Superhero:

On-time payments are the ultimate credit score boosters! This applies to everything from credit cards and loans to utilities and phone bills. Even a single missed payment can significantly impact your score. Set up autopay or calendar reminders to ensure you never miss a due date.

  1. Don’t Max Out Your Credit Cards:

While credit cards are a great tool for building credit, using them excessively can backfire. Ideally, you should only utilize around 30% of your available credit limit. This demonstrates responsible credit management to lenders.

  1. Age is an Advantage (For Credit, Not You):

The longer you’ve had credit accounts open and managed responsibly, the better. So, avoid closing old credit cards unless they have annual fees or high interest rates. A mix of credit types (credit cards, installment loans) can also strengthen your score.

  1. Fix Errors, Fast:

If you find any discrepancies on your credit report, dispute them immediately. Contact the credit bureau and the creditor who provided the information to initiate the correction process. Be persistent – it can take time to resolve errors.


Building from Scratch? Here’s Your Credit-Building Toolkit:

Secured Credit Cards: These require a security deposit that serves as your credit limit. Responsible use can translate to a traditional credit card down the line.

Become an Authorized User: Getting added as an authorized user on a responsible family member or friend’s credit card can piggyback on their positive payment history.


Maintaining Your Credit Strength:

Monitor Your Credit Regularly: Stay on top of your credit score and report by requesting free annual reports or using credit monitoring services.

Limit New Credit Inquiries: Applying for multiple loans or credit cards in a short period can negatively impact your score. Space out credit applications.

Remember: Building and maintaining good credit takes time and discipline. By following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to unlocking the door to your dream home!


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