From Debt to Dream Home

Mark and Sarah were a fairly typical couple when we met them 5 years ago.  He worked in the trades, while she was in customer service, both with full time hours and a steady household income. They were moving from a condo to a family home, and everything went smoothly through their mortgage process.

Credit for Homeowners

Your credit is a key factor in qualifying for a mortgage. It can be challenging to know what part of your finances you should focus on when preparing to buy a home, so we've asked our friends at the Credit Counselling Society to share their knowledge. Here's what they had to say:

Credit on the Slide

You do everything you can to ensure your mortgage payments are made on time. So why is your credit score slowly getting worse? If you're like many Canadians, it's because your overall debt is climbing and you don't pay as much attention to those other loans.

Top 20 Factors That May Affect Your Mortgage

If there's one thing our team of mortgage planners has learned from their years of experience, it's that no 2 mortgages are the same. Even if, on the surface, you think that your situation matches your neighbor, friend, co-worker or parent, it doesn't take much digging to start finding differences. Since you're not "just like Dave" why would your financing be the same? We believe that your mortgage solution should be as unique as you.

Solutions for Bad Credit

It can be an overwhelming experience to find yourself in debt, with your credit sliding from bruised to bad. If you want to make a major purchase, like buying a house, it might feel as though that dream is slipping away. While it can be difficult to find your own way back to a strong financial situation and repair your bad credit, there are many solutions available to you.

More Canadians using retirement savings to solve bad credit

Like many journeys, the road to bad credit starts with a single step – or misstep in this case. Whatever your situation, once you've started having trouble with your credit score, it can be difficult to find your own way back to a strong financial situation. But you have some money saved in your RRSP, so why shouldn't you use that to get out of debt? While it seems like an easy solution now, you might regret your decision in the future.

Many Canadians face increasing debt and multiple loans

For the past few years, credit has been easy to come by for most Canadians. However, for every individual who manages their credit well, there are horror stories of monster loans and mountains of debt. According to an annual report by credit agency TransUnion, individual debt among Canadians is increasing. A typical individual is currently carrying $21,686 in debt, not including their mortgage – an increase of 2.3% from the same time in 2015.