Mortgages 101: Buying Your First Home
Getting a mortgage for your first home is a big financial commitment. The number of options can be overwhelming. Follow the three steps below to learn more about the mortgage process and how to find the mortgage that best meets your needs.
Step 1: Know what you need and want in a mortgage
- Down payment
find out how much money you need to put down to be able to get a mortgage.
- Down payment financing option: Home Buyers' Plan
see how you could use RRSPs for the down payment.
- Mortgage payments: understanding interest versus principal
learn how your mortgage payments are applied to the loan.
- Choosing an amortization period
see how this affects how much interest you pay.
- Choosing a mortgage term and type
look at your options before making your choice.
- Understanding fixed and variable interest rates
read about the differences and how the decision will affect your payments.
- Frequency of payments
see how accelerated payment options can save you thousands of dollars.
- Mortgage default insurance
get the details and examples of how this works.
- Other insurance options
learn about other mortgage insurance you may be offered.
- Mortgage option: Cash back
things to consider before you commit.
Step 2: Shop around and get pre-approved
- Before you start shopping around for a mortgage
make sure your credit report is in order to avoid problems.
- Understanding the pre-approval process
find out how the process works and get prepared.
- Qualifying for a mortgage
understand the formulas used to calculate your borrowing limit.