How To Qualify For A Mortgage: Tips For First-Time Home Buyers

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Buying your first home can be an exciting yet daunting experience, and one of the biggest obstacles you may face is qualifying for a mortgage. As a first-time home buyer, you may have several questions and concerns regarding the process. However, with the help of a mortgage broker, you can navigate through the process and obtain a mortgage that suits your needs. In this blog, Jeff Cody will provide you with tips on how to qualify for a mortgage as a first-time home buyer. 

Know Your Credit Score

Your credit score is a crucial factor in determining your eligibility for a mortgage. It reflects your creditworthiness and indicates how likely you are to repay your debts on time. Before you start the process of qualifying for a mortgage, it is important to know your credit score. You can obtain a copy of your credit report from one of the credit bureaus in Canada, such as Equifax or TransUnion. Your mortgage broker can also provide you with advice on how to improve your credit score.

Save for a Down Payment

Another important factor that lenders consider when determining your eligibility for a mortgage is your down payment. A down payment is the amount of money you put down towards the purchase of your home. Everyone is eligible for a minimum downpayment of 5% of the purchase
price of your home up to $500,000 purchase price. However, if you can save up for a larger down payment, it may help you qualify for a mortgage with better terms.

Reduce Your Debt-to-Income Ratio

Your debt-to-income ratio (DTI) is another factor that lenders consider when determining your eligibility for a mortgage. Your DTI is the ratio of your monthly debt payments to your monthly gross income. Lenders prefer borrowers with a lower DTI, as it indicates that you have enough income to cover your debts and mortgage payments. To reduce your DTI, you can pay off your debts, increase your income, or reduce your expenses.

Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage is a great way to know how much you can afford to spend on a home. It also demonstrates to sellers and real estate agents that you are serious about buying a home and can give you an edge over other buyers. A Canadian mortgage broker will get you preapproved for a mortgage by assessing your financial situation and finding a lender that suits your needs.

Gather All Necessary Documents

When applying for a mortgage, you’ll need to provide various documents, including tax returns, paystubs, letter of employment, and bank statement for proof of income and downpayment. Gathering all necessary documents ahead of time can save you time and stress during the application process. Additional documents will be required depending on your individual situation.


Qualifying for a mortgage as a first-time home buyer can be challenging, but it is not impossible. By knowing your credit score, saving for a down payment, reducing your debt-to-income ratio, and getting pre-approved for a mortgage, you can increase your chances of obtaining a mortgage that suits your needs. As a mortgage broker, I can help guide you through the process and find a lender that meets your needs.
If you are looking for a licensed mortgage broker in Ottawa, reach out to Jeff Cody. I am a fully licensed mortgage broker with Platinum Mortgages Ottawa (Mortgage Architects). I obtained my Bachelor of Mathematics degree, majoring in Business, from the University of Waterloo and later obtained my mortgage broker license in 1988. My thirty-plus years of financial background includes three years working for CMHC, lending for several trust companies, business management, and over thirty years of mortgage brokering in the Ottawa area.
My mortgage services include purchase and refinance mortgages, first-time home buyer mortgage, mortgage pre-approval, residential and commercial mortgages, home equity loans, private mortgages, etc. I serve clients across Stittsville, Kanata, Orléans, Ottawa, Clarence-Rockland, Perth, Cornwall, Kemptville, Smiths Falls, Barrhaven, Nepean, Almonte, Carleton Place, Embrun, Prescott, Arnprior, Munster, Lanark, Merrickville-Wolford, Brockville, Casselman, Renfrew, and the surrounding areas.
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