The Government of Canada is therefore creating the Vehicle and Equipment Financing Partnership as part of BCAP. This program will be funded and managed by BDC, with an initial allocation of $500 million in funding, in partnership with experienced lenders and investors in the private market for asset-based financing. The partnership will expand financing options for small and medium-sized financing and leasing companies, increasing the availability of credit at market rates for dealers and users of vehicles and equipment. For more information on the Budget 2010 Department of Finance website, see Tax Measures: Extending Access to the Financing Needed to Support the Recovery. Moreover, further details on this program will be expected to announce in the upcoming few weeks.
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Tips on How to Keep Your Credit Report, Credit Score and Credit Profile Healthy!
Your credit report and score is the most important financial instrument that requires you to apply for the loan you are looking for. It also determines the interest rate credit lenders will be charging you, your highest score will awards you the most economical rate and your poor score results in even dismisal of your loan application.
The Department of Finance’s rule changes for high-ratio mortgages mean that a prospective borrower’s credit rating is more important than ever when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage loan when their down payment is less than 20% of the value of the property. Consumers need to be aware of how their credit is evaluated by lenders, and how they can work to avoid so-called bruised credit – people with a lower credit score can find themselves paying a higher interest rate, or even denied access to certain types of personal loans.
A credit report is a detailed history of how consistently you meet your financial obligations, and provides an impression of your financial health based on your credit history and past behaviour. A credit score is a three-digit number, usually between 300 and 900, representing your overall credit-worthiness, based on personal information from your credit report and other available sources.
Both your credit report and score are important. When deciding whether or not to grant a personal loan, credit card, mortgage loan and other lines of credit, lenders refer to an applicant’s credit report and score, along with a range of other factors such as income, employment history, business and size of down payment.
The higher your score the more likely you are to be approved for a personal loan including mortgage and receive favourable rates because the lender considers you to be a better credit risk. Several factors are used by the two available credit agencies in Canada, Equifax Canada and TransUnion Canada to calculate credit scores:
- Debt payment history.
- Amounts owed compared to your current credit limits with lenders.
- How often you seek new credit.
- Length of time you have had credit accounts.
- Type of credit, such as car loans, business loans, student loans, lines of credit, credit cards.
Recent news from the financial industry over the past few weeks has highlighted the fact that for many borrowers nowadays, one’s credit rating is an even more important factor when it comes to accessing personal loan including mortgage credit. By taking a few basic precautions, consumers can protect their credit report and credit score, and increase their access to better rates and a better choice of loan products.
Here are a number of steps that you can take to keep your credit report and credit score healthy:
- Pay off your debts on time – always meet due dates.
- Don’t maximum out your credit cards – up to 50% of a card’s credit limit is favorable.
- Borrow only the amount you can afford to repay.
- Numerous inquiries for consumer-type credit in a short period of time can worsen your score – make out only necessary inquiries.
- Check your credit report with regular intervals for errors, omission and mistakes to avoid unexpected problems to your credit profile.
You can obtain a copy of your credit file free from Equifax Canada (1-800-465-7166) and Trans Union Canada (1-800-663-9980). However, these free credit reports will not contain a credit score and it’s a good idea to get both the reports. You can order more comprehensive reports including your credit score from these credit bureau companies, for a small fee.
According to The Department of Finance’s announcement it has been changed some of the rules for the new high-ratio mortgages in Canada, which will take effect from October 15, 2008. According to the new mortgage policy in which Government of Canada adjusted its minimum standards for the mortgage insurance guarantee framework, new mortgages with government-backed mortgage insurance policies whether issued by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation or private insurers, the maximum amortization period will be 35 years, and the minimum down payment will be five per cent (borrowers may borrow their five per cent down payment, but it will not be insured).
Canadian Mortgage Rule changes highlight:
- Maximum amortization period has been fixed for new government-backed insured mortgages to 35 years.
- Minimum down payment of 5% is now required for new government-backed insured mortgages.
- Establishing a consistent minimum credit score requirement.
- Requiring the mortgage lender to make a reasonable effort to verify that the borrower can afford the his/her loan payment.
- Introducing lenders about new loan documentation standards to ensure that there is evidence of property value and the borrower’s sources and level of income.
Like most of the mortgage companies have already start working their maximum amortization to 35 years for new mortgages and so do the borrower start thinking their own way, where is a possibility the mortgage application mostly effected before implication date or after? but mortgage client is out in the market due to the favorable temperature and an interest rate which is already fixed by the Bank of Canada, and who knows what it’ll be after the October 15.