This isn’t a guarantee of final approval, but it can help you to narrow down your search. It will help you make decisions about affordability, neighbourhood and home type or size.
You do not have to spend your full pre-approved amount. Always consider possible changes such as loss of income, increased expenses or rising interest rates.
What is a "Mortgage Stress Test"?
You will need to pass a “stress test” in order to qualify for a mortgage loan with federally regulated lenders and credit unions. The stress test exercise ensures that you can afford payments at a qualifying interest rate which is typically higher than the actual rate in your mortgage contract. This ensures homebuyers don't take on too much debt and have the means necessary to make their mortgage payments if interest rates rise or income decreases.
You can buy a home with a down payment under 20% of the purchase price, but you’ll likely need mortgage loan insurance. This protects banks and other lenders against the risk of mortgage default just like property insurance protects you in case of loss.