Unique Properties That Void Pre Approval/Rate Holds

General Angela Calla 9 Jun

Shopping for a new home can be fun and exciting, but there are many details that contribute to a property’s marketability.

Mortgages that have the lowest total cost are reserved for the most marketable properties that are in prime locations as per the lender’s criteria.

Please remember that a mortgage professional can never advise a buyer to make any subject-free offers or even to remove the subjects on an offer.  The decision to remove subjects is one that the buyer has to make once all of the conditions for their mortgage approval have been satisfied with the lender(s).    Also remember that there cannot be any major changes to the borrower’s application details prior to the completion of their purchase as it may affect the borrower’s qualifications and change the conditions of the approval.

A mortgage professional will provide a buyer with the lowest cost and best mortgage for their scenario and for the property that they select to purchase.   This comes without limitations as we are without bias to any particular lenders and we protect a buyer’s credit score, which is another contributing factor to the best mortgage.


Here are some of the property details that can affect a lender’s decision on whether or not they approve a mortgage:


Property Zoning- if the zoning is anything other than plain residential then your options will be limited.  This sounds simple.  However, some condos are zoned commercial if there is a large commercial component to the complex. Industrial, Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), or leasehold (government or otherwise) will limit a buyer’s options.


Strata Property                              House


Cable Cord Construction              Oil Tank(s) on the property

Self-Managed Stratas (no strata management company)

Size of the property- below 500 sq. feet

Doesn’t use Municipal Sewage Or Waste

Former Grow Op                           Former Marijuana Grow Op or used for illegal activity


Outdated Electrical                         Over 1 Acre and/or Multiple buildings

Age Restriction(s)                          Any animal use

Rental Usage                                Any structural issues/damages work done without permits


Ongoing or Upcoming Assessments or Legal Proceedings

Prior fixes in the building not done to the lender’s preference

Contingency fund with less than $1500 per unit in the entire Strata


The lender always reviews the details of each property only when an accepted offer is in place.  The request for information can be a simple document or it can require an explanation/written documentation from various parties.   This information may go back several years in order to get to the source of the issue.   This, of course, takes more time.

With complexities such as these, it’s important that a real estate agent discloses the information to their buyer right away so that it can be brought to the lender’s attention.    The agent should also be proactive in getting any and all documentation pertaining to the building/property so that the buyer can evaluate if a property has long term value to them.    Many of the issues stated above can affect the long term value and marketability of a property.

As a mortgage professional, we share any and all information that the lender provides to us if they decide not to approve a property that is being purchased.   We care about protecting borrowers from a bad real estate investment and are without bias in the advice that we provide.


We are always here to help,


Angela Calla

Mortgage Expert

Dominion Lending Centres

T: 604-802-3983

E: callateam@dominionlending.ca

W: www.angelacalla.ca



Considering applying for a mortgage? Here is what you need to know

General Angela Calla 6 Jun


Every time you apply for a new mortgage, your application has to stand on its own merit. Just because you were approved for a mortgage in the past doesn’t guarantee you will be approved for a mortgage in the future. Every application is its own thing! It doesn’t matter if you have have been a homeowner for 20 years with an impeccable repayment history or you are saving a down payment for your first home, we all start fresh.

So it’s always a good idea to start with or review the basics!

Mortgage financing, to the lender, is all about managing risk. In order to secure financing you will have to prove yourself as a “good risk.” To do this, lenders will scrutinize the following four areas of your mortgage application: your employment, credit history, down payment, and the property itself.


When you apply for a mortgage you are asking to borrow money, in most cases, a lot of it. The first question the lender will ask is, how can you afford to pay them back. They want to be sure that you have the ability to repay their money, with interest. And they don’t just take your word for it. Of course you believe you are good for the money… they need proof. You will be required to provide documentation that outlines your current employment status, and depending on that status, you might have to further support your income by proving a two-year history of earnings.

The stronger your employment history, the stronger your application.

Credit History

After assessing your ability to repay the mortgage by looking at how much money you make, the next best way to determine if you will make your mortgage payment on time is by looking at how you have managed other loans. Your credit report is a history of how you manage your financial obligations. It is a detailed account of every time you have agreed to borrow money, and your track record of following through. All this information is brought together inside a machine and you get what is called a credit score, which is a three-digit number between 300 and 900.

The higher your score, the stronger your application.



After assessing your ability to repay the money, and your past history of doing so in a timely manner, the lender wants to see that you have some “skin in the game.” Gone are the days of 100% financing, where you could get a mortgage with no money down. A 5% downpayment is the absolute minimum, where 10% is going to give the lender a lot more confidence in your ability to save money, while putting down 20% will bring you into a conventional mortgage where you don’t have to take our CMHC insurance. Typically, lenders want to see that you have accumulated your downpayment through savings, however there are other options to source your downpayment.

The more money you have to put down, the stronger your application.


Most people either don’t realize or forget that the property itself is part of the mortgage application. The property is what the lender is holding as collateral in case you default on your mortgage. So if you don’t pay your mortgage as agreed, and they are forced to repossess your property and liquidate it in order to recuperate their money, they want to be sure that the property is in good shape. This is why writing a purchase agreement without a condition of financing is a bad idea. You could be the most solid applicant in Canada, but if the property isn’t a good risk, the lender won’t issue a mortgage.

There you have it. A lender will agree to give you a mortgage only when it is satisfied that:

  • you have an ability to repay the mortgage
  • you have the history to show you will repay the mortgage
  • you have some skin in the game
  • you want to buy a solid property…

The good thing about working with a Dominion Lending Centres mortgage professional is that you don’t have to approach any lender alone. We present your financial information to the lender on your behalf, and negotiate with the lender directly to ensure you get the best mortgage product available!

The Angela Calla Mortgage Team will help you personally get the best mortgage always contact us directly 604-802-3983 callateam@dominionlending.ca