Yes. In fact, this is a common use of a mortgage loan. Many of our customers obtain a mortgage to consolidate credit card debt, renovate their kitchen, or invest.
Applying for a mortgage shouldn’t be hard or confusing,
Why should I get a pre-approved mortgage?
There are several benefits to getting a Pre-Approval before you start searching for your next home.
- Your mortgage rate will be secured for 120 days. Even if rates go up, yours won’t.
- You’ll know what you can afford, helping to narrow down the search process.
- Pre-approval will make you look like a more serious buyer, helping you find a good realtor and can give you negotiating power with the home seller.
- A mortgage pre-approval will make the final closing faster since you already have most of the work completed.
Why is a mortgage insurance premium necessary?
If your down payment is less than 20% of the property value, mortgage insurance is mandatory in Canada. An insurance premium is built into the mortgage. So therefore, the clients do not pay “out of pocket” for this expense. For lenders, a down payment of this size is more of a risk, so the insurance premium is a guarantee for the lender in the event of your defaulting on the loan.