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Mortgage $$ while laid off

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Mortgage $$ while laid off

Hello

I have 70k income. Family member I want to purchase house with is laid off due to tourism industry, 33k job. Return to job is dependent on tourism restarting. Getting 60% salary for now.


1) Can still still apply for mortgage with 70+33k or can only be based on 70k?
2) Last year I made 50k, but now 70k. Does the bank use average of two or based off 70k?
3) Do job titles matter? I'm analyst now, but I can ask for managerial role (I didnt bother during my review because salary is more important to me than title).
4) Can child benefit be part of income so to afford higher mortgage?
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Its gotta be job income earned @ that moment. Not possible income earned in the future. I think there are a few exceptions... Like for Medical Doctors (correct me if I'm wrong). But thats more of a case like "oh... I went from hospital A to Hospital B last week... so I havent yet completed my 6 month probation...".
Also highly unlikely you can use govt. child benefit as income. However you could use a court enforced alimony or child support payment.
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UrbanPoet wrote: Its gotta be job income earned @ that moment. Not possible income earned in the future. I think there are a few exceptions... Like for Medical Doctors (correct me if I'm wrong). But thats more of a case like "oh... I went from hospital A to Hospital B last week... so I havent yet completed my 6 month probation...".
Also highly unlikely you can use govt. child benefit as income. However you could use a court enforced alimony or child support payment.
So that 60% income while laid off at the moment, can that be used?
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vanclty wrote: So that 60% income while laid off at the moment, can that be used?
It can be used if it is employment income (salary). By this, I mean if the company reduced the hours of the individual and of course reduced the pay, For example, if the individual worked full-time in a hotel and because of Covid and travel restrictions, the hotel only needs 20% of their employees (cleaning staff, etc.) and out of this 20% of employees, these employees are also working fewer hours, so their salary is reduced, this money/salary can be used.

If you are referring to some sort of 60% of salary based on government work assistance (CERB, EI, etc.), this can't be used.
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1) Can still still apply for mortgage with 70+33k or can only be based on 70k? 70k
2) Last year I made 50k, but now 70k. Does the bank use average of two or based off 70k? Did you change companies or just positions? If you changed companies the bank will want you to have been with your current employer for at least 2 years. If you can provide an employment letter stating you make 70k they will look at that but they will also want your 2020 notice of assessment from CRA.
3) Do job titles matter? I'm analyst now, but I can ask for managerial role (I didnt bother during my review because salary is more important to me than title). No
4) Can child benefit be part of income so to afford higher mortgage? Not income

Curious where in Canada you can buy a house for $280,000?? The bank is unlikely to give you a mortgage that is more than 4 times your income. And that's with zero other debt. You would need a huge down payment to make up the rest.
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zeddy wrote: 1) Can still still apply for mortgage with 70+33k or can only be based on 70k? 70k
2) Last year I made 50k, but now 70k. Does the bank use average of two or based off 70k? Did you change companies or just positions? If you changed companies the bank will want you to have been with your current employer for at least 2 years. If you can provide an employment letter stating you make 70k they will look at that but they will also want your 2020 notice of assessment from CRA.
3) Do job titles matter? I'm analyst now, but I can ask for managerial role (I didnt bother during my review because salary is more important to me than title). No
4) Can child benefit be part of income so to afford higher mortgage? Not income

Curious where in Canada you can buy a house for $280,000?? The bank is unlikely to give you a mortgage that is more than 4 times your income. And that's with zero other debt. You would need a huge down payment to make up the rest.
2) same company

To your question, was hoping I could use 33k. Guess I'll wait for tourism industry to return lol.

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