📅 Last Updated: January 12, 2024
✏️ Written By Lisa Rennie
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Mortgages Manitoba - Compare Providers

ProviderLoan AmountRateTerm (Months)Rating
00 Up to $50,000Prime – 46.96%3 - 120
Up to $50,000
231700524800 Parachute$5,000 - $25,000 24.99% - 29.99% 30 or 60
$5,000 - $25,000
111692748800 BreeUp to $250 0% Up to 65 days
Up to $250
81688083200 City Lending Centers (CLC)$150 - $1,600 10 - 35% 3 - 6
$150 - $1,600
61683676800 Windmill Microlending$15,000 6.7% Up to 60 months
$15,000
71666051200 Nyble$150 0% -
$150
1001643932800 FlexMoney$500 - $15,000 +18.9% APR 6 - 60
$500 - $15,000
131639094400 Loanz$1,000 - $15,000 29.9% - 46.9% APR   12 - 60
$1,000 - $15,000
301637280000 Symple Loans$5,000 - $50,000 5.75% - 22.99% Up to 84
$5,000 - $50,000
1001623369600 AfterpayVaries 0% 6 or 8 weeks
Varies
21620777600 Spring FinancialUp to $35,000 9.99% - 46.96% 9 - 78
Up to $35,000
171607558400 Helium Loans$500 - $50,000 6.99% - 46.99% 12 - 36
$500 - $50,000
1001598918400 LM Financial$1,000 - $15,000 - -
$1,000 - $15,000
1001598832000 LM Credit$500 – $15,000 + 25.99% 9 - 60
$500 – $15,000
1001595980800 FlexiLoans$200 - $1,200 25% - 32% -
$200 - $1,200
1001593561600 PayBright- 0+ 2 - 60
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1001582243200 LendCare- - Up to 60
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1001580947200 ECN Capital- - -
-
1001580860800 SimplyBorrowed$500 - $5,000 - 12 - 24
$500 - $5,000
1001580860800 Pebble Cash$350 - $1,000 - 2 - 12 weeks
$350 - $1,000
91580860800 Refresh Financial$1,600 - $25,000 19.99% APR 36 - 60
$1,600 - $25,000
161580774400 goPeer$1,000 - $25,000 7.5% - 31.5% APR 36 - 60
$1,000 - $25,000
1001579478400 North’n Loans$100 - $1,500 - -
$100 - $1,500
1001579219200 Loan or Credit$100 - $25,000 +4.9% -
$100 - $25,000
1001576713600 Flexiti Financial- Up to 35% -
-
181576713600 Financeit$500 - $100,000 6.99% - 14.99% 12 - 240
$500 - $100,000
1001575590400 Climb1800- 2900 15.99% 23 - 36
1800- 2900
1001562198400 Pylo Finance$500 - $15,000 15.99 - 39.99% 6 - 60
$500 - $15,000
1001560124800 Fresh Start FinanceUp to $15,000 29.99% - 46.96% 9 - 60
Up to $15,000
171545955200 MarbleUp to $20,000 18.99% - 24.99% 36 - 84
Up to $20,000
191552262400 Money Mart$1,000 - $15,000 29.9% or 46.90% 6 - 60
$1,000 - $15,000
1001569974400 Private Loan Shop$500 - $50,000 15 - 30% -
$500 - $50,000
1001551830400 Progressa$1,000 - $15,000 19% - 46.95% 6 - 60
$1,000 - $15,000
1001551398400 My Canada PaydayUp to $1,500 15% - 19% 14 days
Up to $1,500
1001551398400 Money Provider$500 - $1,000 28% - 32% -
$500 - $1,000
1001551398400 Loan Express- - 14 days
-
1001551139200 Lendful$5,000 - $35,000 9.9%+ 6 - 60
$5,000 - $35,000
1001550534400 Health Smart Financial Services$300 - $25,000 7.95%+ 36 - 60
$300 - $25,000
1001569974400 iCashUp to $1,500 15% - 17% up to 62 days
Up to $1,500
1001550534400 Focus Financial Inc.Up to $1,500 Up to 59% APR 14 days
Up to $1,500
191550534400 FlexFi$2,500 + - -
$2,500 +
1001550534400 DMO Credit$300 - $1,000 38% APR 3 - 4
$300 - $1,000
1001549238400 Credit 700$500 - $1,000 28% - 32% 4 - 5
$500 - $1,000
1001549238400 Credit2Go$250 - $1,000 29% APR 3 - 4
$250 - $1,000
201548720000 Ledn$500 - $1,000,000 7.9% 12
$500 - $1,000,000
1001548720000 Amber Financial$1,000 - $50,000 4.6% – 49.96% 3 - 60
$1,000 - $50,000
1001548633600 Affirm Financial$300 - $7,500 29.9% - 39.9% 6 - 60
$300 - $7,500
1001548633600 310 Loan$50 - $1,500 - 14 days
$50 - $1,500
1001545955200 Newstart CanadaUp to $20,000 19% - 49% 36 - 48
Up to $20,000
51545264000 SkyCap Financial$500 - $10,000 12.99% – 39.99% 9 – 36
$500 - $10,000
21543622400 Fairstone FinancialUp to $50,000 19.99% - 39.99% 6 - 120
Up to $50,000
101545264000 Consumer Capital Canada$500 - $12,500 19.99%+ 12 - 60
$500 - $12,500
1001545350400 LaminaUp to $1000 30% 3 - 5
Up to $1000
1001545350400 Loans SOSUp to $5,000 60% 6 - 60
Up to $5,000
1001545350400 UrLoan$500 - $2,500 29% - 46.95% 6 - 36
$500 - $2,500
51545350400 LoanMeNow$500 - $1000+ 28%-32% 3
$500 - $1000+
1001545350400 Captain Cash$500 – $750 28% – 34.4% 3
$500 – $750
1001545350400 Urgent Loans$300 - $1500 27% - 35% 3 - 4
$300 - $1500
41545264000 easyfinancial$500 - $100,000 Starting at 29.99% 9 - 84
$500 - $100,000
101545177600 Borrowell$1,000 - $35,000 5.99% - 29.19% 36 - 60
$1,000 - $35,000
ProviderLoan AmountRateTerm (Months)Rating
00 Up to $50,000Prime – 46.96%3 - 120
Up to $50,000
81714089600 Primed Loans$10,000 + 4%-45% 90 days+
$10,000 +
71714089600 OnTap Capital $10,000 to $2,000,000 10%+ Up to 36
$10,000 to $2,000,000
21669852800 Driven$5,000 - $300,000 - 3 - 24 months
$5,000 - $300,000
1001648512000 2M7 Financial Solutions$10,000 - $250,000 Varies 6-12
$10,000 - $250,000
1001620345600 TD Bank- - 12 - 60
-
1001611878400 Accord Financial$5,000 - $30,000,000 - Up to 18
$5,000 - $30,000,000
171607558400 Helium Loans$500 - $50,000 6.99% - 46.99% 6 - 36
$500 - $50,000
1001598918400 Loop- - -
-
1001585612800 BarterPay- 0.9% - 12% 6 months - 5 years
-
1001581984000 Clearbanc$10,000 - $10,000,000 6% - 12.5% -
$10,000 - $10,000,000
1001581033600 GE Capital- - -
-
1001581033600 We Can Financial- - -
-
1001581033600 Wajax Equipment- - -
-
1001580947200 Key Equipment Financing- - -
-
1001580947200 Corl$10,000 - $1,000,000 - -
$10,000 - $1,000,000
1001580860800 Yellowhead Equipment Finance Ltd- - -
-
1001580860800 Specialty Truck Financing- - -
-
1001580860800 Travelers Financial- - -
-
1001580860800 Peel Financial- - -
-
1001580860800 Pioneer Financial Services$5,000 - $1,000,000 - -
$5,000 - $1,000,000
1001580860800 Polaris Leasing- - -
-
1001580860800 Patron West- - -
-
1001580860800 Payabilityup to $250,000 - -
up to $250,000
1001580860800 Planet Financial- - -
-
1001580688000 RiseUp to $10,000 - -
Up to $10,000
1001580256000 Merchant Growth$5,000 - $500,000 - 6 - 18 months
$5,000 - $500,000
1001579478400 Onesta- - -
-
1001579478400 Lionhart Capital$10,000- $30,000,000 Min 4.95% -
$10,000- $30,000,000
1001579478400 Lift Capital- - 12 - 120
-
1001579478400 Leaseline- - 24 to 60
-
1001579478400 Lease Direct- - -
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1001579478400 John Deere- - -
-
1001579046400 Hitachi Capital Canada- - -
-
1001577059200 Export Development Canada- - -
-
1001577059200 Essex Lease Financial Corporation- - -
-
1001577059200 Equilease- - -
-
1001575849600 Alliance Financing Group LTD$5,000 - $150,000 15% + 6 - 24
$5,000 - $150,000
1001575849600 CanaCapUp to $250,000 - -
Up to $250,000
1001575590400 CLE Capital- - -
-
1001575590400 Canada Equipment Loan- - -
-
11545955200 SharpShooter Funding$5,000 - $150,000 Fee-Based: Starting at 9% 12 - 60
$5,000 - $150,000
1001552953600 Fusion Credit Union- - -
-
1001552262400 First West Credit Union$500,000 - $10,000,000 - -
$500,000 - $10,000,000
1001552262400 Laurentian Bank of CanadaUp to $250,000 - Up to 10 years
Up to $250,000
1001552262400 HSBC Bank Canada- - -
-
1001552262400 National BankUp to $1,000,000 - -
Up to $1,000,000
1001551830400 Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)$10,000+ - Up to 15 years
$10,000+
1001551830400 ScotiabankUp to $1,000,000 -   Up to 15 years
Up to $1,000,000
1001551830400 Bank of Montreal (BMO)Up to $500,000 - Up to 10 years
Up to $500,000
1001551830400 Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)$5,000 - $10,000 - Up to 7 years
$5,000 - $10,000
1001551398400 CWB National Leasing$3,500+ - -
$3,500+
1001551398400 Money in Motion$10,000 - $1,000,000 4% - 14% 12 - 84
$10,000 - $1,000,000
1001551139200 Lease LinkUp to $75,000 - Up to 18
Up to $75,000
1001550534400 FundThrough$500-$50,000 0.5% weekly 12 week cycles
$500-$50,000
1001550534400 Econolease Financial Services Inc.$1,000 - $1,000,000 6% - 20% -
$1,000 - $1,000,000
1001550534400 Easylease CorpUp to $5,000,000 4.5% 24 - 72
Up to $5,000,000
1001550534400 Capify$5,000 - $200,000 - -
$5,000 - $200,000
1001549411200 Canadian Equipment Finance$50,000 - $12,000,000 - 24 - 96
$50,000 - $12,000,000
1001549411200 Capital Key$5,000 - $1,000,000+ - 1 - 60
$5,000 - $1,000,000+
1001549238400 Cashbloom$5,000 - $1,000,000 - 3 - 24
$5,000 - $1,000,000
1001548720000 BFS Capital$5,000 - $5,000,000 - 4 - 18
$5,000 - $5,000,000
1001548720000 BDCUp to $100,000 6.05% + 60
Up to $100,000
1001548720000 Baron Finance$10,000+ 18% - 22% -
$10,000+
1001548720000 B2B Bank$10,000 - $300,000 4.70% - 5.45% -
$10,000 - $300,000
101545177600 Borrowell$1,000 - $35,000 5.6% – 25.5% 36 – 60
$1,000 - $35,000
1001545264000 iCapital$5,000 - $250,000 - 3-18
$5,000 - $250,000
1001545264000 Lendified$5,000 - $150,000 - 3 - 24
$5,000 - $150,000
61545350400 IOU Financial$5,000 – $100,000 15% + 12 – 18
$5,000 – $100,000
1001545264000 Company Capital$5,000 – $100,000 Starting at 6.87% 3 – 18
$5,000 – $100,000
51545177600 OnDeck$5,000-$250,000 8% - 29% APR 6 - 18
$5,000-$250,000
41545177600 Lending Loop$5,000 – $500,000 Starting at 5.9% 3 – 60
$5,000 – $500,000
51545264000 SkyCap Financial$500 - $10,000 12.99% – 39.99% 9 – 36
$500 - $10,000
1001561507200 Thinking CapitalUp to $300,000 - -
Up to $300,000
ProviderLoan AmountRateTerm (Months)Rating
00 Up to $50,000Prime – 46.96%3 - 120
Up to $50,000
31632960000 SafeLendUp to $50,000 15.99% + 12 -72
Up to $50,000
81624233600 Auto Credit DealsUp to $50,000 29.99% – 46.96% 12 - 96
Up to $50,000
171607558400 Helium Loans$500 - $50,000 - 24 - 60
$500 - $50,000
1001594339200 Alphera Financial Services- - -
-
61582761600 Eden Park- 11.9% - 22.9% Up to 84
-
1001581033600 WeFinanceCars- + 4.9% -
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1001581033600 Walker Financial Services- - -
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1001580688000 Rifco- - -
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1001579478400 National Powersports Financing- - -
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1001579478400 LMG Finance- - -
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1001578873600 iA Auto Finance- +8.99% -
-
1001578873600 Gamache Group- - -
-
1001551830400 Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)$5,000 - $10,000 - up to 84
$5,000 - $10,000
1001552262400 Laurentian Bank of CanadaUp to $250,000 - 12 - 60
Up to $250,000
1001552262400 National BankUp to $1,000,000 - up to 96
Up to $1,000,000
1001551830400 DesjardinsUp to $100,000 - 6 - 96
Up to $100,000
1001551830400 Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)$10,000+ - 12 - 96
$10,000+
1001551830400 ScotiabankUp to $1,000,000 - up to 96
Up to $1,000,000
1001577059200 Daimler Truck Financial- - up to 72
-
1001577059200 DealerPlan Financial- - -
-
1001575849600 Coast Capital Savings- Starting at 4% Up to 84
-
1001575849600 Canada Auto Finance$5000 - $45,000 4.90 % - 29.95% APR 36 - 72
$5000 - $45,000
1001575849600 Credit River Capital Inc- - -
-
1001575590400 Capital Trust Financial- - -
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1001575590400 Canadian Truck Loan- - -
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1001575590400 Cars on Credit Financial- 14.5% to 29.9% -
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1001575504000 Canada Car Loans- - -
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1001574985600 Calmont Leasing- - -
-
61569974400 Car Loans Canada$7500 - $59,995 3.95% + 12 - 96
$7500 - $59,995
1001562112000 Car Creditex- Up to 49.9% -
-
91561507200 Birchwood Credit SolutionsUp to $50,000 - -
Up to $50,000
1001561507200 Auto Capital Canada- - -
-
1001561507200 Carfinco- - Up to 84
-
11560124800 Canada DrivesUp to $100,000 3.99% - 19.9% 24 -96
Up to $100,000
1001551830400 Prefera FinanceUp to $30,000 - -
Up to $30,000
1001548720000 Approve Canada- - -
-
1001548633600 2nd Chance Automotive- 4.2%+ -
-
1001545955200 Newstart CanadaUp to $20,000 19% - 49% 36 - 48
Up to $20,000
51545264000 SkyCap Financial$500 - $10,000 12.99% – 39.99% 9 – 36
$500 - $10,000
1001545177600 Splash Auto Finance by RifcoUp to $50,000 - -
Up to $50,000
1001545177600 Carloans411$5,000 – $40,000 - 12 – 72
$5,000 – $40,000
1001545177600 AutoArriba- - Maximum 84
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ProviderLoan AmountRateTerm (Months)Rating
00 Up to $50,000Prime – 46.96%3 - 120
Up to $50,000
1001545955200 Newstart CanadaUp to $20,000 19% - 49% 36 - 48
Up to $20,000
1001545264000 BHM FinancialUp to $25,000 - 12 - 60
Up to $25,000
ProviderLoan AmountRateTerm (Months)Rating
00 N/AN/AN/A
N/A
71708473600 Blue Pearl MortgageVaries Varies 1 - 10 years
Varies
51700524800 Rocket Mortgage- - -
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1001695772800 QuestMortgage- - -
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41690934400 Neo MortgageVaries 5.54%+ Varies
Varies
21688601600 nestoMin $100,000 5.34%+ 2 - 10 years
Min $100,000
1001627344000 Peoples Bank- 1.94% - 2.45% 12 - 60
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1001617926400 Hubert Financial- 1.69% - 3.49% 12 - 84
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1001581033600 Mortgage Alliance- 2.74% - 6.30% 12 - 120
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1001580947200 Paradigm- - -
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1001580860800 Verico- - -
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1001580860800 True North Mortgage- 2.64% - 4.45% 12 - 120
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1001580860800 Tangerine$50,000+ 2.74% - 3.49% 12- 120
$50,000+
1001580860800 Think Financial- - 36 - 60
-
1001580860800 Turnedaway- - -
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1001580860800 REICO- - -
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1001580688000 Motusbank- 2.79% - 6.00% 6 - 60
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1001579478400 Mortgage Architects- 2.74% - 3.70% 6 - 120
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1001579219200 Keystone Finance Solutions$10,000+ Upon request Upon request
$10,000+
1001578873600 IntelliMortgage- - -
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1001578873600 Invis- 2.69% - 3.95% 6 - 120
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1001577059200 Dominion Lending Center- - -
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1001577059200 Fisgard Asset Management- -- -
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1001577059200 First National Financial LP- 2.84% - 7.30% -
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1001574985600 CMLS Financials$100,000 - $750,000 - 12 - 120
$100,000 - $750,000
1001574899200 CHIP Reverse Mortgagemin 25,000 3.89.% - 4.84% 12 - 60
min 25,000
1001574899200 CanWise- 2.23% - 4.45% -
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1001560124800 Centum- 2.89% - 3.79% -
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1001548806400 Capital Direct$10,000 - $1,500,000 Varies 12 - 24
$10,000 - $1,500,000
1001548720000 Broker Financial Group Inc.- 2.41% - 3.84% -
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1001548720000 Bridgewater Bank- - -
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11517097600 Alpine Credits$10,000+ Based on equity -
$10,000+
ProviderServicesRating
00 Debt Consolidation Program, Debt Settlement Program, Consumer Proposal, Bankruptcy Consultation
N/A (Referrer)
1001576540800 BDO Credit Counselling, Bankruptcy, Consumer Proposal
1001576540800 Full Circle Debt Solutions Inc Credit Counselling, Debt Management Program
1001576368000 Consolidated Credit Credit Counselling, Debt Management Program
1001576454400 4Pillars Debt Restructuring, After Care - Credit Rebuilding Program, Corporate Debt Restructuring

If you are planning to buy a home in Manitoba in the near future, then you’ll likely need to take out a mortgage to finance this major purchase. Mortgages are intricate financial products and the more you know about them, the more prepared you’ll be to sign this long term contract.

Here are some important things to know about applying and getting approved for a mortgage in Manitoba.

Types of Mortgages in Manitoba

There are several different mortgage options available in Manitoba and the one you choose will depend on your particular situation and needs.

Conventional mortgages – Conventional mortgages require a minimum 5% down payment to get approved, which would be considered a high-ratio mortgage. If you are able to come up with 20%, you can avoid paying mortgage default insurance, which is a policy that protects the lender in case you fall through with your mortgage payments.

Click here to learn the difference between a conventional mortgage and a collateral mortgage.

Fixed-rate mortgages – The interest rate associated with a fixed-rate mortgage does not change over the term of the mortgage. That means mortgage payments do not change and stay the same over the mortgage term, making it easier to budget thanks to predictable payments. This is usually a good option if rates are expected to increase in the near future. In this case, you can lock in a lower rate before they increase.

Adjustable-rate mortgages – This mortgage product comes with interest rates that fluctuate over the term of the loan. At certain intervals, the rate is adjusted, which means the mortgage payment amounts will fluctuate as well. These usually come with a lower interest rate during the initial period compared to fixed-rate mortgages, but that rate can increase or decrease based on the posted rate from the Bank of Canada. If rates are not expected to increase in the near future, adjustable-rate mortgages may be a good option.

Bridge loans – Borrowers in Manitoba with bad credit may look into bridge loans, which are short-term solutions that allow borrowers to tap into the equity in their homes and give their credit scores a much-needed boost.

Second mortgages – Also referred to as a home equity line of credit (HELOC) or loan, a second mortgage is taken out against a home that is already mortgaged. Borrowing against the home allows money to be freed up and used for other purposes.

Pre-Approval Mortgages in Manitoba

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage in Manitoba before you start house hunting is highly encouraged. That’s because it will provide you with the opportunity to have your finances assessed and establish how much you can actually afford to spend on a home purchase. A pre-approval requires that you submit a number of documents to a lender for review, including:

  • Paystubs
  • Tax returns
  • Employment letter
  • Statement of assets and liabilities

The more information you can provide to your lender in Manitoba, the easier their job will be.

Once you have a pre-approval letter, you’ll be considered more qualified in the eyes of sellers who want to make sure that the buyers they enter into a real estate contract with are financially capable of securing a mortgage. Pre-approval can also help move the final mortgage approval process along once you make an offer on a home that is accepted.

Payment Options For Mortgages in Manitoba

In order to repay the mortgage loan amount in full, you’ll be given a certain time frame to do so. During that time, you’ll be expected to make regular installments to chip away at that loan amount. There are different mortgage payment schedules that lenders in Manitoba will offer and the one you select will come down to your preferences.

Look here if you’ve been searching for an installment loan in Manitoba.

Some payment options allow you to pay off your loan faster, while others allow you to make slightly smaller payment amounts that may be more affordable for some borrowers in Manitoba. Here are your options in payment frequency:

  • Monthly
  • Bi-weekly
  • Accelerated bi-weekly
  • Weekly

Amortization Period For Mortgage in Manitoba

Just like the payment frequency and schedule, you have options when it comes to the length of the mortgage or the amortization period. Every mortgage will come with a due date for when the full loan amount must be repaid by.

Some buyers in Manitoba choose longer amortization periods because it allows them to make smaller payments each billing period. But because smaller payments are made and the length of time is extended, the mortgage will cost more in interest and will take longer to pay off.

Other buyers in Manitoba prefer a shorter amortization period because it allows them to pay down their loan sooner rather than later, allowing them to be debt-free in a shorter period of time. It also allows them to pay less toward interest, making the loan cost less by the end of the period. However, the payments are higher, which can make these mortgages difficult to afford for many buyers.

The most common amortization period is 25 years, though some lenders may allow longer periods if you have a really good credit score. There are also options of 20, 15, or even 10 years.

To see the differences between a mortgage term and a mortgage amortization, click this link.

Credit Score Requirements in Manitoba

In order to get approved for a conventional mortgage in Manitoba, you’ll need to have a minimum credit score of 680. Any less than this will make it much more difficult, if not impossible, to get approved for a mortgage. Borrowers with very high credit scores tend to have a relatively easy time getting approved for a mortgage and are given lower interest rates as well.

Credit scores tell lenders what a borrower will potentially be like. Low credit borrowers are more likely to miss payments, while high credit borrowers are likely to be more diligent with their payments. As such, lenders prefer to work with the latter and reward them with mortgage approval and low rates.

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Mortgages For Bad Credit Borrowers in Manitoba

If you happen to have bad credit and are not able to get approved for a mortgage the traditional way, there are other options in Manitoba to consider, including the following:

Get a co-signer – While you might not be able to get approved for a mortgage by yourself, adding the name of a consumer with good credit on your mortgage in Manitoba might be a way to get approved. A co-signer does not actually own the mortgage like you do, but they are responsible for the mortgage payments if you fail to make these payments yourself. If that happens, the co-signer will have to step in to cover the payments on your behalf.

Want to know some facts about guarantor loans? Take a look here.

Alternative lenders – In Manitoba, traditional lenders like banks and credit unions may not approve you for a mortgage with bad credit, but there are others out there that might. Alternative lenders deal with borrowers who may not have all the criteria needed to get approved for a conventional mortgage.

Rather than focusing on credit scores, they will rely more on things like your down payment and income before approving you for a mortgage. It should be noted that these lenders will likely charge you a higher interest rate in exchange for loaning you money with bad credit.

Give your credit score a boost – Rather than applying for a mortgage in Manitoba while your credit score is still low, consider postponing your home purchase by a few months to a year so that you have time to improve your credit score. After making some changes and giving your score a boost, you’ll have a much easier time getting approved for a conventional mortgage at a lower interest rate.

To do that, be sure to make all of your debt payments on time, keep old credit lines open, refrain from applying for many loans, and minimize your credit card spending to no more than 30% of your credit limit.

Comparing Mortgages in Manitoba

You don’t have to settle for the first mortgage product you are offered. Instead, take the time to shop around and compare different mortgages to choose the one that’s best for you. When doing so, be sure to compare the following key components:

  • Interest
  • Fees
  • Early repayment penalty fees
  • Interest points to lower your rate
  • Term
  • Amortization period
  • Pre-payment options

You can always hire a mortgage broker to do the legwork for you when comparing mortgage products to take some of the work off your plate.

Saving Up for a Down Payment

A down payment can translate into thousands of dollars that must be paid upfront before you are approved for a mortgage. But it can be a real challenge to save up that kind of money. That said, it’s still possible and doable, here are a few tips to help you gather up the funds needed for your down payment:

  • Cut back on spending
  • Keep a budget
  • Prioritize your savings
  • Take a portion of your paycheck and deposit it into a dedicated savings account
  • Automate your savings
  • Borrow against your RRSPs
  • Take advantage of First-Time Homebuyer Programs
  • Take monetary gifts from family members
  • Pay off your high-interest debt

Want to know about Canada’s RRSP Home Buyer’s Plan? Get information here.

Hidden Costs of Purchasing a House in Manitoba

The overall cost of buying and owning a home goes well beyond just the mortgage and down payment. In addition to these major expenses, there are several other costs involved, including the following:

  • Interest
  • Home appraisal
  • Property taxes
  • Home inspection
  • Real estate commissions
  • Legal fees
  • Survey fees
  • Renovations
  • Home insurance
  • Maintenance fees
  • Title insurance
  • CMHC insurance
  • New home warranty fee

There are definitely plenty of costs associated with buying a home and it’s extremely important that you understand what they all are in order to know exactly how much you’ll be responsible for paying when closing day arrives.

Read this to learn more about these hidden costs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I still qualify for a mortgage with bad credit?

There can be many reasons why a mortgage lender may refuse to approve your loan. But, having bad credit is usually the primary reason. First and foremost, make sure to order your credit report. Increase your chance of approval by reviewing the report and disputing any errors. Even if your credit is still relatively bad, there are lenders who may still consider approving your mortgage. However, you may be required to have a co-signer or make a larger down payment. And generally, you’ll be approved for a lesser amount and at a higher rate.

What do I need to get a pre-approved mortgage in Manitoba?

A pre-approval on your mortgage can make the whole process a lot easier. You’ll get to know in advance how much you can qualify for and lock in the interest rate for up to 4 months. This means you can start planning your budget while shopping for your new home. Also, a seller will take you more seriously with a pre-approval, since you’ve proven you can seal the deal. To get a pre-approved mortgage, your credit history will need to be checked. In addition, the lender may request documents such as proof of employment, proof of down payment, and information about your assets and debts.

Can I pay off my mortgage early?

Making extra payments on your mortgage can save you a ton on interest. However, if you have a closed mortgage, then you will incur a prepayment penalty if you choose to make early payments. Such a penalty can be very expensive and can even be triggered by transferring your mortgage to another lender or selling your home. A closed mortgage contract that stipulates a prepayment privilege gives you the opportunity to make early payments up to a certain amount without incurring a penalty. None of this needs to be considered with an open mortgage, you can pay it off the loan as early as you like.

Final Thoughts

Are you ready to buy a home and apply for a mortgage? Before you do, it’s important to fully understand what mortgages are and what’s involved in applying and getting approved for one. When you’re ready to buy a home and take out a mortgage in Manitoba, let Loans Canada help you find the perfect mortgage product that best suits your situation.

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