What’s the difference between A lenders, B lenders?
When you’re looking for a mortgage, there’s a variety of different lenders out there. “A lenders,” or traditional lenders, refer to banks and credit unions that cater to customers with good credit scores and a reliable income — these are considered an “A” clientele. The majority of people looking for mortgages have traditionally gone to these lenders.Institutions servicing an “A” clientele include Canada’s major banks — e.g., BMO, CIBC, National Bank of Canada, Scotiabank, RBC, and TD. These banks are subject to federal regulation, which means that you’ll be stress tested when you apply for a mortgage. The stress test involves finding out if applicants can afford to pay interest at either the five-year average posted rate, or two percentage points higher than the rate their bank or broker offers them — whichever is higher
There are more than six banks in Canada, obviously. Equitable Bank and Home Capital are examples of institutions that offer options for a“B” clientele.
These institutions offer a lower barrier of entry to qualifying for their products, but can offset that with higher interest rates. In short, they cater to people who may not qualify for say, a mortgage or a credit card at one of Canada’s six big banks, because they lack either a strong credit history, or a guaranteed income (recent immigrants, or the self employed, for instance).But when it comes to mortgages, the deal might be worse.
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