Paydays for BFS deals are fewer and farther between, as lender demands for paperwork in some cases doubles the wait time for brokers and borrowers alike.
“We are still able to get our clients their mortgage,” said Lucy Melino of the Your Mortgage Connection in Vaughan, Ontario. “But what used to take 24 hours, now require three days to as much as a week because of the stricter scrutiny from B lenders.”
Ideally, brokers should be able to refer BFS clients to a B lender at the onset. However, she said, most borrowers prefer their brokers approach an A lender first.
Prior to the mortgage rule changes, BFS borrowers could easily apply for mortgages with A lenders. However, banks and A lenders have adopted stricter qualifying controls following the mortgage rule revamp and lately B lenders appear to have “lost their appetite” for BFS borrowers as well, said Melino.
The constraints have negative repercussions for Melino and business partner Rachele Raia whose brokerage has a sizeable clientele of commissioned and self-employed individuals.
“They make up 30 per cent of our client list,” said Raia, representing the concerns of hundreds of brokers in the same boat. “More document requirements mean more back and forth and longer wait times.”
B lenders are now demanding documents that they didn’t use to ask from BFS borrowers even if they have very good credit ratings and regular incomes, she said.
“Several months ago, a stated income was enough,” Raia said. “Now lenders want to see a person’s stated income, T1, notice of assessment and bank statements.”