SCENARIO: Increase Your Credit Score with an RSP loan.
January 4, 2021 | Posted by: Sherry Corbitt
From the desk of IMPOSSIBLE SCENARIOS: Increase Your Credit Score with an RSP loan (Bonus: Your down payment gets a boost too!)
Is purchasing a home in your future plans and you are a 1st time buyer? If your credit score is a bit on the low side and you want to boost it, we have an idea to consider. For your credit score, we ideally would like it to be over 680 to be able to work with a wider range of lenders. Even if you are not a 1st time buyer, this solution will still help increase your credit score.
Scenario with client ‘Jack’. Jack’s credit score was at 608 when we started working together. He had $20,000 set aside for his down payment on a $400,000 purchase. Income was not a concern but we needed to improve his score before we could move forward with an offer. It'd been 2 years since he'd paid out his consumer proposal and he had re-established only 1 credit card with a $500 limit. Tip: Lender’s ideally like to see a minimum 2 types of loan on your credit bureau like a car loan, line of credit, credit card, RSP loan etc.
Plan: Set Jack up with a small $3500 loan from TD Bank that he used to purchase an RSP of $3500 with. As a first time buyer, he still has access to the $3500 RSP to be used as part of the down payment when he is ready to purchase.
Why did it work: The RSP loan showed up as a debt on his credit bureau and after he made one payment ($125 per month – very reasonable and did not affect his approval amount). His credit rating improved to 672 within one month. By the end of the 2nd month we were at 681!
Solution: Within 3 months from our initial consultation Jack’s credit score was over 680, he had $3500 put into an RSP that would be used towards his down payment, and his credit bureau now had 2 trade lines showing. This helped the lenders see him working to re-establish his credit. Jack purchased a home for $400,000 and put down a 5% down payment. Bonus, he also got a better tax refund because of the RSP contribution that he then used to pay down the RSP loan and eliminate that debt.
We would be happy to assist get you set up with an RSP loan, boost your credit score and make home ownership a reality.