Understanding your Credit Report
As credit has become more and more abundant in our society, your credit report, and thus your credit rating, has become more important in your daily life.
Your credit rating affects all aspects of your financial activities when it comes to borrowing money. Your credit rating also has the ability to affect the job you get, the apartment you rent, and even the ability to open a bank account.
Understanding your credit with Dennis Petersen, Senior Mortgage Broker with Dominion Lending Centres Regional Mortgage Group
Your credit report itself is simply a listing of all of your mortgage and consumer debt. Here in Canada, the two main credit reporting agencies are Trans Union and Equifax. Both agencies have a credit history file on anyone who has ever borrowed money. Every time you borrow money, or make a payment on a loan or credit card, the lender then reports the information about the transaction to these two agencies. In addition to credit information, you will also find liens and judgments on your credit report as well as your address and possibly your work history. The accumulation of all of this information is called your credit report.
The information on your credit report varies based on your creditors and what they have reported about you. Potential lenders and others, such as employers, view your credit history as a reflection of your character. Whether we like it or not, our financial habits have a lot to say about the way in which we choose to live our lives.
The credit score, or beacon score, is a number which gives mortgage lenders an idea of your lending risk. Credit scores range from 300 to 900, the higher your credit score the better. The mortgage products and interest rate that you will qualify for are often determined by your credit score.
One thing that many people do not know is that you have the legal right to obtain a copy of your credit report. A mortgage professional can help you obtain a copy of this report and go through it with you to verify that all of the information is true and correct.
The good news is that your credit report is a working document. This means that you have the ability over time, to repair any damaged credit and increase your credit score.
Dennis Petersen, AMP
President and CEO
The founder of Dominion Lending Centres Westcor (now Dominion Lending Centres Regional Mortgage Group).
Since 1977, Dennis Petersen is considered a pioneer of mortgage brokering in the province of Alberta.
Dennis began his career in business financing as Senior Manager at Pacific Finance, a Trans America company. From there, Dennis, along with a business partner, successfully started and ran a company called Instant Shade Nurseries, where he was responsible for the company finances and business development. Over the years, he was instrumental in securing major contracts with the City of Calgary and other large Calgary companies.
Now, with more than 33 years of experience in the finance and mortgage business, Dennis is dedicated to creating and maintaining a work environment based on integrity and respect. Through his mentorship, our team at Dominion Lending Centres Westcor (now Dominion Lending Centres Regional Mortgage Group) endeavors to make sure all of our clients are supported to achieve their financial goals.
With access to more than 230 lending institutions, including big banks, credit unions and trust companies, our licensed team of mortgage professionals is familiar with a vast array of available mortgage products – ranging from first-time homebuyer programs to financing for the self-employed to financing for those with credit blemishes.
And, best of all, Dominion Lending Centres’ mortgage professionals work for you – not the lenders – to ensure you receive the best rates and products available in today’s marketplace. Whether you’re looking to purchase your very first home or upgrade to a new home, renew your existing mortgage, refinance your mortgage to free up some equity, purchase investment properties or vacation homes, or lease business-related equipment, Dominion Lending Centres has a variety of products available to meet your unique needs. Our mortgage professionals are experts in their field and many are ranked among the best nationally. Launched in January 2006, we were named Best Newcomer (Mortgage Brokerage Firm) at the prestigious CMP Canadian Mortgage Awards 2008 – the Oscars of the mortgage brokering industry. At the 2009 CMAs, we received the Best Branding Award, and again in 2010, with the addition of the prestigious title of Mortgage Brokerage of the Year and Best Advertising. At the 2011 Awards, we again walked award with Best Advertising, and in 2012 we were honoured with: National Broker Network of the Year; Best Advertising; and Best Branding. Dominion Lending Centres is also honoured to be ranked 32nd on the 2012 annual PROFIT 200 ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies by PROFIT Magazine. Ranking Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies by five-year revenue growth, the PROFIT 200 profiles the country’s most successful growth companies. PROFIT 200 is Canada’s largest annual celebration of entrepreneurial achievement. In both 2009 and 2010, Dominion Lending Centres also earned spots on the PROFIT HOT 50 List of Canadian Emerging Growth Companies. The PROFIT HOT 50 ranks the top 50 young businesses in Canada by two-year revenue growth. Dominion Lending Centres’ mortgage professionals are available anytime, anywhere, evenings and weekends – and we’ll even come to you!