With an increase in fraud, lending institutions are getting strict on documentation for mortgage approval.
As part of the mortgage approval process your mortgage broker will ask for documents to show proof of your income, down payment and possibly other items such as proof of permanent residency and other identification. Since most of that paperwork is in your home in hard copy many people simply take a photo on their phone and send it over by email. As lenders are getting strict on documentation they are not accepting photograph copies and some lenders are not accepting a JPEG file or other formats. They will want a PDF copy of the document.
So I suggest to clients –keep it simple—and make a digital file of all of your important documents stored in a safe — place such as an external hard drive or offsite server location.
1. Your passport or other important forms of identification
2. PDF copies of your T1 General tax returns and Notice of Assessment from CRA.
3. If you need to make a copy of a bank statement get it scanned and copied to a PDF
DO NOT take a photo of your documents and keep them on your phone OR consider those as good forms for lender financing purposes.
When in doubt ask your mortgage broker.
Remember – these extra steps may be frustrating but this level of security are in place to protect all of us from fraudulent practices by criminals.