2005年 04月 27日
"Lack of Canadian credit history shutting immigrants out of hot housing market"
"It was really frustrating," Carel Seyffert said of his family's near year-long struggle to buy a new house in Calgary, currently one of the country's hottest real estate markets.
"It was the fact that we had no credit history in Canada. . . And our credit history from South Africa does not apply here. They don't even look at it."
"You've come to this country and you think you can add to the economy and can be of benefit to people, but they don't seem to recognize that. I felt like I just wanted to pack up my stuff and go back," Seyffert said. "Sometimes you feel like you're a criminal or you're in the wrong because you get treated as if you're absolutely nothing. And I think it's wrong."