The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has announced 3 major changes to the way that mortgage applications for insured & insurable files will be assessed. If you are planning to buy a home with less than 20% of the purchase price as a down payment, these qualifying rules will affect you.
Mar 16 2020
Everything You Need to Know
The COVID-19 situation in Canada is evolving very quickly, resulting in rapid changes to the financial situation and economic outlook for many people. As always, the Auxilium Team is dedicated to staying on top of news related to the mortgage industry to provide you with all of the information you need to make the best decision for your situation. We will update this post as new announcements are made.
Just in time for the Spring 2020 real estate market, Canada's finance minister has announced changes to the stress test used to qualify insured and insurable mortgages. The government originally introduced a minimum qualifying rate in 2016 to ensure that home buyers would be able to afford their homes even if interest rates rise, incomes change, or families are faced with unforeseen expenses.
Aug 03 2018
As the price of property in Canada has continued to rise, many home buyers have turned to purchasing a house with a rental suite to help with mortgage payments. Over the past few years, we've worked with many folks who were only able to qualify for a mortgage if they had rental income to supplement their household earnings. But if you're planning on your tenant completely taking care of your mortgage payments, is that really the case?
The countdown is on to January 1st, when the latest mortgage rules from OSFI will come into effect! A recent survey by Re/Max found that over 40% of Canadians don't even know about the upcoming changes, and another 40% don't think – or aren't sure – that the new rules will affect them. At the same time, nearly half of Canadians are considering purchasing a home in the next five years. A home is the largest purchase most of us will make, so do you really want to go into that decision without all the facts?
Nov 17 2017
Buying your first home can be confusing – especially if you're following the news and wondering just what impact new mortgage qualifying rules will have on you. When we talk about qualifying for your mortgage, we mean looking at the ratio of your debt vs. your income and seeing whether you will realistically be able to make mortgage payments.
The federal government has confirmed a new mortgage stress test that will come into effect on January 1, 2018. The new qualifying rules will apply to home buyers looking for an uninsurable or conventional mortgage. You will need to qualify on either the Bank of Canada benchmark rate (4.89% at time of writing, updated weekly) or your mortgage contract rate + 2% - whichever is higher. Currently, buyers in this situation only need to qualify at their contract rate.