432 Highland Close, Strathmore
|Beds: 4||Baths: 3||Size: 1,176 sqft||Price: $359,999|
|Lot: N/A||Built: 2006||Taxes: $2,850||Type: Detached|
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Important changes to Mortgage Rules January 1, 2018
Yesterday, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) released revised guidelines for the mortgage industry, similar to the draft version released earlier this summer. These new parameters will take effect January 1, 2018.
In October of 2016, OSFI implemented the stress test for all insured mortgages - those with less than 20% down payment. Now they are extending that same stress test to everyone, regardless of down payment.
OSFI said they will be holding information sessions through the fall to discuss implementation expectations. This new stress test means that borrowers will be qualified at the greater of their contract rate + 2% or the five year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada, which is currently 4.89%.
To give you some numbers, per $100,000 in mortgages:
- Mortgage Payment - $488.25 (3.29% with 25 year amortization)
- Benchmark Rate Payment - $575.36 (4.89% with 25 year amortization)
- Stress Test Payment - $598.22 (5.29% with a 25 year amortization)
Lenders determine how much money you can borrow by determining what percentage of your income can go towards your mortgage and debt payments. The new requirement will determine the mortgage payment based on the higher of the benchmark rate or stress test rate, even though your contract rate is 3.29%. This will reduce your maximum allowable mortgage by approximately 20%.
These are not the only changes made today, below is a summary of all the changes:
- A new minimum qualifying rate (stress test) for uninsured mortgages
- Lenders will be required to enhance their Loan to Value (LTV) measurement and limits to ensure risk responsiveness
- Restrictions will be placed on certain lending arrangements that are designed or appear designed to circumvent LTV limits.
The guidelines go into effect January 1, 2018. If you are currently looking for a home and you have 20% down, we should talk. It's possible you no longer qualify for as much as you did when you were pre-approved.
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