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Stress Testing Now Required For All Canadian Mortgages
Stressed About the Mortgage Stress Test? It is not new news anymore, but it is a topic that should be explored by anyone with a mortgage or planning to apply for one. Last Octobers Government rule changes decreased borrowing amounts for consumers putting less than 20% down payment toward their home purchases (these applicants requiring mortgage insurance). Over the year we have seen increased interest rates and limited competition in the market for many types of loans. The end result of these changes is that, YOU - the consumer, has been greatly affected. With a year since the implementation of the Stress Test, the Federal Government being pleased with the result of this policy change, is now requiring Stress Testing for all uninsured mortgage loans as well (mortgages with down payments greater than 20% of the purchase price). This change being used to assist in further curbing Canadian households indebtedness, as well as cooling some of the real estate markets in Canada. The Stress Test is used in qualifying for your mortgage before you buy but what happens when your current mortgage comes to term. what options do you have? Do you renew with your current lender or are you able to move to a lower rate at a new lender? Mortgage rates are on their way up from our record lows in 2016 early planning for a new purchase or renewal could save you thousands of dollars in the future! It has never been a better time to work with an Accredited Mortgage Professional - our ability to provide choice, guidance, and support will help you make informed borrowing decisions.
Toronto index stopped trending down in January
In January the TeranetNational Bank National Composite House Price IndexTM rose 0.3% from the previous month, a tic higher than the historical average for January and a second consecutive monthly increase. However, only four of the 11 metropolitan markets surveyed showed gains the first time since January 2016 that a rise in the Composite Index has had so little breadth. It was due mainly to a second straight monthly jump of the index for the important Vancouver market (1.2% in January on the heels of 1.3% in December). The Toronto index rose 0.2%, the Victoria index 1.0% and the Montreal index edged up 0.1%. All the other component indexes were down on the month: Hamilton (0.2%), Ottawa-Gatineau ( 0.2%), Edmonton (0.3%), Calgary (0.3%), Halifax (-1.0%), Winnipeg (1.1%) and Quebec City (2.0%). For Montreal, it was a 13th monthly increase, and for Hamilton it was a fifth decrease in a row. The rise of the Toronto index was the first in six months. The raw (unsmoothed) Toronto index  on which it is based was up for a third consecutive month. The firming of the smoothed index is due entirely to condo dwellings. The smoothed index for non-condo units fell in January for a sixth straight month, bringing its cumulative decline to 9.6%. Click here for full release. https://housepriceindex.ca/2018/02/toronto-index-stopped-trending-down-in-january/
2018 CMHC Prospective Home Buyers Survey
In October 2017, CMHC surveyed 2,507 prospective home buyers on-line. Respondents were all prime household decision-makers who intend to purchase a new home within the next two years, including approximately 1,500 First-Time Buyers, 500 current owners, and 500 previous owners. The survey results highlight that: First-Time Buyers and Previous Owners share the same top motivator to purchase a home: they want to stop renting. Improved accessibility (physical obstacles and barriers) and investment opportunity were also noted as top motivators across all groups. Changes to mortgage regulations and concerns about possible future interest rate increases were not among the top motivators. Over four-in-ten First-Time Buyers and Previous Owners say they would delay their home purchase if they were not able to find their ideal home, with a fairly similar proportion saying they would be willing to compromise on the size of the home and location. The majority of future home buyers intend to obtain a mortgage to finance their home purchase, with First-Time Buyers showing higher incidence compared to Previous Owners and Current Owners. Across all future home buyers groups, more than six-in-ten say they are likely to have a financial buffer in case their expenses change in the future. Furthermore, the majority of future home buyers, especially Current Owners, agree that they feel confident they have the necessary tools and information to manage their mortgage and debt load. Among all groups, the two most common actions completed one to two years prior to the purchase of a home were saving for a down payment and determining what type of home to buy. On the other hand, in the last three months before purchasing, about two-in ten of prospective buyers pre-qualify for a mortgage. About one-in-four prospective home buyers stated that they would be very likely to consider delaying their purchase in the event of an increase in interest rates.