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NEW MORTGAGE RULE CHANGES
On October 3 the federal government made significant changes to the way Canadians can finance their homes.
Starting Oct. 17, all insured mortgages will have to undergo a stress test with a qualifying rate of 4.64% to determine whether a borrower could still make mortgage payments if faced with higher interest rates or less income. Previously, such stress tests werent required for fixed-rate mortgages longer than five years only on variable rate mortgages.
On Nov. 30, several eligibility rules will tighten on mortgages where borrowers made down payments of at least 20% of the purchase price.
In a move to reduce the flow of foreign cash into markets like Toronto and Vancouver, the government said it will tighten a loophole on an exemption that allows homeowners to avoid paying capital gains tax on the sale of a principal residence.
Going forward, that exemption will only be available to Canadian residents, Morneau said, and families will only be allowed to designate one home as their primary residence.
A maximum amortization of 25 years will apply to all insured mortgages.
More significantly the government is talking about stress testing on the renewal of existing mortgages which if the clients dont qualify the banks can charge them higher interest rates knowing that they cant transfer their mortgage somewhere else.
The lenders have already started to adopt these new policies and anybody that currently has a pre-approval and is shopping for a home will need to re-qualify under the new rules in effect reducing the size of the mortgage they can afford.
Self employed small business owners who do not show much income will have a much more difficult time getting financing as many lenders have suspended their stated income programs.
Finally the properties most affected by these changes is rental properties with most of the lenders canceling or at least suspending their rental programs.
I would be more than happy to sit down and discuss these changes in detail so please do not hesitate to contact me.
Housing Market Digest by Will Dunning, Economist for Mortgage Professionals Canada
The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) now requires that all residential mortgages by federally-regulated lenders must be stress-tested, at two percentage points above the contract interest rate (or the 5- year posted rate, if that is higher). In combination with the requirements for mortgage insurance, about 90% of all new mortgages will be tested.
This can be expected to reduce housing activity by 10-15%. It is on top of the impact from recent rises for mortgage interest rates (another 5-10% drop in activity). The combined 15-25% drop in housing activity will affect the broader economy.
In two years, employment could be 150,000-250,000 lower than it would otherwise be. There is a risk that house prices will fall. In a modern economy, a sustained drop in house prices is one of the most dangerous things that can happen: as happened in the US a decade ago, falling house prices can turn into widespread economic decline.
Resale activity recovered a bit more in September, to 492,900, due to partial rebounds in BC and Ontario. Activity is flat in most other areas.
CREAs House Price Index was flat in September. The year-over-year change is now 10.7% (down from the peak of 19.7% that was seen in April).
The sales-to-new-listings ratio (SNLR) was 55.7% in September, slightly above the balanced market threshold of 51%. This indicator points to an outlook for stable prices (at worst). But, as noted, OSFIs stress test policy creates a risk of falling prices.
We should, in general, expect that resale activity will trend upwards over time, because the population is growing and the housing inventory is expanding. Therefore, it is useful to look at sales on a per capita basis. Recent activity is below the long-term average.
Employment increased by 35,000 in October
In October, employment rose for youth aged 15 to 24, while it was little changed for the core-aged population of 25- to- 54 year-olds, and for people 55 and older. The largest employment increase was in Quebec, followed by Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick. At the same time, there was a decline in Saskatchewan.
Employment rose in several industries, led by other services; construction; information, culture and recreation; and agriculture. Employment declined in wholesale and retail trade.
The number of private sector employees increased in October, while public sector employment and self-employment were little changed.