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Summary of Mortgage Rule Changes
Happy New Year !
I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for your business and your help in making 2016 a successful year.Your supportmeans the world to me. I look forward to 2017 being another great year of helping people find their perfect mortgages!
As I am sure you are aware, there were a lot of unexpected mortgage policy changes in 2016.I am going to do my best to keep you up to date in 2017 with regular postings regardingpolicy, product and market changes that may impact you. You can find these updates on my facebook page, website, twitter and my blog. Please see links below.
With all these rule changes it is more important than ever to ensure you have someone experienced working for you! Let me put my 20+ years to work for you!
Below is a summary of the changes that came into effect in 2016.I havealso included some valuable information regarding the recently announced B.C. Home Owner Mortgage and Equity Partnership program, also known as theFirst Time Home Buyers Interest Free Loan program. There are still a number of questions to be answered regarding this program and I will keep you updated as we get the most recent news.
Summary of the New Rules and Down Payment Program
On October 17th, new housing policies came into effect and have left many Canadians unsureabout how these have impacted them. Outlined below is a very clear and concise summation of howyou have been affected.
How do the changes affect you?
High Ratio Mortgages
For home buyers with less than 20% down payment, mortgage qualification will be based on the Bank of Canada posted rate. This is to stress test borrowers, as Bank of Canada rates are higher than the rates offered by banks and lenders.
Low Ratio Mortgages
All remains the same for home buyers with a down payment of 20% or more. Specifically, borrowers with down payments of 20% or more will still be able to qualify for mortgages using the contract rate - unless the mortgage has a term of 4 years or less and/or is a variable rate mortgage, which are subject to the new Mortgage Qualifying Rate.
Understanding Key Mortgage Terms:
High Ratio Mortgage-A mortgage in which the borrower has a down payment of less than 20% of the purchase price.
Low Ratio Mortgage-A mortgage in which the borrower has a down payment equivalent to 20% or more of the purchase price.
Mortgage Qualifying Rate-The Bank of Canada conventional 5 year fixed posted rate. On average, 2% higher than rates offered by lenders.
BC HOME Partnership Down Payment Program
Last week the BC government announced the Home Owner Mortgage and Equity (HOME) Partnership. This program will provide down payment assistance to home buyers with less than 20% down.
Through the B.C. HOME Partnership program, the province is helping first-time home buyers by contributing to the amount they have already saved for a down payment with a loan that is interest-free and payment-free for the first five years.
The brief details about the program are as follows:
The B.C. HOME Partnership program will meet the buyers contribution up to 5% of the homes purchase price, to a maximum purchase price of $750,000.
After 5 years, buyers can either repay their loan or enter into monthly payments at current interest rates.
Loans through the program must be paid off in 25 years - the same length as most mortgages.
The program is set to start on January 16, 2017.
To be eligible for the program, eligible first time buyers must meet the following conditions:
Have been a Canadian citizen or permanent resident for at least five years.
Have resided in British Columbia for at least one year immediately preceding the date of application.
Be a first-time buyer who has not owned an interest in a residence anywhere in the world at anytime.
Use the property as their principal residence for the first five years.
Purchase a home that has a purchase price of $750,000 or less (excluding taxes and fees).
Obtain a high-ratio insured first mortgage on the property for at least 80% of the purchase price. Down payment of 5-19%
Have a combined, gross household income of all individuals on title not exceeding $150,000.
Have saved a down payment amount at least equal to the loan amount for which the buyer applied.
The B.C. Government will start accepting applications for the Down Payment program on January 16, 2017.
If you have any questions regarding the mortgage rule changes, downpayment program or your situation in general, please call or email me anytime. I can answer all your questions about the process, run you through your options, and make sure you get expert advice.
Jacquie Claggett | Bayfield Mortgage Professionals | 604-302-1502 | email@example.com|http://www.valleymortgages.ca/
Canadian home sales edge down from December to January
According to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales were down slightly in January 2017 on a month-over-month basis.
- National home sales declined 1.3% from December 2016 to January 2017
- Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity in January was up 1.9% from a year earlier
- The number of newly listed homes dropped 6.7% from December 2016 to January 2017
- The MLSHome Price Index (HPI) in January was up 15.0% year-over-year (y-o-y)
- The national average sale price was little changed (+0.2%) y-o-y in January
Sales activity was down from the previous month in about half of all local markets, led by three of Canadas largest urban centres: the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Greater Vancouver, and Montreal.
Actual (not seasonally adjusted) sales activity was up 1.9% compared to the same month last year. While sales were up from year-ago levels in about two-thirds of all local housing markets including in the GTA, Calgary, Edmonton, London and St Thomas, and Montreal, they were down significantly in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.
The number of newly listed homes dropped 6.7% in January 2017, the second consecutive monthly decline. New listings were down in about two-thirds of all local markets, led by the GTA and environs across Vancouver Island.
With the monthly decline in new listings surpassing the decline in sales, the national sales-to-new listings ratio jumped to 67.7% in January compared to 64.0% in December and 60.2% in November.
The ratio was above 60% in about half of all local housing markets in January, the vast majority of which are located in British Columbia, in and around the GTA and across southwestern Ontario. A monthly decline in newly listed homes further tightened housing markets that were already in sellers market territory.
There were 4.6 months of inventory on a national basis at the end of January 2017 unchanged from December 2016 and a six-year low for the measure.
The imbalance between limited housing supply and robust demand in Ontarios Greater Golden Horseshoe region is without precedent (the region includes the GTA, Hamilton-Burlington, Oakville-Milton, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Brantford, the Niagara Region, Barrie and nearby cottage country). The number of months of inventory in January 2017 stood at or below one month in the GTA, Hamilton-Burlington, Oakville-Milton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Brantford and Guelph.
In the Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver, prices have receded from their peaks posted in August 2016. That said, home prices in these regions nonetheless remain well above year-ago levels (+24.9% and +15.6% respectively).
Meanwhile, benchmark prices continue to climb in Victoria and elsewhere on Vancouver Island together with Greater Toronto, Oakville-Milton and Guelph. Year-over-year price gains in these five markets ranged from about 18% to 26% in January.
By comparison, home prices were down 2.9% y-o-y in Calgary and by 1.0% y-o-y in Saskatoon. Prices in these two markets now stand 5.9% and 4.3% below their respective peaks reached in 2015.
Home prices were up modestly from year-ago levels in Regina (+3.8%), Ottawa (+3.7%) and Greater Montreal (+3.1%). In Greater Moncton, home prices for the market overall held steady (-0.2%), reflecting an increase in townhouse row units prices (5.8%) that was offset by a decline in prices for one-storey single family homes (-1.0%).
The actual (not seasonally adjusted) national average price for homes sold in January 2017 was $470,253, almost unchanged (+0.2%) from where it stood one year earlier.
The national average price continues to be pulled upward by sales activity in Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto, which remain two of Canadas tightest, most active and expensive housing markets.
That said, Greater Vancouvers share of national sales activity has diminished considerably over the past year, giving it less upward influence on the national average price. The average price is reduced by almost $120,000 to $351,998 if Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto sales are excluded from calculations.
Canadian Housing Starts Trend Increased in January
The trend measure of housing starts in Canada was 199,834 units in January compared to 197,881 in December, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.
CMHC uses the trend measure as a complement to the monthly SAAR of housing starts to account for considerable swings in monthly estimates and obtain a more complete picture of the state of Canadas housing market. In some situations analyzing only SAAR data can be misleading, as they are largely driven by the multi-unit segment of the market which can vary significantly from one month to the next.
The standalone monthly SAAR for all areas in Canada was 207,408 units in January, up from 206,305 units in December. The SAAR of urban starts increased by 1.0per cent in January to 189,688 units. Multiple urban starts increased by 4.2per cent to 125,886 units in January and single-detached urban starts decreased by 4.6 per cent, to 63,802 units.
In January, the seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased in Ontario and Atlantic Canada, but decreased in British Columbia, the Prairies and Quebec.
Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 17,720 units.