Impact of Mortgages changes
Impact of Mortgages changes.
Before I explain how all the changes had impacted consumers I believe it is important to clarify and explain those changes.
Previously, mortgages were divided into two major categories
1) High ratio mortgages- down payment was lower than 20%, borrower will be charged for mortgage insurance in case of default. This provided banks the option to offer good rates to borrowers with low down payments.
2) Low ratio mortgages- down payment was grater than 20%.
Mortgage insurance in Canada is backed by the federal government through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. Insurance is sold by the CMHC and two private insurers, Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Company Canada and Canada Guaranty Mortgage Insurance Company. This creates the federal government responsible to cover the cost of 100 per cent of an insured mortgage in the event of a default.
Oct- Nov, 2016
In consequence, Mortgages are now being differentiated as Insured and Non- Insured.
Insured: (by Federal Mortgage Insurance)
High ratio owner occupied Only.
Borrowers need to qualify at benchmark of 4.64%
Maximum Amortization of 25 years
Purchases under $ 1 Million dollars
Non-Insured: (by Federal Mortgage Insurance)
Income properties purchases and refinances with less than 20% down payment.
Low ratio mortgages
Borrowers qualify under contract rate not stress test
Amortization can exceed 25 years
Interest rate increase of 0.25 %, it will impact services associated with mortgages, such as lines of credits and bank services associated with prime rates.
All these changes were established by the Liberal Government to freeze housing prices in Toronto and Vancouver area mostly, avoid consumers going into mortgages that cannot be afforded, and subsidized the low prices on petroleum.
It has been almost 10 months that these changes had been applied and it did not help to stop prices to sky rocket or consumers to not be in debt. On the other hand, now interest rate increased which it was most likely to happen and it complicates even more the financial situation of most home owners.
I read many articles this past week, but I was surprised by one in which it was trying to give consumers the idea that a small interest increase it wasnt such a big impact on mortgages on a monthly basis. It is very unreal to believe that interest rates are not going to go up even more. This will complicate the financial situation of average Canadians to access a mortgage in the future or keep the current one. It is going to become harder to pay off debts because interest rates and living expenses are getting more expensive.
Investors cannot offer affordable rentals because the cost for a mortgage for them have changed. Many lenders do not offer investment products due to the additional cost of having to buy private insurance in consequence of the changes implemented by the Government. This as well increases the cost of living for Canadians and makes it even harder to save for a purchase of a home.
All these changes intend to solve an issue but they create new ones even more complex to resolve.
A fitting example is the increase on minimum wage as is planned for 2019 of $ 15.00; this will bring a lot of consequences, prices are going to go up in general items because businesses are going to have to recap those amounts, small businesses are not going to be able to have employees because of the cost increase, therefore less demand for workers.
All these changes intend to patch or give quick solution to most concerns on society.
Realistically, it has been a wrong move from the government. It affected first time buyers, middle class families, private banks (some of them are out of business because they cannot compete with prices, therefore less options for borrowers); most of these individuals do not contribute to have prices for over 1 million dollars.
As a mortgage professional, I mostly see the debate of buyers that do want to have an affordable mortgage but in their areas are not possible. I try to advice to move further from the city, but they encounter the lack of employment opportunities on those border cities.
The real problem is that big cities such as Toronto and Vancouver are collapsing, employers need to start moving away from the big cities to be able to make surrounding cities prosper as well. There are a lot of commuters and consequently creates traffic problems, big monthly expenses on gas, car maintenance and so on. Because all the changes rents are more expensive and consumers are not able to save money for a down payment.
I believe some changes are good but they cannot be applied to all Canada, they need to be enforced for buyers on the big cities. We need opportunities for first time buyers, buying a home is slowly becoming a luxury and we all have the right to own our home.
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Stress Test Best Practices Tool Kit
With the new Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions stress test rules firmly in place since January, Canadian homebuyers have learned they need to arm themselves with practical information on how they can ensure they are stress-test ready.
The following is a guide and best practices tool kit for those about to embark on securing their new or next mortgage:
Make a financial plan
Any time a big purchase is at stake, laying out a financial plan is always the best first step to take. By creating a plan, home buyers can protect themselves from increased interest rates and ensure they are staying on budget.
Have a contingency fund
Without question and now more than ever, home buyers need to establish contingency funds. Its incredibly important to have funds set aside when unexpected costs such as property repairs arise. An established contingency fund also looks good to financial lenders.
Pay off debts and increase downpayment
The most important tool in the Best Practices Tool Kit is to pay off debts as quickly as possible and maximize your down payment. If you already have a mortgage, increase the frequency of payments by taking advantage of what the financial institution offers such as accelerated bi-weekly payments.
Broaden search parameters
Although you may have an ideal neighbourhood in mind, it is important to also consider broadening those search parameters. Often there are homes in other neighborhoods that could be a perfect choice if you are willing to commute a little longer.
Im here to help you
I can help you to navigate confusion surrounding the stress test. Ultimately, being stress test ready means being ready for future increases in rate so that you can afford your next home comfortably on your budget.
Preventing Falls on Stairs
Accessible housing refers to homes that are designed or modified to enable independent living for all residents, including seniors or persons with disabilities. Accessibility can be achieved through architectural design and also by integrating accessibility features, such as lowered light switches, grab bars, walk-in bathtubs, lowered shelves and cupboards, modified furniture or by installing electronic devices in the home.
Stairs in the home can be dangerous and can be a barrier to accessibility unless they are designed or modified to reduce the risk of falls. If residents have limited mobility, it may be necessary to install ramps, home elevators or stairlifts to make the home safe and accessible.
A high percentage of Canadians who visit hospitals after a fall on or from stairs or steps in their homes are seniors (men and women 65 years or older). When seniors fall, the consequences can be severe and long-lasting.
Most falls on stairs can be prevented. Prevention starts by keeping in mind that there are risks in using stairs. Good planning and simple strategies can help prevent falls and injuries.
Click here for more information https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/odpub/pdf/63637.pdf?fr=1441901329905