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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 | firstname.lastname@example.org|http://www.valleymortgages.ca/
Most First-Time Homebuyers Spending All They Can Afford
Millennials have made up a significant portion of homebuyers in recent years and based on the 2018 Mortgage Consumer Survey, they continue to do so, representing just under half (49%) of first-time buyer respondents. Although this is a decrease from 60% in 2017 and 58% in 2016, Millennials continue to influence and shape the homebuying and mortgage process.
Heres more of what we learned about Millennials and first-time buyers as a whole, powered by the 2018 Mortgage Consumer Survey.
What does the typical first-time buyer profile look like? Forty percent are married, 80% are employed full-time and about one-quarter (26%) have a household income between $60,000 and $90,000. A strong percentage of them were born outside of Canada, with 22% identifying as newcomers to Canada. Mortgage professionals can help meet the unique needs of newcomers with the support of CMHCs homebuying information which is available in 8 different languages.
The top 2 reasons first-time buyers bought a home: they wanted to get a first home and they felt financially ready. Although certain urban markets continue to exhibit high house prices and other barriers to entry, the survey found that 61% of first-time buyers bought a single-detached home. In fact, single-detached home was the top housing type purchased in all regions across Canada, except in British Columbia where condominium apartment was the most popular housing type.
The vast majority (85%) of first-time buyers spent the most they could afford on their home, compared to 68% of repeat buyers. This indicates that first-time buyers, including Millennials, may be stretching themselves financially to purchase their home. When it comes to the down payment, savings from outside an RRSP was the main source for first-time buyers. This suggest there is an opportunity to further educate first-time buyers about other options to help fund their down payment, such as the Government of Canadas Home Buyers Plan (HBP).
To get assistance with the mortgage process, first-time buyers contacted, on average, 2 brokers and 3 lenders. First-time buyer satisfaction levels with mortgage brokers and lenders remains high. However, mortgage professionals could further increase satisfaction levels by conducting more post-transaction follow-up and by providing clients with more information on closing costs, house purchase fees, interest rates, and steps involved in buying a home. CMHCs Step by Step guide is a valuable tool for mortgage professionals to share with homebuyers to ensure they feel confident throughout the entire homebuying process.
Bank of Canada increases overnight rate target to 1 ¾ per cent
The Bank of Canada today increased its target for the overnight rate to 1 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 per cent.
The global economic outlook remains solid. The US economy is especially robust and is expected to moderate over the projection horizon, as forecast in the Banks July Monetary Policy Report (MPR). The new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will reduce trade policy uncertainty in North America, which has been an important curb on business confidence and investment. However, trade conflict, particularly between the United States and China, is weighing on global growth and commodity prices. Financial market volatility has resurfaced and some emerging markets are under stress but, overall, global financial conditions remain accommodative.
The Canadian economy continues to operate close to its potential and the composition of growth is more balanced. Despite some quarterly fluctuations, growth is expected to average about 2 per cent over the second half of 2018. Real GDP is projected to grow by 2.1 per cent this year and next before slowing to 1.9 per cent in 2020.
The projections for business investment and exports have been revised up, reflecting the USMCA and the recently-approved liquid natural gas project in British Columbia. Still, investment and exports will be dampened by the recent decline in commodity prices, as well as ongoing competitiveness challenges and limited transportation capacity. The Bank will be monitoring the extent to which the USMCA leads to more confidence and business investment in Canada.
Household spending is expected to continue growing at a healthy pace, underpinned by solid employment income growth. Households are adjusting their spending as expected in response to higher interest rates and housing market policies. In this context, household credit growth continues to moderate and housing activity across Canada is stabilizing. As a result, household vulnerabilities are edging lower in a number of respects, although they remain elevated.
CPI inflation dropped to 2.2 per cent in September, in large part because the summer spike in airfares was reversed. Other temporary factors pushing up inflation, such as past increases in gasoline prices and minimum wages, should fade in early 2019. Inflation is then expected to remain close to the 2 per cent target through the end of 2020. The Banks core measures of inflation all remain around 2 per cent, consistent with an economy that is operating at capacity. Wage growth remains moderate, although it is projected to pick up in the coming quarters, consistent with the Banks latest Business Outlook Survey.
Given all of these factors, Governing Council agrees that the policy interest rate will need to rise to a neutral stance to achieve the inflation target. In determining the appropriate pace of rate increases, Governing Council will continue to take into account how the economy is adjusting to higher interest rates, given the elevated level of household debt. In addition, we will pay close attention to global trade policy developments and their implications for the inflation outlook.