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All you need to know about the new mortgage insurance premiums effective May1st, 2014
Questions and Answers
1. What if a purchase and sale agreement is signed prior to May 1st, 2014 and the mortgage insurance application is submitted on or after May 1st, 2014?
In this scenario, the new premium rates would apply. Even though the purchase and sale agreement was signed before May 1st, 2014, the mortgage insurance application was received by Genworth after the effective date of the new premium rate price change, and therefore the new rates apply.
2. What if I have signed a purchase and sale agreement and I require mortgage insurance, however, the closing date is after May 1st, 2014, will the current premiums still apply?
As long as the application was submitted to Genworth prior to May 1st 2014, the current premiums will still apply.
3. I have a mortgage pre-approval from a lender from before May 1st, 2014, will I still be eligible for the current premium rates if I dont have a signed agreement of purchase until on or after May 1st, 2014?
All applications for mortgage insurance must be submitted prior to May 1st, 2014 with a binding purchase and sale agreement in place to be eligible for current premium rates.
4. If I bought a new construction property (i.e. condo) that is not expected to be built for another two years, will the new premium rates apply?
As long as the application for mortgage insurance was submitted to Genworth prior to May 1st, 2014 and the closing date is prior to the expiry of the Genworth commitment, then current premiums will apply.
5. If I have a Progress Draw mortgage that has been submitted to Genworth prior to May 1st 2014 and the draws are occurring on or after the May 1st, 2014, will the new premium rates be charged?
As long as the application for mortgage insurance was submitted to Genworth prior to the May 1st, 2014, the current premium rates will be charged.
6. What if I am thinking about refinancing my home on or after May 1st, 2014, will I be eligible for the current premium rates?
To be eligible for the current premiums, applications must be submitted to Genworth prior to May 1st, 2014. If the refinance application is submitted on or after May 1st, 2014, the new premium rates will apply.Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Company Canada
7. How will the new premiums apply to an existing Genworth insured loan if the mortgage is ported to a new property?
For applications submitted on or after May 1st 2014, the new premium rates plus any applicable surcharges will apply when there is a port and increase to the current mortgage amount.
Changes On Or After May 1st, 2014
8. If I submit an application for mortgage insurance to Genworth prior to May 1st, 2014, and the application then gets resubmitted with changes or updates on or after May 1st, 2014, will the application continue to be eligible for the current premiums.
As long as the original application was submitted to Genworth prior to May 1st 2014, and there are no changes to the property, then the current premiums will still apply.
9. If a lender has cancelled (in error / technology issues/ making changes) a file that Genworth received prior to May 1st, 2014 and then needs to re-open or resubmit the application on or after the May 1st, 2014, can they resubmit and still be charged the current premium rates?
Where the submitting lender does not change, and there are no changes to the property, the mortgage insurance application will still be eligible for the current premium rates.
10. What would happen if there was a previous approval with Lender A under the current premium rates and the same application is then submitted by Lender B on or after May 1st, 2014?
New premium rates would apply to Lender Bs application as it was submitted to Genworth after the May 1st, 2014 deadline.
To help make homeownership more affordable for first-time home buyers, Budget 2019 introduces theFirst-Time Home Buyer Incentive.
The Incentive would allow eligible first-time home buyers who have the minimum down payment for an insured mortgage to apply to finance a portion of their home purchase through a shared equity mortgage with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
It is expected that approximately 100,000 first-time home buyers would be able to benefit from the Incentive over the next three years.
Since no ongoing payments would be required with the Incentive, Canadian families would have lower monthly mortgage payments. For example, if a borrower purchases a new $400,000 home with a 5 per cent down payment and a 10 per cent CMHC shared equity mortgage ($40,000), the borrowers total mortgage size would be reduced from $380,000 to $340,000, reducing the borrowers monthly mortgage costs by as much as $228 per month. Terms and conditions for the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive would be released by CMHC.
CMHC would offer qualified first-time home buyers a 10 per cent shared equity mortgage for a newly constructed home or a 5 per cent shared equity mortgage for an existing home. This larger shared equity mortgage for newly constructed homes could help encourage the home construction needed to address some of the housing supply shortages in Canada, particularly in our largest cities.
The First-Time Home Buyer Incentive would include eligibility criteria to ensure that the program helps those with legitimate needs while ensuring that participants are able to afford the homes they purchase. The Incentive would be available to first-time home buyers with household incomes under $120,000 per year. At the same time, participants insured mortgage and the Incentive amount cannot be greater than four times the participants annual household incomes.
Budget 2019 also proposes to increase the Home Buyers Plan withdrawal limit from $25,000 to $35,000, providing first-time home buyers with greater access to their Registered Retirement Savings Plan savings to buy a home.
Bank of Canada maintains overnight rate target at 1 ¾ per cent
The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 per cent.
Recent data suggest that the slowdown in the global economy has been more pronounced and widespread than the Bank had forecast in its January Monetary Policy Report (MPR). While the sources of moderation appear to be multiple, trade tensions and uncertainty are weighing heavily on confidence and economic activity. It is difficult to disentangle these confidence effects from other adverse factors, but it is clear that global economic prospects would be buoyed by the resolution of trade conflicts.
Many central banks have acknowledged the building headwinds to growth, and financial conditions have eased as a result. Meanwhile, progress in US-China trade talks and policy stimulus in China have improved market sentiment and contributed to firmer commodity prices.
For Canada, the Bank was projecting a temporary slowdown in late 2018 and early 2019, mainly because of last years drop in oil prices. The Bank had forecast weak exports and investment in the energy sector and a decline in household spending in oil-producing provinces. However, the slowdown in the fourth quarter was sharper and more broadly based. Consumer spending and the housing market were soft, despite strong growth in employment and labour income. Both exports and business investment also fell short of expectations. After growing at a pace of 1.8 per cent in 2018, it now appears that the economy will be weaker in the first half of 2019 than the Bank projected in January.
Core inflation measures remain close to 2 per cent. CPI inflation eased to 1.4 per cent in January, largely because of lower gasoline prices. The Bank expects CPI inflation to be slightly below the 2 per cent target through most of 2019, reflecting the impact of temporary factors, including the drag from lower energy prices and a wider output gap.
Governing Council judges that the outlook continues to warrant a policy interest rate that is below its neutral range. Given the mixed picture that the data present, it will take time to gauge the persistence of below-potential growth and the implications for the inflation outlook. With increased uncertainty about the timing of future rate increases, Governing Council will be watching closely developments in household spending, oil markets, and global trade policy.
The next scheduled date for announcing the overnight rate target is April 24, 2019. The next full update of the Banks outlook for the economy and inflation, including risks to the projection, will be published in the MPR at the same time.