Locked Out of the Market: How the Mortgage Stress Test Could Be Hurting Homebuyers Mar 12th

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CMHC’s Siddall Warns Homeownership “Party” Coming to an End + MORE May 12th

The head of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) gave a candid assessment of the country’s housing market, saying the “party” of homeownership as a sole savings vehicle will come to an end. Evan Siddall made the comments during an interview with BNN Bloomberg’s Aman.... More »
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Construction Mortgages: What They Are and How to Get One + MORE Apr 24th

Needless to say, building your dream home involves a lot more work as opposed to buying a ready-build – it’s more than just drawing floor plans and picking out counter finishes. Buying a piece of land and constructing your own home from scratch also requires you to get a different type of mortg.... More »

Parent of U.S. Mega-Lender Buys Control of Mortgage Fintech, Lendesk Apr 27th

No, Quicken Loans has no plans to start selling mortgages in Canada. But it does want a piece of our mortgage technology market. That’s why its parent company, Rock Holdings Inc., has acquired a majority stake in Vancouver-based Lendesk. Lendesk is a mortgage fintech company that connects borrower.... More »

The Latest in Mortgage News: Time to Rethink the Stress Test Apr 21st

The stress test is back in the crosshairs of industry analysts. Earlier this week, CIBC World Markets Deputy Economist Benjamin Tal released a report that attributed an 8% drop in mortgage originations from 2017 to 2018 directly to the federal government’s stress test rules (B-20), which took .... More »
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How to Use a Mortgage Calculator + MORE Apr 18th

  Looking at mortgage rates for a new house? Need a mortgage calculator? Canada residents know it’s easy to fall in love with your dream home. But, it helps to factor in the mortgage loan amount and interest rate beforehand. You want to determine how much house you can afford  -  p.... More »
Locked Out of the Market: How the Mortgage Stress Test Could Be Hurting Homebuyers
It was created with the intention of saving Canadians from becoming over-burdened with their mortgages, but some critics of the Canadian government’s mortgage stress test say it is slamming the door on first-time homebuyers who would otherwise be able to break into the market. In a recent opinion article in the Financial Post, Christopher Alexander, who is executive vice-president and regional director of RE/MAX INTEGRA for Ontario-Atlantic Canada, writes the stress test “is causing more harm than good.”
The stress test requires homebuyers that make a down payment of less than 20 percent to qualify for an interest rate that is at or higher than the Bank of Canada’s five-year benchmark rate (5.34 percent at the time of writing). In 2018, it was expanded to homebuyers who put down 20 percent or more; they now need to qualify for a mortgage rate two percent higher than the one offered by their lender (or the Bank of Canada’s rate five-year benchmark rate, whichever one is higher)…

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