“Is it better to pay down our mortgage or ramp up contributions to our teen’s RESP?” + MORE Nov 30th
A couple years ago, the federal government brought in some tighter mortgage qualifying rules. The ‘stress test’ was just one of several changes, but it’s definitely the most well known.
The feds wanted to slow the housing market. They also wanted to ensure that borrowers could afford the much anticipated mortgage rate hikes. Rates have to go up some time, right?! When?!
Well, let’s fast forward to 2019! The real estate market has cooled off with fewer transactions in both 2018 and 2019. The government’s wish was granted. Fewer people could pass the stress test. But those imminent rate hikes never happened.
Today, you must qualify with an interest rate that is DOUBLE your actual contract rate. Yes, DOUBLE!
Another popular phrase? Housing Bubble…
The real estate market has to crash, right?! Well, it seems like the expected rate increases and housing bubble just haven’t materialized. In fact, interest rates have come down by around 1% since January 2019…