Report: New Mortgage Stress Test Cutting 18% of Home Buyers Out of the Market Aug 7th

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Report: New Mortgage Stress Test Cutting 18% of Home Buyers Out of the Market
According to a new report by the Mortgage Professionals of Canada (MPC), new stricter mortgage rules are leaving 18 per cent of home buyers out of the market. The MPC report found that while many Canadian home buyers could afford to make monthly payments at the bank’s contract rate, the higher bar set for qualification meant they would have to settle for a smaller mortgage.
Prior to Jan. 1, 2018, the stress test only applied to people with a down payment of less than 20 per cent. However, it now it applies to everyone buying a home, regardless of down payment size. In order to get a mortgage, financial institutions now require all borrowers to qualify at the greater of two options: either the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada (currently 5.34 per cent), or the contractual mortgage rate plus two percentage points.
“The stress tests mean that many prospective buyers will have to borrow less than they planned to, and which they can afford,” says MPC Chief Economist Will Dunning, who prepared the report…

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