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Here’s how much house you’ll be able to buy with the new mortgage stress test

Canada’s banking regulator introduced new rules on Tuesday that extend the requirement for a mortgage stress test to all homebuyers, including those with larger down payments. Currently, the stress test applies only to mortgages with lower down payments and those with a term of less than five years.

Today, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) introduced a new minimum qualifying rate – a.k.a “stress test” – even for uninsured mortgages, which have down payments of 20 per cent or more.

The guidelines will take effect Jan. 1, 2018 and apply to new mortgages as well as mortgage renewal applications if borrowers switch lenders. Financial institutions won’t be obligated to apply the test at mortgage renewal for existing borrowers, although they may choose to do so, OSFI told Global News.

The new guidelines now require federally regulated financial institutions to vet applicants for uninsured mortgages by using a minimum qualifying rate equal to the greater of the Bank of Canada’s five-year benchmark rate (currently 4.89 per cent) or their contractual rate plus 2 percentage points.

What this means for your mortgage

Here’s how the rules would play out for a family with $100,000 in annual income, according to numbers provided by Ratehub.ca, a mortgage rates and credit cards comparisons site.

Let’s consider a first scenario in which the family is offered a mortgage rate of 2.83 per cent, which is more than two percentage points below the current Bank of Canada five-year benchmark of 4.89 per cent.

If they were to apply for a mortgage today, with 20 per cent down payment, a five-year fixed mortgage, and a 25-year amortization period, they would be able to afford a home worth $726,939.

If they were to apply for a mortgage on or after Jan. 1, they would be able to afford only $570,970, with a 20 per cent down payment.

Information kindly provided by Global News.

REALTORS® encourage property buyers and sellers to understand new real estate rules

New real estate rules took effect today that will change the way REALTORS® and their clients work together.

Specifically, the new rules will prohibit the practice of limited dual agency and require real estate licensees in BC to provide additional information to their clients about how they’re compensated.

REALTORS® encourage property buyers and sellers to understand new real estate rules

New real estate rules took effect today that will change the way REALTORS® and their clients work together.

Specifically, the new rules will prohibit the practice of limited dual agency and require real estate licensees in BC to provide additional information to their clients about how they’re compensated.

Reduced demand is allowing housing supply to accumulate

Home buyer demand continues to decline across the Metro Vancouver* housing market. 

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in the region totalled 2,833 in May 2018, a 35.1 per cent decrease from the 4,364 sales recorded in May 2017, and a 9.8 per cent increase compared to April 2018 when 2,579 homes sold.

Home sales down, listings up across Metro Vancouver

The Metro Vancouver* housing market saw fewer home buyers and more home sellers in April.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in the region totalled 2,579 in April 2018, a 27.4 per cent decrease from the 3,553 sales recorded in April 2017, and a 2.5 per cent increase compared to March 2018 when 2,517 homes sold.

REALTOR® honoured for work with at-risk youth

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) honoured REALTOR® John Patricelli with the 2017 REALTORS Care® Award for his dedication to helping at-risk youth.

The REALTORS Care® Award is presented annually to Realtors in Metro Vancouver who demonstrate a sustained commitment to charitable, fundraising, or volunteer activities that strengthen communities and support people most in need.

Source: https://www.rebgv.org/news-statistics