CMHC defends mortgage stress test changes amid calls for loosening rules – Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal

What that means is that even if you get a mortgage rate of 2.89%, the new stress test requires that you qualify for a mortgage of 5.34% – even though you’ll still be paying the contracted 2.89%. For most, that will mean qualifying for a home that costs 20% less than they would have prior to the new stress test rule.

New guidelines that will soon require uninsured borrowers to undergo a financial ‘stress test’ before securing a mortgage have – as one Ottawa realtor puts it – kicked the pursuit of a home.

Wondering about Canada’s new mortgage rules and accompanying stress test in 2018? How does it impact your ability to buy a home? Watch this video as we review the new rules, explain the stress test and discuss the future of mortgage rates.

The CEO of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation is forcefully defending mortgage stress test rules and warning federal policy-makers to hold the line amid calls for softening the measure from industry associations."My job is to advise you against this reckless myopia and protect our economy from

CMHC defends mortgage stress test changes amid calls for loosening rules aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Published Thursday, May 23, 2019 7:06PM EDT

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Canada would need a "calamity" in the housing market to warrant adjusting the mortgage stress test, which is helping affordability, according to the head of Canada’s national housing agency.

The January to March period in question is the first full quarter since Ottawa changed the mortgage rules last October. Among the new rules is a requirement that borrowers pass a "stress test" to gauge their ability to pay back the loan if mortgage rates were to rise.

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In Ontario and B.C., these new mortgage rules and stress tests are in addition to the foreign buyers and speculation taxes. The OSFI introduced new mortgage rules effective in 2018. New mortgage borrowers now need to qualify at a higher mortgage rate even if they have a 20% down payment in 2019.