Mortgage refinances are down in Canada according to CMHC…. No big surprise to those of us in the Mortgage industry… The govt has made it more difficult to access money over the past 3 years with all the Mortgage rule changes. They have accomplished their goal of trying to discourage us from borrowing more.
Here’s a look at some of the rule changes that made an impact:
-mortgage refinances are capped at 85% loan to value from 95% loan to value just a few years ago.
-maximum amortization for hi-ratio mortgages (over 80% loan to value) is 30 years. Down from 40 years.
-variable rate mortgages and mortgages with terms less than 5 years must be qualified at the Bank’s POSTED 5 year fixed rate… this too will squeeze out many more borrowers as it forces us to qualify at the much higher POSTED rate…. 5.39% vs a discounted fixed rate of 3.49%….
The Banksters are happy to see you take the much higher 5 year fixed rate vs the lower, Variable rate (current Variable is hovering around 2.40%… RBC is advertising their and Bank’s are advertising their 5 year fixed rate special offer at 4.24%…..). Banks make more money on the 5 year fixed vs the Variable rate. Remember that when choosing your next mortgage term.
Oh, and by the way, there are better Fixed rates out there… we are currently seeing 3.49% for 5 years from the wholesale market.