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Last call for mortgage approvals under the current rules….and an in-depth look at how these new rules will impact YOU in 2018.

 TIME IS ALMOST UP..

With just days to go before the new mortgage rules take effect on January 1st, we are seeing a flurry of mortgage applications.   Panic buying and refinancing is at its peak. And rightfully so..  next year, you will qualify for at least 15% less mortgage.

(TIP… get a preapproval before Dec 31st and it will remain valid for 120 days from the date of preapproval. You do not have to enter into a purchase agreement before Dec 31st.  And if refinancing, you don’t have to close prior to Dec 31st. This is not with all banks.  Call my office for more info.)

LET’S BEAT UP ON THE SELF-EMPLOYED SOME MORE Continue reading “Last call for mortgage approvals under the current rules….and an in-depth look at how these new rules will impact YOU in 2018.”

OSFI’s new mortgages rules… a silver lining..

 SEARCHING FOR THE POSITIVE..YES, THERE IS SOME.

Hard to find any positive news from OSFI’s (Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions) new mortgage rules announced last week.

In case you missed it.. It just became harder to qualify for a mortgage.  I’m talking about those with more than 20% down payment.  Harder than it’s ever been in my 28 yr career. Harder than I think we’ve ever seen in history.

The old rule of mortgage lending was that if you had a large down down payment of 35% or more, and you had good credit, quality real estate, then you were approved.  You were guaranteed to get a great mortgage.  And rightfully so.  You earned that right.  You built up significant equity.  And the chances of someone defaulting on that mortgage was very slim.

No reason to ask borrowers a long list of questions about their historical earnings, 3 years of income tax returns, Notice of Assessments, blood tests and other bodily fluids (okay, they aren’t asking for bodily fluids or blood.. but it sure feels that way.). Beginning January 1st, 2018, that logic is gone.  Banks will have to put you through the toughest mortgage qualifying process that you’ve ever seen.

I’m not the smartest person, but someone has to explain to me why it should be tougher for someone with more than 20% down, even 50% or 70% down payment, to qualify for a mortgage than someone with 5% down?   This makes no sense.  And there is no logical reason to do this.  Discouraging home ownership or real estate ownership is wrong.

THE SILVER LINING

Here’s that silver lining I was talking about.. Continue reading “OSFI’s new mortgages rules… a silver lining..”

Review your mortgage NOW! Next year may be too late.

It’s begun.  The message is starting to sink in.  The new mortgage rules could eliminate 15% of Canadians from qualifying for a mortgage after January 1st, 2018.  The mad rush has started as mortgage inquiries are up significantly.

WHO WILL BE AFFECTED?

  • Anyone that has a mortgage renewal in next 12 to 20 months.
  • Anyone thinking of buying in the next 12 months.
  • Anyone that is needs or is thinking of refinancing their mortgage in the next 12 months.
  • Rental property owners.  Yes, you too.
  • Future retirees with lots of home equity (newsflash..the new rules don’t take into consideration how much equity you have in your home.. your net worth is also irrelevant… it’s all about how much income you earn and declare…)

All of these borrowers will be affected.  If you’re not getting the message, anyone with a mortgage should be getting a review done NOW.  Don’t wait until next year.  You may not qualify for a mortgage.

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