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Qualifying Rate Expected to Change to 5.25% June 1st for some mortgages.

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Qualifying Rate Expected to Change to 5.25% June 1st for some mortgages.

I haven't seen anything posted here yet regarding this, but it has been coming down the pipe for a while. We have been waiting for details.
We are still skinny on details, but as of now it seems that this will apply to conventional uninsured mortgages. It is expected to reduce purchasing power by about 4%.

If you have a CMHC-type insured mortgage this may not apply. We are waiting on details about whether this will apply to conventional insurable deals like renewals or certain purchases with 20%+ down payment.
Conventional uninsured includes 30 year am, refinances, rentals and property values over $1M.

If other Agents or Brokers have more details, please share what you know as this is happening pretty quickly and will affect Purchase and Sale Agreements or refinances/renewals dated June 1 or later.


Edit: Some lenders may not distinguish between Uninsured and Insurable. If so, expect this to affect every mortgage except those insured with CMHC/Sagen/CG.
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Lenders are swamped because of this. Anytime something like this is "recommended" it usually does pass, hence the rush.
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This was under consideration.. is it confirmed?
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We expect that after this comes in, insured mortgages won't be far behind.
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a bunch of nonsense....RE market in Canada continues to be the safest bet around because of all the changes. Every month there's a change.
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OSFI has confirmed the change in stress test.
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DealFind25 wrote: Change applied to insured mortgages also.
Strange as the news release only mentions uninsured mortgages:

"Quick Facts

As of June 1, 2021, the revised calculation of the minimum qualifying rate for uninsured mortgages will be:
The greater of the contract rate plus 2% or 5.25%.
OSFI will review and communicate the qualifying rate at a minimum annually, every December, well in advance of the high-volume housing spring season."

https://www.osfi-bsif.gc.ca/Eng/osfi-bs ... -0521.aspx
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Saw on Bloomberg, seems like OSFI can only announce for uninsured. The insured change was announced by Finance Ministry.
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Will be interesting to monitor what this change means for prices. Will only the expensive homes suffer while the cheaper TH/semis will go up?
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Tha_Doggg wrote: Will be interesting to monitor what this change means for prices. Will only the expensive homes suffer while the cheaper TH/semis will go up?
All these stupid stress test rules do is lower the ceiling and raise the floor. It is so mind-numbingly stupid. So the lower end will certainly go up.

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