The New Mortgage Rules are Coming,
How Will it Affect You?
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Canada’s banking regulator, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OFSI) introduced new guidelines in October of 2017 that will require a mortgage Stress Test to all homebuyers, even including those with larger down payments. Currently, the stress test only applied to mortgages with lower down payments and those with a term of less than five years.
The New Guidelines
Here’s how it works. Under the OSFI’s new rules, people would have to show they can afford their mortgage payments using a stress test at either the five-year average rate posted by the Bank of Canada 5 Year Benchmark Rate, or two percentage points higher than whatever deal you are able to negotiate — whichever measurement is higher.
The new rules will reduce the size of the mortgage you will be able to take on given a certain down payment and income.
Let’s say a family had the following
STRESS TEST RATE = 4.89%
Even though this family found a great mortgage rate, when the required 2% is added (4.83%), the rate is less than the BOC’s 5 Benchmark Rate of 4.89%. The Stress Test rate will be the higher of the two.