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Mortgage Rules are changing (Terry Longhorn, Ottawa Real Estate Broker)

Updated Thursday, January 20, 2011  ::  Views (3309)

Considering a new home or a move?  Be advised that the mortgage rules are changing.  Here are the highlights: 

  • Reduce the maximum amortization period to 30 years from 35 years for new government-backed insured mortgages with loan-to-value ratios of more than 80 per cent. This will significantly reduce the total interest payments Canadian families make on their mortgages, allow Canadian families to build up equity in their homes more quickly, and help Canadians pay off their mortgages before they retire.
  • Lower the maximum amount Canadians can borrow in refinancing their mortgages to 85 per cent from 90 per cent of the value of their homes. This will promote saving through home ownership and limit the repackaging of consumer debt into mortgages guaranteed by taxpayers.
  • Withdraw government insurance backing on lines of credit secured by homes, such as home equity lines of credit, or HELOCs. This will ensure that risks associated with consumer debt products used to borrow funds unrelated to house purchases are managed by the financial institutions and not borne by taxpayers.

The adjustments to the mortgage insurance guarantee framework will come into force on March 18, 2011. The withdrawal of government insurance backing on lines of credit secured by homes will come into force on April 18, 2011.

Need more information about how this may affect you, give me a call. 

Thanks for visiting my site!

Terry


Comments ( 1 )

Vicki posted the following response Sunday, February 27, 2011
Another good reason to get into the spring market this year.

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