It was talked about, debated over and then enacted, all within a few weeks, but the Government of Canada decided that protecting the hot housing market was needed. I like the changes!
I have always thought that refinancing a mortgage is part of a bigger problem and that is managing cash flow inefficiently! Now, if you want to consolidate your debts into one mortgage payment, you can only get 90% of the value of your home and not the 95% that was in place.
All borrowers will now have to be qualified based on the 5 year fixed rate, despite what term they are taking.
Finally, anyone who is buying a non-owner occupied property will need 20% down payment.
These are good changes! Let's keep perspective here and look at what was happening: There are numerous seminars teaching vulnerable consumers how to buy rental properties using no money down techniques; All sorts of banks and mortgage brokers have been trying to convince their clients to refinance their debt every 2-3 years; and banks are telling their customers that variable is the way to go because it's cheaper!
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