Are The New Mortgage Rules a Good or Bad Thing for First-Time Home Buyers?

Some of you may know that in July of this year major changes to the rules regarding Canadian mortgages were put into effect by the Canadian government. These new policies included a decrease in the maximum amortization period from 30 years to 25 years for mortgages insured by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, that lenders could allow home equity loans for up to 80% of a property’s value (reduced from 85% previously) and that homes worth more than 1 million dollars were no longer eligible for government insured (CMHC) mortgages (for example, anyone wanting to buy a home worth more than $1 million must now have a down payment of at least $200,000).

For first-time buyers the biggest change was the shortening of the maximum amortization period from 30 to 25 years. Now, is that necessarily a bad thing? Perhaps not as this will force borrowers to pay back their debt sooner, thereby ultimately reducing the amount of interest they'll pay over the life of the loan, saving them thousands of dollars in interest costs over the life of the mortgage. However, the flip side of the coin is that the borrower’s mortgage payments will be larger as more debt gets paid back with each payment.

Some experts say that the new rules may help prevent first-time buyers from stretching themselves too thin, will allow them to build equity in their home faster and become mortgage-free sooner.

There is a great article in The Star which addresses the pros and cons of the new mortgage rules in Canada for first-time home buyers, to read the article click here.

Hope all of you first-time buyers find this article interesting and informative. If you have any questions about how the new rules may affect your new home purchase, please don’t hesitate to give us a call – we are here to help!

Until next time,

The Jamie Dann Team.

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