Mortgage costs set to rise as CMHC leads premium hike

Feb. 28 2014 - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. has raised mortgage insurance premiums for the first time since the 1990s, and signalled more hikes could be on the way.

The increases, which will apply to policies that are obtained from May 1 onward, amount to about 15 per cent on average. The move was quickly copied by rival mortgage insurer Genworth MI Canada Inc.

CMHC executives said the higher premiums would mean an extra $5 a month for a borrower with a 95-per-cent loan-to-value (LTV) ratio and a loan of $248,000. But the increase will be more sizable than that for many people.

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