CMHC Fee Increases Could Add Hundreds of Dollars to Mortgage Cost
CMHC is to triple the charges it makes to some financial institutions. The fee increases will be for guaranteeing loans in the mortgage-backed securities market, which the agency operates under the National Housing Act. Some experts are predicting that the hike in fees will filter down to homebuyers with the likelihood of a few hundred dollars being added to the cost of a mortgage. The fee for mortgages with a five-year maturity will rise from 0.2 per cent to 0.6 per cent. The move could however benefit smaller lenders as for annual mortgage guarantees below $6 billion the new rate will be 0.3 per cent.
Source: Canadian Real Estate Magazine, December 15th, 2014.