Big Mortgage Changes to Hit Canada this March

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Government of Canada Tightens Reins on Canada Mortgage Market

As of March 18, 2011, two significant changes will take effect in Canada, with the third change commencing as of April 18, 2011:

  1. No more 35-year amortization on insured mortgages with an LTV greater than 80 per cent. Now amortization on these mortgages will be capped at 30 years.
  2. No more 90 per cent LTV refinances. Now insured refinances will be capped at 85 per cent LTV.
  3. No more government insurance provided on lines of credit secured on homes. This includes Home Equity Lines of Credit, or HELOCs.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis announced these new mortgage regulations today, stating that they are intended to sway “hardworking Canadian families to save by investing in their homes and future.”

The ministers went on to say that the Canadian government “will continue to take the necessary actions to ensure stability and economic certainty in Canada’s housing market.”

The Harper government says they are taking this action to help protect Canadian against the unsavory outcomes other nations have felt post global-recession.

Meanwhile as rates dropped in the new year, up to ten basis points on a five-year fixed-rate, some economists claim that by December of 2010 prime rate will climb 200 basis points to plateau at five per cent.

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