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New mortgage rules could disqualify 10% of buyers says Bank of Canada

New mortgage stress tests coming in 2018 could disqualify about 10% of prospective home buyers with larger down payments ineligible for a loan according to the Bank of Canada.

The numbers are based on the proportion of low-ratio mortgages issued between mid-2016 and mid-2017 that would have been disqualified if the new mortgage rules had already been in force.

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The tighter qualifying standard would have cut off 10% of borrowers with a down payment of 20% or more, equivalent to $15 billion worth of mortgages.

Real estate company RE/MAX recently conducted a survey asking Canadians how aware they are of new regulations and their impact on homebuyers.

The results found that over one-third of Canadians (37%) were not even aware of the changes or how they will affect their ability to purchase a property in the future.

While 58% of Canadians were aware of the new OSFI stress test regulations, that group was made of three separate opinions:

  • 27% don't believe it will impact the type of property they purchase in the future
  • 18% believe it will impact the type of property they purchase in the future
  • 13% are unsure of how the new regulations will affect their ability to purchase a property

The survey also found that nearly half (48%) of Canadians are considering purchasing a home in the next five years.

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