• OSFI Changes - New Regulations by "The Regulator"

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    Categories: Jencor , OSFI , The Regulator

    The Government of Canada has changed the bank guidelines for qualifying a conventional mortgage. As of Jan 01 / 18 borrowers with 20% or more down payment or 20% or more equity when refinancing will qualify based upon the published five-year benchmark rate, currently at 4.89% or their contract rate plus 2% whichever is greater. For most people, this will mean about a 25% smaller mortgage. Also, the government wants regulated lenders to have more scrutiny around loan to value ratios. Wonder what that means?? Mr. Rudin, the OSFI regulator championing these changes will someday be remembered as either, 1) That really smart regulator…