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June 2012 Archives

Finance Minister, Flaherty, Tightens Mortgage Rules in an Attempt to Avert Bubble

When it comes to insured mortgage lending in Canada, 25 is the new 30. Additionally, the maximum a homeowner can borrower against their property is 80% as opposed to 85%. It is interesting to consider that as of 2007 homeowners were able to obtain 40-year amortization. However, Flaherty has cut the maximum amortization down twice since 2008. One could assume that Flaherty is concerned that low borrowing costs could fuel a housing bubble. Shorter amortizations influence an individual’s ability to qualify for a higher mortgage because the payments are more.

21 Jun 2012