Monday, July 2, 2012

New Mortgage Rules Effective July 9, 2012

New Mortgage Rules
Just a reminder that the new mortgage rules take effect next week, on Monday July 9, when the maximum amortization will become 25 years (from 30) and the maximum refinance amount will be set at 80 per cent loan to value (from 85). You should get in touch with us now if:

  • you are buying a home or have a mortgage pre-approval. You must have an offer to purchase before July 9 to take advantage of a 30 year amortization;
  • you want to refinance to consolidate your high interest debt to lower your interest costs and boost your monthly cash flow. You cannot refinance above 80 per cent unless you have a refinancing agreement dated prior to July 9; or,
  • you are an existing homeowner, and want a review of your situation. The new measures will only apply if you need to increase the amount of your insured mortgage.

If you have an offer to purchase or refinancing agreement dated between June 22, 2012 and July 9, 2012, you can take advantage of the old rules provided final disbursement is made before December 31, 2012.

Please keep in mind these changes will only affect borrowers with less than 20 per cent down/equity in their homes.

The great Canadian mortgage sale is continuing into summer 2012, with historically low 5 and 10-year fixed rates. Take advantage!

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