OFSI Mortgage Rule Changes effective January 1st 2018

The Most Recent OSFI Mortgage Rule Changes   On Tuesday October 17 the Bank of Canada announced they will proceed with the implementation of a stress test for all uninsured mortgages. An uninsured mortgage is where the down payment is more than 20% down, has no default mortgage insurance and includes refinancing.   The stress … Continue reading OFSI Mortgage Rule Changes effective January 1st 2018

What is your best rate?

In 2016 and 2017 Ottawa brought in some major changes to the mortgage industry that has made the cost to lend mortgages much higher. The categorizing of a mortgage is now more complicated and depending how your mortgage is categorized: insured,insurable or uninsurable- there are different mortgage rates. This and other factors have resulted in … Continue reading What is your best rate?

Insurance Series- Default Mortgage Insurance

Default Mortgage Insurance is an insurance policy which compensates lenders or investors for losses due to the default of a mortgage loan. In Canada, we are fortunate that we have three organizations that offer default mortgage insurance: CMHC – Canadian Mortgage Housing Corporation, Genworth, and Canada Guaranty. Why is this important and a benefit to a borrower? While these … Continue reading Insurance Series- Default Mortgage Insurance

Insurance Series-Title Insurance

Title insurance is protection against loss arising from problems concerning the title of your property. In Canada, First Canadian Title (FCT) is the company through which title insurance policies are insured through. There are two different types of title insurance policies a “lender policy” and an “owner policy”. Lender Title Insurance When you take out a mortgage, … Continue reading Insurance Series-Title Insurance