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Come Jan 1, 2018 home buyers with uninsured mortgages (20% or more down) will need to prove that they can afford payments based on the greater of the Bank of Canada’s five-year benchmark rate (currently 4.89%) or their contract mortgage rate plus two percentage points.
Mortgage rate comparison website RateHub.ca published a scenario looking at the impact of the stress test rule on a family earning $100,000 putting down a 20% down payment on a 3.09% five-year fixed rate amortized over 25 year. Under the current rules, that family could qualify for a house worth $706,692, but after the new rules take effect in 2018, that family would only qualify for a house worth $559,896 based on a 4.89% stress test.
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