The first round of changes to Canada’s mortgage rules were more bark than bite, according to a letter sent to the nation’s banks on Wednesday from the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. Earlier this year, mortgage experts speculated that new mortgage rules could have a dampening effect on hot real estate markets, as more and more mortgage applications would inevitably be rejected.
Draft guidelines released in March suggested that the OSFI would eliminate 100% financing using a 5 percent cashback mortgage as well as enforce stiffer regulations concerning loan-to-value ration calculations and stated income mortgages. The document also inferred that borrowers would be required to re-qualify each time their mortgage came up for renewal.
However, Wednesday’s announcement tells an entirely different story.
More stringent mortgage qualifications are on the way. On Tuesday, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions in Canada released draft recommendations that would impact Canada’s banks and other federally regulated lenders.
The 18 page document contained a slew of information, the majority of which make complete sense. However, there’s still great cause for concern in the financial sphere. According to this document, the OSFI is proposing a swift implementation that could shake the system off its foundations. One reputable mortgage source described the OSFI’s recommendations as a “policy-initiated free-fall”.