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MORE GREAT NEWS FROM MORTGAGE BROKER CHAD DREYER


Hello,


Hope you had a great weekend!


It looks like we may see some great upcoming changes to Insured mortgages in Canada!


There are plans to increase the maximum purchase price for insured mortgages (less than 20% down) mortgages from 1 million to 1.25 million which is great new for Markets like Vancouver where prices are hight and in situations where buyers may be able for a to qualify but could be short on downpayment needed for a purchase would have the option to look at an insured mortgage with a higher price point.


As this develops I will be sure to keep to keep you updated.


Bond yields have hit new highs that we have not seen since Feb 2020 and this is certainly going to put pressure on fixed rates to increase shortly, I have heard some lenders will be announcing rate increases overnight or over the coming days unless bond yields go back down shortly.


Given where bond yields are now, I suggest any clients you are currently working with who may not have a pre approval/rate hold currently that they do so ASAP!


Have a great week.


Thanks,

Chad Dreyer
Mortgage Consultant 

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604.614.9239
chad@chaddreyer.ca
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INTERESTING UPDATE FROM MORTGAGE BROKER CHAD DREYER ON PROMISES TO HELP HOME BUYERS.


Well as we all saw nothing much changed with last months Federal election, however the Liberals now have a fresh slate of policies for housing with hopes of sustainability and assisting first time buyers.


Here is a summary of their key housing promises:


Housing Supply


The Liberals plan to build, preserve or repair 1.4 million new homes if the next 4 years, they plan to do so through the following initiatives:


  • Housing accelerator fund
    • Invest $4 billion in a housing accelerator fund to build 100,000 new middle-class homes by 2024/2025
  • $2.7 billion for the National Housing Co-Investment Fund
  • $600 million for office and retail space conversion to housing
  • A temporary ban on foreign ownership
    • Foreign citizens would be barred from purchasing Canadian housing for the next 2 years, unless its proven to be for future employment or immigration within the proceeding 2 years
  • Anti-Flipping Tax
    • Applicable to properties sold within 12 months of purchase 


Mortgage Qualification Policies 


  • Changes to the First-Times Home Buyers Incentive 
    • Under the new plan participants could choose between the previous shared equity arrangement or now opt instead for a loan that is repayable only at time of sale 
  • Increase mortgage insurance eligibility cap to $1.25 million 
    • This is an increase from the current $1 million
  • Reduce CMHC insurance premiums for new buyers by 25%


Financial Assistance 


  • Tax-Free Home Savings Account
    • This allows Canadians under 40 to save up to $40,000 towards their first purchase, the money can withdrawn tax-free with no repayment requirement
  • $1 billion for rent to own projects 
  • Multi-generational home renovations tax credit 
    • Provide a 15% tax credit of up to $50,000 for homeowners who add a secondary unit to their home for the use of immediate or extended family
  • Double the First-Time Buyer Tax Credit from $10,000 from $5,000


There is definitely a lot of work here with everything the Liberals have proposed above and as we know by the time these come to law they could look much different that proposed above.


I will continue to monitor these and update you if any policy changes are announced.


If you have any questions please feel free to reach out!


Thanks

Chad Dreyer
Mortgage Consultant 

FSCO License: M21000565
604.614.9239
chad@chaddreyer.ca
www.chaddreyer.ca


How Fears over COVID-19 is affecting interest and mortgage rates

Fears over the COVID-19 pandemic and plummeting oil prices have caused mortgage rates to plummet to multi-year lows over the past couple of weeks.

But now some lenders are actually starting to raise rates.

Fixed rates on certain terms have been creeping back up, while some of the big banks have been quietly cutting their discounts on prime rate (which affects floating rates).

Scotiabank, for example, raised its published 5-year closed variable rate 60 percentage points on Saturday, from 3.45% to 4.05%.


A host of other lenders have also been slashing their discounts from prime by anywhere from 20 up to 75 basis points. At one lender, for example, a new borrower could have obtained a high-ratio 5-year variable mortgage at Prime – 1.00%, or 2.45%. Today, that same rate is now Prime – 0.25%, or 3.20%.


So what’s going on?


Fear has saturated the market to the extent that lenders are now concerned about liquidity and rising defaults, according to observers.

“I think if you’re a bank, you’re scared of losses right now,” Shawn Stillman, founder of mortgageoutlet.ca, told CMT.


“The banks are in this to make money, and if they don’t think that they’re going to be able to make money because all of a sudden their default rate is going to go up, then they’re going to protect themselves by raising rates.”

In addition to the potential for an increase in default rates, Stillman says that with more people facing temporary layoffs due to the coronavirus, more people will start drawing on their available credit.

“If you’re a business and you have a line of credit, you’re drawing on that line of credit. If you have credit cards, you’re maxing out those credit cards. You are using your ability to borrow more money and it becomes a shock to the system,” Stillman said.  Essentially the banks could face a growing run on available credit facilities, which could challenge their ability to finance all of that credit.


That’s one of the reasons why the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) announced on Friday that it was lowering the capital requirements for banks, which would free up an additional $300 billion of lending capacity.

Despite the Bank of Canada’s emergency rate cut on Friday, markets are still pricing in an additional 50-bps cut when the Bank meets next month. That will bring Canada’s overnight lending rate down to 0.25%.

Knowing this, banks are starting to increase the discounts from prime so that the economics of funding variable-rate mortgages continues to make sense.


“We’ve seen these shock-and-awe rate moves before,” wrote Rob McLister, founder of RateSpy.com. “On October 6, 2008, in the midst of the credit crisis, TD shocked the market with a massive 100-bps rate increase to prime + 1.00%. It applied to new variable and HELOC customers. TD rates were below prime just days before.”

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