2011 New Mortgage Rules

Three new federal rules – changes to current practices – concerning mortgages were announced by Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty, today as a response to the rising consumer debt in Canada.

What are they? 

1. The Amortization Period has been reduced to a maximum of 30 years from 35 years for insured mortgages, with more than an 80% loan-to-value-ratio, that are backed by the government.

2. The maximum amount that Canadians can borrow to refinance their mortgages was lowered to 85%, from 90% of the value of their homes.

3. Insurance for lines of credit that are secured by homes, which are backed by the government, will be withdrawn.

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