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Final Guidelines for Mortgages Released

Canada’s banking regulator has published the final changes to its guidelines for residential mortgage underwriting, including a financial stress test for buyers who don’t need mortgage insurance.

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions said Tuesday the changes will come into force by Jan. 1, 2018.

Even homebuyers who don’t require mortgage insurance because they have a down payment of 20 per cent or more will have to prove they can continue to make payments if interest rates rise.

Other changes include restrictions on co-lending, or bundled mortgages, aimed at ensuring financial institutions do not circumvent rules that limit how much they can lend.

The final guidelines are generally similar to what OSFI had proposed in July, when the regulator put out a draft for public consultation.
The proposed changes, however, have been criticized for including potentially increasing costs and limiting access to mortgages for some home buyers.

“These revisions to Guideline B-20 reinforce a strong and prudent regulatory regime for residential mortgage underwriting in Canada,” said Superintendent Jeremy Rudin in a statement on Tuesday.

The Canadian Press

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Toronto area sees 35 per cent drop in home sales from year ago: real estate board

Home sales in the Greater Toronto Area were down 35 per cent in September compared with the same month last year, although prices generally continued to increase.

The Toronto Real Estate Board says sales of all major types of residential property were down but the biggest decline was a 40.4 per cent drop in sales of detached homes.

The average selling price for all types of property sold in September was up 2.6 per cent from a year ago, rising to $775,546.

The board says high-priced detached homes accounted for a smaller share of sales than in September 2016 and that the average price for that market segment was flat.

Meanwhile the average price for condos was up 23.2 per cent to $520,411 and average prices for semi-detached houses was up 7.4 per cent at $752,379.

TREB’s benchmark price index, which adjusts for different property types, was up 12.2 per cent from the same time last year.

The Canadian Press

 

How will this effect KW, stay posted in the next few days you’ll get a better picture.