CMHC To Increase Premium For High-Risk Home Buyers

Canada’s federal housing agency is raising mortgage insurance premiums as part of a plan to boost its capital reserves.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said it is raising premiums on the highest-risk mortgages – borrowers who have down payments of less than 10 per cent – by 15 per cent starting June 1.

The changes come as part of a broader plan by the agency, announced last August, to boost its target capital reserves to 220 per cent above the minimum set by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, up from 200 per cent previously.

The increases only apply to new mortgages for borrowers with small down payments. Those who put down more than 10 per cent of the purchase price aren’t affected. Premiums will also remain unchanged on CMHC’s portfolio insurance, which lenders take out on bundles of uninsured mortgages so they can securitize them, as well as the agency’s insurance for apartment buildings.

Sales & Prices Up Year-Over-Year In March 2015

Sales and Price Up Year-Over-Year in March 2015

TORONTO, April 7, 2015 – Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,940 sales in March 2015. This result represented an 11 per cent increase compared to March 2014. Sales were up for most major home types, both in the City of Toronto and the surrounding regions. New listings were also up, but by a lesser 5.5 per cent, indicating tighter market conditions.

Q1 2015 - Toronto & GTA Commercial Stats

Strong Increase in Leased Space in Q1 2015 

April 7, 2015 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that TREB Commercial Network Members reported 5,776,322 square feet of leased industrial, commercial/retail and office space during the first quarter of 2015. This result represented a substantial 28.2 per cent year-over-year increase in space leased, which was driven by a 33.4 per cent increase in leased industrial space. The industrial segment accounted for 78 per cent of total space leased.

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