New, Tougher OSFI Rules Coming In 2018!

October 17th, 2017

New OSFI rules taking effect January 1, 2018.

OSFI is setting a new minimum qualifying rate, or “stress test,” for uninsured mortgages:

Guideline B-20 now requires the minimum qualifying rate for uninsured mortgages to be the greater of the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada or the contractual mortgage rate +2%.

OSFI is requiring lenders to enhance their loan-to-value (LTV) measurement and limits so they will be dynamic and responsive to risk:

Under the final Guideline, federally regulated financial institutions must establish and adhere to appropriate LTV ratio limits that are reflective of risk and are updated as housing markets and the economic environment evolve.

OSFI is placing restrictions on certain lending arrangements that are designed, or appear designed to circumvent LTV limits:

A federally regulated financial institution is prohibited from arranging with another lender a mortgage, or a combination of a mortgage and other lending products, in any form that circumvents the institution’s maximum LTV ratio or other limits in its residential mortgage underwriting policy, or any requirements established by law.

Prices Stable, Sales Down and Supply Up In The GTA!

October 17th, 2017

On a year over year basis, the average sales price at the end of September 2017 was up by 2.6% compared to September 2016 ($775,546 vs $756,021). However, the number of sales was down (6,379 vs 9,830) and supply was up (16,469 new listings vs 15,050 new listings) compared to the month of September 2016. Given supply has been high recently and demand has been falling, we may very well see prices fall slightly this Fall and Winter.