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Increase in CMHC Mortgage Loan Insurance Premiums

Updated Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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Increase in CMHC Mortgage Loan Insurance Premiums

This week the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation announced that there will be an increase to the premiums for Mortgage Loan Insurance.  For the full article please visit the CMHC website by clicking here.  I have included the highlights below, but there is more information as well as some FAQ's on the CMHC website.

Mortgage loan insurance helps protect lenders against mortgage default and enables consumers to purchase homes with a minimum down payment of 5% with interest rates comparable to those with a 20% down payment. Mortgage loan insurance is typically required by lenders when homebuyers make a down payment of less than 20% of the purchase price.

Effective May 1, 2014, CMHC is increasing its homeowner mortgage loan insurance premiums to reflect its increased capital targets. The increase applies to mortgage loan insurance premiums for owner occupied, self-employed and 1-to-4 unit rental properties, including low-ratio refinance premiums.

For the average Canadian homebuyer requiring CMHC insured financing, the higher premium will result in an increase of approximately $5 to their monthly mortgage payment. This is not expected to have a material impact the housing market. 

Effective May 1st, 2014, CMHC Purchase (owner-occupied 1 – 4 unit properties) mortgage insurance premiums will be:

Loan-to-Value Ratio Standard Premium (Current) Standard Premium (Effective May 1st, 2014)
Up to and including 65% 0.50% 0.60%
Up to and including 75% 0.65% 0.75%
Up to and including 80% 1.00% 1.25%
Up to and including 85% 1.75% 1.80%
Up to and including 90% 2.00% 2.40%
Up to and including 95% 2.75% 3.15%
90.01% to 95% – Non-Traditional Down Payment 2.90% 3.35%

*CMHC mortgage loan insurance premium is calculated as a percentage of the loan based on the loan-to-value ratio. The premium can be paid in a single lump sum but more frequently is added to the mortgage principal and amortized over the life of the mortgage as part of regular mortgage payments.

**For loans with a loan-to-value ratio of 80% or less, the premium surcharge for every five years beyond the 25 year standard amortization period will increase from 0.20% to 0.25%.

CMHC Self-Employed

Effective May 1st, 2014, CMHC Self-Employed mortgage insurance premiums will be:

Self-Employed Borrowers without Third Party Validation of Income
Loan-to-Value Ratio Total Loan Amount Increase to Loan Amount
Up to and including 65% 0.90% 1.75%
Up to and including 75% 1.15% 3.00%
Up to and including 80% 1.90% 4.45%
Up to and including 85% 3.35%* 6.35% *
Up to and including 90% 5.45%* 8.05% *

Note: Premiums shown with “*” do not apply for Refinance transactions.

Existing premiums will remain in effect until May 1st, 2014. See here for existing premiums.

CMHC Income Property

Effective May 1stCMHC Income Property mortgage insurance premiums will be:

Rental Loans (1 – 4 Units)
Loan-to-Value Ratio Total Loan Amount Increase to Loan Amount
Up to and including 65% 1.45% 3.15%
Up to and including 75% 2.00% 3.45%
Up to and including 80% 2.90% 4.30%

Note: Premiums shown with “*” do not apply for Refinance transactions.

Existing premiums will remain in effect until May 1st, 2014. See here for existing premiums.

*Source: Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation - http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/buho/ 

 


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