Good news on mortgage insurance changes

Jeff Evans

Recently I wrote a blog post regarding an announced change to CMHC’s mortgage qualification guidelines that were potentially damaging to the real estate market and to buyers looking to get into the real estate market.  It would have also resulted in higher rates for many homeowners looking to renew or refinance their mortgages.

In that email, I had mentioned that the effect of these policy changes would depend on what the other mortgage insurers would do.  At that time, I was not particularly optimistic that they would maintain the current policies, as the government has an influence on their policy decisions.  However, they have since confirmed that they will maintain the policies as they are.

As a result of these announcements, the negative effects of CMHC’s decisions have been largely mitigated, at least for the time being.  It is not inconceivable that the other insurers (Genworth and Canada Guaranty) could change their policies in the future.

The effect of these events will be that CMHC will largely become a minor player in the mortgage insurance space, and I expect that the market will continue to be largely unaffected by those changes from CMHC.  I do not know or foresee any other changes in how it will affect business at this time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to follow up with me.


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