The purpose of a stress test is see if you have any weaknesses that need to be addressed. Like those who have heart disease and are required to jump on the treadmill to see how their heart responds to exercise, we have a stress test( since Jan 2018) for those looking to purchase a home or refinance their mortgage.
The purpose of the stress test for your mortgage is just to make sure that you will still be able to afford the payments in the event that mortgage rates increase rapidly. Until rather recently the rate used for qualification was 4.79%. While fixed and variable rates are much lower than this rate, it is used as a benchmark to make sure that you can still afford a mortgage if rates were to increase to that point. Now the government ( more specifically The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions or OFSI) took action and changed the qualifying rate to 5.25% or the mortgage contract rate +2% whichever is greater. These changes take effect as of June 1st/2021.
What this essentially does is decrease your buying power by about 5%. Now I don’t think it will do anything to address the overheated real estate market. The problems that we are facing today have to do more with a overwhelming lack of supply rather than people spending more than they can afford to get into a home. Yes I know ( cause I am doing one for a client right now) that CMHC has programs available for developers of multi unit properties where they will finance up to 95% of costs if a certain percentage of units are deemed affordable housing units. However at the rate that these new developments are coming on the market it may take years for our real estate market to balance out. So tit tight, hang on and enjoy the ride.
Today I am thankful for a refreshing light rain during my morning run, reminders that come up in my calendar just in time to make sure that I don’t miss important events and a wonderful sales book written by an author that left us far too early.
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. – William James
I look forward to hearing from you in regard to your mortgage needs.
p.s.s- I should tell you that I am licensed in Nova Scotia, Ontario(M18001555) & in British Columbia(BCFSA #504098).
p.s.s.s You can download my new mortgage app here