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CMHC Policy Revision: Get Ready for a Busy Weekend
As you enter the weekend, we wanted to provide you with an important update to the stress test implementation guidelines that were initially announced by the Minister of Finance on October 3rd. These changes to the initial announcement will likely result in a flood of buyers trying to beat the end of weekend deadline.
Our understanding of the revisions are as follows:
This is in contrast to the initial announcement that stated the submission for financing had to occur prior to October 17th and fund by March 1, 2017.
- Key Impact #1 – if someone purchases a property before or including this weekend, the old lending rules will still apply — even if the borrower submits a financing application after the Oct 17th cut-off date.
- Key Impact #2 – There was some uncertainty around new build purchases and if they have to register before March 1, 2017 to qualify under old lending guidelines. This latest update clarifies the issue as old lending rules should apply if a legally binding purchase and sale agreement is in place prior to Oct 17th (regardless of the occupancy or registration date).
We hope the above is timely and helpful, and we are on stand by should you have clarification questions or would like to discuss.
Please find below a link to our previously issued updates on this topic: