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18 Mar

Who is the bad guy? Mortgage stress test?

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Posted by: Zahra Modiri

see this interesting calculation from my colleague Kevin Carlson and how he simplified the stress test effect on your approval.

Who is the bad guy? stress test?

Ever since the federal government regulator, The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (or OSFI) brought in the Mortgage Stress Test, there has plenty of blame heaped upon it for slowing home sales and new home starts. Even though it has slightly reduced how much of a mortgage I can approve my clients for, the initial logic is sound. The stress test attempts to protect Canadians from taking on more mortgage debt than they will be able to afford when their mortgage renews down the road.

What it doesn’t do is curb additional debt and other financial factors after the mortgage starts. Many clients do not consider long-term changes like, child care expenses, new vehicle loans, ongoing credit card and line of credit debt payments.

I work with many first and second-time homebuyers with wide-ranging financial details. The stress test is a limiting factor, but in no way is it the largest culprit in preventing my clients from getting mortgage they are requesting. credit cards, lines of credit and vehicle loans have a much larger impact on reducing the mortgage borrowing ability for most of my clients.

Here are some real-world numbers on two hypothetical first-time homebuyer scenarios that help to illustrate what consumer debts can have on a mortgage application.

1. Individual or couple – scenario 1
Buyer(s) with household gross income of $80,000 that have $17,000 as down payment.
There is a student loan with a payment of $200 per month and a vehicle loan of $300 biweekly.
This application would be approved for the purchase of a $250,000 detached home.
An additional monthly credit or loan payment of only $300 per month will prevent mortgage approval for this application.

2. Individual or couple – scenario 2
Buyer(s) with household gross income of $125,000 that have $33,000 as down payment.
There is a student loan with a payment of $200 per month and a vehicle loan of $300 biweekly.
This application would be approved for the purchase of a $500,000 detached home.
An additional monthly credit or loan payment of only $500 per month will prevent mortgage approval for this application.

Credit cards, lines of credit and vehicle loans are exceedingly easy to obtain but could stand in your way when you are looking to buy your first or next home. Please consider carefully before financing anything. If you have any questions, contact a Dominion Lending Centres mortgage professional near you.

 

Kevin Carlson
Dominion lending centre