CMHC announces it will raise mortgage insurance premiums

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OTTAWA (MNI) – Following is the text of a statement issued Friday by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation announcing it will raise mortgage insurance premiums starting May 1, 2014 to meet the agency’s higher capital targets:

Following the annual review of its insurance products and capital requirements, CMHC will increase its mortgage loan insurance premiums for homeowner and 1 – 4 unit rental properties effective May 1, 2014.

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. This does not apply to mortgages currently insured by CMHC.

CMHC’s capital management framework is consistent with international practices and Canadian guidelines for mortgage insurers. Increased capital targets are consistent with Canadian and international industry trends and makes the financial system more stable and resilient.   “The higher premiums reflect CMHC’s higher capital targets” said Steven Mennill, CMHC’s Vice-President, Insurance Operations. “CMHC’s capital holdings reduce Canadian taxpayers’ exposure to the housing market and contribute to the long term stability of the financial system.”                  

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 on the housing market.

Effective May 1st, CMHC Purchase (owner occupied 1 – 4 unit) mortgage insurance premiums will increase by approximately 15%, on average, for all loan-to-value ranges.

                                                   Standard Premium    

Loan-to-Value Ratio                      (Current)                 (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 reviews its premiums on an annual basis and, going forward, plans to announce decisions on premiums in the first quarter of each year. The homeowner premium increase follows changes CMHC made to its portfolio insurance product earlier this year.

As Canada’s national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 65 years of experience to help Canadians access a variety of quality, environmentally sustainable, and affordable housing solutions that will continue to create vibrant and healthy communities and cities across the country.
Market News International   |  February 28 2014 11:13 EST

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