Poll: New rules sideline 15% of homebuyers

The result jive with the expectation of many investors, although some anticipate a higher percentage of first-time buyers – especially those in Toronto and Vancouver – will be shut out of the market for the same reasons. It's something that should strenghten the rental market.

Those new mortgage rules came into effect Monday, with most broker lenders instituting even earlier deadlines.

The BMO poll suggests that nearly half of Canadians know next to nothing about those key changes around amortization, refinances and debt-service ratios.

Specially, nearly half (49 per cent) of Canadians are unfamiliar with the new measures put in place by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, according to the poll conducted by Pollara.

In fact, the majority of Canadians do not know the maximum amortization period for government-insured mortgages, with only 45 per cent correctly identifying it as 25 years.

About, one-quarter (26 per cent) of Canadians believe the maximum amortization period for government-insured mortgages is 30 years or more.

Mortgage brokers are expected to take on a key role in helping bring consumers into touch with those new rules. That has the potential to strengthen the industry’s reputation as true partner to homebuyers, say brokering veterans.

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