A common goal for many Canadians upon completing their education and gaining employment is purchasing their first home. Home ownership is, after all, the Canadian dream. While it’s general knowledge that saving money for a down payment is the first step to eventually purchasing a home, many are not aware of the mortgage stress test. So, what is the mortgage stress test in Canada, anyway?
To put it simply, the mortgage stress test is a mortgage qualifier tool used to determine if the borrower would still be able to continue making mortgage payments, should they lose their job, undergo some other type of financial strain, or if interest rates were to rise.
Before being approved for a mortgage on a home, the borrower must…
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