How much the CMHC insurance cost?



Q…..How much does the CMHC insurance cost?

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A…. Robert Ede 

High Ratio (ie the ratio of Mortgage Amount to Property Value) Mortgage Insurance is offered by CMHC and a few other smaller players in Canada.

The original idea (National Housing Act)was to support New-Home buying after WW2 by reducing down payments to 5% and allowing buyers to borrow one mortgage at First Mortgage Rates. 

The Alternative was 10-15% down, with a 75% First and the balance at Second Mortgage rates (2-10% higher).

The program was extended to Resale homes in ~1975.

Now very few transactions have a second mortgage as part of the Agreement of Purchase and Sale.

Today the insurance premiums vary with the type of property and the ratio of loan-to-value 60%, 65% etc up to 95%

The One-time Insurance premium is paid by the borrower (added to principal most often) while the beneficiary of the policy is the Lender – covering THEIR shareholders’ risk for lending outside ‘conventional’ (originally 75% now 80%) mortgaging guidelines.

To evaluate the worthiness of Hi-Ratio insurance as a Borrower, the cost of the premium must be considered as an ongoing “borrowing expense” vis a vis the expenses to create any alternative way of financing the subject.(ie “borrowing expenses” can be upfront broker fees, appraisal fees, legal fees, standby fees etc + the interest/yr).

NB the fee covers that mortgage for as long as that mortgage exists. 

If you move and “port” the mortgage with you, the premium is “still paid & in effect” even though you moved it to another house (with the same lender of course).

The premium is “still paid & in effect” on that mortgage amount, even if you increase the principal sum (with the same lender)

Compare all costs – upfront as well as the ongoing monthly costs to carry + the opportunity to buy with a lower down payment.



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