As a proud American citizen you're saying, "What on earth could be wrong with that?" After all, aren't all Canadian mortgages government insured? Sure, the banks are insured--but not the debt-holders.
All Canadian mortgages re-set at least every five years. There's no such thing as a '25-year mortgage'. Sure, it's calculated as though it were being paid over 25 years, but the banks re-set your rates like clockwork.
Let's assume you were a moronic house-horny Frostback. You and your spousesicle made just enough money to pay the nut on a $1.5 million McMansion in Vancouver or Toronto. Then, as RE values rose, you did the Frozen North thing and got a Home Equity Line of Credit, because hey, presto! You're a paper millionaire!
Time passes. Now the Gummint changes mortgage rules because they're suddenly aware that most of the Canadian economy is being driven by speculative RE values and they're in pants-pissing territory, with house-moist Frostmonkeys carrying two trillion dollars in personal debt, or a buck seventy for every buck they earn. Woot!
And suddenly the USA decides inflation is going to be an issue and starts raising rates. Canada's Central Wankers have to raise rates in step or the Canadian Loonie plunges to zero in under a year. So they hike as gingerly as they can, but make no mistake, it's gonna be in lockstep with the Yankee dollarmongers. As rates rise, property values drop, sales slow and RE demand goes way down.
Endgame. Mr. and Mrs Iceballs from Toronto, Calgary or Vangoofer go in to Maple Syrup Savings and Loan to renew.
"Hmm," says The Nice Lady At The Bank, "Your house was originally mortgaged for 1.4 million with your dinky-ass little down payment. You've take out a $500,000 HELOC against the rising value of the home, and made no payments, so your total obligation to the bank is $1.9 million. Sadly, the market has dropped and your house is now worth only $1.1 million. In order for us to re-issue you a mortgage based on the value of the property, you must give us $800,000 right now, or get out of OUR house."
"By the way, your income is no longer enough to pay the new rate, which is 2% higher than previous. With the new government mortgage rule changes, you must also be able to service the debt you take on at a rate a full 2% higher than you're actually signing on for, in order to prevent nasty surprises when you renew in 5 years. So you only qualify for a mortgage of $700,000, and you're gonna need to cough up an extra $400,000 for a total of $1.2 million, or get the fuck out of our house."
Canada is so utterly, utterly screwed. They're going to hit the dirt like a K-T extinction event meteoroid.
Here endeth the lesson on how badly Canada has goofed up. I'll be taking questions in the lobby.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 22-Jan-19 10:34 by Jock.