Finance Minister Morneau announced today a revision to Insured Mortgages.
I have outlined the changes below and added a link to a CBC article and videos.
Increased Down Payment for purchases over $500,000 and less than $1,000,000.
Buyers can still put 5% Down on the first $500,000 of the purchase price, however the amount of the purchase price in excess of $500,000 is now subject to a minimum of 10% Down Payment.
$750,000 Purchase Price
Total Down Payment Minimum is 5% on first $500,000 and then 10% down on next $250,000
Total $50,000 Down (NEW) versus $37,500 (CURRENT)
Effective Date of change is February 15, 2016.
The above changes will likely make for a busy first six weeks of 2016, as Vancouver real estate buyers wth pre-approved mortgages buy before the deadline of Feb 15th