JUST ANNOUNCED* that the mortgage qualifying rate, more commonly known as the stress test, is confirmed to be INCREASING as of JUNE 1. The change, comes in on both conventional-uninsured mortgages (20%+ down with no mortgage default insurance) AND insured mortgages, where down payment is less than 20%. The new qualifying rate is 5.25% and could takes effect June 1, 2021. This equates to roughly a 5% decrease in purchasing power. (ex. $500k mortgage down to $475k) Our professional association (Mortgage Professionals Canada), continues to lobby the government opposing changes, putting downward pressure on Canadians ability to purchase homes.