Risk sharing could be negative for housing, mortgage market

by Steve Randall31 Jul 2017
If the federal government forces mortgage lenders to carry more of the risk for delinquencies it could have a negative impact on the housing market and lead to an increase in mortgage defaults.

A document obtained by the Canadian Press reveals that the Department of Finance believes risk-sharing could mean that lenders pull back on mortgage lending to riskier borrowers.

Fewer loans could mean a downturn in housing market activity and a decrease in prices, which could actually increase the risk of mortgage defaults.

No decision is expected on the proposals until later this year or 2018, as data and responses to a consultation process by the government need to be reviewed first.

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