You have to wonder what David Dodge will be thinking this time. Just over a year ago, the Bank of Canada governor met with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. because of his fears exotic mortgages were juicing an already robust Canadian housing market. Now CMHC has decided it is going to let Canadians buy investment properties with no down payment.
The Crown corporation, which controls about 70% of the mortgage insurance market in Canada, has quietly introduced changes that lower the down-payment threshold for an investment property. Instead of needing 15% down, Canadians will be able to buy a second property -- not to mention a third and fourth and fifth -- with no money down.
"These enhancements will ensure continued supply of affordable rental accommodations across Canada," said Pierre Serre, vice-president of insurance products with CMHC.