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New CMHC program good for students, middle class, says P.E.I. mortgage broker

cbc.ca logo cbc.ca 2019-06-18 CBC/Radio-Canada
a sign in front of a building: A new CMHC program designed to make it easier to buy a home would be limited to first-time buyers who earn less than $120,000 a year. © Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press A new CMHC program designed to make it easier to buy a home would be limited to first-time buyers who earn less than $120,000 a year.

A mortgage broker on P.E.I. says a federal initiative that could see Canada's housing agency contribute up to 10 per cent of the price of a buyer's first home is good news, especially for people with student debt and the middle class.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Mortgage broker Paul Trainor says the program will help the person 'making $50,000-$60,000 a year' purchase a home. © CBC News: Compass Mortgage broker Paul Trainor says the program will help the person 'making $50,000-$60,000 a year' purchase a home.

Paul Trainor said it's a good first step, but more needs to be done.

"I think it's going to be a positive," he said in an interview on CBC News: Compass. "I think there are some things we need to do to make housing affordable. The flip side of that is getting the housing products into P.E.I."

Under the First Time Home Buyer Incentive program, which was announced in March and will officially launch in September, a first-time homebuyer who earns less than $120,000 can qualify.

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation would kick in up to 10 per cent of the purchase price of the home, providing the borrower comes up with the minimum amount for an insured mortgage, which is now at five per cent.

a sign in front of a building © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Trainor said it won't solve the problem or soaring home prices, but it will help make those homes more affordable.

"This will help with the mortgage payments so that person in the middle class, the guy that's making $50,000-$60,000 a year or less can get into a home and be able to afford it," he said.

He said it will also help people, such as new graduates with student loans and other debt, bring their total debt servicing range down to a more acceptable level for a mortgage.

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