Lending Guidelines

Check out our lending guidelines* to see if your clients qualify. Got a great deal that doesn’t quite meet these guidelines? Email us at brokercentre@coastcapitalsavings.com.

Co-brokered deals pose a potential risk. It also depletes our queue resources and makes it difficult for our underwriting team to service our valued Broker partners and their customers.

Effective immediately, we will no longer accept co-brokered applications for brokers who are not registered at your office through FICOM.

  • Manufactured homes (unless on borrowers own land)
  • Progressive Mortgages - owner occupied or spec
  • Vacant land (serviced or un-serviced)
  • ¼ shares, hotel suites, boarding houses
  • Operating farms
  • Leaky condos that haven’t been fully re-mediated
  • Co-ops
  • Properties in a rental pool
  • Second mortgages behind another lender
  • Mortgages under a Holding Company name
  • Equity Lending Products

Guidelines

Standard high-ratio insured guidelines apply:

  • Primary residence only (1 to 4 units)
  • While CMHC and Genworth may transactionally insure a single application, it may not meet the insurable parameters (see “Ineligible” below)
  • New purchase and Straight Transfer-In’s only ** (See Transfer-In section below)
  • Maximum 80% LTV
  • Amortizations equal to or less than 25 years for a purchase
  • Qualify at the greater of the contract rate +2% OR the current Bank of Canada Benchmark Rate
  • No income considered from borrowers with a beacon score below 600 or no beacon
  • Purchase price less than $1M 
  • No guarantors, except for a spouse that will be occupying the residence
  • Standard conventional property evaluations apply

Rental Income

Suite(s) in Residence:

  • For borrowers with a beacon of 680 and higher, 100% of the rental income can be added to the borrower’s income for all suites that meet our own internal criteria.
    • Taxes and heat can be excluded
    • For borrowers with a beacon below 680, only 50% of the rental income can be added to the borrowers income
    • Coast Capital Savings will consider rent from a maximum of two suites

Non-Subject Rental Properties:

  • Standard Coast Capital Savings Net Rental Income Calculation can be applied:
    • Net Rental Income = Gross Rental Income - Expenses [Payment + Property Taxes + 50% of Strata + Vacancy Allowance (5%) + Property Maintenance (15%)]

HELOCs

HELOCs are allowed both concurrently and as a Sub-Advance behind an existing insurable mortgage.

  • Apply standard Coast Capital Savings HELOC qualification guidelines:
    • The greater of the contract rate +2% OR the 5 year Bank of Canada Benchmark Rate

**Transfer-Ins

 

Straight transfer in’s qualify for the Insurable rate offering.  There must be no new funds, with the exception of a $3,000 max allowance for costs related to the transfer (i.e. legal costs, admin fees, penalties).

The original purchase price must have been less than $1M:

  • Current value of the home may be over $1M
  • Due diligence is required to ensure the purchase price was below $1M in cases where the original purchase price being less than $1M may be in doubt (ex. current value is over $1M or just under $1M)
  • Original purchase price verification can include the Sales History in the appraisal, Sales History from appropriate Landcor valuation product or the Seller’s Statement of Adjustments from the time of purchase

Amortization must be the lesser of the current remaining amortization or 25 years:

  • Due diligence is required to determine the remaining amortization.
  • Obtain the most recent mortgage statement
  • A Mortgage Form B may show the original amortization if it is not a “Current and Running Account”

A mortgage that is currently High-Ratio Insured is not eligible for the insurable product. It must be transferred in as insured and it must be currently insured with either CMHC or Genworth

Strata Minutes

Not required to review strata minutes unless it is discovered that further investigation is needed.

Ineligible

Not all transactionally Insured High Ratio scenarios will qualify under Insurable parameters. The following property types are ineligible:

 

 

 

  • Leasehold Properties
  • Housing located on Reserve or First Nation Lands
  • Rentals
  • Land Only
  • Recreational Properties
  • Second Home
  • Age Restricted
  • Refinances (ETO)

 

  • Eligible for a standard, Multi-Purpose Mortgage
  • Maximum LTV ratio – 80% of the 1st $1,000,000 and 65% of the remaining value (based on appraised value). Revolving HELOC portion cannot exceed 65% LTV
  • Maximum GDS/TDS ratio:
    • 39/44% for beacons 680+
    • 35/42% for beacons 620 - 679
  • Maximum amortization – 30 years
  • 100% add back to income excluding taxes and heat for suite income (up to 2 suites)
  • Maximum mortgage $2,500,000
  • Qualify using the Stress Test
  • Eligible for a standard or Multi-Purpose Mortgage
  • Maximum LTV ratio – 80% of the 1st $1,000,000 and 65% of the remaining value (based on appraised value). Revolving HELOC portion cannot exceed 65% LTV
  • Maximum GDS/TDS ratio
    • 39/44% for beacons 680+
    • 35/42% for beacons 620 - 679
  • Maximum amortization – 30 years
  • For both subject and non subject rental properties, rental income is calculated based on the following:
    • Net rental income = Gross Rental Income - Expenses [Payments + Property Taxes +50% of Strata + Vacancy Allowance (5%) + Property Maintenance (15%)]
  • Maximum mortgage $2,500,000
  • Qualify using the Stress Test
  • Eligible for a standard or Multi-Purpose Mortgage
  • Best rates available for all CMHC and Genworth insured mortgages
  • CMHC-max LTV 95% for purchase
  • Purchase price must be below $1,000,000
  • Maximum amortization – 25 years
  • Maximum GDS/TDS as allowed by the insurer
  • Use of rental income as allowed by the insurer

Hobby Farms are defined as a small farm that is maintained without expectation of being relied upon as a source of income for the household. Some are merely to provide some recreational land, or a few animals like horses or chickens to retain farm status for tax purposes. There are many variations of hobby farms.

  • Eligible for a standard, Multi-Purpose MortgageEligible for a standard, Multi-Purpose Mortgage
  • Max LTV is 75% of the first $1,000,000 of the house and 1st 5 acres, 50% of the balance (excluding outbuildings)
  • Maximum GDS/TDS ratio:
    • Maximum GDS/TDS ratio:
    • Maximum GDS/TDS ratio:
  • Maximum amortization – 30 years
  • 100% add back to income excluding taxes and heat for suite income (up to 2 suites)
  • 100% add back to income excluding taxes and heat for suite income (up to 2 suites)
  • Qualify using the Stress Test
  • The mortgage must be insured by CMHC and must be on CMHCs approved list of Leasehold properties
  • When submitting the application, indicate in your comments that you have confirmed with CMHC that the Lease is on their approved list.
  • We will require a copy of the Head Lease and any Sub Lease if applicable along with the minimum document package.
  • Maximum is 25 years and the term remaining in the lease at the time the mortgage term begins must exceed the remaining mortgage amortization by at least 5 years.
  • Insured rates apply with no rate premium

This is a specialized, higher risk product that is used for mortgages where the applicant has impaired credit due to a life changing event.

It is not designed for applicants who have a track record of habitual slow payments on their bureau.

Unproven or re-establishing credit will be considered with the full customer story.

  • No minimum beacon
  • Full income verification is required
  • Maximum GDS/TDS is 35/42
  • Maximum amortization is 30 years
  • Maximum mortgage $750,000
  • Maximum LTV 65% on the first $800,000 and 50% on the balance of appraised value
  • Appraisals are required on all Equity Lending applications regardless of LTV
  • HELOC ineligible
  • CCS 1st mortgage only
  • Owner-occupied only
  • Primary market area only
  • No Hobby Farms
  • Down Payment and Gift letters
    • Secondary financing with another FI is allowed up to 80% LTV
    • Not required for refinances

Rate Premiums and Fees

Loan to Value
Beacon Range 0 - 65% 65.01 - 75%
600 - 619 100 - 150bps premium + 1% fee at lenders discretion 150 - 200bps + up to 1% fee at lenders discretion
<600 Fee based on risk 150 - 275bps premium +2 % fee at lenders discretion 175 - 300bps premium based on risk + up to 2% fee at lenders discretion

Property Valuation Guidelines

Property Tax Assessment*

The current year Property Tax Assessment may be used to confirm the property value when all the following conditions are met;

  • The mortgage amount is not greater than $800,000
  • LTV is not greater than 65% of the most recent overall assessed value
  • Must include a breakdown of land and improvements
  • The improvement (building) value on the Property Tax Assessment is not less than $50,000

Appraisal*

The property must have a better than “fair” rating and the amortization may not be greater than the property’s remaining economic life.

The appraisal must be:

  • Prepared by a Coast Capital Savings approved appraiser
  • Ordered through Solidifi using Blind Assignment
  • Not more than 6 months old
  • Excluding the value for outbuildings including barns, workshops, and cabins
  • Amortization of mortgage must be 5 years less than the remaining economic life of the building
  • A minimum of 475 square feet for apartment style condos. 800 square feet for all other dwellings.

* Guidelines are subject to change without notice
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