First Time Home Buyers Program

For Canadians looking to make the move to homeownership, the Interest Advantage Mortgage Canada Homebuyer program provides qualified borrowers with an opportunity to own a home with as little as a 5% down payment

  Acceptable Loan Purpose & Applicable Loan-To-Value Limits: Purchase Transactions:
  • 1 & 2 units: 95% LTV
    • Property value ≤ $500,000 – 5% down payment required
    • Property value > $500,000 and < $1,000,000 – 5% down payment required up to $500,000, with an additional 10% down payment on the portion of the home value above $500,000
Note: All mortgage insurance applications received between December 11, 2015 and February 14, 2016 where the closing date is after July 1, 2016; or received on or after February 15, 2016, the above minimum down payment guidelines will apply.
  • 3 & 4 units: 90% LTV
Loan Security: First and second mortgages Eligible Properties:
  • Maximum 4 units where 1 unit must be owner occupied
  • New construction covered by a lender approved New Home Warranty Program
  • Existing resale properties
  • Readily marketable residential dwellings, located in markets with demonstrated ongoing re-sale demand
  • Estimated remaining economic life of the property should be a minimum of 25 years
  • In addition, for 3 & 4 units, the property must meet the following criteria:
    • Municipal zoning
    • Fully self-contained units
    • Estimated remaining economic life of the property should be a minimum of 25 years.
    • Must be located in a major centre with a viable investor market
Maximum Property Value:
  • Property value must be less than $1,000,000. Exceptions may be considered for LTV ≤ 80%.
Qualifying Terms And Interest Rates:
  • Fixed, standard variable, capped variable and adjustable rate mortgages are permitted
  • Maximum interest rate term of 25 years
  • LTV > 80%
    • For mortgages with fixed rate terms greater than or equal to 5 years, the contract rate is used
    • For mortgages with fixed rate terms less than 5 years and all variable rates regardless of term, the qualifying interest rate is the greater of the contract rate or 5-year benchmark rate.
  • LTV ≤ 80%
    • For mortgages with fixed rate terms greater than or equal to 3 years, the contract rate is used.
    • For mortgages with fixed rate terms less than 3 years and all variable rates regardless of term, the qualifying interest rate is the greater of the contract rate or 3-year posted rate.
Amortization Options:
  • LTV > 80%: Up to 25 years
  • LTV ≤ 80%: Up to 40 years

Borrower Qualification:

Income & Employment:
  • Standard income/employment verification requirements apply

Credit

  • 80% LTV Minimum credit bureau score of 600 is recommended
  • 60.01 – 80% LTV Minimum credit bureau score of 580 is required
  • ≤ 60% LTV Minimum credit bureau score of 580 is recommended
Down Payment
  • Qualified home buyers may use traditional down payment sources including personal savings, RRSP withdrawal, non-repayable gift from immediate family member(s), sweat equity, existing home equity, proceeds from sale of property
  • Government grants may be considered if pre-approved by Genworth
Additional Criteria For 3 & 4 Units, the additional guidelines apply:
  • Borrowers must have clean credit, stable employment/income, down payment from own resources, positive net worth and liquid assets to cover 3 months payments
  • If the down payment is a gift, we require an acceptable guarantor. A guarantor is also needed if there are significant variations from the qualification guidelines.
Documentation / Information Requirements:
  • Standard documentation requirements apply
  • Genworth Canada may request that the lender provide a copy of the required documentation on a case-by-case basis
  • For 3 & 4 unit properties Genworth Canada requires that the lender obtains a general assignment of rents and leases or include this requirement in the standard charge terms.
Portability:
  • Our mortgage default insurance is portable, so home buyers can take advantage of a lender’s portability plan. For further details, refer to Portability Feature Product Overview.
Assumptions / Assignments:
  • Mortgage is assumable subject to meeting lender guidelines
Eligible Products:
  • Progress Advance Program
  • Purchase Plus Improvements Program
  • Family Plan Program
  • New To Canada Program
  • Vacation/Secondary Homes Program (Type A Properties)
  • Second Mortgage Program
Ineligible Products:
  • Business For Self (Alt-A) Program
  • Borrowed Down Payment Program
  • Cash-Out Refinance Program
  • Vacation/Secondary Homes Program (Type B Properties)
  • Investment Property Program