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Effective March 18, 2011, it will become harder to buy a new home or consolidate debt into your mortgage.

 

That's due to three new changes announced today by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty:
  1. A 30-year maximum amortization on insured mortgages over 80% LTV
  2. An 85% LTV limit on insured refinances
  3. Elimination of government insurance on secured lines of credit (aka HELOCs)
Flaherty says these regulations are meant to "(encourage) hard-working Canadian families to save by investing in their homes and future."

 

Here is the full press release.

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