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Clarity from Genworth Financial on BC Home Partnership Program

General Angela Calla 28 Dec

Lender Update December 22, 2016

Subject: BC HOME Partnership Program On December 15, 2016, the BC government announced a new initiative to assist eligible first-time homebuyers.

The BC Home Owner Mortgage and Equity (HOME) Partnership program provides repayable loans, to be secured by a second mortgage, up to a maximum 5% (capped at $37,500) of the purchase price.

The HOME Partnership program eligibility criteria and application process can be found on the BC Housing website:

Genworth Canada will provide mortgage insurance for borrower(s) eligible under the HOME Partnership program, applications for mortgage insurance are to be submitted as follows:

Mortgages must be submitted as “Borrowed Down Payment” product. Product specific underwriting criteria can be found on the Genworth website: ï‚· The “Borrowed Down Payment” mortgage insurance premium rates are as follows:

LTV Premium Rate

90.01-95% 3.85%

85.01-90%* 3.60%

80.01-85%* 1.80%

* for 80.01-90% LTV, borrowed down payment must not exceed 5% of the property value. ï‚· For all applications received where a portion of the down payment is from the HOME Partnership program, repayment of the HOME Partnership loan must be included in the total debt service ratio by including the loan payment in the ‘other obligations’.

The Bank of Canada benchmark rate for the interest rate of the loan and a 20-year amortization period must be applied to determine the monthly loan payment. ï‚·

The Lender will be required to ensure the appropriate documentation is retained on file to confirm that the borrower(s) were approved under the HOME Partnership program. 

Questions on getting pre approved for a mortgage? Contact The Angela Calla Mortgage Team directly at 604-802-3983 or