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Top 5 Mortgage Stories of 2016

Another year, another change to the mortgage rules. This year was an interesting one when it came to mortgages as the federal government announced more rule changes.

Not surprisingly, almost all of our most popular stories this year were about the new mortgage rule changes:

#5: New Mortgage Rules Hurt First-time Homebuyers’s own Jordan Lavin shared his opinion on the mortgage rule changes and how it’s bad for first-time homebuyers.

#4: New Mortgage Rules: The Income Effect
The changes to the mortgage rules mean you can’t afford to spend as much on a home if your down payment is less than 20%. Check out this infographic to find out how much you have to make to afford the average home in your city.

#3: Ottawa Introduces New Mortgage Insurance Rules, Income Tax Measures
This story covered the changes to the mortgage rules as well as the closing of a tax loophole for foreign homebuyers.

#2: How to Stress Test Your Mortgage
This story was originally published two years ago. But with the new mortgage rule changes, it was time to make an update.

#1: Can I Afford a Million Dollar Home?
In some parts of the country, a $1-million home is normal. That raises the question, can you afford to buy one?

Some other interesting stories from the past year include: How My Wife and I Saved a 50% Down Payment, How This Couple Paid Off Their $320,000 Mortgage in 6 Years, and our series of first-time homebuyer stories.

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