New mortgage rules pushing 1st-time homebuyers to wait.

WAITINGA year after Finance Minister Jim Flaherty tightened mortgage rules to not allow insured mortgages with amortization terms of more than 25 years, many prospective buyers say they are waiting longer to buy their first home.

About 19 per cent said they would wait longer to buy, a survey by Pollara for BMO Bank of Montreal showed.

In June 2012, Flaherty laid out rules aimed at reining in a hot housing market and ensuring Canadians aren’t taking on more debt than they can afford. The rules went into effect July 9, 2012.

First-time homebuyers were expected to be the most affected by the new rules, which included reducing the maximum amortization period for a government-insured mortgage from 30 to 25 years, and also dropping the upper limit that Canadians could borrow against their home equity from 85 per cent to 80 per cent.