As mortgage deferrals end, risk of arrears could re-emerge

By The Canadian Press | February 24, 2021 | Last updated on February 24, 2021
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Most homeowners who sought deferrals for mortgages last year have seen their deferral periods end, but the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the risk of these borrowers falling into arrears could re-emerge.

The federal housing agency says in a report that more than 250,000 homeowners with mortgages insured by CMHC sought payment deferrals between last March and September, but by the end of that period almost 65% of the deferrals had ended.

CMHC says slightly more than 67% of the deferrals ended on time, while almost 33% finished early.

The data show about 85% of the mortgage deferrals still active after Sept. 30 were scheduled to expire in October, and almost 10% were due to end by the start of 2021.

Only 6% of mortgage deferrals sought between last March and September were due to finish in 2021.

CMHC says as deferral options expire, the risk of these mortgages entering arrears could emerge again, but the report did not quantify that risk.

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