Second Home

Second / Vacation Home


We know that today's busy lifestyle requires more home ownership options - whether it's a second home in the city to reduce that weekly commute, or a cottage at the lake for weekend getaways.  With our access to Vacation/Secondary Home Programs, Canadians can now purchase a second home with an affordable monthly payment with 5% down payment.

There are many options for consumers wishing to buy a second property for use as a recreational property, vacation home or as a second residence. A second residence is classified as any property where the client or his/her family intends to occupy the premises on a rent free basis. A second home is exactly that, a second home. A rental property is not considered to be a second home and would be subject to different qualification criteria.

Financing a second home or recreational property is farely straightforward. Assuming that you will likely want to maximize the amount of financing you can get on your second home or recreational property, this may require a higher ratio mortgage.

Basic Requirements for  Secondary Homes / Vacation Homes

Acceptable loan purpose

  • Homes available for purchase and refinance
  • Secondary residence for family members who can't support a purchase on their own (ex. Unit/House for child while attending school or for supporting parents, etc.)
  • Program does not provide for the purchase of investment, rental pool or timeshare properties; therefore, incidental rental income will not be used for qualification purposes.


Loan-to-value ratio limits

  • Properties: 95% LTV (Purchase) and 85% LTV (Refinance)


Max Loan Amounts

  • No Maximum


Eligible properties

Type A Properties (Secondary Homes):

  • Property characteristics must comply with the Insurer First Mortgage Owner Occupancy Program
  • Up to two units Maximum
  • Available for purchase and refinance


Type B Properties (Vacation Homes):

Property characteristics same as Type A properties except for the following;

  • Property need not be winterized
  • May have seasonal access (road not plowed during winter)
  • One unit maximum
  • Available for purchase only


Terms/qualifying interest rates

  • Fixed, standard variable, capped variable and adjustable rate mortgages are permitted
  • For terms less than three years, the qualifying interest rate is the greater of three-year posted rate or contract rate
  • For terms of three years or more, we use the contract rate 


Amortization Options

  • Up to 30 Years (Type A properties)
  • Up to 25 Years (Type B properties)


Insurance Premium Rates

  • For High Ratio Financing - check out CMHC or Genworth 
  • For Conventional Deals an insurance premium may be applicable depending on the lender.

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