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Monday, 25 April 2022

By Leahs Mortgages

Leah Zlatkin quoted in the Toronto Star: ‘Can I Afford That Mortgage? Here’s How Much You Can Safely Borrow to Buy Your First House’

Can I afford that mortgage? Here’s how much you can safely borrow to buy your first house

To give you an idea of how much you can borrow, we asked Leah Zlatkin, a mortgage broker at, to calculate a typical mortgage amount for a first time buyer making $100,000 a year.

If you got a five-year fixed mortgage rate of 3.25 per cent, you would have to be able to handle a mortgage at the “stress test” rate of 5.25 per cent, she says. That would qualify you for a mortgage of around $528,000. Every quarter percentage point increase on the stress test rate would equate to about $12,000 less in financing.

With a down payment of $30,000, that means you could afford a home that costs about $560,000.