Canada’s Non-Bank Mortgage Industry More Than Triples Its Business

Tuesday, January 21, 2020   /   by Sergey Korostensky

Canada’s Non-Bank Mortgage Industry More Than Triples Its Business

Canadian real estate sales and development soared, and so have mortgage credit needs. New data from Statistics Canada (Stat Can) shows non-bank credit intermediaries (NBCI) have seen explosive growth. Over the past decade, NBCI dealing with mortgages have more than tripled their assets.

Mortgages: NBCIs, MFCs, And MICs

Today we’re looking at NBCIs, something not well known outside of real estate. More specifically, we’re breaking down two segments – MFCs and MICs. Mortgage Finance Companies (MFCs) originate, package, and sell mortgages to regulated financial institutions. MFCs largely rely on banks to fund their operating capital. They also generate a significant amount of regulated bank mortgages. This makes them both a partner, and competition for banks.

Mortgage investment corporations (MICs) have a longer history as big business. These mortgage lenders sell shares or debt to investors, to finance operations. They typically provide short-term loans, secured by real estate. The role of an MIC is largely to provide more flexible financing, with short-turn around times. For the convenience, these lenders charge higher interest rates than traditional lenders.

Canadian MFCs Hold Over $63 Billion In Financial Assets

The assets held by Canada’s MFCs have exploded in growth over the past few years. MFCs held $63.66 billion in assets at the end of 2018, up 10.09% from the year before. Since 2007, MFC assets are 7,606% higher. The average annual pace over growth since then has been 83.38% a year. This segment went from a relatively small industry, to a big one.

Canadian Mortgage Finance Corporations

The dollar value of assets held by Canada’s mortgage finance corporations (MFCs).
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Source: Stat Can, Bank of Canada, Better Dwelling.

Canadian MICs Hold Over $29 Billion In Assets

Canadian MICs have been experiencing rapid growth as well. MICs held $29.85 billion in assets in 2018, up 13.34% from a year before. MIC assets are 211.19% higher than they were in 2007 – which is huge growth. It probably just doesn’t look like much, in contrast to the amount MFCs have grown.

Canadian Mortgage Investment Corporations

The dollar value of assets held by Canada’s mortgage investment corporations.
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Source: Stat Can, Bank of Canada, Better Dwelling.

Canadian MICs Hold Over $29 Billion In Assets

Canadian MICs have been experiencing rapid growth as well. MICs held $29.85 billion in assets in 2018, up 13.34% from a year before. MIC assets are 211.19% higher than they were in 2007 – which is huge growth. It probably just doesn’t look like much, in contrast to the amount MFCs have grown.

Canadian Mortgage Investment Corporations

The dollar value of assets held by Canada’s mortgage investment corporations.