It’s getting more expensive to lower your mortgage payments. TD became the second major bank today to announce higher rates on amortizations over 25 years. RBC started this trend a few weeks ago. “Effective Dec. 1, 2016, new fixed rate mortgages that...
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Last week RBC threw a 2.94% 5-year fixed rate against the wall to see if it would stick. It hoped its bank peers would seize this opportunity for extra profit by raising their rates commensurately. But RBC’s trial balloon ain’t...