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It’s Time for a Fixed Rate

—The Happy Canada Day Report: July 1— Fixed or Bust: Canada’s lowest nationally available conventional variable rate is just nine basis points cheaper than a comparable 5-year fixed rate. That minuscule “fixed-variable” spread is now 80% narrower than its 10-year average. In other words, the market is no longer compensating new borrowers for the risk of a floating-rate mortgage. And...

New 1-Year Fixed Rate: Lowest Since 2016

—The Mortgage Report: June 22— Just the Latest Head-Turning Rate: What would a week be without a new low in mortgage rates? The latest term to wear the low-rate crown is the 1-year fixed, thanks to a new promo available through deep-discount brokers. Priced at 1.69%, it’s the cheapest effective rate on a 12-month mortgage since 2016. It’s also officially...

1.99% HSBC Mortgage Rate Special

The spring mortgage market just got another boost. HSBC has unveiled a brand new 1.99% 3-year fixed that is now the lowest mortgage rate in Canada. It’s for default-insured (“high-ratio”) mortgages only, but it’s spectacular nonetheless. The last time the bank had a rate this low was July 2017 on a 5-year variable. “We are responsive to the market, which...

Should You Bite on this 3.30% HISA Rate?

Savings account rates are not usually our playground. But when a bank launches a savings rate that’s 43 basis points above the typical 5-year fixed mortgage rate, it’s worth a comment. Laurentian Bank of Canada (LBC) is the party in question. It has a new eye-catching 3.30% high-interest savings account (HISA) rate with no regular fees or strings attached. Here are...

SuperPrime Rates Could be Coming for Ultra-Qualified Borrowers

More than ever, your credit score affects your borrowing costs. The typical minimum for a decent deal is 650, but many lenders want 680 or 720 for their lowest mortgage rates, sometimes higher. As a general rule, big banks don’t discriminate as much on credit score as compared with other mortgage finance companies. Banks’ internal systems aren’t set up for...

motusbank Launches Barrage of Rate Specials

It’s got the best 1-year rate in the country. It’s got the best conventional 2-year rate in the country. It’s got the best 3-year rate in the country. It’s got the best 4-year rate in the country. It’s got the best conventional 5-year fixed refinance rate in the country. It’s got the best variable rate at 80% loan-to-value in the...

HSBC Leads Nation (Again) on 5-Year Refis + Rate Nuggets

HSBC Chops 5-Year Rates Canada’s biggest mortgage industry disrupter is at it again. HSBC dropped its bank-leading 5-year fixed rates today by another 10 basis points. Among its latest 5-year fixed offers: 2.49% for high-ratio mortgages The lowest nationally advertised insured rate available directly from a lender Rate Details 2.59% for uninsured purchases, switches and refinances (from another lender) Canada’s lowest...

Two-year Fixed Rates Dive. Entail Less Prime Rate Risk

motusbank just launched the lowest fixed rate in Canada for an uninsured mortgage: 2.49%. It’s the cheapest widely available 2-year fixed since September 2017. Compare that to the lowest nationally-available conventional variable (2.84% from HSBC) and it begs the question: Why bother floating your rate? For default insured borrowers in Ontario, this question is even more imperative. That’s because DUCA...

Two Big Banks Slash 5-Year Fixed Rates. 2.99% is “Officially” Here Again (Updated)

TD and CIBC just became the first Big 6 banks to advertise 5-year fixed rates below 3% since 2017. This morning, TD and CIBC chopped their advertised 5-year fixed specials by 32 basis points (to 2.97%) and 30 bps (to 2.99%), respectively. Banks seldom cut that much in one sitting. Albeit, sources tell us both banks have been selling 5-year...

Scotiabank Introduces Lowest 4-year Fixed Rate Since 2017

Canada’s third-largest bank has an alluring new 4-year fixed rate. It’s the nation’s lowest 4-year fixed since December 2017. But that’s not the most interesting part. This marks the first time in our recollection that a major bank has widely advertised an online-only special and the industry’s best-discounted rate. It’s somewhat of a milestone in rate transparency, one inspired by consumers’...