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3-year Fixed Rates Are on Fire

Can anyone remember the last time 3-year fixed rates were the lowest widely available conventional mortgage rates? We can’t. But that’s now the case if you’re putting 20% down. For most well-qualified borrowers with 20-29.99% equity, we’d venture to say there’s no better deal right now than the three-year. Not a 1-year fixed, not a 2-year fixed, not even a...

motusbank Mortgages Are Here

It’s been two and a half years since Ontario’s biggest credit union (Meridian) announced its new digital bank (motusbank), and now it’s here. motusbank brings mortgage shoppers one helluva good offering. For one thing, its process is super easy and fully online. That’s becoming mandatory for time-pressed, smartphone-addicted borrowers. More importantly, by eschewing bricks and mortars, the bank can trim...

TD’s Market-Moving Rate Cut

It turns out TD Canada Trust’s “market-moving rate cut” won’t be so market moving, at least not yet. On Sunday, TD slashed a number of fixed rates on its website. Today it un-slashed them, saying: “Changes to our posted rates on our website were made in error. We apologize for any misunderstanding and please refer to the rates currently posted.”—TD...

Rate Warfare: Meridian’s New 1.98% Fixed

Meridian Credit Union likes to shake things up every spring. For a few years now, it’s been releasing eye-popping mortgage specials during peak homebuying season, and this year is no different. The credit union, Ontario’s largest, just launched a 1.98% 2-year fixed that incinerates competing offers. How crazy is this rate? It is no less than 127 basis points below...

5-year Fixed Rates Back Under 3%

Canada’s spring mortgage market is officially underway. HSBC kicked it off today with a head-turning 2.99% 5-year fixed rate. It’s the first time since September 24, 2018, that Canadians have seen the best 5-year fixed rate start with a “2.” Much has changed in those five short months: Market expectations have gone from 100+ basis points of rate hikes in the next few...

TD’s Variable Rate Goes on Sale

The variable-rate market just got a shade more interesting. TD has announced that, effective tomorrow, its 5-year variable rate drops from 2.90% to 2.75%. That’s equivalent to TD mortgage prime minus 1.10%. (In case anyone forgot, TD’s mortgage prime is 15 basis points higher than other banks’ prime rates.) “Canada’s housing market continues to fluctuate, and rates continue to rise,”...

RBC & CIBC Join the Variable Revelry

The big fella, RBC, has come to play with its very own prime – 1.00% offer. So has CIBC, according to our branch contacts. (CIBC’s official comment is that, “Our posted rates…have not changed,” but that says nothing about its discretionary rates, which are lower. Spokesperson Jason Wesley suggests people “speak to a financial advisor” to get a quote.) It’s been years...

More Banks Enter the Variable-rate Fray

“Rate war” is a cliché in this business. But that’s exactly what we’ve now got in the variable-rate mortgage market. BMO started it all with its record-setting prime – 1.00% offer. TD then promptly matched. Now we’re hearing from Scotiabank branch sources that it’s offering prime – 1.00% as well — but only for new client applications and not for refinances...

TD Matches BMO in Variable Rate Battle

One week ago BMO stunned competitors with a record variable-rate discount. Now, one of its juggernaut competitors—TD—is responding. TD has just matched BMO’s special with its own prime – 1.00% offer (“TD prime” – 1.15%, to be exact). That ties BMO for Canada’s lowest variable rate on an uninsured mortgage. Remember, uninsured rates are required if you’re refinancing, buying a home...

BMO’s Door Crasher Variable Rate

BMO has come out swinging with its latest spring promo. The country’s fourth largest bank is advertising a red-hot prime – 1.00% variable. At 2.45% currently, it’s now the best variable rate for refis in the country. This special is also the largest widely advertised big-bank variable discount we’ve ever seen. As of press time, we’re still getting details and...