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A New Low for 5-year Refinance Rates

—The Mortgage Report: Sept. 15— Never before has Canada seen an uninsured 5-year fixed nationally advertised for 1.84%. But on Tuesday we saw it, courtesy of Tangerine. At 1.84%, Tangerine’s rate is now just 4 basis points above the lowest nationally advertised uninsured variable rate. As usual, you’ll find even lower default-insured and insurable 5-year fixed offers if you shop...

Canada’s Newest Fixed-rate Record: 1.39%

—The Mortgage Report: Aug. 27— Closer to Free Money Never on record has a fixed-mortgage contract rate undershot 1.40% in Canada, until Thursday. This one-year fixed offer launched exclusively on RateSpy.com and it’s one more sign of the times. A sign that markets expect no significant boost in rates for as far as the eye can see. Just 18 months...

A New Frontier for Fixed Mortgage Rates

—The Mortgage Report: Aug 21— Boldly Going Where No 5-Year Fixed Rate Has Gone Before For the first time, pricing on Canada’s most in-demand term is now effectively as low as 1.59%. That’s for default-insured 5-year fixed mortgages in Ontario. Consider that just 18 months ago rates were double what we see today. On the uninsured side, we’re getting multiple...

People Are Locking in Till 2030 at Record Low Rates

—The Mortgage Report: July 29— Decade Rates at All-time Lows: In Ontario, folks can now enjoy borrowing cost certainty for a tenth of a century, at effective rates as low as 2.59% through brokers. 10-year fixed rates have literally never been lower. Most borrowers wouldn’t think of paying 50+ basis points more (on top of a 5-year fixed) to get...

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...