Mortgage Rate News

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...

47% of Mortgages Will NOT Renew This Year

It turns out, we weren’t sniffing glue by arguing that 47% of mortgages are not up for renewal this year. “Some pundits have been circulating inaccurate information recently,” National Bank Financial (NBF) said in a report Thursday. “One is the affirmation that almost half of Canadian mortgages have been or will be up for renewal this year, suggesting an imminent...

Switch Tricks (For a Better Deal)

Big news here for people wanting to switch lenders with a mortgage that was previously refinanced. Until recently, it hasn’t been possible to move your mortgage to a new lender and get ultra-low default insured rates if you had previously refinanced that mortgage. That was due to an interpretation of the insurance rules implemented by the Department of Finance in 2016....

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...

New Mortgage Rate Insights From BMO

Rising rates and new mortgage regulations aren’t enough to scare nearly 1 in 4 Canadians. That’s how many plan to buy a home within the next year. This comes from a new BMO survey, which also found the national average price buyers expect to pay is about $474,000. That jumps to $580,000 in Toronto and $603,000 for Vancouver buyers. Most concerning...

TD’s Mortgage Rate Gambit

Confusion and angst. That’s what TD caused with its 45-basis-point 5-year posted rate hike on Friday. But as it turns out, no other banks matched it, at least not yet. Unless you’re a TD customer, the bank’s gambit should have limited ill effects. Status Quo with the Stress Test TD’s monster move had no impact on the mortgage qualifying rate (MQR) this week,...

TD Ramps Up Its 5-year Posted Rate

We’re seeing government bond yields approaching seven-year highs, and now this. TD has just boosted its posted 5-year fixed a whopping 45 basis points (bps) to 5.59%. Over the last decade, the average increase to posted 5-year fixed rates has been 24 bps. A 45-bps bump is rare, and the most in eight years. If at least two other Big 6 banks...

Stress Test Consequences Adding Up

New data has more than a few observers second guessing Ottawa’s latest mortgage clampdown. RE/MAX’s 2018 Spring Market Trends Report quantifies the by-products coming from one of the biggest mortgage rule changes ever, the uninsured mortgage stress test. The data beg the question, are the side effects worse than the government’s medicine? More Buyers Are Being Hamstrung One in four...

The BoC Punts Rate Hike(s) to Later This Year

Here’s the quick and dirty on Wednesday’s Bank of Canada announcement: Rate Change: None Market Rate Outlook: Two more hikes in 2018 BoC GDP Outlook: 2% growth in 2018 and 2019; 1.8% in 2020 BoC Statement: Click here The Money Quote: “…Higher interest rates will be warranted over time…Governing Council will remain cautious with respect to future policy adjustments…” Next Rate Meeting: May 30, 2018...