Mortgage Rate News

Get Yer Affordable Housing Here!

—The Mortgage Report: Aug. 5— Is This a Joke?: “The CMHC defines housing as affordable when ‘it costs less than 30% of a household’s before-tax income,’ which includes rent or mortgage (principal and interest) payments, property taxes and other home bills,” reports the Financial Post. The punchline is, you have to move to a remote fishing village in Newfoundland to...

Rates Get Closer to Zero

—The Mortgage Report: Aug. 4— Historic 5-year Yield: On Tuesday the U.S. 5-year Treasury traded just 19 basis points above zero—where it’s never been before. If it drops a smidgen lower, that could be enough to drag Canada’s 5-year yield (and hence, 5-year fixed mortgage rates) to record lows as well. Stay tuned. Setting the Pace: Tangerine now has the...

Looking for Better 5-year Fixed Rates? The BoC’s Got You Covered

—The Mortgage Report: July 31— Snapping Up Bonds: Fixed-rate mortgage shoppers dreaming of lower rates better hope for lots of bond buying in the months to come. And that’s what we’re getting from the Bank of Canada. The BoC is buying a lot of 5-year bonds, which heavily influence 5-year fixed mortgage pricing. Under the Government of Canada Bond Purchase Program...

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...

Variable-rate Advantage All But Gone

—The Mortgage Report: July 28— A Paper-Thin Spread: The gap between fixed and variable rates is as narrow as it’s been in months. The most competitive mortgage providers now sell 5-year fixed rates for less than 7 basis points above the cheapest variable rates. That “fixed-variable spread” could soon become negative, as it was in early March. Fixed rates are...

Weekend Tip: Debt Swapping With a Readvanceable Mortgage

—The Mortgage Report: Saturday Edition— The Readvanceable Shuffle: Got a fixed rate above 3% in a readvanceable mortgage? Does your lender let you lock in the HELOC portion to a low-cost short-term fixed rate? If so, here’s a tip that might save you some interest. Jargon Buster: A “readvanceable mortgage” is one that has a regular amortizing mortgage linked to...

Cash-back Mortgages Get More Competitive

—The Mortgage Report: July 23— Forget Posted-rate Cash-back Mortgages: Many borrowers with less than 20% down aren’t just short on down payment funds, they’re short on closing costs too. And that’s a problem, because lenders want to ensure buyers have at least 1.5% of the purchase price available for closing costs. If you can’t easily swing that, there are now...

16 things that impact your mortgage rate

—The Mortgage Report: July 22— Rate Influencers: When people ask, “What’s the best rate?” most just want you to reel off a number with minimal complexity. Many don’t realize all the elements that determine mortgage pricing. That’s why it’s almost impossible to spit out an accurate quote on the fly. If you want a standard 5-year fixed, for example, factors...

When to Buy Mortgage Insurance—Even When It’s Not Required

—The Mortgage Report: July 21— A Seldom-used Strategy: Usually, it doesn’t make sense to buy default insurance on your mortgage if you have a big down payment. But there are exceptions, like when you have 35% equity and the difference between insured and insurable mortgage rates is 15 basis points or more. In those infrequent cases, you end up saving...

Did the BoC Just Unleash the Bulls?

—The Mortgage Report: Weekend Edition— It Might as Well Have: On Wednesday, the Bank of Canada threw caution to the wind and changed its playbook. It pledged not to hike rates until “the 2 percent inflation target is sustainably achieved.” The significance of that statement is now sinking in and here’s why. Normally, the Bank of Canada doesn’t wait for...