Tag Archive: variable mortgage rates


Coronavirus Mortgage Update – March 31

11:23 a.m. Update Notable Moves: The day’s top rate changes: BMO lowers its posted variable rates by 50 bps in line with the drop in prime: 3yr open: 4.65% to 4.15% 5yr closed: 3.45% to 2.95% HSBC improved these rates specials: 5yr fixed (refis): 2.79% to 2.69% 5yr fixed (high ratio): 2.49% to 2.39% 5yr variable (refis): 3.15% to 2.65%...

Coronavirus Mortgage Update – March 30

11:53 p.m. Update Fleeting Deal: Canada Life’s stellar 5-year fixed deals (2.34% insured and 2.49% uninsured) could vamoose this week. If a fixed 5-year is suitable for your circumstances and if you’re closing in the next 90 days, it’s a hard deal to beat. Unfortunately, for those who like a long payback period, Canada Life only allows up to a...

Coronavirus Mortgage Update – March 27

8:06 p.m. Update Shell Game: The Bank of Canada has hacked 150 bps off its policy rate in just 23 days. Banks have matched the entire drop with 150 bps of prime rate cuts. BoC Governor Stephen Poloz said that was vital to “cushion” the COVID-19 “blow” for consumers. And, if you only considered banks’ prime rate reductions, they’d look...

Coronavirus Mortgage Update – March 24

3:12 p.m. Update Crude Reality: A semblance of optimism returned to markets today, but what really bears watching is oil. COVID-19 and other concerns aside, Canada’s economy is not out of the woods until oil prices run higher. There’s a rumour the Saudis and U.S. could ally on oil, which could be bullish. We’re going to get good news on...

Coronavirus Mortgage Update – March 21

We're seeing and hearing from multiple customers and mortgage brokers that their mortgage approvals are being overturned by lenders due to coronavirus layoffs.

Coronavirus Mortgage Update – March 20

5:35 p.m. Update National Bank Hikes: Falling bond yields and government moves to bolster mortgage liquidity didn’t keep the country’s sixth-largest bank from lifting mortgage rates. National boosted two fixed specials today: 4-year: 2.89% to 3.29%; 5-year: 2.94% to 3.34%. Systems Hack: As if COVID-19 wasn’t enough, it turns out that the broker industry’s primary application submission platform, Filogix Expert,...

Coronavirus Mortgage Update – March 19

6:58 p.m. Update CMHC on Payment Deferrals: “CMHC has provided increased flexibility to defer mortgage payments on its insured homeowner mortgage loans, which means lenders are now able to defer payments on a borrower’s CMHC-insured mortgage up to six months without CMHC’s approval. Borrowers should speak to their lenders directly by going through their default management department to confirm if...

Coronavirus Mortgage Update – March 18

Some quick hits on the mortgage/rate market (we’ll update these throughout the day): 4:14 p.m. Update Yields Soar: Canada’s 5-year bond yield launched 13 bps today as investors sold everything that wasn’t nailed down, including stocks and bonds, and rushed into cash. Rocketing bond yields are bullish for fixed mortgage rates and we’re seeing more lenders, including banks, react by...

Coronavirus Mortgage Update – March 17

Some quick hits on the mortgage/rate market (we’ll update these throughout the day): 5:14 p.m. Update Behold Sub-2% Variables:Existing variable-rate borrowers with prime – 1.00% are now enjoying 1.95% mortgage rates. Some homeowners have prime – 1.30% or lower. That’s an incredible 1.65%. New borrowers can still get prime – 1.00% or better but, as noted below, they have to...