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Friday, July 22nd, 2016

BoC Decision: Pleasantville for Variable Mortgagors – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Today’s Bank of Canada (BoC) interest rate decision was reassuring for variable-rate borrowers. The Bank announced that Canada’s key lending rate will remain just 75 basis points above its all-time low. The Bank suggested its next move is just as likely to be a rate cut as a rate hike. It said the risk of falling inflation “has grown in importance” […]

TD trims mortgage rates after RBC, Scotiabank and BMO do the same

TORONTO — Another big Canadian bank has lowered some of its mortgage rates slightly after an initial reduction by the Royal Bank over the weekend. How factory-built homes are shedding their ‘cheap’ label and exploding in popularity Most new homes are built stick by stick, brick by brick, by a construction crew on-site, but a growing number […]

Not the Time for a 10-year Fixed – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

OK let’s rephrase that. It’s not the time for a 10-year fixed for well over 90% of Canadianmortgagors. There was a time last year when thespread between 10-year and 5-year fixed rates was below 3/4 of a percentage point. That made even the 10-year scoffers among us rethink our positions. But spreads are now back over […]

Variable vs. Fixed Rates – The Latest – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

By Rob McLister, Editor, CanadianMortgageTrends.com As many as 85% of newmortgagors are choosing fixed rates, says CAAMP. It makes you wonder, what is it going to take to get that number back to its historical average of ~65%? For one thing, the fixed-variablespread (i.e., difference between fixed and variable rates) needs to widen. With today’s typical 5-year fixed at 2.84% and […]

Yields Spike. Fixed Rates May Follow – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

By Rob McLister, Editor, CanadianMortgageTrends.com   Yields Spike. Fixed Rates May Follow If you’re house hunting or thinking of refinancing, and you don’t have a mortgage rate hold, consider getting one. Canada’s 5-year bond yield just pierced a 3-month high. That means—barring a big reversal—there’s a good likelihood that fixed rates will ratchet higher. (Bond yields steer fixed […]

Be Loyal & Don’t Shop: A Recipe for Overpaying

Be Loyal & Don’t Shop: A Recipe for Overpaying Big banks love mortgage consumers who don’t carefully comparison shop. They also enjoy capitalizing on their “home bank” advantage with existing customers. The article that follows examines recently-released research on these topics. It’s a revealing look at how big lenders benefit significantly from things like mortgage “search costs” […]

TD, RBC end 2.99% mortgage deals early

After briefly offering record-low rates of less than 3% on some of its mortgages in response to its rivals, Canada’s two biggest banks have pulled back their offers prematurely. Toronto-Dominion Bank, Canada’s second-largest bank, raised its special four-year closed fixed rate mortgage 40 basis points to 3.39%, effective Wednesday, while also introducing a special five-year […]

2 Out of 3 Don’t Shop at Renewal

Every now and then we see a mortgage stat that’s a jaw-dropper. This finding from Manulife Bank is one of them. It suggests there are a lot more people with money to burn than one might expect. Manulife recently surveyed 1,000 Canadian homeowners between the ages of 30 to 59. Among respondents with a mortgage, two-thirds (65%) did not […]

RBC Signals That VRMs Too Costly

RBC, the nation’s biggest mortgage lender, has cut its variable rate discount by 0.20 percentage points. The change is effective tomorrow. That lifts its advertised variable rate from 2.35% (prime – 0.65%) to 2.55% (prime – 0.45%). Given that lenders travel in packs, it’s likely that some other banks and non-banks will follow suit and reduce their […]

RBC Boosts Fixed Mortgage Rates

Fixed rates are on the rise, following a dramatic 35 basis point rebound in the 5-year bond yield (which leads 5-year fixed rates). RBC has announced rate increases ranging from 0.10 percentage points on a 1-year fixed to 0.15 on a 5-year fixed. The changes take effect tomorrow. This doesn’t mean it’s time to panic. Today’s move means […]


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