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Friday, December 16th, 2016

Applying for a fixed-rate mortgage? Why you need to do your homework

Imagine you’ve applied for a five-year fixed-rate mortgage. Then, before you close, the lender drops its best five-year fixed interest rate. You’d expect that new lower rate, right? Most people in this position would. But with some lenders, that’s not the way it works. If you’re going mortgage shopping, take a minute to understand your […]

Breaking a closed mortgage can be costly: Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

You can get a low mortgage rate by signing up for a five-year term. But you could be penalized for an early exit if your plans change. By: Ellen Roseman On Your Side, Published on Sun May 11 2014 Brian Hyytiainen bought a house and took out a five-year mortgage in 2011. Things have changed in his life, […]

How lower interest rates are making variable mortgages more tempting – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Consumers facing record housing prices are probably increasingly tempted to go with a floating rate mortgage and all the risks that come with an interest rate linked to prime. The lure is right in your face on every mortgage rate comparison site. The five-year fixed-rate mortgage has dropped as low as 3.09% with discounters and […]

Five mortgage market truths, like you can do better than 2.99% – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

ROB CARRICK- THE GLOBE AND MAIL Here are five things you need to know about the mortgage market as the spring home-buying season gets going: 1. That 2.99 per cent Bank of Montreal five-year mortgage isn’t quite as good as it sounds. BMO’s recent move to bring its rate below the psychologically significant 3-per-cent mark for […]

Mortgage shopping? Two stars and four dogs from today’s market – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

ROBERT MCLISTER–  Special to The Globe and Mail Eight months ago, some were proclaiming the end of 2.99-per-cent five-year mortgage rates, for years to come. And now, low and behold, they’re back. But you have to hunt much harder for 2.99 per cent than you did last spring. Some lenders, especially banks, are wary of […]

Analyzing BMO’s Go-Fixed Advice – ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Fixed rates are now “superior,” said BMO in this report released Thursday. “While we have in the past supported going variable,” circumstances now “favour…locking in…” That’s been BMO’s rally cry since 2010 when it proclaimed “Time to Say Goodbye…to Variable.” In retrospect, that advice would have cost mortgagors handsomely. But BMO was far from alone in that […]

Fixed mortgages now trump variable, report says. Not everyone agrees – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Fixed-rate mortgages have gained an edge over variable-rate mortgages given the improving economy and attractive offers on longer-term deals, says a new report from economists at one of Canada’s big banks. “Fixed now modestly trumps variable,” according to a BMO Nesbitt Burns study published Thursday. While many mortgage brokers agree with that assessment, others caution […]

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 […]

Talk of rising interest rates no reason for homeowners to panic – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

ROMINA MAURINO-  The Canadian Press Talk of rising interest rates tend to make homeowners jittery and, if you have a big mortgage, you may be feeling extra nervous. But while Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz may have made some people uneasy when he spoke in a televised interview last week about the likelihood of rising […]

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