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Thursday, March 16th, 2017

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 […]

Do early mortgage renewals save or cost you money – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

A rate in the hand is worth two in the bush. Many mortgage lenders want you to believe that rate certainty is worth paying a premium for. It is the justification, they say, for staying with them and renewing your mortgage early. Early renewal features typically let you lock in a new rate two to […]

How ‘affordable housing’ became an oxymoron – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

ROB CARRICK– The Globe and Mail–  Housing affordability in Canada is as alive as the chances of the Toronto Blue Jays making the baseball playoffs and the appeal of eating a Cronut burger. Housing was just barely affordable before mortgage rates started climbing earlier this summer. Now, with the popular five-year fixed rate up roughly two-thirds […]

Pick the right term, pay off mortgage faster – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Robert McLister is the editor of CanadianMortgageTrends.com and a mortgage planner at Verico IntelliMortgage, a mortgage brokerage. You can also follow him on twitter at @CdnMortgageNews The trick to making a mortgage disappear faster is to minimize your total borrowing cost. And nothing dictates total borrowing cost more than the term you chose. Picking the right term is even […]

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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