RBC is raising their rates… As expected, fixed mortgage rates have gone up. RBC is the first of the BIG SIX to raise their rates. RBC’s 4 yr rate special will go to 3.09% from 2.99% and their 5 yr rate special will go to 3.29% from 2.99%.
Of course, these are NOT the best rates in the wholesale mortgage market, nor are they the best fixed rate products. But RBC is the largest mortgage lender in Canada, so we must take note. This rate increase is no surprise. As reported on May 13th and May 28th, bond yields had increased over 30bps in May. A rate increase was imminent.
Wholesale mortgage rates started to go up a few weeks ago. And as of June 10th, all Lenders will have increased their rates by around 10bps.
Remember, 5 yr fixed rates are still below 3.00%. I don’t think there is any reason to panic. We can expect the other BIG SIX banks to follow with their own rate increases. Fixed rates are closely tied to the Canadian govt bond yields. And with the stock market in the U.S. hitting unexpected record highs, and the our own Toronto Stock market making significant gains, it was only a matter of time before rates moved. Economists still believe rates won’t go up quickly. It will take time for rates to go up significantly.
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