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RBC announces ’employee pricing for mortgages’.. and it’s April Fools day.

RBC-BankRBC is coming out with their employee pricing program for mortgages… yet again.   And like last year’s promotion, it deserves a closer look.. or at least some exposure.

Last year, the program promised to “break through the clutter of price wars within the mortgage marketplace”, to quote Sean Amato-Gauci, Senior VP at RBC.    It was a twist on the auto industry.

And like last year, they aren’t putting their actual interest rate isn’t going to be advertised in any print.  They are hoping Consumers will be intrigued enough to call or walk into a branch to get the actual rate.   Well, I’ll save you the suspense.  Rumors say it could be as low as 2.69% for a 5 yr fixed rate product.  Hey, that’s a good rate.  It’s a competitive rate.  But it’s not the best mortgage out there!   Check out these facts…

Like the rest of the BIG SIX BANKS, RBC mortgage products come with an inflated prepayment penalty formula that will ensure your penalty is around 4 to 5 times higher than that of other Lenders.   2.69% isn’t new.  I’ve been offering this rate for several weeks now, with a better product that DOES NOT include an inflated prepayment penalty formula.  And I’ll put our products up against the RBC mortgage any day.

I’ll go one step further.. Even if RBC had 2.59%, I would still recommend against taking it.  Those penalty handcuffs are far too costly.. as you’ll see in the example below..

But let’s say that after all my warnings,  you still want a similar product like RBC and you don’t mind an inflated prepayment penalty formula?  Ok, we can get you 2.59% for a 5 yr fixed.  Just remember, I strongly recommend against taking such products… These mortgages can end up costing way more in the end..

Check out this RBC client that got hit with an $8900 penalty on a $213,000 mortgage.  That’s equal to 15 months worth of interest!!!   Dave Moreau RBC

(In case you’re  wondering why I keep mentioning the prepayment penalty formula, it’s because recent stats show that Canadians change their mortgage every 3 years, on average.   There are several reasons for this…. job change, marital break up, financial issues, financial gains, etc… the reasons are endless.  In my 26 yr career, I’ve seen far too many situations where clients have to exit the mortgage early.   They ended up paying 12, 15, 18 months worth of penalty interest.. Those penalties ranged from $8900 to $40,000!).

Speaking of employee rewards or benefits…. anyone remember this guy?  Dave Moreau, an RBC employee, broke the news a few years ago about RBC replacing Canadian employees with temporary foreign workers...    If this is how they treat their employees, they can keep their mortgage products!


If you don’t want to get fooled or surprised, speak with an experienced Mortgage Broker.  A broker is market neutral and offers unbiased advice.  There are dozens of competing Banks, Trust companies, insurance companies, credit unions and other mortgage origination firms wanting your business.   You can get a great rate, and a great mortgage, without sacrificing anything!

Your best interest is my only interest.   I reply to all questions and I welcome your comments.  Like this article?  Share with a friend.

Steve Garganis 416 224 0114



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As an industry insider, Steve will share info that the BANKS don't want you to know. Steve has appeared on TV's Global Morning News, CBC's "Our Toronto" and The Real Life TV show. He's also been quoted in several newspapers such as the Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Vancouver Sun, The Star Phoenix, etc.

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