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Because not everyone fits into the same box

You might have seen the headline “HSBC crushes mortgage records with 0.99% variable rate”. No doubt about it, this is a great rate. However, it’s not for everybody. It is important to remember, like most deals, there are some restrictions. Among other things this offering is limited to high-ratio mortgages with a downpayment of less than 20 per cent. The reality is a higher interest rate may apply for non-owner-occupied properties, amortizations greater than 25 years and other exceptions to standard lending guidelines. 

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More Rate Drop

More Rate Drops

More Rate Drop

NEW HISTORICAL LOW MORTGAGE RATE MILESTONE REACHED.

Last week, we saw a 5 year fixed rate mortgage at under 2.00%.  That’s right… 1.99%. If you qualified, the rate applied to purchases where the mortgage is Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation (CMHC) insured and paid for by the client.  But that rate didn’t last long and that offer is over. I know, things move fast.

But let’s get back to current rate offers.  We are in uncharted waters, again. 11 years ago, we were coming out of the US sub-prime mortgage crisis… does anyone remember that?  Back then, the stock markets crashed, just like this year, they recovered, just like this year, but interest rates remained low for many years.  In fact, they remained at or near 3.00% for the next 11 years.  

The message here is this…. there will be small moments in time when interest rates will be extra low…  this is one of those times. If you have a mortgage, get a review done! Find out if it makes sense to refinance or early renew or to break your current mortgage, pay a penalty and lock into today’s low rates. Speak with an UNBIASED PROFESSIONAL. Speak with an experienced mortgage broker.  You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Here are some examples of people that paid a penalty and still saved between $9k and $26k. 

Steve Garganis: 416-224-0114; steve@canadamortgagenews.ca

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

Adjustments to the Mortgage Stress Test

Adjustments to the “Stress Test” don’t go far enough

Adjustments to the Mortgage Stress Test

In case you missed it, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced this week that adjustments to the “Stress Test” are coming on April 6th. While the government says the change will make the stress test qualifying rate more responsive to market conditions, what does that really look like?

On the bright side, this new qualifying rate will probably be lower by around 0.30%.  This will increase the amount of a house one can buy by around 5%.  

Example… $500k increases to $525k.  

On the dark side, this isn’t really making a whole lot of difference. I don’t want to sound pessimistic, but I’d like to point out the shortcomings of his announcement. It’s purely political. They said they would do something and I guess, technically they did. But it really has no significant impact. 

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