Earlier this year, Fixed rates hit new all-time lows. This must sounds like a broken record, or for those in the modern error, sounds like a glitch or a skip (somehow, ‘broken record’ sounds better).
5 year fixed rates hit 2.59%. This is the lowest we have ever seen. (before you start emailing me that you’ve seen lower rates, yes, I know.. I see them too and have access to them.. but those products are full of restrictions, limitations and inflated prepayment penalty calculations… for our purposes, I’m only discussing quality mortgage products with no gimmicks or strings attached).
Now, looking at the 5 yr govt of Cda bond yields (this is where fixed rates are closely priced from), we have seen this drop down to as low as 0.70%… it’s been holding steady in the 0.80% range since July. Normally, the 5 fixed rate is priced 1.10% to 1.50% above the 5 yr bond yield.. but the spread has been at or over 1.79% for quite a while. So, why haven’t the fixed rates gone down further? Continue reading “Have Fixed mortgage rates hit the bottom?”
FEAR..! They say fear motivates us to do things we shouldn’t. If you’ve been reading the News Headlines for the past several weeks, you’ve been hammered with RATE HIKE FEARS! Everyone was saying rates were gonna go up.
It wasn’t just speculation, it was a foregone conclusion. Almost factual! There were headlines even reporting how much of an impact these new ‘higher rates’ would affect our lives, our budgets, our house values, our savings, etc. We saw so-called ‘Experts’ recommending we lock into long term Fixed rates! There was one articles telling us we should consider selling out homes! I mean if you didn’t know better, you would think the sky was falling!
Panic was starting to set in for thousands of Canadians. I was getting calls from concerned consumers asking if they should be doing anything with regards to their mortgage, their investments, and other personal finances. Continue reading “Bank of Canada Rate cut is positive news… don’t listen to fear mongers.”
Here we go again… The beginning of a new year, and the same annual forecasts for interest rates to go up! Before I share my thoughts.. Here’s some of the recent headlines that I’ve seen….
- a report by CBC News sharing 4 ways to prepare.. including selling your home, waiting to buy and locking into a Fixed rate mortgage! (Can you say panic?)
- Here’s another from The Globe and Mail telling us it’s “Bad News for Borrowers: The economy could improve this year”. Really? Tell that to the people in Alberta, Newfoundland and Saskatchewan.
- And this one from last week says Get ready for Interest Rate Shock in 2015.
Wow, reading this means rates are certain to up this year…right? So let’s see.. we should sell our home, put off buying (yet again) and lock in our Variable rates into Fixed rate mortgages..
Now let’s look at the most recent headlines.. Continue reading “So, you think rates are gonna spike up this year? Who says?”
Seasons Greetings! Happy New Year! Quick thank you for making 2014 a great year! Hope yours was just as special. And I’m wishing you much success and happiness in 2015.
I’ll make this quick as I’m sure you have some New Year’s Eve celebrations to attend to.
QUICK YEAR IN REVIEW.
- Interest rates haven’t really changed this year.
- 5 yr fixed rates are under 3.00%.
- Variable rate pricing improved to around Prime less 0.60% (less in some cases and dropping).
- In fact, looking at the big picture, interest rates haven’t really changed much in the last 4 yrs. Yet, you wouldn’t know it by reading the newspaper headlines….(sorry to my media friends…)
Let’s get to it. MY THOUGHTS ON 2015. Continue reading “Looking ahead to 2015 rates and trends”