WAS THIS A BIG MISTAKE?
Last week, Stephen Poloz, the Bank of Canada Governor, kept the Prime Rate as is during the 6th of their eight scheduled meetings for 2019. The Current Target rate is 1.75%. (Bank Prime rate is derived from this rate. Today’s Bank Prime rate is 3.95%. Over 99% of time, when the Target Rate is cut, the Banks will reduce the Bank Prime Rate by an equal amount).
This was a very calculated decision that has politics written all over it. While the rest of the world banks have been cutting rates to combat a looming recession due to growing global trade wars and slowing global economies, our Government did nothing. Apparently, the Canadian economy is ‘resilient’. The next Bank of Canada meeting is set for October 30, 2019. Oh, and there’s a Federal election on Oct 21, 2019. Yeah, this has politics written all over it.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MORTGAGE RATES TODAY. Continue reading “Why didn’t the Bank of Canada Gov cut rates last week?”
I’ve been fielding a lot of calls lately asking about 10-year fixed rates – and with good reason! You can now get a 10-year fixed rate for around 3.04%. That’s almost at an all-time low.
But should you take this offer? NO!
Continue reading “Should You Take a 10-Year Fixed Rate When Rates are Low?”
Originally posted in 2010…. some things never change.. enjoy and beware.
Here’s a great article written by consumer advocate, Ellen Roseman. She points to different industries where signing in for the long term protection can be very costly and expensive.
Ever wanted to change cell phone providers? How about internet providers? Move your investments or rrsps? Cancel that hydro or gas contract because you moved?
And how about mortgages? When interest rates started heading downward about 12 months ago, thousands of borrowers in fixed rate mortgages wanted to get out of their higher rates and start benefitting from the record low interest rates we have been seeing.
But they were shocked to hear of unbelievably high early prepayment penalties… the example Ellen uses is about a $46k penalty on a $530k mortgage with a major bank… I’ve seen dozens and dozens of situations like this.
Beware of long term mortgages… with the average person moving or refinancing about every 3 years, choosing a 5 year fixed rate term is usually not the best option. It could cost you more than you think… always seek professional advice from a reputable mortgage broker before selecting your mortgage.
(Just a personal note… It sure would have been nice to see some mortgage relief given to the average homeowner during the recession. CMHC used to cap their penalties to 3 months interest but removed this cap in 2000…quietly, all financial institutions are free to charge a higher penalty…and they all do.. the longer the term, the greater the penalty…)
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Interest rates are still near record low levels. You’ve heard your co-workers, friends or family brag how lucky they were to renew into these once in a lifetime rates.
But how you do you take advantage? If you break your fixed rate mortgage then you face an enormous prepayment penalty…we’ve seen reports of $10k, $15k, $20k and even $30k in penalties….Wow!
Well, here’s a few tips…
-first, if you are in a 10 year fixed rate mortgage, and your are at least 5 years into the term, then the maximum penalty is 3 months interest (this is a little known fact… Section 10 of the Interest Act of Canada).
-One more way to reduce the penalty is to utilize the annual prepayment privilege that’s within the mortgage. Most mortgages have between 15% and 25% prepayment privileges which equates to a 15% to 25% reduction in the penalty…. Continue reading “Tips on how to reduce your mortgage penalty”
You’re 2 years into your mortgage term. You got a great rate… or so you thought…? But now you aren’t sure. So much talk about record low interest rates… You begin to question.. Maybe there’s a better deal out there? Did you choose the right product and Lender? Has your mortgage advisor or broker contacted you during those two years? Does this sound familiar?
We’ve all heard of buyer’s remorse…. That’s when you make a purchase, only to regret spending the money days or weeks later. I’m seeing a lot of people second guessing their mortgage decision recently. And I have news for you… RELAX! There is a way to check to and see if you made the right choice, and better still, there is a way to see if you can do better today. Continue reading “Is there a better mortgage rate out there?”