I originally posted a breakdown of how mortgage penalties are calculated by different lenders on January 4, 2011.
This remains relevant today and, since this has been my most popular article to date, it’s worth a repost!
WE TOOK THE MYSTERY OUT OF HOW PENALTIES ARE CALCULATED
We decided this needed a more detailed explanation… but a strange thing happened when we started to answer these questions. We made a startling discovery. We caution you – the results could get your blood boiling if you’ve had to pay a penalty!
We found that the banks have shrunk or reduced the spreads between their Posted and Discounted rates on shorter-term mortgages over the past few years… and this has had a huge impact on Interest Rate Differential (IRD) penalty calculations. Continue reading “Mortgage Penalties: You could pay thousands to break your mortgage depending on your lender!”
WHY ISN’T ANYONE TALKING ABOUT THIS?
You bought a home… you need a mortgage.. what’s the first question you ask your Banker? “what’s your best interest rate?”. And the second question is usually, “what product should I choose?”.
Almost no one asks about Mortgage Penalties or how they are calculated. After all, how often does anyone have to pay a penalty, right? WRONG! $10,000, $20,000, $30,000 and higher. This is how much penalties can add up to… these are real numbers. And guess what? This isn’t some unknown bank or small lender.. These are coming from the BIG SIX BANKS.!!
Here’s a little known stat…. “Canadians change their mortgage every 3 years, on average”. Ask anyone that’s owned a home before. Chances are, they’ve had to deal with a mortgage penalty at some point.. and for most of them, it’s an embarrassing subject. After all, who wants to admit to being the victim? Check out the stats… Continue reading “Mortgage penalty calculations.. More important than the interest rate.”
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”