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Insured Mortgages Dip Below 5%

Giancarlo Randazzo

Having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with designations in Applied and Practical Ethics with an emphasis on business transactions, Giancarlo�...

Having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with designations in Applied and Practical Ethics with an emphasis on business transactions, Giancarlo�...

Dec 21 3 minutes read

If you've been keeping an eye on the real estate market, you'll know that mortgage interest rates have been a hot topic, especially in Ontario. In this article, we delve into the current landscape and explore opportunities for securing the best mortgage rates. Read on to discover valuable insights and make informed decisions for your home financing.

The Shift in Mortgage Rates


Recent developments indicate a positive shift, with some lenders offering five-year insured fixed-rate mortgages at rates below 5%. Notable players in this change include CIBC, RBC, and Butler Mortgage.

Market Factors


The decrease in rates is attributed to the cooling bond yield market over the past month. While variable-rate mortgages respond to the Bank of Canada's overnight rate, fixed rates correlate with the bond market. The five-year Government of Canada bond yield, hitting a 16-year high in October, has seen a decline, creating favorable conditions for fixed-rate offerings.

Exploring Lenders and Offers


While major banks may not overtly advertise rates below 5%, there's potential flexibility, especially with lenders like RBC stands out, presenting rates as low as 4.84%. Notably, these lower rates are currently exclusive to insured mortgages, where the downpayment is below 20%, requiring borrowers to pay an insurance premium.

Affordability Challenges


Despite the favorable rate shift, many potential buyers remain cautious. Even with potential Bank of Canada rate cuts in 2024, high home prices and interest rates still pose challenges. While discussions about rate drops persist, significant reductions to pre-pandemic levels are unlikely.


Shopping for the Best Rates


For those considering locking in a rate, embrace a thorough approach. Take the time to shop around, utilizing both mortgage brokers and direct bank approaches. Small rate differences, even half a percent, can translate to substantial monthly savings.


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