After a very quick increase to fixed rate mortgages over the past 2 weeks mortgage lenders have started to compete for the new fixed 5 year. The standard rate is 4.59% however some lenders have introduced their quickclose rate at 4.39%.
The dilemma of deciding to go fixed over variable is on every borrower’s mind these days. Over the weekend the Globe & Mail featured the following article “Possible Rise In Mortgage Rates Pitting Couples Against One Another” . The spread between fixed (4.59%) and variable (1.75%) is about 2.80% which is significant. We know that in the coming months the Bank of Canada will increase the Prime Rate but with the latest report from Statistics Canada indicating that inflation was down in March it is questionable how quickly the prime rate will move up. Variable is looking like the better option these days but if you can’t make up your mind there is always the Merix 50/50. (3.25%)
5 Year Fixed – 4.54%
Quickclose 5 Year Fixed – 4.39% (must close before June 15th 2010)
3 Year Fixed – 3.84%
1 Year Fixed – 2.65%
Merix 50/50 Hybrid – 3.25% (current effective rate)
3&5 Year Variable P-.50% (1.75% current effective rate)
Rates subject to change without notice.