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Fixed Mortgage Rate Forecast – July 2013

5 year fixed mortgage rates are currently overpriced and you can expect to see a 0.25% drop in the next 30 days.  Fixed mortgage rates are priced off of bond yields of the same duration.  Last month the market reacted to comments from the Fed’s Ben Bernanke and bond yields shot upwards by 50 bps.  This reaction was without merit as Mr Bernanke’s comments were nothing new from his previous … Read More

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Spike in Mortgage Rates Temporary

The recent spike in fixed mortgage rates is a direct result of an incredibly sharp rises in bond yields.  I say incredibly because the market grossly over-reacted to Ben Bernake’s comment that the Fed will eventually begin to taper monetary stimulus.  Following this over-reaction, you can expect to see bond yields ease back nearer to their previous lows. Kent Engelke, chief economic strategist at Capitol Securities Management Inc., confirms that … Read More

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Bond Yields Hit 1 Year High

5 year Government of Canada benchmark bond yields were 1.30% just a year ago today and after a year of relatively minor changes are just now spiking at 1.81%.  This 0.51% increase is putting upward pressure on 5 year mortgage rates suggesting the new 5 year mortgage rate should be 3.39% up from 2.89% just a few weeks ago. Although nobody wants to pay an extra .50% on their mortgage … Read More

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Mortgage Rates Are Going Up

Last week’s 0.25% increase in 5 year fixed mortgage rates is being followed up with another 0.15% increase effective tomorrow.  You may not see a change to any of the banks’ posted mortgage rates, but the best discounted mortgage rates will be 0.40% higher than they were 2 weeks ago. The sudden increase in fixed mortgage rates is a direct result of Ben Bernanke’s policy announcement south of the boarder.  … Read More

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Do You Qualify for the Average Home?

You need a household income of $77,700 to buy the average Canadian home.  Of course there is no average city so you’ll need to earn more or less income depending on where you live.  Here’s a chart released by the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) outlining the minimum income needed to qualify for the average house price in select Canadian cities. City Average Q1 Price Qualifying Gross Income Canada $366,500 … Read More

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RBC Raises Mortgage Rates

Rising bond yields have put upward pressure on fixed mortgage rates for the past few weeks and RBC was this first to flinch.  As of today RBC increased its 1 year mortgage rate by .14% to 3.14%; it’s 2 year mortgage rate by .1% to 3.14%; it’s 3 year mortgage rate by .1% to 3.65%; it’s 4 year mortgage rate by 0.1% to 3.09%; and most notably it’s 5 year … Read More

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Mortgage Rates Keep Prices High

After a period of steep year-over-year sales declines, the number of homes changing hands is back on a steady course.  “Last year’s deep downturn in Canadian home sales appears to be fading” according to Sal Guatieri, Bank of Montreal economist.  The tighter mortgage rules clearly had an impact on the number of transactions, knocking out many potential first time buyers, but it didn’t impact home prices like the Department of … Read More

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Fixed Mortgage Rate Forecast – May 2013

You can expect 5 year fixed mortgage rates to move up slightly over the next 30 days.  Fixed mortgage rates are tied to the bond market as most mortgage lenders issue bonds to raise the money to lend out as residential mortgages.  The lower the yields on the bonds they have to pay out, the lower the fixed mortgage rates they can offer.  The bond market has been on a … Read More

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Save $12,000 on Your Next Mortgage

Mortgage penalties are a necessary evil and should be closely scrutinized when negotiating your next mortgage.  Choosing a mortgage solely based on the interest rate could cost you over $12,000 in future penalties overshadowing any interest savings. Forced to comply with new federal regulations, mortgage companies must now fully disclose their penalty formulas and must provide an on-line penalty calculator. It would be worth your while to submit your mortgage … Read More

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The Problem with Low Mortgage Rates

Anyone with a mortgage is happy to hear that mortgage rates are dropping. With today’s ultra low mortgage rates we’re even happy to hear that they’re just staying the same. Low mortgage rates mean low monthly payments and we’re all happy to have a little extra money each month. The problem with low mortgage rates is that they’re the result of an anemic economy with a weak outlook. An anemic … Read More

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