Current Mortgage Rates in BC

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Find the Cheapest Mortgage Rates in British Columbia

Check out the comparison charts above for the lowest mortgage rate deals in BC. If you want more information – fixed vs. variable, open vs. closed, and prepayment options - visit our Education Centre The education centre is full of great information, advice, and Education Centre . If you would like up-to-the-minute personal service please choose a broker above to receive a phone call from a BC mortgage broker near you.


Should I get an open or closed mortgage rate in BC?

Closed mortgages are the popular choice in BC. They usually have lower interest rates which allow you to save money on a monthly basis. There are still some prepayment options in closed mortgages – however the amount by which an increase can be made to the monthly payment and the size of a lump sum payment to the principal are restricted.

The alternative, an open mortgage, allows borrowers to increase the size of their payment, or make un-restricted lump sum payments at anytime. This flexible mortgage is often chosen by those borrowers who plan to move in the near future.


What is the difference between a variable vs. fixed mortgage rate?

The popular mortgage choice has a fixed rate. Fixed mortgages have stable interest rates for the term of the mortgage. This stability makes budgeting and planning easier and more predictable. This stability results in the fixed mortgage being the preferred choice for most homeowners in BC.

A benefit of variable mortgages is that they usually have lower interest rates. However, because these rates change over the life of the mortgage, monthly payments will vary. To learn more check out the variable vs. fixed section.


What are prepayment options?

The amount of repayment a borrower can make towards the principal is restricted every year by the prepayment options. One option is to increase your monthly payment amount by a certain, set percentage. This increase in payment reduces the amortization period, and thus total interest paid on a mortgage.

The second option is to make a lump sum payment directly towards the principal of your mortgage. The amount of prepayment possible is set based on the initial value of the premium at the beginning of your mortgage term.


What is a mortgage ratehold?

Rateholds allow borrowers to freeze interest rates at today’s current rate for a certain number of days. This can be done prior to renewal or closing to freeze a favourable interest rate.


BC Housing Market Details1

BC’s housing market should continue its growth throughout 2011 and 2012. This is due, in large part, to low mortgage interest rates, and increasing employment and population size. The forecasted increase in BC’s economy should lead to employment generation and an increase in full-time versus part-time work. These economic factors will further increase the interprovincial migration to British Columbia and will directly affect the housing market in a positive way.

Metropolitan Area Year Housing Starts MLS Total Sales MLS Average Sale Price
Victoria 2010 2118 6169 $504,561
2011(*) 2000 6700 $495,000
2012(*) 2200 7200 $498,000
Vancouver 2010 15217 31114 $675,852
2011(*) 16000 33000 $690,000
2012(*) 17500 36000 $710,000
Abbotsford 2010 516 2582 $341,854
2011(*) 500 2400 $330,000
2012(*) 475 2500 $340,000
Kelowna 2010 957 3289 $419,884
2011(*) 1125 3600 $430,000
2012(*) 1325 4000 $445,000
(*)forecast

BC Mortgage Brokers

If you want current, personal advice simply click on the link above to connect with a BC mortgage broker near you. BC mortgage brokers can help by giving you advice on current mortgage deals, your credit history, or help you with a special type of mortgage like cash back or HELOC. Brokers can also help with information on home purchases, lenders, current interest rates, and great mortgage solutions.


Current Mortgage Rates by Province


References and Notes

  1. CMHC