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Jamie David, Business Director Mortgages
A 10-year fixed mortgage term is the most risk-averse mortgage selection. If you need to budget long-term or believe interest rates will rise dramatically over the coming years, a 10-year fixed-rate term could make sense. For instance, if you feel certain that, in five years, mortgage rates will be higher than the currently quoted 10-year rate, locking in today's rate could be a sound strategy.
What is a 10-year fixed-rate mortgage?
A 10-year fixed-rate mortgage will have a constant rate of interest over a term of 10 years. The term is not the same as the amortization period, which is the amount of time it takes to pay off your entire mortgage. Rather, your term is the period you are committed to the contractual provisions and mortgage rate of your current lender. With a fixed rate, your monthly mortgage payments will not change, and you'll be protected against interest rate fluctuations.
10-year fixed mortgage rates: Quick facts
- 7% of Canadians have mortgage terms between 6 and 10 years (Source: CAAMP)
- 74% of Canadians have fixed mortgage rates (Source: Statistics Canada)
- 10-year fixed mortgage rates follow 10-year government bond yields
10-year fixed vs. shorter-term mortgage rates
10-year fixed rates are typically higher than rates on shorter terms (like 3 or 5 years). This is because longer fixed-rate terms lock in a lower rate for a longer period of time. While this can be good for you, it transfers the risk of a rate rise to your lender. The higher rate is, therefore, a premium for locking in a lower rate for longer.
These relationships aren't always constant, especially in very low or high rate environments. You should always decide which term is best for you based on the current market and your present circumstances.
10-year fixed rates vs. other mortgage terms (graph)
From 2006 - 2020
It's important to remember that it's very difficult to forecast the movement of interest rates over such a long period of time, and there are a number of drawbacks to locking into a mortgage rate for 10 years. The main argument against a 10-year term is the premium you're paying for passing the risk to your mortgage provider.
Another thing to keep in mind is that, after 5 years, the federal Interest Act states that the penalty to break your mortgage cannot exceed 3 months' interest. That means that, after 5 years of your term, you won't need to worry about a massive Interest Rate Differential (IRD) penalty. However, if the mortgage is broken before 5 years, such a penalty could apply.
Historical 10-year fixed mortgage rates
Looking over historical mortgage rates is the best way to understand which mortgage terms attract lower rates. They also make it easier to understand whether rates are currently higher or lower than they have been in the past.
Here are the lowest 10-year fixed rates in Canada for the last several years, compared to several other types of mortgage rates.
Source: Ratehub Historical Rate Chart
The popularity of 10-year fixed mortgage rates
With only 7% of Canadians having mortgage terms between 6 and 10 years, long terms are not a popular choice in Canada. They are even less popular amongst younger age groups, with only 3% uptake in ages 18-34.
Fixed mortgage rates, however, are more common than variable rates. 74% of all mortgages in Canada have fixed rates, with little variation between age groups.
What drives changes in 10-year fixed mortgage rates?
Fixed mortgage rates follow government bond yields, with 10-year fixed rates following 10-year government bond yields. Bond yields are driven by economic conditions. The difference between bond yields and lender-posted mortgage rates vary by a lender's marketing strategy and general credit market conditions.
Jamie David is the Business Director of Mortgages at Ratehub.ca. A graduate of the Systems Design Engineering program at the University of Waterloo, she has over 15 years of business, marketing, and engineering experience in the financial technology, banking, education, energy and retail industries. She has worked in top organizations like TD Bank, Trading Pursuits, Petro-Canada, and the TTC. Her passion for personal finance, investing, education, and business strategy brought her to Ratehub.ca where she heads a very talented, cross-functional team that is dedicated to providing Canadians with the best mortgage experience all the way through from online search to (keys-in-your-hand) funded mortgage.
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