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Monday Mortgage Update: April 30, 2012

At the beginning of the month, we shed some light on the rise of 5-year Government of Canada (GoC) benchmark bond yields over the last few months. This time, we’ll highlight 3-year GoC benchmark bond yields which have also seen a steady incline since the beginning of the year. Tracking bond yields are important because they help drive fixed mortgage rates; in this case, 3-year GoC bond yields drive 3-year fixed mortgage rates.

From January 6th to April 30th, 3-year GoC bond yields have increased 55 basis points (bps). During the first three months of the year, two major Canadian lenders, Scotiabank and National Bank, offered a 3-year fixed rate at 2.79%. That interest rate was among the best mortgage rates in Canada until the end of March. By that time, the 3-yr GoC bond yield was up 31 basis points since the start of January. With that increase, Scotiabank felt the need to remove their big discount and increase the rate to 3.99%.  National Bank hung onto the 2.79% rate for a couple more weeks before hiking it to 3.95%. However, a 3-year fixed rate on can still be found for 2.89% through a couple of our esteemed mortgage partners.

CMHC news

According to the Financial Post, Jim Flaherty would consider removing the CMHC from the mortgage default business. One of his concerns was that a government financial institution was providing mortgage insurance. He goes on to say, “I think there is a role to regulate but whether we, the Canadian people, have to be the owners and shareholders of a financial institution to do this is a question. I don’t think it’s essential in the long run.”

Last week, we already saw two major announcements: there are no plans to increase CMHC’s $600-billion limit and the CMHC will now fall under the authority of OFSI, Canada’s banking regulator.

Where are Canada Mortgage Rates this week?

A 5-year history of weekly 5-year fixed mortgage rates and 5-year variable mortgage rates

Canadian Mortgage Rates 2012

There wasn’t much movement for 5-year fixed rate and 5-year variable rate mortgages during April. Most industry experts believe rates will either stay the same or moderately increase over the next month.

Note:  This is simply a small sample size and does not represent the entire market. It does, however, offer some useful insight.


*Data sourced fromBank of Canada