Monday Mortgage Update: October 17, 2011

Alyssa Furtado
by Alyssa Furtado October 17, 2011 / No Comments

VARIABLE MORTGAGE RATES

Oh my, how variable mortgage rates have changed. Take a look at our Mortgage Rate History graph below and you will see that the best discounted 5-year variable rate has risen 65 basis points inside of a month. Considering the key interest rate hasn’t budged for eight consecutive announcements, the rise in variable rates is a little surprising. We can credit this to poor global economic growth, especially in the United States and Europe. Most variable rates are hovering around prime. It’s not likely that the Bank of Canada will lower the key interest rate anytime soon. Most industry insiders are predicting flat movement to moderate increases over the next year. The spread between variable and fixed rates is closing fast!

FIXED MORTGAGE RATES

Last week 5-year Government of Canada bond yields grew and we saw major banks hike their discounted 5-year fixed rates such as CIBC, RBC, and BMO Bank of Montreal.

CURRENT MORTGAGE RATES

Mortgage Rates Canada

Discounted weekly 5-year fixed mortgage rates and 5-year variable mortgage rates over the past five years.

Mortgage Rates Canada

Discounted weekly 5-year fixed mortgage rates and 5-year variable mortgage rates from January 2011 to the present.

Mortgage Rates Canada

What mortgage products are Canadians buying?

The popularity of mortgage products remained as expected with 5-year fixed rates and 5-year variable rates taking the largest slices of the mortgage pie. What is surprising is the recent surge in 2-year fixed rates which tripled its usually weekly take away to 14%.

Mortgage Rates Canada