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Featured4.19%
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CanWise

Featured4.19%
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Featured4.49%
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Featured4.59%
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Featured3.50%
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Featured3.50%
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Featured3.80%
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Featured3.80%
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Prime -1.20

4.19%
4.49%

4.24%

Prime -0.46

inquire

5.24%

inquire

5.09%

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4.30%

Prime -0.40

5.24%

5.24%

4.45%

Prime -0.25

5.39%

5.29%

4.39%

Prime -0.31

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5.17%

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4.50%

Prime -0.20

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5.54%

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5.20%

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A guide to getting the best BC mortgage rates

Jamie David

Getting the best mortgage rates in British Columbia

Thanks to some beautiful countryside, some of the most livable cities in the world, as well as a busy local and tourist economy, British Columbia is home to a vibrant mortgage and real estate industry. If you're looking for a mortgage in BC you have plenty of products and providers to choose from, but we can help make that choice easier.

At Ratehub.ca, we help you find and compare the best rates from the Big 5 Banks, small banks, credit unions, and BC’s best mortgage brokers, at no cost to you. Using our rate tables, you can compare the most current mortgage rates instantly, all in one place. By comparing the best mortgage rates in BC, you could save yourself thousands of dollars. 

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British Columbia at a glance

  • Population: 5 million - 3rd largest in Canada after Ontario and Quebec
  • Average House Price: $1,089,600 in Q1 of 2022, a 15.2% year-over-year increase
  • Average Household Income: $69,995
  • Percentage of Homeowners: 68%

Fun Facts About British Columbia 

  • British Columbia has about 40,000 islands, with Vancouver Island being the largest - it’s about the size of Belgium. 
  • British Columbia is home to over 1,000 provincial parks, with over 15% of its territory comprising protected lands.

What is the best mortgage rate in BC? 

The mortgage with the lowest rate is not always the best mortgage for you. The best mortgage rate in British Columbia is the one that best suits your needs and financial situation. The main things you’ll need to consider are: the size of your down payment; your current income and employment; your credit score; your debts; and whether your financial situation is likely to change in the next few years.

What factors affect the mortgage rate I get?

The mortgage rates available in BC are only one part of the equation. Your financial situation will greatly determine what rates you’re actually able to qualify for. Here are the most important factors that will affect your personal mortgage rate: 

  • Your down payment: All property purchases in Canada require a down payment. The minimum down payment ranges from 5% to 20%, depending on how expensive the property is. If your down payment is under 20%, you’ll be required to take out mortgage default insurance (often called CMHC insurance). While having an ‘insured’ mortgage will cost you more overall, it allows you to access lower mortgage rates, as there’s less risk to your lender. That said, it’s almost always better to put in a larger down payment if you can afford to do so, even if your mortgage rate ends up being slightly higher, as you will still save more overall through the life of your mortgage by not having to pay for mortgage insurance.
  • Your amortization period: Mortgages with amortization periods above 25 years can’t be insured and therefore come with higher mortgage rates. However, a longer amortization period will give you more time to pay off your mortgage thereby lowering your monthly payments.
  • What the property will be used for: Mortgage rates are lower for properties that are owner-occupied, rather than those that are occupied by renters.
  • Mortgage type: Mortgages for renewals and purchases typically have lower rates than mortgages for refinancing.
  • Your credit score: Having a low credit score can restrict the lenders you can qualify with. If you’re forced to use a ‘B-lender’ or a private lender due to bad credit, you’ll probably have to settle for a higher mortgage rate.

Historical trends in BC mortgage rates

BC mortgage rates rise and fall, as do rates across Canada. Here’s a snapshot of the lowest mortgage rates in Canada over the past few years, to give you an idea of how today's rates compare historically.

2018 2019 20202021
5-year fixed 2.79% 2.29% 1.39% 1.39%
5-year variable 1.85% 2.36% 0.99% 0.85%

Source: Ratehub Historical Rate Chart

 

British Columbia land transfer tax

If you purchase property in British Columbia, you’ll be required to pay the provincial land transfer tax. This is sometimes forgotten by homebuyers, despite being one of the largest closing costs associated with buying a home.

In BC, land transfer tax is based on the cost of the property, with a marginal tax rate that increases with the purchase price.

Purchase Price BC land transfer tax rate
0 - $200,000 1.0%
$200,000 - $2,000,000 2.0%
$2,000,000 - $3,000,000 3.00%
$3 million + 3.00% for non-residential property
5.00% for residential property

Source: Province of British Columbia

 

BC first-time homebuyer rebate

First-time homebuyers in British Columbia may be eligible for a full or partial rebate of the BC land transfer tax for property purchases of less than $525,000. The full tax may be eligible for a rebate if the price is less than $500,000, while a partial rebate may apply for home worth between $500,000 and $525,000.

It’s best to speak to a BC mortgage broker to determine your eligibility. For information on other opportunities for first-time homebuyers, read our guide to first-time homebuyer incentives in Canada.

 

The British Columbia housing market

The BC housing market is complex, owing greatly to Vancouver, Canada’s most expensive housing market. The average value of Vancouver housing has always been above the national average, but in recent years it’s been close to double.

20172018201920202021
Vancouver$914,100$1,069,100$1,021,000$1,008,700$1,127,200
Canada$553,000$592,600$597,000$624,400$715,596

Source: Canadian Real Estate Association

 

Homeownership rates in British Columbia match the national average of 68%. In BC as a whole, 68% of families own their primary residence, although just 47% of Vancouver families own their home. That’s the lowest rate of any of Canada’s big cities besides Montreal, where around 37% of families own their home.

Sources:

  1. Statistics Canada
  2. Fun World Facts
  3. CREA
  4. Statistics Canada

Jamie David, Director of Marketing and Head of Mortgages

Jamie David is the Director of Marketing and Head 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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