We’re starting to witness the effects of last week’s guideline and policy changes for the secured lending industry. Potential first time home buyers aren’t the only ones feeling the belt tighten – many mortgage agents who cater to this market are biting their nails as buyers may increasingly choose to stick with the renting market. Looks like everything comes with a price – even affordability.
We said “goodbye” to the super low 2.99% 5 year fixed rates last week and said “hello” to a still very competitive 3.08% 5 year fixed rate this week. For most rate shoppers, this increase of 10 bps can be traumatizing. Consumers tend to drool over a mortgage rate that is even just a few percentage points (or more) below other advertised rates. But let’s not forget that not all low rates are what they seem. Some super low mortgage rates typically signal a no-frills product that isn’t fully loaded with the features and benefits that might be important to you. Is shopping for a mortgage rate just like buying anything else; you get what you pay for?