It can be easy to focus on interest rates when choosing a mortgage, but deciding on a long or short term mortgage can have a big impact on your payments. Read on to explore the pros and cons of each – and what to expect if you try to break your mortgage term early.
Breaking your mortgage, or even trying to pay it off early, can result in steep mortgage penalties. Calculating these costs can be very confusing for consumers – but banks are looking to address this information gap with a new code that calls for more transparency.
Over the weekend the government announced new mortgage regulations that require federal financial institutions to revise the mortgage penalty disclosures they currently provide to consumers. Federally regulated financial institutions have until November 5th, 2012 to comply with these changes and compliance will be closely monitored by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC).
Only the most naïve customer would pay the “posted” rate for their mortgage. (You didn’t pay the posted rate…did you?!?). Whether you use a third-party mortgage broker, or simply walked into your nearest bank branch and spoke with their mortgage specialist, you almost certainly were offered a discount off the posted rate. So why do financial institutions bother having these rates?