Earlier this week, we couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw the already ground-level 5 year fixed mortgage rate drop to a record of 2.94% in Ontario. Taking into account the roller coaster nature of these rates, we wondered: how long could this rate stay around? And could it go even lower? Our musings were answered today as rates dipped even lower to 2.89% – and this time, more provinces are getting in on the action.
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?