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?
This past Tuesday the Bank of Canada had their first meeting of 2012 to discuss any changes they were going to make to the overnight lending rate. Low and behold … no change. This came as no big surprise to Canadians and the overnight rate remains steady at 1%. FYI the next meeting is scheduled for March 8th, 2012. How does this impact the mortgage industry exactly?