Reputable mortgage specialists do not believe the number one factor in selecting a mortgage is the interest rate. Once you understand what type of mortgage you need, and what kind of mortgage client you are, then you can select the best rate possible.
You might opt for a shorter term if you know you will move or sell in two to three years, but most Canadians default to a five-year term, which is advisable unless you have a specific reason not to.
With 50+ lenders at our disposal, new rates are available almost daily. A promotional rate typically comes with some restrictions, so ask questions… ASK ROSS… and find out exactly what you are getting and if it is right for you.
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ALTERNATIVE LENDERS: If your profile doesn’t fit into a traditional bank or ‘A lenders’ lending guidelines, there are other institutional lenders who offer potential funding. The interest rates are higher and typically you will pay a broker fee, but a mortgage from an alternative lender is a viable solution for people with unique borrowing criteria.
NOTE: Alternative lender rates start at 4.04% for one year, with a thirty-year amortization.
PRIVATE MORTGAGES: If you fall outside the alternative lenders’ guidelines, there are still individuals and mortgage companies who might lend you money. This option comes at a cost, as interest rates are much higher, you will pay a broker fee and possibly a lender fee as well. Additionally you are required to pay both the lender’s legal costs, as well as your own.
NOTE: Private lender rates start at 6.99% for a first mortgage, and increase to 8.99% for a second mortgage.