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Bank of Canada Announcement

General Trish Pigott 25 Oct

The Bank of Canada (BoC) announced that they have increased the overnight target rate which in turn affects the Prime Rate.  Currently the Prime rate with almost all banks is 3.70% and that will increase to 3.95%.  This affects Variable Rate Mortgage clients and anyone that has loans or lines of credits attached to the Prime rate.

If you would like some advice and direction on whether a variable rate may be good for you or if you want to chat about your current rate, please contact me directly and I will be happy to review your current situation.

Here are a few reminders for Variable Rate Mortgages and today’s announcement:
  • For every $100,000 in mortgage, your payment will increase approximately $13.00 per month with a .25% increase to the rate
  • With certain lenders you can request to have a fixed payment so that when Prime changes, you will not have a payment adjustment
  • If you are concerned about affording the payment after multiple increases, please contact my office so we can discuss options at 604-552-6190
  • If you are considering locking in, you will be locking into today’s rates with your current lender and your payment will be adjusted based on that new rate
  • You can lock in for a term equal to or greater than the amount of time you have left in your mortgage
  • With most lenders, we can review options directly with your lender on your behalf, some lenders require you to go in to a branch, but if we can help you avoid that, we will
  • You can request a lock in agreement if you are considering locking in and usually have 7-10 days to send back the signed agreement once you decide
  • Ask yourself how comfortable you will be with an increase to your payments over the next 12 months
  • Remember to call or email me directly with questions about your own situation
  • Remember the news and the media are always going to be negative sources.  Friends and family often have good intentions but are usually not aware of your personal finances so their advice may not be in your best interest. 

Call me, I am happy to chat anytime about your mortgage or lock in options!!