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What Is Happening To Mortgage Rates?

For a while, mortgage rates in Canada have been steady and below 3%.  That all changed quickly:

  • Early June, it was announced 95,000 jobs were created in the month of May in Canada

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  • Mid June: US Federal Reserve chairman, Ben Bernanke, suggested the bond buying program would slow down towards the end of 2013 as the US economy is showing signs of recovery.

The chairman's statement set off a bond selling frenzy since mid June which resulted in sharp increases in bond yields. Remember, bond yields increase with good economic news.  As investors move their monies from very secure low risk bonds, yields increase to entice investments back into the bond market.  The higher bond yields drive fixed mortgage rates higher.

Mortgage rates have increased from 2.89% to 3.39% in a short period of time.  Timing an unpredictable market is difficult and can be risky.  Now that mortgage rates have increased and further upward pressure is expected as the US bond buying program slows down, planning for higher mortgage rates at renewal is a prudent financial approach. Are you ready for higher mortgage rates?

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5 Year Versus 10 Year Fixed Mortgage

Just when I think mortgage rates won't get any lower, they drop. With real estate sales volume slowing down across Canada and lots of bad economic news globally, mortgage rates have hit an all time low for 5 year fixed and 10 year fixed mortgages.  The battle of 5 year versus 10 year fixed mortgage is back!

5 Or 10 Year Fixed Mortgage

How do you choose which product makes sense?  Per Bank of Canada, average 5 year posted rate for the last 10 years is 6%.  It wasn't too long ago, in 2007 and 2008 5 year discounted mortgages were at 5.79%-5.99%.

Let's look at data to analyze which option makes sense by calculating the break even mortgage rate:

  • Mortgage balance: $350,000
  • Mortgage Amortization: 25 years
  • Compare 5 year fixed mortgage at 2.89% versus 10 year fixed at 3.69%

 5 year fixed mortgage versus 10 year fixed mortgage - Nawar Naji Toronto Mortgage Broker

What the abort chart shows is if one selects a 10 year fixed mortgage, sets the payment and forgets about it for a 10 year period versus choosing 2 5 year fixed mortgage terms, the breakeven mortgage rate is 4.49%.  If one believes that mortgage rates will be higher than 4.49% in 5 years from now, the 10 year fixed mortgage option makes more sense, or if one believes that rates will be lower than 4.49% in 5 years from now, the 2 5 year fixed mortgage terms option makes more sense.

BUT, as a mortgage professional, my clients don't get away with setting the mortgage and forgetting about it. Utilizing the inflation hedge mortgage strategy, pro-actively managing the mortgage and adjusting the payments for inflation, the breakeven mortgage rate drops to 4.35%. The inflation hedge mortgage strategy protects the homeowner from payment shock when renewing at higher mortgage rates and reduces mortgage amortization by achieving mortgage freedom earlier.

Understanding historical interest rates data and the breakeven mortgage analysis, the decision of choosing 5 year fixed mortgage or 10 year fixed mortgage should be an easier one.


  • The breakeven mortgage rate will vary depending on mortgage amount and amortization.
  • Above mortgage products are fully portable, assumable and have 20% pre-payment and 20% increased payment privileges built into them.
  • Above mortgage products can be ported to a new property and mortgage amount can increased which is known as port, increase & blend in the mortgage broker world. This is important feature since it would be a bad mistake to break these low rate mortgages in the next 3-5 years if one decides to move.
  • 10 year fixed mortgage penalty the day after 5 year anniversary is 3 month interest (not interest rate differential) per Interest Act.

To run your personal mortgage breakeven analysis, please contact Nawar.

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Business Owners Mortgage

With round 4 of the mortgage rules taking effect on November 1, 2012, mortgage qualification for business owners got tougher.  Don't despair, since there is still hope for a business owner to get their last mortgage....ever.As you are aware, the new mortgage rules reduce the maximum mortgage to 65% of home value for business owners who use a stated income (income that is not verified by Canada Revenue Agency documents). However, as previously explained in a blog post regarding business owners mortgage options, a mortgage up to 90% for a purchase or 80% for a refinance can be obtained.

Business Owners Mortgage....The Last One

Many homeowners choose a 5 year mortgage term over other terms, however in today's economy the difference between 5 year and 10 year fixed mortgage has never been this small (2.99% vs 3.79% at the time of writing this blog post).  The 10 year fixed mortgage provides the following to a business owner:

  • Stability and security of fixed cost of borrowing over a 10 year period
  • Not worrying about qualifying for a mortgage in 5 years time frame and providing pages and pages of financial statements
  • Protection from rising interest at renewal time
  • Freedom to focus on growing the business, being profitable and tax reduction strategies

The chart below compares 2 options for a $350,000 mortgage: 2 5 year fixed mortgage terms and a 10 year fixed mortgage term

2 5 year fixed mortgage terms vs 10 year fixed mortgage term

To summarize, the above chart shows if one believes mortgage interest rates in early 2018 will be higher than 4.75%, the 10 year fixed mortgage is a viable option. As difficult as it is to predict where mortgage rates will be in the future, why would anyone want to renew at higher than 3.79%-3.89% interest rate in 5 years time?

This mortgage option powered by the inflation hedge mortgage strategy (explained in this video) provide a solid plan to achieve mortgage freedom.

To discuss your mortgage options whether you are buying a home, an investment property or renewing your mortgage, please contact me.

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Double Your Money By Renting Your Home

Lately, I have been dealing with an increasing number of clients who are deciding not to sell their home.  They are choosing to keep their existing property by turning in it into an investment property and using the proceeds of the refinance to buy a home.  Since the financial credit crunch in late 2008, more Canadians are skeptical about the markets, are worried about having enough to retire and are looking for alternative ways to diversify their investments.A greater number of homeowners, after reviewing the numbers, are deciding to refinance their existing home up to 80% of its current market value, take advantage of today's historic low interest rates and rent the property.  Here is real example that I did for a client who owns a condo in downtown Toronto.

Condo value: $350,000 Mortgage amount: $280,000 (80% loan to value) Mortgage amortization: 30 years Mortgage interest rate: 3.29% Mortgage term: 5 years Annual appreciation: 2%

There are two items to pay attention to in the above chart: 1/ initial equity is $70,000 and after 5 years based on 2% capital appreciation and utilizing the inflation hedge mortgage strategy, 2/home equity is at $135,771.  By having the tenant paydown the mortgage and adjusting the mortgage payment gradually for higher interest rate environment, the home owner almost doubles their money in 5 years.  Imagine the financial freedom a fully paid off investment property would create.

If you are interested in finding out how to turn your current home into an investment property and use your home equity to buy a home, please contact me.