If you’re sharp-eyed you may have noticed some ‘special offers’ on 5 year fixed rates. BMO kicked off another low-rate war by once again offering a rock-bottom 5 year fixed rate of 2.99% and a new 10 year fixed at 3.99%.
Nobody wants to be left out of fun like that, so TD, CIBC and Scotiabank quickly followed suit and started offering a 2.99% rate as well.
How are customers responding?
Techar said reaction to BMO’s previous offer was fantastic. “We saw an increase in volume almost immediately and it continued for the whole two-week period.”
These deals are temporary and expire in a few weeks. You’d almost think something was about to happen March 29th, but who knows? Rumour has it more changes are coming to insured mortgage rules in Canada whether it’s higher down payment requirements or shorter amortization terms.
So is this a deal too good to refuse, or a trap for the gullible?
If rates start to rise, could it be a benefit to buy a home now? Would these ridiculously low rates offset a drop in prices at a higher interest rate?
What about in markets whose prices have fallen for the last few years? There are many of these across BC – The Okanagan has seen prices collapse by more than 30% so already.
And what does Mark Carney have to say about all of this?
“Canadian household spending is expected to remain high relative to GDP as households add to their debt burden, which remains the biggest domestic risk,” Carney said Thursday as he held the bank’s trend-setting rate to 1 per cent.
Nothing like the view from the ground. Clockbike posted this roundup of what’s happening just north of Vancouver:
Squamish resident here. I would like to tell you all a spooky story, grab your marshmallows and gather round, I’ll point my bear flashlight up at my face to create dramatic effect. I call this story: “The Haunted Sales Centers.”
It is ~2005, in a rainy windy city, upon the water. There lied the Squamish Oceanfront Development. A plan to create a residential neighborhood with marina, small industrial jobs love and flowers. Fast forward to today: the district is now $6.57 Million in debt. Source PDF.
Surely we have accomplished something magnificent for our downtown core, this is a story of the results of 7 years of hard work.
The new BC budget is all about austerity, cutting back and living within our means to bring down the debt. With that in mind anyone buying a new home gets a new $10,000 tax credit.
In his budget, Mr. Falcon pledges to sell off public assets, to raise medical service premiums and tobacco taxes, to cancel a promised small business tax cut. Mr. Falcon also is promising to hike the general corporate tax in two years, if the fiscal picture doesn’t brighten.
Mr. Falcon’s $44-billion budget on Tuesday offers several tax measures benefiting seniors and young families but the impact will be slight.
The province is introducing several new tax credits including a grant of up to $10,000 on newly-constructed homes for first-time homebuyers. Seniors will be able to claim up to $1,000 for eligible home renovations. And families will be able to collect up to $50 for each child for fitness and art programs.