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Fixed term mortgage rates see largest one-day increase since 1996

The threat of higher fixed term mortgage rates became a reality this morning as the Royal Bank and TD Canada Trust announced significant hikes. The Laurentain Bankfollowed suit and it’s believed that other major lenders will quickly fall in line.


Effective tomorrow, the posted rate for a five-year closed mortgage climbs by six-tenths of a percentage point with all three lenders, the largest one-day rate hike since 1996. Shorter-term fixed rate mortgages will also increase as much as four-tenths of a percentage point.


Fixed term mortgage rates are impacted by five-year bond yields, which have been climbing in recent months. Still, as early as just last week major lenders have been aggressively competing for market share. Just last week, the TD dropped its ten-year fixed rate to its lowest point ever, 4.99 percent. Today's announcement represents a sudden and sharp change that seems to have taken the market by surprise.


All three lenders are currently offering promotional rates on their five-year fixed product that range from 4.54 percent to 4.59 percent, but effective April 19 when new mortgage rules take effectbuyers selecting terms of less than five-years, fixed or variable, will be required to qualify using the five-year posted rates. A Saskatoon home buyer who qualifies for $300,000 in mortgage debt based on the current posted rate of 5.25 percent amortized over 25 years, will see their maximum allowable mortgage drop to $283,000 at the new rate, assuming it’s still in effect on April 19.


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Licensed in 1993, Norm brings a wealth of experience to TeamFisher. He has worked in every imaginable capacity including sales agent, office manager, team leader, broker and now, broker/owner. Norm has written a weekly review of the Saskatoon real estate market for more than 650 consecutive weeks which may make him the most consistent industry blogger in the world.Less...

Licensed in 1993, Norm brings a wealth of experience to TeamFisher. He has worked in every imaginable capacity including sales agent, office manager, team leader, broker and now, broker/owner. Norm has written a weekly review of the Saskatoon real estate market for more than 650 consecutive weeks which may make him the most consistent industry blogger in the world.

Norm is known for his passion for technology and can most often be found exploring and experimenting with the next big thing in real estate marketing. He was the first Saskatoon real estate agent to promote a home online and has been an early adopter of new technologies ever since. “Everything about this business has changed over the past 20 years, and it will happen again in the next ten. An open mind and a curious attitude are all that’s needed to continue to find new ways to serve our clients by delivering a faster, smoother, worry-free transaction,” says Norm.

In his spare time, Norm enjoys Crossfit and cycling, some years accumulating over 2,000 kilometres on the road. He’s a strong supporter of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation and enjoys raising funds by joining fun, fitness-related initiatives like the Grouse Grind for Shelter. In 2015, he trekked the Peruvian Andes to Machu Picchu. In 2017 he walked the southern highlands of Iceland across mountains, sand, snow, ice, lava fields and forest for seven days. Collectively those initiatives raised over a million dollars for Canadian women's shelters.
 

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