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Oakville Real Estate Mortgage Report

Whether you are buying your first home, moving from one home to another, or just re-financing your current mortgage, knowing the current best mortgage rates avalable can save you thousands of dollars over the term of your mortgage. As an 'Oakville Real Estate Agent', I always recommend that my clients talk to my mortgage specialist, or, go into their own bank knowing what the best available rates are. Most major banks will negotiate on the rates that they are offering, and will often come right down the the best available rate, if you are knowledgable, quote the best rate, and ask them to match it. For example, if you were in the 'Oakville Real Estate' market for a home with a purchase price Read more...

Prime Rate - What is the Prime Rate?

The Prime Lending Rate in Canada is a guideline interest rate charged by banks on loans for their most creditworthy or “best” clients. The actual minimum rate, however, may differ slightly from lender to lender. Banks and lenders in Canada do follow the prime rate in order to remain competitive, but at the same time they may add their own monetary spread to the prime rate. For example, when the prime lending rates were high, many lenders in Canada were offering variable rates at prime minus .90 per cent. If the prime rate is low, lenders could potentially offer variable rates at prime plus a percent. This model of prime rate tracking allows lenders to remain highly competitive while still adhering to the fluctuating interest rate of prime. Read more...

Overnight Rate - What is the Overnight Rate?

The overnight rate in Canada is an important part of Canada’s monetary policy. The Bank of Canada has control of the key overnight rate, which determines the interest rate that major financial lenders and institutions lend and borrow one-day (or "overnight") money between each other. Read more...

Big Banks Lowering Mortgage Rates

Some of Canada’s biggest banks are lowering some of their fixed rate mortgages to counteract the effect of jittery investors moving to bonds, which causes a drop in long-term interest rates. Investor's nerves have been shaken by the recent tragic events in Japan and fears that a potential nuclear disaster could create serious problems for the Global economy. Read more...

Interest Rate Hike Moves to Back Burner

The Bank of Canada is almost certain to wait until the latter half of this year to raise interest rates, now that an election is in the offing. Many economists were already predicting that rate hikes would be on hold until the summer and the spectre of a federal campaign is now cementing that view. History shows that the central bank is usually reluctant to increase rates during an election, due to uncertainty about the direction of the government’s economic policies and the possibility that the move could be seen as partisan. Read more...

Bank of Canada Maintains Overnight Rate at 1%

OTTAWA, March 1 /CNW/ - The Bank of Canada today announced that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 1/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 3/4 per cent. The global economic recovery is proceeding broadly in line with the Bank's projection in its January Monetary Policy Report (MPR), although risks remain elevated. U.S. activity is solidifying and remains supported by stimulative fiscal and monetary policies. Ongoing challenges associated with sovereign and bank balance sheets will limit the pace of the European recovery and are a significant source of uncertainty to the global outlook. Robust demand from emerging-market economies is driving the underlying strength in commodity prices, which could be further reinforced temporarily by supply shocks arising from recent geopolitical events. Read more...

Bank of Canada leaves Overnight Rate at 1%

OTTAWA, April 12 /CNW/ - The Bank of Canada announced this morning that it will be maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1 per cent. The bank rate is correspondingly 1 1/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 3/4 per cent. Since raising its overnight lending rate to one per cent in September, the bank has held steady for five consecutive policy decisions. The decision to keep the rate unchanged should benefit home buyers throughout the GTA and 'Oakville Real Estate' markets as mortgage rates should also remain low in the short term. The Prime Rate is currently at 3.0 per cent. You can always find the current mortgage rates, and some useful mortgage calculators, on the Mortgage Rates and Calculators page on this website. Read more...