Below is a great example of how the Big-5 banks get you on a mortgage payout.
Always talk to a broker about your mortgage because Grandma used to say, “the rate is the rate, but the details are the details!”
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As you can see from the example below, the banks “discount rate recapture policy” can result in some pretty hefty added costs —$6,048 in the scenario here!
On July 31, 2011, you buy your first home and sign a five-year, fixed-term mortgage. As your family grows, you start looking at a bigger home, and after a few months of searching, you find the perfect one—on August 1, 2013.
Because of this unexpected upgrade, you now have to break your mortgage three years before it matures (you have $320,000 left on your mortgage). When you signed your current mortgage, you weren’t concerned about prepayment penalties, but as you can see below, prepayment penalties can have a significant financial impact on your bottom line.
|Mortgage date||July 21, 2011|
|Date you break your mortgage||August 1, 2013|
|How much you have left owing on your mortgage||$320, 000|
|Your original mortgage term||5 years|
|How many years left you have on your term||3 years|
|Mortgage breakage fee at the Big-5 banks||Mortgage breakage fee with Broker Banks
|5-year posted rate when you got your mortgage||5.39%||Not applicable for the IRD calculation|
|Your actual contract rate||4.00%||4.00%|
|3-year posted rate on August 1, 2013 (the day you break your mortgage)||3.75%||2.99%|
|IRD formula||(Contract rate – [Posted rate for remaining term – Discount from original mortgage]) x Principal outstanding x Remaining term||(Contract rate – Posted rate for remaining term) x Principal outstanding x Remaining term|
|Difference in fees||$6,048|
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Below is an article that notes Calgary’s home prices are still supported.
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Calgary’s housing market is not under threat of a correction despite a downturn in the local economy, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said in an analysis Thursday.
Its assessment of 15 metro markets lists Calgary as “low risk” while Toronto, Regina and Winnipeg were rated “high risk.” The review considered four factors — overheating; acceleration in house prices; overvaluation; and overbuilding — as of the end of March.
“The low price of oil has affected many different sectors of the economy, affecting employment and income growth, and increasing the unemployment rate. Weaker labour market conditions have also slowed migration to the region,” CMHC said of the Calgary-area market.
Meanwhile, Vancouver — one of the country’s priciest real estate markets — was deemed low risk, even as home prices there continue to soar. The benchmark price of a detached home in metropolitan Vancouver hit $1.1 million in July, up 16.2 per cent from a year ago, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver said last week.
… Statistics Canada said Thursday that new home prices in the Calgary area rose 0.1 per cent in June.
“Higher land prices were largely offset by builders reducing prices because of market conditions,” the federal agency said. Prices were up 0.7 per cent year-over-year.
In its latest report, the Calgary Real Estate Board said the average MLS sale price for July was $476,446, down about 1 per cent from a year ago while the median price of $435.000 grew by 2.35 per cent. The benchmark price, which CREB identifies as a typical property sold in the market, was largely unchanged at $455,400.
With files from The Canadian Press