When mortgage shopping, many buyers think that a fixed rate mortgage is the only way to go. However, a variable rate mortgage may actually save buyers money in the long run, although it can be riskier. Here’s how variable rate mortgages work:
As opposed to a fixed rate mortgage, which is a flat rate paid throughout the mortgage term, without fluctuating interest fees, a variable rate mortgage is based on lender prime rates, and will fluctuate with the bank’s interest rates. If you are considering a variable rate mortgage, it’s best to speak to a mortgage expert as they will have a thorough understanding of the current interest environment.
While a fixed rate mortgage allows for better financial planning and eliminates the chance of any surprise, there are some reasons why a variable rate mortgage may be a better option. For one, if you know the lender’s rates are currently low, and you’re planning to only own the property for a short time, a variable rate mortgage may help you save money. Other possible perks of variable rate mortgages include:
If interest rates are expected to fall, you could capitalize on that in the future.
More flexibility: The penalty and extra interest fees are much harsher on a fixed rate mortgage if the mortgage is broken. The interest will be less on a variable rate mortgage.
Although it’s not without risk, variable rate mortgages have been proven to save Canadians money over time.
With a fixed rate mortgage, your payment won’t change even if interest rates drop significantly.
There is really only one risk to variable rate mortgages, which is the risk that interest rates will rise suddenly. This is, however, unlikely, as banks will try to avoid raising rates in order to avoid public backlash.
If you are considering a variable rate mortgage, you should be able to still cover your payments should there be a raise in interest rates. If you are able to afford the risk, then a variable rate mortgage can definitely save you money. If interest rates are currently low, and you want greater flexibility with your mortgage, then a variable rate mortgage can give you that.
Since there is risk and more complexity involved with a variable rate mortgage, it’s important to seek out the advice of mortgage experts to guide you in the right direction. Northwood Mortgage™ can help you with all your mortgage needs, whether you choose a fixed or variable rate mortgage. Contact us today with any questions about how we can help you, or apply now!