As a home buyer, you’ll inevitably have to decide between committing to a fixed rate or variable mortgage loan. While both have their benefits as well as their drawbacks, one will likely be better than the other depending on your unique situation (i.e. lifestyle, finances, risk and reward tolerance etc.). Here’s what you need to know:
Variable Rate Mortgages
A variable interest mortgage (sometimes referred to as an adjustable-rate mortgage) is a form of home loan in which the interest rate “varies” according to current market conditions. In this situation, the lender will offer you a loan at Prime rate (the interest rate set forth by the Bank of Canada) plus or minus a certain percentage.
For instance, if Prime is 3.00% and you opt for a…
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