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Volatility in the Canadian economy and mortgage market has continued over the past few quarters. Stubborn inflation is potentially colliding with an upcoming recession, giving the Bank of Canada even more reasons to raise interest rates. They are signaling a time may come when rates do not increase, but that time has yet to come for homebuyers.

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Keep reading to learn more about how much you can save on your mortgage and to get up to speed on the current state of the B.C. housing market.

The best current mortgage rates in Canada

Check out today's best mortgage rates in Canada by type and term.

Rates are based on an average mortgage of $300,000
 Insured ?

The rates in this column apply to borrowers who have purchased mortgage default insurance. This is required when you purchase a home with less than a 20% down payment. The home must be owner-occupied and the amortization must be 25 years or less.

80% LTV ?

The rates in this column apply to mortgage amounts between 65.01% and 80% of the property value. The home must be owner-occupied and have an amortization of 25 years or less. You must have purchased it for less than $1 million. These rates are not available on refinances. Refinances require "Uninsured" rates.

65% LTV ?

The rates in this column apply to mortgage amounts that are 65% of the property value or less. The home must be owner-occupied and have an amortization of 25 years or less. You must have purchased it for less than $1 million. These rates are not available on refinances. Refinances require "Uninsured" rates.

Uninsured ?

The rates in this column apply to purchases over $1 million, refinances and amortizations over 25 years. More info on the differences between insured and uninsured rates.

Bank Rate ?

Bank Rate is the mortgage interest rate posted by the big banks in Canada.

 
1-year fixed rate
Insured
4.99%
80% LTV
4.99%
65% LTV
4.99%
Uninsured
6.59%
7.44%
 
2-year fixed rate
Insured
5.84%
80% LTV
5.49%
65% LTV
5.49%
Uninsured
5.94%
7.19%
 
3-year fixed rate
Insured
4.99%
80% LTV
4.94%
65% LTV
4.94%
Uninsured
5.09%
5.86%
 
4-year fixed rate
Insured
4.99%
80% LTV
5.04%
65% LTV
5.04%
Uninsured
5.09%
5.59%
 
5-year fixed rate
Insured
4.74%
80% LTV
5.04%
65% LTV
5.04%
Uninsured
5.04%
5.14%
 
7-year fixed rate
Insured
4.99%
80% LTV
5.29%
65% LTV
5.29%
Uninsured
5.24%
5.9%
 
10-year fixed rate
Insured
5.69%
80% LTV
5.89%
65% LTV
5.89%
Uninsured
5.89%
7.25%
 
3-year variable rate
Insured
6.1%
80% LTV
6.55%
65% LTV
6.55%
Uninsured
N/A
8.6%
 
5-year variable rate
Insured
5.9%
80% LTV
6.1%
65% LTV
6.1%
Uninsured
6.25%
6.89%
 
HELOC rate
Insured
7.2%
80% LTV
7.2%
65% LTV
7.2%
Uninsured
7.2%
N/A
 
Stress test
Insured
6.74%
80% LTV
6.94%
65% LTV
6.94%
Uninsured
5.25%
N/A

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British Columbia mortgage restrictions and regulations

Mortgage rates in British Columbia are determined much as they are in the rest of the country. A generation ago, it wasn’t uncommon to see mortgage rates top double digits. But for a good portion of the last decade, the rates have remained historically low. Unfortunately for current mortgage holders and those seeking to buy a home, rates have been on the upswing as inflation has remained high.

Variable mortgage rates

Variable mortgage rates are determined by commercial banks’ prime rates, which are mainly swayed by the Bank of Canada’s key interest rate. That means an increase in the key interest rate almost automatically leads to a similar increase in variable mortgage rates. The Bank of Canada will typically raise its key interest rate in an effort to combat inflation, which is exactly what has been happening over the past several months.

Fixed mortgage rates

Fixed rate mortgage loans are primarily influenced by the yield on Canadian government bonds (bond yields) of corresponding maturity. The correlation between the fixed rates and the yield on five-year Canadian government bonds is almost a near match. This is the case because bond rates represent the benchmark for financial institutions’ cost of funds.

What is mortgage default insurance?

Mortgage default insurance is a protection for the lender if you don't (or can’t) make your mortgage payments. It's required for all mortgages where the down payment is less than 20% of the purchase price.

You can find out more by using the LowesRates.ca Mortgage Default Insurance Calculator.

Factors that affect your British Columbia mortgage rate

The best mortgage interest rates available in British Columbia and across Canada are influenced by various factors. Lenders must consider certain financial elements that could increase or decrease their burden when deciding whether to approve your mortgage and what rate they can offer. Here are the main factors that will affect your mortgage rate:

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Conventional and high-ratio mortgages in British Columbia

If you’re buying a home in Canada, there are two main types of mortgages based on the size of your down payment: a conventional mortgage or a high-ratio mortgage.

A conventional mortgage refers to a contract where the homebuyer has put at least 20% of the home’s price toward the down payment. For example, if a home costs $550,000, you’ll need a down payment of at least $110,000 to secure a conventional mortgage.

A high-ratio mortgage refers to a contract where the homebuyers put down less than 20% of the home’s price as down payment. With a high-ratio mortgage, buyers are required to purchase mortgage default insurance, which protects the lender if you stop making your mortgage payments. There are three providers who offer mortgage default insurance: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Genworth Financial and Canada Guaranty.

High-ratio mortgage rates are slightly lower than conventional mortgage rates, but the cost of default insurance will add to the total cost of the mortgage.

Conventional 5-year fixed mortgage rates vs. high ratio 5-year fixed mortgage rates in British Columbia

DateAverage Conventional RateAverage High Ratio Rate
02/23 5.10%4.66%
03/23 5.12%4.71%
04/23 4.84%4.49%
05/23 4.78%4.43%
06/23 5.35%4.98%
07/23 5.56%5.17%
08/23 5.84%5.45%
09/23 6.16%5.70%
10/23 6.51%6.12%
11/23 6.44%5.94%
12/23 6.28%5.80%
01/24 5.66%5.28%

Last Updated: February 1, 2024

Fixed rate and variable rate mortgages in British Columbia

The most important decision for homebuyers, next to finding a home, is deciding which mortgage rate suits your financial needs. There are two types of mortgage rates: Fixed rate and variable rate.

With the best fixed mortgage rates B.C., it's guaranteed that the interest rate will stay the same for a specific period of time. With this type of rate, you will always know exactly how much your mortgage payments will be. Fixed-rate mortgages are more popular than variable rates in Canada, particularly the 5-year fixed mortgage. Fixed rates can be secured up to a term of 10 years, but homebuyers who want to avoid locking in a long-term mortgage rate can seek out a term as short as six months.

Variable mortgage rates in B.C. and the rest of Canada can fluctuate throughout the term of the mortgage based on market conditions. The pro for some homebuyers is that if current mortgage rates decrease, more of your mortgage payment goes toward paying off the principal. If rates increase, more of the payment goes toward interest. The downside of variable mortgage rates is that some homebuyers may not like the uncertainty of fluctuating rates. It’s best to talk to your mortgage broker about your specific needs.

Take a look at 5-year variable vs. 5-year fixed mortgage rates in B.C. over the last year.

5-year fixed vs. 5-year variable mortgage rates in British Columbia

MonthFixedVariable
02/23 4.87%5.91%
03/23 4.95%5.95%
04/23 4.68%5.94%
05/23 4.63%5.80%
06/23 5.04%6.08%
07/23 5.34%6.41%
08/23 5.60%6.44%
09/23 5.80%6.53%
10/23 6.08%6.62%
11/23 5.98%6.66%
12/23 5.84%6.71%
01/24 5.37%6.49%

Last Updated: February 1, 2024

Typical mortgage amount in British Columbia

The average value of new mortgage loans in British Columbia has reduced significantly in the last one year. In Q2 2023 the average value of new mortgage loan was $440,387 compared with $491,960 in Q2 2022.

This can be attributed to the BC housing market activity performing well below the normal in the beginning of 2023 due to the Bank of Canada’s interest rate hikes.

As the central bank paused it rate hike in January, it gave way to a strong recovery in sales through the spring months of 2023. But that recovery was short lived as the Bank of Canada resumed tightening in June and July.

Geography2022 Q12022 Q22022 Q32022 Q42023 Q12023 Q2
Canada
2022 Q1
$361,001
2022 Q2
$366,163
2022 Q3
$363,654
2022 Q4
$325,612
2023 Q1
$320,298
2023 Q2
$314,864
Newfoundland
2022 Q1
$214,003
2022 Q2
$219,188
2022 Q3
$232,851
2022 Q4
$216,426
2023 Q1
$214,277
2023 Q2
$201,787
Prince Edward Island
2022 Q1
$242,214
2022 Q2
$244,884
2022 Q3
$251,957
2022 Q4
$253,908
2023 Q1
$231,844
2023 Q2
$234,411
Nova Scotia
2022 Q1
$240,473
2022 Q2
$250,006
2022 Q3
$258,677
2022 Q4
$237,381
2023 Q1
$227,788
2023 Q2
$234,636
New Brunswick
2022 Q1
$179,304
2022 Q2
$188,394
2022 Q3
$203,216
2022 Q4
$186,699
2023 Q1
$182,986
2023 Q2
$182,197
Quebec
2022 Q1
$224,133
2022 Q2
$228,524
2022 Q3
$237,520
2022 Q4
$206,201
2023 Q1
$202,014
2023 Q2
$194,035
Ontario
2022 Q1
$448,031
2022 Q2
$462,494
2022 Q3
$462,701
2022 Q4
$418,808
2023 Q1
$406,429
2023 Q2
$405,975
Manitoba
2022 Q1
$247,682
2022 Q2
$255,490
2022 Q3
$272,728
2022 Q4
$251,420
2023 Q1
$237,080
2023 Q2
$236,740
Saskatchewan
2022 Q1
$251,715
2022 Q2
$243,338
2022 Q3
$260,163
2022 Q4
$240,763
2023 Q1
$232,458
2023 Q2
$226,308
Alberta
2022 Q1
$319,728
2022 Q2
$331,285
2022 Q3
$339,854
2022 Q4
$317,353
2023 Q1
$310,002
2023 Q2
$316,597
British Columbia
2022 Q1
$484,941
2022 Q2
$491,960
2022 Q3
$487,366
2022 Q4
$439,719
2023 Q1
$429,370
2023 Q2
$440,387

Source: Canadian Housing and Mortgage Corporation

Average mortgage monthly payment in British Columbia

Average scheduled monthly payments for new mortgage loans in British Columbia in Q2 2023 was $2,626 compared to $2,234 in Q2 2022. According to the CMHC, the average scheduled monthly payments for new mortgage loans in Q1 2023 was $2,607 compared with $2,028 in Q1 2022, which is almost an increase of $600 in one year.

The trend shows a significant year-on-year increase in the mortgage payments, which can be attributed to the increase in interest rates, led by the Bank of Canada’s overnight rate hikes. In the last one year, Bank of Canada has increased the overnight rate at least 10 times, making it difficult for home buyers and borrowers to take on mortgages.

 Q1 2022Q2 2022Q3 2022Q4 2022Q1 2023Q2 2023
British Columbia
Q1 2022
$2,038
Q2 2022
$2,234
Q3 2022
$2,506
Q4 2022
$2,553
Q1 2023
$2,607
Q2 2023
$2,626
Kelowna
Q1 2022
$1,842
Q2 2022
$2,050
Q3 2022
$2,248
Q4 2022
$2,333
Q1 2023
$2,320
Q2 2023
$2,338
Abbotsford-Mission
Q1 2022
$2,079
Q2 2022
$2,308
Q3 2022
$2,532
Q4 2022
$2,561
Q1 2023
$2,578
Q2 2023
$2,604
Vancouver
Q1 2022
$2,271
Q2 2022
$2,543
Q3 2022
$2,886
Q4 2022
$2,970
Q1 2023
$2,978
Q2 2023
$2,992
Victoria
Q1 2022
$1,962
Q2 2022
$2,172
Q3 2022
$2,514
Q4 2022
$2,498
Q1 2023
$2,513
Q2 2023
$2,624

Source: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

British Columbia mortgage performance

The total number of mortgages in British Columbia ending June 30, 2023, are 716,635. Mortgages in arrears came in at 829 or 0.12% of all mortgages.

That is below the national average of 0.15%. The trend in B.C. has been towards the downside even as fears of interest rate hikes have slowed housing sales.

DateTotal Number of MortgagesNumber of Mortgages in Arrears*% of Arrears to Total Number of Mortgages
June 2023
Total Number of Mortgages
716,635
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
829
% of Arrears to Total Number of Mortgages
0.12%
May 2023
Total Number of Mortgages
716,527
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
829
% of Arrears to Total Number of Mortgages
0.12%
April 2023
Total Number of Mortgages
716,595
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
833
% of Arrears to Total Number of Mortgages
0.12%
March 2023
Total Number of Mortgages
716,812
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
823
% of Arrears to Total Number of Mortgages
0.11%
February 2023
Total Number of Mortgages
717,227
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
851
Private Lenders
0.12%
February 2023
Total Number of Mortgages
717,227
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
851
Private Lenders
0.12%
January 2023
Total Number of Mortgages
717,754
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
837
Private Lenders
0.12%
December 2022
Total Number of Mortgages
718,680
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
779
Private Lenders
0.11%
November 2022
Total Number of Mortgages
718,858
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
724
Private Lenders
0.10%
October 2022
Total Number of Mortgages
718,445
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
730
Private Lenders
0.10%
September 2022
Total Number of Mortgages
718,417
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
746
Private Lenders
0.10%
August 2022
Total Number of Mortgages
718,234
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
736
Private Lenders
0.10%
July 2022
Total Number of Mortgages
718,160
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
749
Private Lenders
0.10%
June 2022
Total Number of Mortgages
718,831
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
743
Private Lenders
0.10%
May 2022
Total Number of Mortgages
718,202
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
749
Private Lenders
0.10%
April 2022
Total Number of Mortgages
716,573
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
770
Private Lenders
0.11%
March 2022
Total Number of Mortgages
715,243
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
782
Private Lenders
0.11%
February 2022
Total Number of Mortgages
713,007
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
825
Private Lenders
0.12%
January 2022
Total Number of Mortgages
711,493
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
858
Private Lenders
0.12%

*Mortgage arrears is three or more months

**Data for Yukon included in B.C. 

Source: Canadian Bankers Association

Number of Residential Mortgages in Arrears

As of month ended June 30, 2023

 Total Number of MortgagesNumber of Mortgages in Arrears*% of Arrears to Total Number of Mortgages
Atlantic
Total Number of Mortgages
349,946
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
807
% of Arrears to Total Number of Mortgages
0.23%
Quebec
Total Number of Mortgages
959,210
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
1,091
% of Arrears to Total Number of Mortgages
0.11%
Ontario
Total Number of Mortgages
2,202,538
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
1,829
% of Arrears to Total Number of Mortgages
0.08%
Manitoba
Total Number of Mortgages
123,028
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
350
% of Arrears to Total Number of Mortgages
0.28%
Saskatchewan
Total Number of Mortgages
130,833
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
751
Private Lenders
0.57%
Alberta
Total Number of Mortgages
601,453
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
1,953
Private Lenders
0.32%
British Columbia
Total Number of Mortgages
716,635
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
829
Private Lenders
0.12%
Territories
Total Number of Mortgages
10,514
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
 
Private Lenders
 
Canada
Total Number of Mortgages
5,094,157
Number of Mortgages in Arrears*
7,610
Private Lenders
0.15%

Includes data from BMO, CIBC, HSBC Bank Canada, National Bank of Canada, RBC Royal Bank, Scotiabank, TD Canada Trust, Canadian Western Bank, Manulife Bank (as of April 2004), Laurentian Bank (as of October 2010), Equitable Bank (as of November 2020)

* Mortgage arrears is three or more months

** Data for Yukon included in British Columbia. Data for NWT and NU included in Alberta.

Source: Canadian Bankers Association

British Columbia housing market and home prices

As per the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA’s) housing forecast update, analysts expect home sales to slow down in the second half of 2023, but it is expected to pick up in 2024, driven by strong immigration and anticipated decline in mortgage rates.

The BCREA analysts expect home sales to return to normal levels in 2024 and prices to rise 2.4% to an annual average of just over $1 million.

The BC Northern Real Estate Board reported the average price of homes sold in July 2023 in the region was $435,942, an increase of 6.5% from July 2022. The more comprehensive year-to-date average price was $409,800, a small reduction of 2.2% from the first seven months of 2022.

The board-wide MLS price of a single-family home in Vancouver Island was $770,000 in July 2023, down five per cent from 2023 and up by one per cent from June this year. In the apartment category, the benchmark price was $399,600 last month, a three percent decrease from July 2022 and up by one per cent from June.

The benchmark price for single-family homes in the North Okanagan, South Okanagan and Shuswap/Revelstoke regions all saw decreases in year-over-year comparisons, while in the Central Okanagan saw the benchmark price barely increase 0.9% to $1,063,700. The townhome and condominium housing categories saw increases in the North Okanagan and Shuswap regions, while the Central and South Okanagan saw decreases in the benchmark price for townhomes and condominiums.

The benchmark price in July 2023 saw considerable increase in all housing categories in the Kootenay region compared to July 2022, with the greatest increase seen in the townhome category coming in at $513,100 marking a 10.3% increase. The benchmark price for single-family homes and condominiums saw modest increases of 3.1% and 3.4% respectively, in year-over-year comparisons.

The benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver stood at $1,210,700 in July 2023, representing a 0.5% increase over July 2022 and a 0.6% increase compared to last month.

British Columbia closing costs and land transfer tax

There are three rates to consider when calculating your total property transfer tax amount:

General property tax transfer

The general property transfer tax applies for all taxable transactions. The general property transfer tax rate is:

Further 2% on residential property over $3,000,000

If the property is worth over $3,000,000, a further 2% tax will be applied to the residential property value greater than $3,000,000.

If the property is mixed-use (such as residential and commercial), you pay a further 2% tax on only the residential portion.

If the property includes land classed as farm only because it is used for an owner's or farmer’s dwelling, up to 0.5 hectares will be treated as residential property.

Additional property transfer tax

If you’re a foreign national, foreign corporation or taxable trustee, you must also pay the additional property transfer tax on the fair market value of the residential portion of the property if the property is within a specified area of B.C.

As for closing costs, a good rule of thumb is to calculate between 2% and 4% of the final home sale price.

First-time homebuyers in British Columbia

First-time home buyers in British Columbia have options to help reduce or eliminate the amount of property transfer tax they pay when buying a home.

To qualify, you must:

You may qualify for a partial exemption from the tax if the property:

You can apply for the program by filling out the application here.

Frequently asked questions about B.C. mortgages.

How can I find the best mortgage rates in British Columbia?

The best way to find the lowest mortgage rate in British Columbia is by comparing rates from different mortgage providers. Lowestrates.ca helps you compare quotes from 50+ mortgage providers across Canada. The rates depend on the Bank of Canada’s overnight rate, your choice of mortgage type and some other factors as well. A rate comparison site like Lowestrates.ca or a mortgage broker can help you identify the rate best suited for your financial situation.

How can I qualify for a mortgage in British Columbia?

Having a good credit score is critical. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation says the credit score requirement on insured mortgages should be 680.

Other factors you should have in order can include:

  • Paying down debt – This can accomplish a few things. Paying debt frees up resources to put toward your downpayment or mortgage. It also indicates to lenders that you are a "good risk" and have the ability (and desire) to pay loans responsibly.
  • Calculating assets and liabilities – If knowledge is power, understanding your economic situation will help you obtain the mortgage you need. By having a complete picture of assets and liabilities, you will be better prepared to provide the information lenders require to decide on your mortgage application. This can be done with an accountant if you have one or on your own.
  • Having a consistent employment history – Lenders want to see elements of your financial life that reduce risk. Being employed consistently indicates your ability to be financially responsible. This will show lenders that you can pay your debts with little to no chance of default.
  • Having a large downpayment - The more you save towards the purchase of a house, the better you will be in the long run in terms of debt burdens. However, lenders also see this as a lower-risk proposition. The less you need to borrow, the quicker they can get their money back if you default on the loan. Monthly costs are reduced for you, and you look more attractive to lenders who are about reducing risk.
  • Having good ratios - Most importantly, you must prove you can carry the mortgage. This is calculated by your broker or mortgage agent using a debt service ratio analysis.

Should I use a mortgage broker in British Columbia?

Unlike a bank, a mortgage broker can only offer mortgages from their line of products. They can access many lenders and help you choose the right product for your circumstance. The good news is that mortgage brokers are free to use and are paid by the lender while also having access to a variety of lender interest rates. LowestRates.ca can help you navigate and compare rates and direct you to the broker that best suits your B.C. mortgage rate needs.

What’s the difference between a mortgage term and an amortization period?

Time plays a critical role in calculating B.C. mortgage rates. There are two key measures of time: the length of time your current mortgage rate is locked in and the total amount of time it takes to pay off your mortgage.

Mortgage term: The mortgage term refers to the period you’re locked into your mortgage contract. This includes the rate, lender and the contract's terms and conditions. At the end of the term, you’ll be able to renew your mortgage contract at a new rate. Homeowners repeat this process until they pay off the principal of their mortgage. A mortgage term can vary from six months to 10 years, but the most popular term in Canada is five years.

Amortization period: The amortization period refers to the amount of time it takes to pay off the principal of your mortgage. In Canada, the maximum amortization period is 35 years. However, if your down payment is less than 20%, you’ll have to purchase CMHC mortgage insurance. The maximum amortization period on insured mortgages is 25 years.

What’s the difference between an open mortgage and a closed mortgage, and which one should I get?

Purchasing a home in B.C. comes with a myriad of decisions. Once the location has been selected, and the choice between fixed or variable mortgages has been decided, buyers will want to consider their options between an open or closed mortgage.

Open mortgage: An open mortgage allows you to pre-pay any amount of your mortgage at any time without penalty. Interest rates are typically higher than closed mortgage rates in B.C. These mortgages provide flexibility and freedom to pay what they want, and terms are generally shorter.

Closed mortgage: Closed mortgages usually have lower interest rates than open ones. This is mainly because closed ones limit the number of extra payments you can make each year.

How much does it cost to live in British Columbia?

The cost of living in British Columbia can be as diverse as the many regions within the province. Expenses will fluctuate depending on whether you rent or own your home, drive or commute to work, and which part of the province you settle in.

For example, Vancouver is one of the most expensive cities in Canada to live in, and it is difficult for new homebuyers to break into the city's housing market. However, outside city limits and into more rural areas, homebuyers may find they can buy more with less and keep living costs of living down within less populated areas.

One of the most significant expenses in B.C. is the cost of car insurance. The Insurance Bureau of Canada says that B.C. has the highest rates in Canada, with an average rate last year of $1,832 — second only to Ontario.

B.C. is also very attractive for its temporal climate and boasts a healthy retirement population, especially in Victoria. Tourism and trade are also essential to B.C.'s economy, making it a relatively expensive destination for residents and visitors.

How much does getting a lower mortgage interest rate matter in British Columbia?

B.C. is an expensive destination for both first-time and seasoned homebuyers. Larger cities have seen substantial increases in home prices in just one year. Finding the best mortgage rates in B.C. is paramount, but it’s not the only way to ensure the affordability of your mortgage. Other features can help, including:

  • Prepayment privileges: Some lenders will offer prepayment privileges, giving the homebuyer the right to pay off part or all of their mortgage balance before maturity (ahead of schedule) without penalties. Substantial savings can be had by saving on future interest payments.
  • Penalties for breaking a mortgage: Some lenders will charge a fee if you pay more than the allowed additional amount on your mortgage, break your contract, transfer your mortgage to another lender before the end of your term, and pay back your entire mortgage before the end of the term. Avoiding these events will prevent extra fees, but homeowners should calculate the pros of breaking a contract to get a better rate or paying the mortgage in full.
  • Porting your mortgage: People often move house before the mortgage is paid off. Porting your mortgage means taking your existing mortgage, with its current rate and terms, and attaching it to your new home. Porting can generally occur if you are purchasing a new home at the same time you are selling your current home. This can help save on penalties and fees in the future.

What is a mortgage rate hold?

A mortgage rate hold or rate lock allows buyers a guaranteed interest rate on their mortgage for a set period (usually 30 to 60 days but up to a maximum of 120 days). It is usually used when a buyer knows they will be purchasing or refinancing their home in the near future.

What are prepayment options?

Prepayment options allow you to repay your mortgage sooner than the official payment schedule. There are two ways to do this – increase your mortgage payments or pay a lump sum.

Is it safe to get a mortgage online?

Yes, it's safe — you no longer need to visit a bank branch or mortgage broker's office in person to apply for a mortgage. It's also becoming increasingly common for Canadians to apply for mortgages online. LowestRates.ca takes care of the heavy lifting by comparing the market for you and can connect you with the best mortgage lenders in British Columbia and across the country.

We only work with reputable, trustworthy financial institutions. Your credit score won’t be affected, and your information is secure.

How do I know I’m getting the lowest rate?

We have a robust selection of lenders on LowestRates.ca, including big banks and many independent brokers, and we’re always adding more lenders. This ensures we consistently deliver competitive rates to you. Even if you're not ready to commit to anything, you can use our site as a starting point for research. It’s totally free, and you’re under no obligation.

The better informed you are, the more likely you'll negotiate a better deal for yourself. And, really, that’s what we care about the most.

Why are British Columbia's mortgage rates different from those in other parts of Canada?

Mortgage rates in B.C. can fluctuate depending on population size, home styles, neighborhood values and other reasons. Simply put, greater competitive pressure in Canada's hottest real estate markets (especially Vancouver and Toronto) translates into cheaper mortgage rates. Ontario is the most competitive by a long shot, with 113 lenders publicly advertising mortgage rates (not including brokers).

Also, different lenders have different overhead costs they have to consider. They also have to consider the borrower's financial situation, including their debt-to-income ratio, credit score and down payment. To find the best mortgage rate, you need to find the right lender through sites like LowestRates.ca.

Shivani Kaul

Shivani Kaul

About the Author

Shivani Kaul is a content manager in the personal finance space. Prior to this, she worked as a digital editor with Pagemasters North America (a division of The Canadian Press) for four years. Shivani has also worked as a freelance writer and editor for Investor's Digest of Canada and The Ghost Bureau.

She has more than a decade of experience working as an editor and writer for different news media organizations in Canada and South Asia. She has a Digital Marketing Management certification from the University of Toronto, a Master's degree in Mass Communication (Journalism) and a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Delhi (India).

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*Based on the difference between estimated deep-discount 5-year fixed rates from Canada's top six banks and the lowest comparable rates on LowestRates.ca, as of January 14, 2022.

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