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Shopping for a mortgage in Nova Scotia? You’re at the right spot. LowestRates.ca helps you find and compare the best rates from the leading mortgage brokers and banks in the province. Our service is free to use and there’s no obligation on your part. Just select the type of mortgage you’re interested in and our comparison engine will pull together the lowest rates — just like that.

Lower mortgage rates = bigger savings.

LowestRates.ca allows you to submit a mortgage application for several different types of mortgage products. If you’re on the hunt for a typical mortgage contract, however, there are two main types you’ll be choosing between. These include conventional mortgages and high ratio mortgages. Conventional mortgages mean that the homebuyers have put down at least 20% of the purchase price of the home as a down payment. A high ratio mortgage means that the homebuyers have put down less than 20% of the purchase price of the home as a down payment. With a high ratio mortgage, homebuyers are required to purchase mortgage insurance, which often means that rates for these mortgages will be lower. However, it’s important to speak with your advisor about which type of mortgage is right for you.

Conventional 5-year fixed Mortgage rates vs. High Ratio 5-year fixed Mortgage rates.

DateAverage Conventional RateAverage High Ratio Rate
04/202.85%2.55%
05/202.64%2.32%
06/202.50%2.22%
07/202.45%2.11%
08/202.25%1.92%
09/202.16%1.84%
10/202.05%1.86%

Last Updated: November 9, 2020

Variable or fixed mortgage rates: which one is lower?

Once you’ve determined whether you’re looking for a conventional or a high ratio mortgage, the next thing you’ll need to decide is whether you prefer a fixed or variable interest rate. But, what’s the difference? To give you an idea, we’ve pulled data from LowestRates.ca’s user database to see how variable rates stack up against fixed rates. Here’s what we found:

5-year fixed vs. 5-year variable Mortgage rates in Nova Scotia

MonthFixedVariable
09/192.49%2.75%
10/192.58%2.75%
11/192.58%2.75%
12/192.59%2.75%
01/202.73%2.75%
02/202.59%2.75%
03/202.44%2.36%
04/202.75%2.21%
05/202.38%2.07%
06/202.44%2.12%
07/202.32%2.02%
08/202.00%1.95%
09/201.87%1.92%
10/201.88%1.85%

Last Updated: November 9, 2020

Focus On

Nova Scotia’s housing market.

Nova Scotia home prices have risen from $365,000 to over $406,000 between Q1 and Q3 of 2020. Experts point to an abundance of inventory and growing demand from buyers.

With mortgage rates lower than ever across Canada, Nova Scotia housing prices have gradually increased over the past year, like much of Atlantic Canada.

Single detached home prices in major cities in Atlantic Canada as of July 2020

 Halifax, NSCharlottetown, PEIFredericton, NBSt. John’s, NLSaint John, NB
Q1/20$365,542$271,000$198,501$279,207$193,843
Q2/20$380,965$286,000$214,127$280,844$194,738
Q3/20$406,079$282,411$219,686$296,312$211,218

Last Updated: September 24th, 2020

Source: Canadian Real Estate Association

Single detached condo prices in major cities in Atlantic Canada as of July 2020

 Halifax, NSCharlottetown, PEIFredericton, NBSt. John’s, NLSaint John, NB
Q1/20$305,246$220,000$159,883$205,800$129,223
Q2/20$291,738$225,762$169,487$248,316$230,130
Q3/20$282,252$287,800$178,488$209,362$215,300

Last Updated: September 24th, 2020

Source: Canadian Real Estate Association

Your Nova Scotia mortgage questions, answered.

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Variable or fixed: which is more popular?

On LowestRates.ca, you can secure either a fixed or variable rate mortgage loan. But, what do users prefer? Generally, variable rate loans have come with lower rates than fixed rate loans, which makes them more popular among LowestRates.ca users. However, due to the economic circumstances between 2019 and 2020, the difference between the two has gotten smaller and smaller. While variable rates are still lower, they’re lower by a much smaller margin.This means that regardless of whether you go with a fixed or variable rate on LowestRates.ca, you’re still getting a great deal.

About Nova Scotia

Even though it’s the second smallest province in Canada by area, Nova Scotia is home to more than 900,000 people. This relatively large population makes Nova Scotia the second most densely populated province in the country, with 17 residents per square kilometer, according to Statistics Canada. One of Canada's three Maritime Provinces, Nova Scotia’s vehicle license plate description is 'Canada's Ocean Playground,' and for good reason — the province has more than 7,400 kilometres of coastline! Residents and visitors can enjoy the varied nature of the province, from bucolic inland farms to the stunning scenery of Cape Breton and bustling urban life in Halifax. The province boasts a thriving economy driven mainly by fishing, forestry and tourism.

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