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Conventional vs. high-ratio mortgages: which is cheaper?
Mortgages come in two basic flavours—conventional and high-ratio. If you have a substantial down payment—at least 20% of the purchase price of your new home—you qualify for a conventional mortgage. That means your lender is backing the mortgage without any additional guarantees.
If you have less than 20% for a down payment, you’ll be taking on a high-ratio mortgage. You’ll need to buy mortgage insurance, which guarantees your lender will be repaid. Expect your insurance to cost between 2.8% and 4% of your total mortgage, depending on the size of your down payment.
But don’t despair over this added expense. High-ratio mortgages can come with lower interest rates than conventional mortgages. Since your mortgage is insured, your lender significantly reduces any risks associated with lending you money.
If you have the option of choosing between a conventional and a high-ratio mortgage, talk to your Yukon mortgage broker before deciding which flavour is right for you.
Conventional 5-year fixed mortgage rates vs. high ratio 5-year fixed mortgage rates in Yukon
Average Conventional Rate
Average High Ratio Rate
Last Updated: May 1, 2022
Fixed rate vs. variable rate mortgages: which is cheaper?
With a fixed rate mortgage, you’ll pay interest at a set rate for the entire term of your mortgage loan. With a variable rate Yukon mortgage, your interest payments will fluctuate as rates move up or down. Variable rate mortgages usually cost less than even fixed-rate loans — and they can save you even more money if rates fall over the term of your mortgage. But you could end up paying more if rates increase. Is the risk worth it? We’ve pulled Yukon data from LowestRates.ca’s user database to see how variable rates in Yukon stack up against Yukon fixed mortgage rates. Check out historical 5-year mortgage rates for Yukon. This will help you determine the average mortgage rate for Yukon.
The Bank of Canada has signaled that rate increases are on the horizon but not until the second half of 2022. That means whether you’re searching for a variable rate or the best fixed Yukon mortgage rates, you’re getting a great deal right now.
5-year fixed vs. 5-year variable mortgage rates in Yukon
Last Updated: May 1, 2022
Factors that affect your Yukon mortgage rate
What drives mortgage rates? The answer is a complex one. Big surprise, the economy has a lot to do with it. When growth is strong, rates go up. When the economy is weak, mortgage lenders drop their rates. That’s as true in Yukon as it is anywhere else in the country. At the start of 2021, mortgage rates in the Yukon fell to historic lows.
The mortgage rate you’re offered by your Yukon mortgage agent today — regardless if they are a dedicated agent at a bank or a broker — depends on how much you want to borrow, the type of mortgage you choose, and your current (and past) financial profile.
For example, mortgage term — that’s the number of years until you have to renew it — will affect your interest rate. Shorter-term loans (six months to two years, for example) generally carry lower rates. This is because lenders can predict with more certainty where interest rates will be when it comes time to renew.
Longer-term mortgages usually have higher interest rates, but they do offer an opportunity to lock in a good deal if you think mortgage interest rates in Yukon will rise substantially in the coming years. The most popular mortgage term length among Canadian homeowners is five years.
Your ability to secure cheap mortgage rates in Yukon depends on your financial history. As such, your interest rate will also be affected by your ability to take on debt, based on your income. Mortgage lenders determine this ability using a metric called the “debt to income ratio.” To calculate the ratio, they add up all your debt obligations — credit card balances, line of credit payments, auto loans and so on — and determine what percentage of your gross monthly income goes to debt payments. The lower your ratio, the greater your ability to make mortgage payments. A lower interest rate on a mortgage generally follows.2A
When you’re shopping for a mortgage — and even before then — you’ll want to review your credit history and work to ensure it’s in great shape. That’s because your credit score will affect the mortgage interest rate you’re offered. Essentially, the better your score, the lower the rate you’ll be eligible for. Unfortunately, a bad credit score (anything 650 and below) will impact your ability to get a low rate from lenders in Yukon. Even with bad credit, you can still get a mortgage but your rate will be substantially higher than someone with a better score. Homebuyers who have a track record proving a stable income and the ability to make payments on time will be able to secure the lowest mortgage rates in Yukon.
Typical mortgage amount in Yukon
Whitehorse house with 5% down: $429,248
(Assumptions: Avg. price of home per CREA, Jan. 2021: $451,840.)
Whitehorse house with 20% down: $361,472
(Assumptions: Avg. price of home per CREA, Jan. 2021: $451,840.)
Yukon’s housing market and home prices
Average home price in Yukon: $451,8405
Average price detached home in Whitehorse: $598,800 (Q4 2020)
Average price condominium in Whitehorse: $459,900 (Q4 2020)
Average price duplex in Whitehorse: $466,100 (Q4 2020)
Yukon closing costs and land transfer tax
There are no land-transfer taxes in the Yukon but there are flat fees:
An assurance fee (charged when the property’s purchase price is greater than the value of the property at the time of its last transfer)
A flat transfer fee based on the price of your property (ranging between $50-$750)
Another flat fee based on the value of your mortgage (between $50-$1,000)
The only tax to be paid is 5% GST on new construction.
Yukon real estate transactions come with the usual closing costs. These include legal fees, fees required by the provincial government to register your deed, and title insurance, and a home inspection.
Information for first-time homebuyers in Yukon
Federal rules state that you must at least have a down payment of 5% to qualify for a mortgage in the Yukon and elsewhere in Canada.
You might be eligible for the federal government’s First-Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit, which is worth $5,000. In order to be considered a first-time buyer, you can’t have lived in a home owned by yourself or your partner within the past four years. You must also be purchasing a “qualifying home,” which includes single-family homes, semi-detached, townhouses, mobile homes, and condos. Speak to your mortgage advisor for the full list.
You may be wondering if there is such a thing as a no-down-payment mortgage in the Yukon, also known as zero-down mortgages. The answer is no. The Canadian government banned no-down-payment mortgages in the Yukon and the rest of Canada in 2008.
If you find you don’t have any money for a down payment (hence why you’re looking for a 0-down mortgage in Yukon) you could borrow the money from a private lender. This can be expensive, though. How expensive are private mortgage rates in the Yukon? It’s an unregulated industry, so the broker and lender can set the rate. In some cases, the interest rate can be as high as 20%.
Ottawa offers a rebate on the GST or the federal portion of HST paid on the sale of new or substantially renovated homes. Qualifying for this program can be tough, so talk to your mortgage advisor to see if you’ll qualify.
Homebuyers who receive the federal Disability Tax Credit may also qualify for up to $10,000 in tax credits for renovations that make their homes more accessible. People who care for seniors or those with disabilities may also qualify. If you receive disability credits already, we recommend asking your mortgage advisor about additional tax breaks.
The Yukon government offers a loan program to people who want to build or buy a home in a rural community and cannot get a mortgage from a bank. Those who qualify are eligible for mortgages with amortizations up to 30 years on five-year terms. The interest rates on these mortgages are competitive with posted bank rates.
The Yukon government also offers funding for home upgrades. Yukon homeowners with household incomes of less than $103,000 can qualify. Eligible upgrades include those related to emergency repairs, energy efficiency, accessibility, overcrowding, or health and safety.
There are a number of mortgage calculators for the Yukon that will help you gain more clarity about your fixed expenses (and it’s very important to have a good idea about what these will be when you’re buying a house!).
What’s the difference between a mortgage term and an amortization period?
The amortization period on your mortgage is the total number of years you expect it will take to pay off the entire loan. Most new mortgages come with amortizations of 25 years, although periods can range from one year to 30 years.
A mortgage term represents the length of time your lender will provide a given interest rate. When the term ends, you need to renegotiate your mortgage. You can do this with your current lender or you can try a new financial institution. Most lenders offer terms ranging from six months to 10 years. The most sought-after mortgage rates on our site are for 5-year fixed mortgages.
What’s the difference between an open mortgage vs. a closed mortgage?
The difference between open and closed mortgages is simple whether you are in Yukon or anywhere else in Canada: With an open mortgage, you can pay off, refinance or renegotiate your mortgage agreement before its term ends without paying a penalty. If you have a closed mortgage, you must wait until the end of your term to renegotiate or freely make payments against the principal.
The rates on closed mortgages in the Yukon are generally lower than the rates on open mortgages in the Yukon. You’ll also usually have the ability to make limited annual payments against your mortgage principal without penalty. They are generally between 10% and 20% of the principle. People who expect to be able to make larger payments — say from bonuses at work or inheritances — may prefer open mortgages. The interest rate may be higher, but the ability to make large payments against the principal can pay off in the bigger picture.
How much does it cost to live in Yukon?
Yukon is a beautiful territory of mountain wilderness and wild rivers. Even with its long winters, it’s no wonder people who love the outdoor lifestyle choose to move here. But the lifestyle can be expensive. The Yukon is a remote region and the typical cost of living can run high compared to other parts of Canada. For example, the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the City of Whitehorse — where 70% of the population lives —stood at $1,210 a month at the end of 2019.13 Electricity costs 14.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, assuming your household uses 1,000-kilowatt hours per month.14You can also expect to pay in the neighbourhood of $1.30 per litre for gasoline. The upside is that incomes in Yukon reflect the cost of living. In 2018, the median family income was $111,030.
How much does getting a lower interest rate matter in Yukon?
Getting a low interest rate on your mortgage will save you money in both the short and long term.
There are also other facets of a mortgage you need to pay attention to. For example, most mortgages allow you to make lump-sum payments on your mortgage principal without penalty. An open mortgage lets you pay off the entire amount whenever you like. Closed mortgages only allow limited pre-payments but generally come with lower interest rates. So, consider your cash flow over the long term when choosing a mortgage. If you expect a windfall down the road, you may be better off paying a bit more in monthly interest on an open mortgage for the ability to make a large lump sum payment.
You should also consider whether you want a “portable” mortgage when you buy your home. Portability allows you to transfer the balance of your mortgage, its term and interest rate to the purchase of a new home if you decide to move before your mortgage term ends. This means you avoid penalties for breaking a mortgage early, which can be very costly.
But remember, not all mortgages are portable, especially variable rate mortgages. If you think you might want to sell your home before the end of your mortgage term—maybe you have a growing family—think twice before signing up for that low-interest variable rate plan.
Your questions about LowestRates.ca, answered.
How are mortgage rates determined on LowestRates.ca?
LowestRates.ca can compare rates from 75+ banks and brokers to bring you competitive house mortgage rates for your Yukon home. We’re also always adding new partners to our digital marketplace. We work with our partners to obtain their best deals and offers and then we let them compete for your business. After answering a few questions, you’ll be provided with today’s mortgage rates. There’s no obligation for you, the consumer. If you want, you can choose to speak with our broker partners to lock in your best rate. Our partners can also work with you to see if you qualify for even more savings.
Is it safe to get a mortgage online?
Yes, it’s safe to get a mortgage on LowestRates.ca — and Canadians are increasingly turning to sites like ours to do just that. Reputable Canadian financial institutions now offer the ability to start the mortgage process online. When using LowestRates.ca, you can be assured that your credit score won’t be affected and your information is secure. The only time we share your information is when you indicate that you want to speak with one of our broker partners, and even then, we only share your information with that entity. We take care of the heavy lifting by comparing the market for you and can connect you with the best mortgage lenders in the country.
How do I know I’m getting the lowest rate?
We have a strong selection of lenders on LowestRates.ca including the big banks and many independent providers and we’re adding more lenders all the time. This ensures we’re always delivering you a competitive rate. Even if you’re not ready to commit to anything, you can use our site as a starting point for research. LowestRates.ca is totally free for you and you’re under no obligation to speak with a broker or secure a mortgage.
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