Winters can be brutal in Alberta, which is why people perk up so much in the spring and summer. When the weather warms up, Albertans can be found starting their spring cleaning, basking in the sunlight, starting a new hobby, or making a new purchase.
According to new data from ratehub.ca the spring and summer seasons may be the best time to get a mortgage. Ratehub took a look at data from 2016 to 2018 and found that there was a drop in fixed and variable mortgage rates between the months of April and July.
Spring sales are not a new concept. Retailers everywhere can be found taking advantage of renewed consumerism each spring. Mortgage lenders are no different.
James Laird, president of CanWise Financial, said, “Lenders and mortgage providers come out with their strongest promotions during the busy spring and summer home-buying season. Regardless of the interest rate environment, springtime is when lenders are willing to make the smallest margins in order to win business.”
“Lenders also come out with special promotion offers to incentivize borrowers to lock in a rate,” Laird continued. “Consumers can expect to see cash-back deals to help with closing costs and refinance fees.” This is a great incentive for existing mortgage owners who want to refinance but worry about the cost.
According to the ratehub data, in 2016 both the best five year fixed rate average and the best five year variable rate average went down in the spring/summer season. Between January and March the fixed rate was 2.37% and the variable rate was 2.06%. Between the months of April and July those rates dropped to 2.33% and 1.97% respectively.
Again in 2017 there was a drop in both rates. The fixed rate dropped from 2.3% to 2.25% and the variable rate dropped from 1.8% to 1.69%.
In 2018 we saw a rising rate environment but yet again the rates dipped in the spring/summer season. In the first quarter of the year the best fixed rated average was 3.2% but dropped to 3.04% between April and July. The best variable rate average was 2.2% in the first quarter and dropped to 1.86%.
Mortgage lenders are highly motivated to participate in competitive spring pricing. “[Lenders] do so in order to hit their annual mortgage volume targets… In most cases, lenders will hit their targets during Q2 (April to June) and, as a result, tend to be less competitive with promotions during the latter half of the year.”
If, however, this year isn’t your year, you may not have to wait until next spring to see a drop in mortgage interest rates. October is also often a good month to plan for a mortgage. “All of Canada’s major domestic private banks end their fiscal year on October 31,” Laird said. “Lenders who want to get an early start on their targets for the next year will come out with their promotions during this time period.”
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