Bank of Canada Holds Rates: What It Means for You

Bank of Canada Holds Rates: What It Means for You

Hey everyone! Let's talk about the recent Bank of Canada news and a bit about how interest rates work, which is super important for understanding your mortgage.

The Bank of Canada has kept the main interest rate at 5.00%. This rate is crucial because it influences the cost of borrowing money, like when you get a mortgage. There are two types of interest rates for mortgages:

Fixed-rate Mortgage: This rate doesn't change throughout your mortgage term. It's great for stability and especially useful if interest rates are expected to rise.

Variable-rate Mortgage: This comes in two flavors. One type changes with the bank's Prime rate, affecting both your interest rate and payments. The other type keeps your payments the same, but how much goes towards your loan principal varies with the Prime rate.

For those with variable-rate mortgages, your payments remain the same right now. Fixed-rate mortgage holders aren't affected by this decision. The Bank is keeping an eye on inflation and might adjust rates in the future. Their next update is on January 24, 2024.

Confused or concerned about how this impacts you? Feel free to reach out, we would be happy to help as much as we can and refer you to a qualified mortgage professional.

For the nitty-gritty details, check out the Bank of Canada's full statement here.

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