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Old 2019-03-03, 02:17 PM
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Default 5Y Fix vs variable rate vs predictions

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I just secured a 2.75% (Prime -1.20) 5YR variable rate. The trust cie also offered a 3.14% 5YR fixed rate as a promotion. I am waving and I know I am not the only one, it is typical.

Looks like many financial specialists agree there are still a few hikes coming for the next 2 years. In that case, fixed rate is a clear winner. But the mortgage penalty (IRD) on a fixed rate is strongly affected by future fixed rate and could cost me a lot.

Except for penalty and predictions, anything that could help me on this decision?

Tks

Edit: 3.34, not 3.14%

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The biggest question in my mind would be how big is your mortgage and how well could you weather an increase?

In the beginning of my mortgage buying days I was going fixed because I didn't have a lot of wiggle room and wanted to know what my payments would be. During the last round they offered me such a fabulous rate, that I knew the rates couldn't stay that low, so again went fixed.

The next time it will be a relatively small mortgage, so I might go variable. Historically you can get a better deal with variable rates, if you can weather the potential increases.
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Old 2019-03-04, 10:04 PM
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The biggest question in my mind would be how big is your mortgage and how well could you weather an increase?

In the beginning of my mortgage buying days I was going fixed because I didn't have a lot of wiggle room and wanted to know what my payments would be. During the last round they offered me such a fabulous rate, that I knew the rates couldn't stay that low, so again went fixed.

The next time it will be a relatively small mortgage, so I might go variable. Historically you can get a better deal with variable rates, if you can weather the potential increases.
HMB? Hi neighbor

With variable I could weather well an increase. That might not be a winner this term but it is always a winner long term.

I would not wave and go with a fixed rate if it was not for the crazy penalty (IRD), specially if I decide to terminate the agreement in the middle of the term. Nobody mean to do that but things happen in life.

But yeah, if it was for a small mortgage, variable is an easy one.
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HMB? Hi neighbor

I would not wave and go with a fixed rate if it was not for the crazy penalty (IRD), specially if I decide to terminate the agreement in the middle of the term. Nobody mean to do that but things happen in life.
There are usually the same penalties to break a variable rate mortgage as a fixed rate, especially if it's for a specified term.

Yup, I'm in HMB. Love the area, even more so when they fix Greenbank.
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