As a result of yesterdays 0.25% increase in prime rate, the lenders have increased there prime rate from 3.45% to 3.70%. As available variable rates are between 0.5% and 1% below prime, a variable rate mortgage would be between 2.7% and 3.2%. This is still below 5 year fixed rate levels.
When considering variable versus mortgage options, I like to make the analogy of purchasing insurance versus investing the cost of the insurance. In most cases the individual is better to invest than purchase insurance. (ie. better to be variable than fixed)
However, should something unforeseen happen, the presence of insurance would be preferred.
In other words, a person's risk nature is the number one factor in determining fixed versus variable.
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