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Competition = Low Mortgage Rates

Many Albertans apply for a mortgage with just one lender, often their bank, without shopping around without realizing that competition always results in the best deal.

We will survey the market and search dozens of mortgage lenders to find the best rates in Canada. This FREE unbiased service ensures that you will receive low mortgage rates and huge savings over the term of your mortgage:

Term
Our Rate
Bank Rate
Savings
 
3 years 2.29 3.65 $9,821.94
5 years 2.34 4.64 $27,274.27
7 years 3.44 5.30 $30,676.27
 
Above calculation based on a $250,000.00 mortgage loan over a 25-year amortization period using a monthly payment schedule (mortgage loan for an average Calgary inner-city two-story home).
* Mortgages and rates subject to change without notice.

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  • Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

  • Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

  • Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

  • Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

  • Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

  • Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

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Straight from the horse's mouth. You won't find better advice anywhere—from the province's leading provider in home financing. Alberta Equity has been helping Albertans get the best from their mortgage in terms of rates, features and service since 2001.

Fixed Rate vs. Variable Rate

Fixed vs Variable Rate

FIXED RATE
A "fixed rate" mortgage simply means that the interest rate on the money you borrow stays at a locked or "fixed" rate. This means that your interest rate is not subject to change and the rate at which you pay back your loan is always the same. There are some advantages to having a fixed rate when you consider the nature of the inflation rate. The value of your home should continue to increase year to year while the principle amount will continue to decrease.

VARIABLE RATE
A "variable rate" mortgage or below prime rate mortgage is a mortgage where the interest rate is subject to change depending on the prime rate. Most of these mortgage products are based on a formula using the prime interest rate less a discount. For example, if you choose a below prime rate mortgage with a rate of Prime minus 0.5% then your rate would be calculated at any given time using this formula. So if prime were 4% then the interest rate on your mortgage would be 3.5%.

When Applying for your Mortgage

When applying for your mortgage it is beneficial to have the following information readily available:

  • A current salary statement or letter from your employer
  • A confirmation such as a letter or bank statement showing the source of your down payment
  • Financial statements for the last three years and personal income tax returns if you are self employed
  • A copy of the accepted purchase offer
  • Details on the property being purchased such a land survey or an MLS print out
  • Building plans, specifications, and the builder agreement if you are buying a home that is to be constructed

Tips on Saving for a Down Payment

If saving for a down payment seems impossible, think again. The following tips will help you achieve this realistic goal:

  • Set a goal by determining what you can afford to spend on a home
  • Calculate how much you need to save (generally 5% of the purchase price, although more is better)
  • Remember to include closing costs and other expenses related to the purchase into how much you need to save
  • Be realistic and pace your savings according to your desired purchase date (e.g. If you want to purchase your home within a year, take the calculated down payment amount, add the amount for closing costs and other expenses, then divide by the number of months until the purchase date).

Money Saving Tips

Let us find the best lowest rate!

When dealing with your bank, you only deal with one lender. At Alberta Equity Mortgages, we shop the market from coast to coast comparing rates from hundreds of Canadian banks, mortgage lenders, trust companies and credit unions. This allows us to find you the lowest mortgage rates and best possible terms in Canada. And, if that's not enough, we will do all the paperwork necessary to get your mortgage application pre-approved, saving you the time, money and trouble of going to the bank.