Rising Interest Rates, New Mortgage Rules, and Variable vs Fixed Mortgages in Canada for 2023

Sean Cooper Interview - Interest Rates, Mortgages, Variable vs Fixed

With the significant increase in interest rates over the past year, and with home buying and selling season right around the corner, I thought it would be great to have our resident mortgage expert on the show, to go over the implications of this higher interest rate environment that we’re in. 

Whether you’re getting a new mortgage, or are considering refinancing, we tackle whether you should go with a variable rate or fixed rate mortgage in this current interest rate environment.

There could also be some new mortgage rules coming out this spring as well, so we cover what those are so that you can be better prepared. 

You might have also been experiencing quite a bit of a payment shock if you hold a variable rate mortgage, with a drastic increase in your monthly mortgage payments. And, if you’re a fixed rate mortgage holder, then you’re not out of the woods either, as when your mortgage inevitably comes up for renewal, you might very well be forced into a much higher rate on your new mortgage than what you’ve been used to over the past few years. We’re going to cover this new challenge that you may be facing, with these higher rates, along with some things you can do to lower your monthly mortgage payments, despite these increases in rates.

Our Guest:

Our guest today is the show’s resident mortgage expert, Sean Cooper. He’s who I go to and who I send friends and family to for any mortgage related questions.

Sean is the bestselling author of the book, “Burn Your Mortgage”. He bought his first house when he was only 27 in Toronto and paid off his mortgage in just 3 years by age 30.

These days, Sean’s helping others burn their mortgages too, as an independent mortgage broker.

Sean has offered to answer for free, any questions that you, the Build Wealth Canada listeners have. I’ve set up a special page for him so all you have to do is go to buildwealthcanada.ca/sean, and there you can send him a message with your questions.

Or, if you prefer, you can even pick a time on his calendar for a phone or video call to get your questions answered with him live, for free.

Sean is a licensed mortgage broker too so I definitely also encourage you to reach out to him if you’re looking to get a new mortgage or if your mortgage is coming up for renewal, as at the very least he’ll be able to provide you with a short list of the best mortgages that he’s been able to find across all of Canada from the 60+ lenders that he monitors.

None of this costs you anything, and there’s no obligation to get your mortgage through him or use any of those suggested mortgages.

At the very least, you’ll get some good education and research on the top mortgages available in Canada right now, you’ll learn what to look for when choosing your next mortgage, and you can always decide later whether you’d like him to help you with the process, or if you want to do it all yourself. It doesn’t cost you anything regardless.

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Questions from the Episode:

  1. In 2022, the Bank of Canada raised interest rates 8 times. The prime rate went up a whopping 4%. So far we have already seen one increase of the prime rate in 2023. As someone that’s in the industry, what are you hearing and what do you think is in store for mortgage rates in 2023, 2024 and beyond?

  2. With all these mortgage rate changes that we’ve seen in the recent past, what are some considerations when choosing between a fixed rate and a variable rate mortgage?

  3. What’s happening in the real estate market right now (so the first quarter of 2023 which is when we’re recording this episode)? And is now a good time to buy a home?

  4. I heard there could be some new mortgage rules coming out in the spring. Can you tell us about those and how they may affect buyers? 

  5. For anybody new to working with a mortgage broker, can you speak to how it works, and whether you have to pay for the services of a mortgage broker?

  6. What are some ways to qualify for a higher home purchase price, despite the new pending mortgage rules? 

  7. A lot of people are facing “payment shocks” right now. If your mortgage is coming up for renewal in the next few months and you currently are locked into a low fixed rate, you can expect your payment to jump at renewal. What are some things you can do to lower your payment back down?


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