Lock Interest Rate

by Colette
(Cornwall, ON, Canada)

Regarding When To Lock Your Interest Rate: Kate, Should I lock my interest rate? My bank in Canada is suggesting a home mortgage that is a 5 in 1. I might have that backwards! Essentially you lock in for 5 consecutive one year terms, I think.

The 1st year is 2.75 percent, the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th year is -.5 off prime. I can convert anytime to a longer term if I see the rates are going up. For example, if I have 4 years left, I can lock in for 5 years.

Do you think this is a good idea? Or should I lock my interest rate in right now for a 5 or 10 year term since the current mortgage rates are so low?

Kate Answers: When To Lock An Interest Rate

Dear Colette, Thank you for contacting Get-Your-Best-Mortgage-Rate.com and addressing the universal question, "When should I lock my interest rate"?

Many years ago, one of my first co-workers happened to be from Canada so I know enough from our discussions that I do NOT have enough knowledge to offer you a specific answer about Canadian mortgage products.

Perhaps though this would be of interest to you.

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