One basis point (“bps”) equals one one-hundredth of a percentage point (0.01%). On a $300,000 mortgage, a rate that is one bps higher boosts the payment by a scant $1.49 a month. From the way some folks select a mortgage, however, it might as well be $149 a month.
With 35-50% of home sales attributed to first-time buyers (depending on the year and survey), it’s vital for mortgage marketers and industry watchdogs to understand the traits and risks of this demographic. That includes understanding how well prepared young Canadians are to buy a home, and to handle rate hikes, price corrections and unemployment.
Lenders set their fixed rates based on bond yield, competition by other lenders, expenses, possible risks and profitability. It is up to each mortgage lender to decide the interest rate it wants to charge for mortgages.