Updated: Jan 24, 2022
As the Bank of Canada is poised to possibly raise interest rates next week, a new survey has found that more than a third of homeowners spend more time planning their vacation than thinking about their mortgage.
“People should understand they are signing up for a long term commitment that is the largest purchase that most families will ever make,” said Huston Loke, Executive Vice President of Market Conduct with the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA).
After years of historic low interest rates many economists believe the Bank of Canada will start hiking it’s benchmark rate on Jan. 26 by 0.25 per cent, with more interest rate hikes to come later this year.
The FSRA said it’s new survey found that many people don't pay as much attention to their mortgage as they should, and if they did it could save them money.
The FSRA survey found that 38 per cent of those asked spent more time researching their next vacation than their mortgage.
“We know just how important these decisions are for borrowers,” said Loke.
Housing prices are rising, with the average price of a home in the GTA worth more than a million dollars and interest rates appear to be trending upward. The FSRA believes home owners could benefit from doing more research.
“This is part of a consumer being a smart consumer and being well informed and knowing the kind of professional they are dealing with. We encourage consumers to understand the mortgage decisions they are making," said Loke.
When getting a mortgage 67 per cent of homeowners use a bank specialist, while 29 per cent use a mortgage broker and three per cent use a private lender. Two per cent said they use other sources and the number does not add up to 100 due to rounding, according to the survey.