Last week BMO and later TD Canada Trust launched a 5 year promo with a 2.99% fixed rate. Though this is an excellent rate there are conditions that will limit its use. Currently it is a two week promotion, valid until January 25th. The main terms of BMO's special are as follows:

  • Maximum amortization is 25 years.
  • Rate hold up to 90 days.
  • Pre-approvals are allowed.
  • Lump sum pre-payments: 10% maximum per year (half of the 20% normally allowed).
  • Optional payment increase: 10% maximum per year (half of the 20% normally allowed).
  • Term: Fully closed unless you sell the property, refinance (with BMO only) or early renewal into another BMO mortgage.
  • BMO Skip-a-Payment: Not available.
  • Other details: Not available to non-owner occupied rental properties.

Most importantly, client is tied to BMO for the entire 5 year term of their mortgage, even if they want to break it and pay a penalty, they are forced to stay with BMO. Client loses negotiating power. Average 5 year term with most lenders today for qualified buyers is 3.39% and the 4 year term is available at 2.99%.

Tricia Greer

Tricia Greer

Sales Representative
CENTURY 21 Millennium Inc., Brokerage*
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