The Mortgage is up for renewal.
The average mortgage is Toronto is just under 300K. Source. While watching current rates offered to new borrowers we received our Offer to Renew.
I was shocked to see that as a new Buyer my Trusted Mortgage Advisor could obtain 3.0% (a few basis points below) fixed for 5 years. Why was I being offered 4.4% for the same term?
- Had I missed any payments?
- Had I been problematic?
- Was it in collections?
- Values dropping and they want out?
- Advance to Value declining?
The lending institution is gambling that you will not spend a thousand to $1,500 to refinance and move your business elsewhere. We contacted another lender who waived their appraisal and application fees, needed only redocumented legals and a registration on title (lawyer fee). Yes we paid a discharge Fee and Leave Lender Fee; and extra $500.00
They gave us the 3.0% refinance package for 5 years saving me a HARD DOLLAR amount of $4,200 in the first year and the same in each following four years. An actual savings of $20,000 that can go to principal reduction or other debt repayment instead of bank profits. Do you have other bills you could have paid?
When we contacted the existing Mortgage Company they said; "Why are you moving your mortgage?" We responded "We received a better rate." Their mortgage rep then said "We can match that to keep your business! Me: "Why didn't you give us that in the first place?" Silence.....
We had already signed the commitment with the second Lender. Legals had been obtained and quoted. I don't have a [money] large enough accounts like UNIONS to threaten the bank with a withdrawal.
Have you had a similar experience?
Can I recommend a Trusted Mortgage Advisor? It may even be with the same bank!
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