Later today, BMO is reportedly announcing the lowest advertised 5-year fixed rate ever for a Canadian bank.
It’s a 2-week promotion at 2.99%. Official announcement to follow.
This previously unthinkable rate has been eclipsed only by a handful of other mortgage companies. Those lenders (AGF Trust and Lendwise) made sub-3% rates available to brokers for brief spurts in 2011.
For those considering the Bank of Montreal (BMO) Low-Rate mortgage, be cognizant of its restrictions. Once you close, you cannot discharge this mortgage for five years unless due to a bona fide sale of the property.
Although, BMO does allow you to renew early, refinance to another BMO mortgage, or transfer your mortgage to a new property.