Canadian Homeowners Quick To Pay Off Their Mortgages

According to the CMHC in a recent survey, Canadians reported that they were eager to pay off their mortgages as quicklyCMHC - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation as possible.

Not exactly breaking news – who in their right mind would want to be indebted to a bank longer than absolutely necessary?

Why am I blogging about it then? Despite the duh-factor headline, when one looks further into the survey, some of the numbers are actually quite surprising.

  • 78% of homeowners expressed an interest in paying off their mortgage as fast as possible.
  • 33% had made a lump-sum payment for this purpose
  • A whopping 84% of homeowners who make weekly or biweekly payments on the mortgage are doing so at an increased rate in order to pay off the mortgage quicker. [as little as 10% extra per month can shave years off your mortgage and save you tens of thousands in interest].
  • Half of those surveyed said they would use extra money to pay down the mortgage whenever possible

Other items in the survey included confidence levels about housing debt: 85% of respondents felt comfortable that they could handle their mortgage debt load.

Also, Canadians were overall happy with the mortgage process and the service they received; 85% reported being satisfied. The number of people using the services of a mortgage broker rose from 27% in last year’s survey to 33% this year. I am surprised it is this low, actually. Mortgage brokers provide better rates with better service in most cases, ‘shopping’ your file to as many as 50 different lenders who compete for your loan.

The full CMHC survey can be found here.

Tim Ayres 

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Published by Tim Ayres

Tim Ayres is a Sooke and Victoria BC REALTOR®, with Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty. Tim is actively involved in helping clients buying and selling real estate in the southern Vancouver Island region. Tim is an active member of the Victoria Real Estate Board and served seven years (2009-2015) as a director, including serving as President in 2014.

2 thoughts on “Canadian Homeowners Quick To Pay Off Their Mortgages

  1. Hi Maggie,

    Thanks for the comment, and I’ll be sure to have a look at your new blog. I’ve really been enjoying the 2-way interaction between my readers and I since I started. Market on the Island is doing well, but lots of inventory. Should pan out to be a decent year with interest rates so low, but affordability is an ever-increasing concern. Prices will edge up slightly, and reasonably/realistically priced homes will still attract lots of activity, even multiple offers.

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