Have you ever heard of the term rate hold?
If you have ever worked with a mortgage broker, chances are, you have!
Rate holds are something that the majority of lenders offer to potential clients purchasing a new home who need a mortgage. Rate holds are generally not given out for people refinancing their mortgage or looking to transfer it from one lender to another.
120 days is the longest rate hold available with lenders. Once you have created an application with a mortgage broker, they can submit it to an available lender offering rate holds on an interest rate you want to take advantage of- all without a property attached.
This rate hold does not commit you to working with a lender, does not commit you to working with the mortgage broker who submitted it, and does not hurt your chances of receiving an approval down the road (assuming you and your mortgage broker have not submitted multiple rate holds and plan to use a third or fourth lender).
For example, day one you submit your application to a lender for a fixed interest rate of 3.24% for 5-years, and on day 60 that interest rate moves to 3.54%, as long as your mortgage closes in the next 60 days, you are protected and can keep your 3.24% rate. If rates go down, not up, you can also take advantage of the lower interest rate.
The one caveat I like to explain is that this rate hold still means that you must qualify for the mortgage. It’s imperative that documents be collected upfront, credit is pulled and verified and the property being purchased is appetizing to the lender. Otherwise, your rate hold is worth the piece of paper it’s printed on, and nothing more.
Once the 120 days expires, there is nothing stopping you from submitting another rate hold, it will just be subject to current interest rates the day of submission. If you have any questions, contact a Dominion Lending Centres Mortgage Professional who can help.