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Best Mortgage Rates in Saskatchewan

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Saskatchewan Mortgage Rate Comparison

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Saskatchewan mortgage rate market

How to find the best mortgage rates in Saskatchewan.

While the Bank of Canada may still be in rate-raising mode, consumers would be wise to shop around for the best Saskatchewan mortgage rates possible.

  • Usings sites like RATESDOTCA is a great first start as it provides up-to-date comparisons and can connect you to a brokerage at the click of a button.
  • Talk to your real estate agent about options that suit your specific needs and financing.
  • Speak to your current bank or lender if you have one to see how they can assist you and if they will offer the best mortgage rates in Manitoba.
  • In general, the better your credit, the more likely you will find the best mortgage rates in Manitoba. So, do what you can to improve your credit score by paying off credit card balances and other personal debts, to the extent you can.
  • The interest rate is important, but there’s more to compare. Is there a prepayment penalty if you decide to refinance at some point? What are the total closing costs? Closing costs generally amount to 2% to 5% of the price of the home. If your home costs $150,000, expect to pay $3,000 to $7,500 in costs. That’s a big range, so it it would be wise of you to see what a lender typically charges.

How mortgages in Saskatchewan are regulated 

Mortgage regulation in Saskatchewan is handled at the provincial level and overseen by The Mortgage Brokerages and Mortgage Administrators Act (MBMA Act).

The MBMA Act and Regulations came into force on October 1, 2010. The MBMA Act and the MBMA Regulations provide the legislative framework for the regulation of mortgage brokerages, brokers, associates and mortgage administrators in Saskatchewan. Every person carrying on the business of brokering or administering mortgages in Saskatchewan is required to comply with the Act.

There are four licence types under the Act:

  • A mortgage brokerage is a corporation, partnership or sole proprietorship that:
    • Solicits another person to obtain a mortgage loan or to make an investment in a mortgage, but only if the soliciting is done on behalf of another person;
    • Negotiates or arranges a mortgage loan or an investment in a mortgage on behalf of another person;
    • Provides advice to a person with respect to the appropriateness of obtaining a particular mortgage loan; or, making a particular investment in a mortgage.
  • A broker is an individual who brokers mortgages on behalf of a mortgage brokerage and has the education and experience necessary to supervise an associate.
  • A mortgage associate is an individual who brokers mortgages on behalf of a mortgage brokerage.
  • A mortgage administrator is a corporation that:
    • Receives payments made by a borrower and remits those payments to the investor; or
    • Monitors the performance of a borrower with respect to his or her obligations under the mortgage

Saskatchewan mortgage performance

Quarter Mortgages Mortgages in arrears Mortgages in arrears (%)
Q2 2022 132,868 803 0.60%
Q1 2022 132,754 816 0.61%
Q4 2021 132,851 810 0.61%
Q3 2021 132,575 871 0.66%
Q2 2021 132,179 955 0.72%
Q1 2021 131,762 1,026 0.78%
Q4 2020 131,961 1,056 0.80%
Q3 2020 131,100 1,134 0.86%
Q2 2020 130,526 1,213 0.93%
Q1 2020 130,334 1,175 0.90%
Q4 2019 130,352 1,138 0.87%
Q3 2019 130,262 1,112 0.85%
Q2 2019 130,047 1,105 0.85%
Q1 2019 130,304 1,114 0.86%
Q4 2018 130,330 1,072 0.82%
Q3 2018 130,350 1,050 0.81%
Q2 2018 130,337 1,022 0.78%
Q1 2018 130,588 1,016 0.78%
Q4 2017 130,694 974 0.75%
Q3 2017 130,343 964 0.74%
Q2 2017 129,732 916 0.71%
Q1 2017 129,345 898 0.69%
Q4 2016 129,252 839 0.65%
Q3 2016 128,480 783 0.61%
Q2 2016 128,098 756 0.59%
Q1 2016 127,901 716 0.56%
Q4 2015 127,848 632 0.49%
Q3 2015 127,142 552 0.43%
Q2 2015 125,991 515 0.41%
Q1 2015 125,572 507 0.40%
Q4 2014 125,248 460 0.37%
Q3 2014 124,684 409 0.33%
Q2 2014 123,348 373 0.30%
Q1 2014 122,561 384 0.31%
Q4 2013 121,200 369 0.30%
Q3 2013 118,560 369 0.31%
Q2 2013 117,036 344 0.29%
Q1 2013 115,808 351 0.30%
Q4 2012 115,241 364 0.32%
Q3 2012 114,162 367 0.32%
Q2 2012 112,662 337 0.30%
Q1 2012 111,376 374 0.34%

Source: Canadian Bankers Association

Over the past 10 years, Saskatchewan homeowners have been the worst in Canada when it comes to paying mortgages on time, according to the Canadian Bankers Association.

In mid-year 2019, the province's arrears rate stood at 0.86%, the highest in the nation. CBA noted that this totalled 1,118 mortgages in arrears for three or more months out of the 130,106 extant mortgages in Saskatchewan at the time.

To compare, the national average arrears rate in that period was 0.23%. The rate was just 0.14% in BC, 0.35% in Manitoba, and 0.5% in Alberta.

Consumer demographics (younger buyers) and sustained low-interest rates in the years after the 2008-09 financial crisis, were major drivers of the phenomenon.

Saskatchewan housing market

It won’t surprise anyone to hear that year-over-year residential sales in Saskatchewan have declined. Recent interest rate hikes and spikes in inflation have caused the slow down. Year-over-year sales were down 9.2% and year-to-date they are down 9.7%.

Still, the 10-year average spread remains in positive territory with an average increase of 4.2% and year-to-date an increase of 22.4%. 

New listings have remained in a down cycle both in the short-term and longer term. Listings are down to 2,494 – a decrease of 1.7% year-over-year and 8.2% year-to-date. Over a 10-year cycle the average has been a decline of 9.0% and 9.2% year-to-date.

Relatively tight conditions are supporting further price gains in the province at a time when many cities in Canada are seeing some retraction of prices. In July, the benchmark price reached $335,100, slightly higher than the previous month and over five per cent higher than levels recorded in July 2021.

Tips for first time homebuyers in Saskatchewan

First time homebuyers likely have questions given their inexperience and the complicated ins-and-outs of purchasing a home. First time homebuyers may want to consider the following tips:

  • Budget: Figure out what you can comfortably afford before you look at too many “out-of-reach" options.
  • Pay off debt: Deal with existing debt. If you have debts that can be paid off or paid down, look at those first to shore up your credit rating.
  • Down payment: Before purchasing that first home, try to save up as much as possible for a down payment. The more you can provide, the less of a risk you are, which banks look favourably on.
  • Take advantage: Use the First Time Homebuyers’ Tax Credit.
  • Look at your needs today: That first home may be your forever home or it may be a starter home. Consider what your future housing needs are likely to be. It may inform the kind of home you are looking at and how much you want to spend versus save for a future purchase.
  • Comparison shop: Use RATESDOTCA to compare mortgage rates and options for your financing needs.

Frequently asked questions about mortgages in Saskatchewan

Learn what you need to know about getting a mortgage in Saskatchewan.

How much can I save by comparing the current Saskatchewan mortgage rates?

Comparing Saskatchewan mortgage rates is the best way to save money on interest rates. Sites like RATESDOTCA can assist with those comparisons and expedite the mortgage approval process when you decided on the best Manitoba mortgage rate to meet your needs.

Are Saskatchewan mortgage rates higher than other provinces?

Mortgage rates in Saskatchewan and other provinces with smaller populations, are generally a little bit higher than the more populous provinces of Ontario and B.C. due to reduced lender selection and limited competition.

While you may end up with a greater mortage rate in Saskatchewan, you can still find great rates through RATESDOTCA – which will vary by lender. So shopping around is a must.

What is the prime interest rate in Saskatchewan?

The prime rate in Canada is 5.45%. That is due to the recent rate hikes by the Bank of Canada to stave off inflation.

What is the minimum down payment required for a mortgage in Saskatchewan?

Generally, the minimum down payment required is 5% of the home's purchase price. Recent changes to the rules now allow this down payment to be borrowed, or you must possess this minimum as either available cash resources or as a gift from a family member.

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