What's the difference between an open term and closed term mortgage?
An open term mortgage allows you to pay back your mortgage in part or in full at any point during your mortgage term. Unlike closed term mortgages, open term mortgages have no penalties for early re-payment.
On the flip side, closed term mortgages have lower interest rates than open term mortgages. They also have more restrictive prepayment allowances. A prepayment being any additional payments you make towards your mortgage, that is above your regularly scheduled mortgage payment.
Canada Life mortgage prepayments
Canada Life allows you to pay off an additional 15% of your outstanding mortgage principal balance every year, without penalty, on closed term mortgages. Making prepayments beyond 15% will result in Canada Life charging you a prepayment penalty. To see how much in prepayment penalties you could face, check out Canada Life's own prepayment penalty calculator.
What's the difference between a fixed rate and variable rate mortgage with Canada Life?
With a fixed rate mortgage, your interest rate and mortgage payment will remain the same for the duration of your mortgage term. You don't have to worry about rising interest rates causing your borrowing costs to increase.
A variable rate mortgage, on the other hand, has a floating interest rate that fluctuates along with Canada Life's prime lending rate. If their prime lending rate increases, more of your mortgage payment will go towards paying interest, and less will go towards paying down the principal.
Canada Life also offers an adjustable rate mortgage. An adjustable rate mortgage is similar to a variable rate mortgage, but if prime lending rates change, so will your overall mortgage payment.
Canada Life mortgage rates
Canada Life offers fixed rate closed term mortgages in term lengths ranging from 6 months to 10 years. Open term mortgages come in either 6 month or 1 year term lengths.
If you make a down payment of less than 20% on your home purchase, you could receive one of Canada Life's insured mortgage offers. These lower down payment mortgages are referred to has "insured" mortgages because they're required to have mortgage default insurance. Canada Life's insured mortgage rates are only available on 3, 4, and 5 year fixed rate terms.
If you can handle fluctuating interest rates, Canada Life offers a 5 year variable rate mortgage and a 5 year adjustable rate mortgage. Both of these floating rate mortgages offer lower interest rates upfront, but if Canada Life's prime lending rate increases, so will your borrowing cost.
Getting a mortgage with Canada Life
When you're ready to move forward with a mortgage from Canada Life, you can contact them to speak with an advisor. The advisor will guide you through the mortgage application process, as well as answer any questions you may have about Canada Life's mortgage products.
About Canada Life
Headquartered in Winnipeg, Canada Life primarily provides life insurance products to its clients. They also offer a variety of wealth management, retirement planning, home financing, and business banking solutions as well.
The company was formed in 2019 through the merger of Great-West Life, London Life, and Canada Life into one brand. They have over 10,000 employees spread across offices in Winnipeg, London, Toronto, Montreal, and Regina.