Do Mortgage Rates vary depending on the type of house or condo

Do Mortgage Rates vary depending on the type of house or condo

There is not one set mortgage rate that everyone gets when it comes time to buy a property. Depending on your own financial situation, the downpayment you are placing on the home, the location, and also what kind of property you are purchasing. It is relatively common knowledge that if you are buying a business or commercial property that the mortgage rate will be higher, often by around 25%-75%. When it comes to mortgage rates for residential property though, there are still discrepancies depending on the type of dwelling you are purchasing. Many people are surprised to find out when they are looking to buy a condo or townhome that the interest rate is higher than if they were buying a detached home.

Risky Business

Condos are a riskier loan than a detached home, and financial institutions will look into a variety of factors that are unique to condo living when they are deciding to lend to you. Financial institutions do not like vacant condo buildings, and will usually need a certain percentage of units in the building to have people living in them. They also may look into how one single individual owns many units in the condo. If a single person owns more than 10% of units in the building that may be a problem. Sometimes, if it is a new build, lenders also do not want to lend money unless the project has been mostly sold, upwards of 90%.

One of the most significant risks though is the shared property that a condo owner has a part in. There is the individual condo unit but a divided interest in all of the common areas that exist. If the condo association does not have enough in reserve, proper insurance, or there is mismanagement, the condo company can be open to lawsuits, the building may fall into disrepair, and the bank’s investment – which is your property in the case that you default on your mortgage – is not as appealing as a detached home without these issues.

Considering these issues with condos, as well as the general difficulties with owners sharing space, paying condo fees, and general condo living, lenders, consider these loans to be riskier than a loan for a detached home.

Higher Prices

Considering the risks associated with condos, lenders will perform price adjustments and hike the interest rates for condo properties. This hike fluctuates between lenders and banks, and so if you are purchasing a condo with a mortgage, you will need to shop around to find a rate that works for you. On average, condos will have an interest rate that is higher by one-eighth to one-quarter of a percent. This applies to refinancing your mortgage as well.

Consider Your Options

First time home buyers in Edmonton need to take the realities of condo ownership into account before they buy. Mortgage rates can be higher, and there will be condo fees and the fact of communal living. The positive is a great way to enter the home market, as many condos fetch a better price than a detached home, and those new to the real estate market can begin to build their portfolio and personal wealth. Contact us today at Collin Bruce if you are in the market for a condo, and we will help you find the best mortgage rate possible.

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The Collin Bruce Mortgage Team is stepping up to continue K-97’s support of the Rock and Roll Society of Edmonton’s Centre for Arts and Music (CAM); aimed at mentoring a new generation of musicians, with a special focus on vulnerable youth in our community.

With a focus on youth at risk in our community, CAM reaches out to children who would otherwise have few opportunities to participate in the arts. Our goal is to reach them during critical after school hours through music. At CAM, children learn how to write songs, play instruments and perform together on stage. In the process, they earn self- esteem, respect for themselves and others, and much needed self-confidence.



“I have went through the Collin Bruce Mortgage Team 3 times since 2015 and every time has been flawless and so easy (twice for purchase, once for a renewal). They communicate very well and respond quickly. They also help sort out any issues with lenders quickly. I recommend Collin Bruce to all my family and friends when they talk about getting a mortgage. They have always represented my interests well by getting me the best possible rate and they have access to many lenders.”

Tyler (Edmonton)