Borrowing money to buy a home is exciting, but it’s not free. Being approved for a mortgage loan comes with some costs. You’ll have one-time costs as well as ongoing expenses that come with homeownership. Here's what you need to know about borrowing money with a Manulife One mortgage.
Your mortgage interest rate is the fee your lender charges you to borrow money. It’s a percentage of your mortgage loan amount. Here’s an example: if you borrow $100,000 and your lender charges an interest rate of 5%, you’ll pay $5,000 per year in interest.
Interest rates for Manulife One
The Manulife One Base Rate is a variable interest rate used to determine the rate applicable to your Manulife One Main Account and any Variable-Rate Sub-Accounts. Refer to your Operating Agreement or log into your account for additional information on the interest rate specific to your account. The Manulife One Base Rate is set independently of Manulife Bank’s Prime lending rate and may change without notice.
If you divide your main account into sub-accounts, you’ll choose a fixed or variable interest rate for each individual sub-account. Please refer to your Operating Agreement or log in to our secure online banking for additional interest rate information.
The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) for Fixed Rate Accounts is set from time to time and is guaranteed for the term selected. Interest is calculated monthly and compounded semi-annually, not in advance. The early termination of a Fixed Rate Account will be subject to an interest penalty. APR is the total cost of borrowing provided as an annual percentage, which includes our current interest rate and charges such as appraisal costs and legal fees. As there are no charges applicable to set up a Fixed Rate Account under a Manulife One account, the APR is as stated above which is our current interest rate.
First and second-position mortgages
The current Manulife One interest rate is available on first-position accounts and as an introductory rate for second-position Manulife One accounts. If your first position mortgage renews and you keep your Manulife One account in second position:
- Your maximum borrowing limit will not increase
- A higher interest rate will be charged
The interest for positive balances and variable rate sub-accounts is compounded monthly. For fixed rate sub-accounts, interest is compounded semi-annually. However, it doesn’t really compound because the interest must be paid off each month. To do an apples-to-apples comparison of effective interest rates, you should add about 0.10% to 0.15% (10 to 15 Basis Points or BPS) to the posted Manulife One rates. For example, 8% compounded semi-annually, not in advance would have an effective rate of 8.16% at year-end, whereas, 8% compounded monthly, not in advance, would have an effective rate of 8.30% - a difference of 0.14% (or 14 BPS).
A credited rate is interest you earn on the positive balance in your main Manulife One account. It’s calculated on your daily closing balance and paid to you each month. The credited interest rate is variable, it’s not guaranteed and can change at any time.
One-time costs you’ll have with Manulife One
- Legal fees: You are responsible for paying the legal fees associated with setting up your mortgage. Specific legal fees relating to individual home purchases vary by transaction and depend on individual circumstances and on the lawyer’s fee.
- Discharge fee: Upon discharge of a mortgage associated with a Manulife One account, a discharge preparation fee applies. It is subject to change. As of May 14, 2017, our discharge fee is $375. It is subject to change.