When it comes to mortgage terminology, borrowers often confuse the definitions of the words "term" and "amortization". It's important to understand all of your mortgage components completely to appreciate how they can affect you both now and in the future.
The mortgage term is the block of time that a borrower commits to an agreed-upon mortgage rate and conditions with a particular mortgage lender. The mortgage amortization is the total number of years you're expecting it will take to completely pay off your mortgage. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)-insured loans have a maximum amortization of 25 years, while non-CMHC-insured loans can have a longer amortization depending on the lender.
A common mortgage in Canada has a five-year term with a 25-year amortization period. Some borrowers select a longer term – up to ten years for example – with a slightly higher interest rate if they expect to stay in their home for some time while others choose a three or four year term if they're anticipating a move within the foreseeable future, and want to avoid any prepayment penalties.
Before committing to a new loan or renewing your mortgage, let's take the time to compare different mortgage scenarios to find the one that fits both your short-term and long-term housing plans and budget. Simply pick up the phone and call to set up your no-obligation mortgage consultation!