Brokers may ultimately have to thank RBC for shooting holes in BMO'ss 2.99%

2012-03-20 | 18:33:03

Brokers may ultimately have to thank RBC for shooting holes in BMO’s 2.99% – the biggest of Canada’s big banks running ads critical of the no-frills mortgage.

“What good is a low rate mortgage without the frills?” asks an RBC full-pager running in a national daily. “Switch to RBC Royal Bank and get a 2.99% fixed-rate mortgage with all the frills.” Aside from that last bit – the plug for RBC’s four-year fixed – the message amplifies the one mortgage brokers have struggled to get out to consumers. They’ve used it to retain clients looking for BMO’s same rock-bottom rate, but unaware of the even lower prepayment privileges and the restrictive 25-year amortization.

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