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Mortgage Payment Calculator British Columbia

Calculating Your Mortgage Payment in BC

British Columbia is a province known for its high property prices and hot real estate market. nesto’s BC mortgage calculator is an excellent tool for potential and current homeowners to see a complete picture of the costs involved when purchasing, renewing, or refinancing. Calculating your mortgage payment in BC can help you compare how your downpayment, interest rate, and amortization affect your total mortgage costs. 

Our mortgage payment calculator for BC can help you estimate your mortgage payments based on the total mortgage amount, mortgage term, amortization, interest rate, and payment frequency. The calculator will also factor in the amount of mortgage default insurance you will pay if you are putting down less than 20% as your downpayment. Adjusting these variables lets you see how changes can impact your mortgage payments and total interest costs.

Costs Included In Your Mortgage Payment

Your mortgage payment is made up of 2 main components: principal and interest. You may also choose to include 2 other components in your payments. 

  • Mortgage principal is the amount you borrow from the lender. This amount is typically the purchase price (or assessed property value if lower) minus your downpayment when purchasing a home. For renewals, the principal is the amount remaining at the end of your term after making regular payments. For refinances, it could be just your remaining principal amount, or it could also include any additional equity that you wish to take out from your property’s value to consolidate debts, payout multiple mortgages, payout lines of credit, or use the money for investments or other purposes.
  • Mortgage interest is the fee charged by the lender. This fee is the cost of borrowing expressed as a percentage and calculated based on the principal amount. 
  • Mortgage default insurance (CMHC) protects the lender if you default on your mortgage. Default insurance is required if your downpayment is less than 20%. The premium you pay for mortgage default insurance can be added to your principal balance and paid down as you make mortgage payments or paid upfront as a lump sum at closing as part of your closing costs
  • Municipal property taxes are the taxes you pay to your municipality to fund services such as libraries, garbage pickup, snow removal, recreational facilities, and emergency services. Some lenders will collect and remit property taxes on your behalf and include this amount as part of your regular mortgage payments if your mortgage is default-insured. Some lenders may offer this service as an option on your uninsured mortgage.

How to Calculate Your Mortgage Payments

To calculate your mortgage payments, you’ll need to input the details of your home purchase or the details for your renewal or refinance. 

New Purchase

You will need to input the asking price or assessed property value, downpayment, amortization, and payment frequency for home purchases. Depending on your downpayment, the calculator will also show you if mortgage default insurance is required for your new mortgage and the cost of the premium. 

Required inputs:

  • Asking Price: Enter the purchase price or the assessed value if it is lower.
  • Downpayment: Enter the amount or percentage you have saved to put down on the home.
  • Amortization Period: Enter the length of time you want to pay off your mortgage completely. Typically, this is 25 or 30 years, depending on the downpayment amount. Note that a longer amortization will mean you pay more interest-carrying costs over the life of the mortgage. 
  • Payment Frequency: Enter how many times per month you want to make mortgage payments. Note: choosing accelerated payment options can reduce the time it takes to pay off the mortgage and save you money on interest. 

Optional inputs:

  • Mortgage Rate: You can use the pre-selected rate or enter the rate you’ve been offered. Multiple factors determine your preselected rate, such as your transaction type (purchase/renewal/refinance) and loan-to-value (LTV) ratio.
  • Annual Property Taxes: Enter the annual property taxes for the property. This is useful for budgeting purposes. 
  • Monthly Condo/Maintenance Fees: If you are purchasing a condo, you can add the monthly maintenance fee. This is useful for budgeting purposes, although it will need to be confirmed and verified at the time of qualification.

Renewal/Refinance

For a refinance, select the option that applies to your situation (I want to lower my mortgage payment, access my equity, or change my amortization) and input the current property value, mortgage balance, remaining amortization, and payment frequency. For renewals, input the current property value, mortgage balance, remaining amortization, and payment frequency. 

Required inputs:

  • Current Property Value: Enter your home’s current or assessed value. 
  • Mortgage Balance: Enter the remaining balance on your mortgage (for refinances only: your remaining balance should include any additional amount for your equity takeout if applicable). 
  • Province: Enter the province where the property is located. 
  • Remaining Amortization: Enter the remaining time on your mortgage. If you are refinancing, you can also increase your amortization back to 25 or 30 years without impacting your mortgage rate.
  • Payment Frequency: Enter how many times per month you want to make mortgage payments. Note: choosing accelerated payment options can reduce the time it takes to pay off the mortgage and save you money on interest. 

Optional inputs:

  • Mortgage Rate: You can use the pre-selected rate or enter the rate you’ve been offered. Multiple factors determine your preselected rate, such as your transaction type (purchase/renewal/refinance) and loan-to-value (LTV) ratio.

Fixed vs Variable: What to Know When Calculating

When choosing a new mortgage or refinancing/renewing, you will need to decide between a fixed or variable interest rate. 

Fixed-rate mortgages have an interest rate and principal amount that remain fixed for the entire term. This means that you will pay the same amount for your mortgage payments for the duration of your term, regardless of any changes to interest rates. 

Variable mortgages can be variable-rate mortgages (VRM) or adjustable-rate mortgages (ARM). 

With a VRM, mortgage payments are fixed for the duration of the term. However, the portion that goes toward the principal and interest will fluctuate with changes in interest rates. If rates go up, more of your fixed payment will go toward interest and less to principal, with the opposite being true if rates go down. 

With an ARM mortgage, payments will change with interest rates. The principal portion of your mortgage payment remains fixed throughout the term, but the interest portion will either increase or decrease when your lender’s prime rate increases or decreases. 

How to Reduce Your Monthly Payment in BC

You can use many strategies to lower your mortgage payments in BC. Some of these include:

Shop for the Lowest Rate

A lower interest rate can help you save thousands on your mortgage’s interest-carrying costs while reducing your mortgage payments. When you first begin paying a mortgage, more payments will go toward the interest and less toward the principal. As you continue to pay down your mortgage principal, the interest will reduce, and eventually, you will pay more toward the principal and less toward the interest. 

Negotiating for a lower rate or switching lenders for a better rate can help you save money on interest-carrying costs over the next term when renewing or refinancing. Even a slight reduction in the interest rate can significantly impact interest costs. 

For example, a $500,000 mortgage renewed at 4.94% will have a monthly mortgage payment of approximately $3,269 and cost you approximately $113,000 in interest over a 5-year term. Meanwhile, that same mortgage renewed with an interest rate of 4.74% will have a monthly mortgage payment of approximately $3,216 and cost you approximately $108,000  in interest over a 5-year term. A 0.20% reduction in the interest rate offered in this scenario saves you approximately $53 a month in mortgage payments and $5,000 in interest over a 5-year term. 

Increase Downpayment

The more you put down as your downpayment, the less you will need to borrow, reducing the amount you will pay for mortgage payments. Putting down less than 20% will require purchasing mortgage default insurance. If not paid upfront at closing, this premium can be added to your mortgage principal balance; however, this will increase the amount you owe to the lender and the amount you need to pay for mortgage payments. 

Utilize Prepayment Options

Prepayment privileges allow you to make extra payments, annually increase your regular payments or put a lump sum amount directly toward the principal balance of your mortgage. This reduces the amount you owe, reducing your mortgage payments and the time it takes to pay off your mortgage. Many prepayment options are available, but it’s important to check with your lender to check the restrictions on your mortgage so you avoid any prepayment penalties. 

Longer Amortization

Choosing a longer amortization will spread your payments out over a longer period of time, reducing the amount you will pay each month. This option, however, will come at a greater interest cost as you will pay interest on the borrowed amount for longer. 

Refinance

Refinancing could help you secure a lower interest rate or extend your amortization, which will lower your mortgage payments. A lower interest rate will help you lower payments and save on interest costs. Extending your amortization will lower payments but with higher interest costs over the life of the mortgage. 

Regional Considerations When Buying a Home in British Columbia

Homebuyer Rescission Period

In 2023, British Columbia became the first province to implement a cooling-off period of 3 days for homebuyers. This period gives homebuyers up to 3 business days to rescind a residential real estate offer on a home after the offer has been accepted. 

Property Transfer Tax 

BC has a property transfer tax that applies based on the home’s purchase price. For first-time homebuyers (FTHB), a rebate on part or all of the property transfer tax you pay is available with the rebate you qualify for based on the home’s purchase price. Additional exemptions are available for purpose-built rentals, new homes, and family and other exemptions if you meet the qualifying exemption criteria. 

If you are a foreign national, foreign corporation, or taxable trustee, you may be subject to additional property transfer taxes, with exemptions available in some circumstances.

Speculation and Vacancy Tax

Some areas of BC that are most affected by housing shortages have a speculation and vacancy tax applicable on residential properties. This annual tax is applied based on how the property owner uses their property, the property owner’s residency status, and where the property owner earns and reports income.

Home Owner Grant

The BC home owner grant helps reduce the property taxes payable each year on a principal residence. Depending on the location of your property, the basic grant is either $570 or $770 monthly. Additional support is available for seniors, veterans, persons with disabilities, those living with a spouse or relative with a disability, or a spouse or relative of a deceased owner who would have qualified for the additional grant.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Mortgage Calculator?

A mortgage calculator is an online tool that helps homebuyers and homeowners estimate their mortgage payments. It considers various factors like home price, downpayment, term length, amortization, interest rate, and, in some cases, if applicable, the additional costs of homeownership, such as property taxes and condo fees.

How Do I Use a Mortgage Calculator for BC?

To use a BC mortgage calculator for a home purchase, enter the home’s purchase price, downpayment amount or percentage, amortization, payment frequency, and preferred term length to get a predetermined interest rate. You can also input a custom interest rate if you already have a rate. You may also include property taxes and condo fees to give you a more accurate estimate of the costs you will incur for the property.

How much would a $300,000 mortgage be per month in British Columbia?

The monthly mortgage payment on a $300,000 mortgage depends on your interest rate and the amortization. 

For example, you would pay approximately $2,198 monthly for a $300,000 mortgage with a 4.84% interest rate and a 30-year amortization. With a 25-year amortization, that same mortgage will have a monthly payment of approximately $2,343. Using that same mortgage but with a 5.14% interest rate, your monthly payment with a 30-year amortization would be $2,251 and $2,394 with a 25-year amortization.

What is amortization, and how does it affect my mortgage payments?

The amortization is the time it takes to pay the mortgage in full. In Canada, the maximum amortization for default-insured mortgages is 25 years and typically 30 years for uninsured. A longer amortization will mean you have lower mortgage payments, but you will pay more interest over the life of the mortgage.

How nesto works

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Unlike the industry norm, our agents are not commissioned but salaried employees. This means you’ll get free, unbiased advice on the most suitable mortgage solution for your unique needs. Our advisors are measured on the satisfaction and quality of advice they provide to their clients. 

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