No matter which province or territory you reside in, finding the best mortgage rate can save you thousands of dollars. Obviously, there are not many people who can purchase property without taking out a home loan. Taking out a home loan lets you buy, live in and/or use a home without needing to come up with the full dollar amount at the time of purchase. Usually the amount of the loan is equal to the majority of the home’s worth, but the downfall of this is that you will be required to pay interest on the loan. Most lenders insist on a down payment, i.e., a payment equal to a portion of the property’s worth. For instance, if a home is worth $200,000 and the buyer would need to make a down payment of 10%. This would equal a $20,000 down payment ($200,000 x 10%). To make up the balance, the lender would loan you $180,000 ($200,000 minus the $20,000 down payment). When you are dealing with interest rates on large amounts of money even a variance in interest rates as small as an eight of a percent can make a significant difference in the amount you will be required to repay. Typically the interest is also calculated over long periods of time, which puts even more emphasis on securing the best rate possible. To make things more complicated there are also different rate and mortgage rates. This can make it difficult to determine whether you are comparing apples to apples or apples to oranges. Interest rates can vary widely even from day to day so locking in on the best rate is extremely important. One of the easiest ways to do this is to enlist the help of a mortgage broker who can act as an entry way to a variety of lending institutions – banks, credit unions, etc… A mortgage broker can shop around for you, which make them a great resource for finding the right rate and mortgage options. A potential buyer also needs to understand how much is a reasonable amount to borrow as well as the implications of payment frequency.