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The popularity of combination mortgages

The popularity of combination mortgages - which offer both fixed and floating rate segments - is on the rise, according to RBC's 17th Annual Homeowners Survey.

In fact, 40% of Canadians who are likely to purchase a home within the next two years plan to take out a combination mortgage, compared to 32% in 2009.

The surging popularity of combination mortgages indicates that Canadians are trying to maximize low interest rates while at the same time retaining the security of a fixed mortgage. The poll also revealed a marked gender split with more women (46%) than men (35%) preferring a combination mortgage.

While combination mortgages are gaining in popularity, fixed-rate mortgages continue to be the most common choice for potential buyers and are preferred by 44% of Canadians likely to buy a home within the next two years. Atlantic Canadians are most likely (54%) to opt for a fixed rate, with Ontarians (41%) least likely to do so.

"Although interest rates are expected to rise, our study shows that not all Canadians intend to automatically opt for a fixed mortgage with a longer term," said Marcia Moffat, Head, Home Equity Financing, RBC Royal Bank. "As consumers begin to learn about the benefits of mortgage diversification, we're seeing more homebuyers gain a better comfort level with adding floating-rate mortgage options."

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