Top 8 Reasons People Break a Mortgage


A surprising 60% of mortgage holders break their mortgage during the term.  When a mortgage contract is broken a lender typically will charge a penalty.  There are many reasons why someone may need to break a mortgage.   This post reviews the top reasons people break their mortgage.


Top 8 Reasons People Break a Mortgage

Many mortgage shoppers focus on the term of the mortgage, such as wanting a 5 year fixed term.  However, this term may not be the best option for everyone.  There are many mortgage terms available from 6 months to 10 years. By knowing the reasons why others break a mortgage, it can better guide you to find the best mortgage term for your needs.  

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Paying the Mortgage in Full Before the Term is Finished

When receiving an inheritance, bonus, or payout of any kind during the term that will payout the mortgage or substantially reduce it.


Seeking a New Mortgage With a Lower Rate

This can be done with your existing lender or with a new lender. For example, if you have a variable at prime - 0.5% and now prime - 1% is available.  Or if you have a fixed rate of 3.99% and now 3.69% is available, for example.  If interested in knowing the best mortgage rates in Ottawa, contact an Ottawa mortgage broker today. 

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Changing the Names on the Title of the Mortgage

Typically you can add or remove names on title with a legal and administrative fee however if the lender does not allow this to be done during the term, then one would need to break the mortgage and with that, possibly face a penalty.


Health Complication, Accident, Etc.

If a disruption in health occurs that affects your income, this may cause difficulties in making the mortgage payment.  Especially if adequate insurance is not in place.

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Break Down in a Relationship

Unfortunately separation and divorces are becoming more and more common and this may create a need to break a mortgage.


Getting Married or Meeting Someone New

When two people that have separate homes and mortgages move in together and only one home is needed now, one of the two may need to break their mortgage.  The other person can look to port their mortgage, if possible, to the new joint house or just keep the mortgage as is if the other person moves in with them.  



Some lenders will allow you to increase your mortgage during the term with a refinance however many do not allow this, or have less favourable terms that are offered when refinancing which may create the need to want to break your mortgage.


Selling the Home

If selling your home and not buying another home to port the mortgage to. To sell a home there are a variety of options for this including speaking with a real estate agent. 

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About Andrew Thake

Andrew Thake is a seasoned mortgage broker with over 15 years of industry experience. He’s assisted more than 2,200 clients in finding their ideal mortgage solutions. Recognized for his excellence, Andrew has received high honours and awards, including the National Rookie of the Year from TD Canada Trust and recognition as a Top 10 Ottawa Mortgage Broker in 2023. He has also been inducted into the Hall of Fame at Dominion Lending Centres and has consistently received their Platinum Award during his tenure as a mortgage broker.

Andrew’s dedication lies in serving his clients and prioritizing their needs with an empathetic approach. Throughout the application process, he provides tailored, informed, and efficient services to ensure the best mortgage solutions for his client’s unique circumstances. The best part of Andrew’s job is when he gets to see the joy on his clients’ faces following their mortgage approval.

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