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APR vs Interest Rate

When it comes to borrowing money, understanding the difference between Interest Rates and APR (Annual Percentage Rate) is crucial. While the two terms may seem interchangeable, they represent different concepts and have a significant impact on the overall cost of borrowing. In Canada, lenders are required by law to disclose the APR, so it is important to understand what it means and how it affects the cost of borrowing.

Interest Rate

The interest rate is the cost of borrowing money expressed as a percentage of the loan amount. In other words, it is the fee that the lender charges for lending the money and does not include any additional fees or charges. The interest rate can be fixed, meaning it stays the same for the duration of the loan, or variable, meaning it can change over time.

Annual Percentage Rate (APR)

The annual percentage rate (APR) is the total cost of borrowing money, including interest charges and any additional fees or charges, expressed as a percentage of the loan amount. The APR is designed to provide borrowers with a more accurate picture of the total cost of borrowing, as it takes into account all of the fees and charges associated with the loan.

In Canada, lenders are required by law to disclose the APR for all loans and credit products. This is to ensure that borrowers have a clear understanding of the total cost of borrowing and can make informed decisions when choosing a loan or credit product.

Calculating APR

To calculate the APR, borrowers need to take into account all of the fees and charges associated with the loan, in addition to the interest charges. This can include application fees, processing fees, and other charges. Once all of the fees and charges are added up, they are divided by the loan amount to determine the total cost of borrowing. This total cost is then divided by the number of days in the loan term to determine the daily cost of borrowing. This daily cost is then multiplied by 365 to determine the annual cost of borrowing, which is expressed as a percentage of the loan amount.

Choosing the Best Financing Option

When choosing a financing option, it is important to consider both the interest rate and the APR. A low-interest rate may seem attractive, but if the APR is high due to additional fees and charges, the overall cost of borrowing may be more than expected.

At IK Financial, our mortgage agents are experts in helping clients understand their borrowing options and choose the best financing solution for their needs. Whether you are buying your first home, renewing your mortgage, or looking to refinance, our team can help you navigate the complexities of borrowing and find the solution that fits your budget and lifestyle.

We invite you to book a complimentary appointment with one of our mortgage agents today to discuss your borrowing needs and learn more about how we can help you save money on your next loan. Contact us today to book your appointment and take the first step towards a brighter financial future.

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