I started the search for the lowest cost mortgage for my new investment property today.
So far the best offer on the mortgage financing is prime - 3.2% (effectively a floating rate of 4.8%) with 0.9% cash back and the usual 3%, 2%, 1% early repayment penalty in the first three years.
I was rather disappointed to find that the banks I approached have all stopped offering HIBOR linked mortgages. Although the rate quotes above is actually slightly lower than the current HIBOR linked rates I am paying (about 0.1 - 0.3% less), the responsiveness of the HIBOR fixing mechanism has always been preferred especially when interest rates fall.
I will keep looking and see what is available, but the best offer so far already looks like the one I will use. The fact that it happens to be one of the banks we already use is an added bonus as I will go through less of the tiresome money laundering checking that banks have to do when taking on a new client.
I have also instructed lawyers. Given the relationship and the fact that the lawyers we use are already very cost competitive, I do not see any point in spending time shopping around for cheaper legal fees.