The onslaught of the pandemic saw a decrease in mortgage rates that allowed homeowners a little more wiggle room. However, the Bank of Canada announced that they will be putting an end to the ultra-low interest rates. Inflation has certainly seen a spike over the last little while and the Bank of Canada is hoping that a spike in interest rates will help combat the inflation jump. But, what does this mean for Canadian citizens? And, who is most likely to be affected by a rise in interest rates? Follow along in the article below to find out more about the impact of interest rates increases on Canadians.
Will Those Owning Edmonton Real Estate be Affected by Interest Rates?
The short answer to this question is yes. However, that is not to say that all Edmonton residents owning real estate will be affected in the same way. New interest rates have a ripple effect on borrowing costs across the economy. Although, most citizens will discover that the area that sees the biggest impact is in variable-rate loans and credit products. For instance, variable-rate mortgages and lines of credit. For anyone living in a home with a variable-rate mortgage, it is likely that you will see the greatest influence of the latest interest rates. Variable-mortgage payments are likely to raise this February 2022.
This means that anyone who has a variable-rate mortgage can expect to be forking out a lot more money over the course of 2022. An example from The Globe And Mail said that a $720,000 home, with a variable rate of 1.15%, a 10% down payment, and amortization of 25 years, would have a $2,762 monthly payment. A rate increase of a quarter of a percentage point would change the same monthly payment of $2,762 to $2,844. Thus, signifying an $82 monthly increase and a $984 increase over 12-months.
There is hope yet for those concerned with their financial situation after interest rates start to rise. For example, Canada’s mortgage stress test ensures that borrowers can afford their mortgages. Understanding your financial position is a key part of finding ways to soften the jab of rising interest rates. Ask a financial advisor or your mortgage broker if you are unsure of how to proceed during the coming months.
Rising Interest Rates to Come.
Interest rates are rumoured to rise in March of 2022. And, they will continue to rise throughout the year by a quarter of a point (0.25%). If you are wondering how this is going to affect buying and selling Edmonton real estate, reach out to us today. At RE/MAX Elite we understand how difficult it can be to find proper housing during this time. Contact one of our experienced professionals today to get help on finding the right Edmonton real estate for you. For more real estate-related information, be sure to return to our blog next month. We look forward to working with you in the near future.