Interest Rates

What Is More Affordable – To Rent Or To Buy?

Rental rates are on the rise. Interest rates are on the rise. And house prices are coming down. So what does this mean? Should you rent or is it the right time to buy? We need to look at historical averages over 25 year terms instead of just today’s market, as any savvy investor looks at investing in a long game format. There are a lot of factors which could make a mortgage or rental...

Bank of Canada Increases Overnight Rate to 2.50% – WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN!?

In Wednesday’s announcement, The Bank of Canada raised its benchmark interest rate by 1.00% which was a larger increase than had been anticipated. This is the largest single increase in the overnight rate that we have seen in more than 20 years.   Why? During the pandemic the central bank cut the lending rate to stimulate the economy by encouraging people to borrow and invest at a low rate. It...

What Impact Will Increased Interest Rates Have on the Hamilton-Burlington Detached Housing Market?

On Wednesday March 9th the Bank of Canada announced that it was raising its key overnight lending rate by a quarter of a percentage to 0.5%, as it attempts to fight inflation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Homeowners with a variable rate mortgage will immediately feel the effects of the higher rates on their monthly payments, but what does this means for the current detached real estate...

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