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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Due to “ rising interest rates, Manitobans’ mortgages are expected to increase

The cost of Manitobans' mortgages is likely to rise as interest rates rise

Key Takeaways:

  • This week, the Bank of Canada increased its main interest rate by.05 percent to 1%, the greatest increase in more than 20 years.
  • According to broker Lisa Kanski, rates are still historically low, and variable mortgages may still be an option.
  • As per Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, Canada has regulations in place to prevent widespread defaults.

Because of growing interest rates, many Manitobans’ mortgages are anticipated to increase.

The Bank of Canada raised its main interest rate by.05 percent to 1% this week, the largest increase in over 20 years.

The goal is to stop inflation from spiraling out of control. People struggle to pay for necessities due to supply constraints and increasing demand.

“The economy is strong, it can absorb higher interest rates, and requires higher interest rates,” stated Tiff Macklem, Governor of the Bank of Canada.

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According to economists, the rate hike is intended to reduce demand.

“They’re attempting to alleviate inflationary pressures while avoiding a recession.” “They’re walking a tightrope,” said Phil Cyrenne, an economist at the University of Washington.

People with lines of credit and variable mortgages will most certainly pay more due to the rate change. According to Castle Mortgage Group, borrowers with variable mortgages may pay an extra $24 per $100,000 borrowed.

Rates are still historically low, according to broker Lisa Kanski, and variable mortgages may still be acceptable.

The cost of Manitobans' mortgages is likely to rise as interest rates rise
The cost of Manitobans’ mortgages is likely to rise as interest rates rise. Image from Global News

“It’s a large spread if you can still earn 2.2 percent or 2.3 percent on the variable versus 3.79 percent or 3.89 percent on the fix,” Kanski said.

However, the central bank has warned that this may not be the final hike of the year. Furthermore, there is concern that the rate hike, as well as any future ones, may force individuals trying to make ends meet into defaulting on their mortgages.

According to Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, Canada has regulations in place to prevent widespread defaults.

“We have stress tests in place to ensure that everyone getting a mortgage can get through a period of higher interest rates,” Freeland said on Wednesday.

The Bank of Canada will issue its next interest rate decision in June.

Source: CTV News

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