I have been hearing a lot of talk recently about interest rates in Canada being on the rise, so thought I would take a look for an interesting article regarding this subject. I found a great article from the online Financial Post written by Garry Marr entitled “Can You Handle Higher Interest Rates?”
In his article, Mr. Marr states “higher mortgage rates are on the horizon”. He quoted Frances Hinojosa, a mortgage expert with the Bank of Montreal who stated “First-time buyers should stress-test their mortgage to ensure they are well financially prepared for home ownership and a potential upswing in interest rates, not only to manage costs but also to pay off their mortgage as soon as possible” – he explains that stress testing a mortgage would include considering higher interest rates and a shorter amortization period.
Mr. Marr reported that the Governor of The Bank of Canada indicated that the long term goal is a “gradual normalization” of rates.
I thought it was quite interesting that in his article, Mr. Marr gave an example of a $500,000 mortgage with a 25-year amortization saying “at 3% your monthly payment would be $2,366.23 and you would pay $69,346.66 in interest over a five-year term. Take that same mortgage and raise the rate to 3.5% and the monthly payment jumps to $2,496.36 and the interest over the term reaches $81,180.96”. We found it remarkable that an increase payment of $130.13 monthly could add up to an overall payment of $11,834.30 over a five year term! That is an example of an interest rate rising only ½ %! Amazing!! He then gives information regarding the payment if that same mortgage’s interest rate jumped to 5% (only 2% more) – the difference in the monthly payment would be $541.80 and the difference in the amount paid in the total interest cost over the five year term soars to $47,672.33!!
To read the full article, click here.
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Until next time,