Rising mortgage rates unlikely to slow down hot Toronto housing market


Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star

A booming Canadian economy has prompted the Bank of Canada to hike its lending rate a quarter of a point for the third time since last summer.

In the near-term, it will likely mean some belt-tightening among those with variable rate mortgages and lines of credit, and with more increases expected, some consumers will be scrimping further as the year goes on.

But the demand for housing in the Toronto region remains so strong that the higher mortgage rates aren’t expected to have a big impact on home sales.

The Bank of Canada’s move to increase the benchmark rate to 1.25 percent, which will drive up variable mortgages and consumer loans, was widely anticipated and comes only about two weeks after new mortgage stress testing rules were introduced by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OFSI).

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