The hardest shock to the national real estate market would be an increase in mortgage rates. Canada's low mortgage rates cannot continue forever, and an increase in rates would make many homeowners unable to afford their mortgage payments. The goal for policymakers should be to deflate the real estate bubble before it bursts.
Ron Alphonso is a Toronto-based mortgage specialist with an expertise in the field of private and second mortgages. He has a long history of arranging mortgages for clients who do not meet the standard bank criteria. He can be found at www.mortgagebrokerstore.com and on twitter @brokerstore.
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04/05/2016 03:47 EDT
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02/23/2016 11:44 EST
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