Domus pointed out this editorial in the Globe and Mail, Tone down the real estate speeches:
A funny thing happens to people when an economic or financial trend holds in place for a very long time. They begin to assume that “a long time” equals “forever.” You can see this clearly in the U.S. Its home prices hadn’t declined on a national level since the Great Depression, so buyers and rating agencies assumed they could never go down – until they did.
Read the full article here.
On a side note Raincouver points out this morning that RBC and TD have just announced the first mortgage rate increases since October, with the other banks expected to follow.
The biggest jump is attached to the popular five-year fixed closed rate, which moves from 5.25 per cent to 5.85 per cent at both banks. That’s the posted rate, which is routinely discounted by the big banks.
RBC’s new discounted rate for the five-year term also rises 6/10ths of a percentage point to 4.59 per cent. TD’s rises the same amount to 4.55 per cent.
Both banks also raised their three-year and four-year fixed closed rates. The posted three-year rate at Royal Bank climbs one-fifth of a percentage point to 4.35 per cent, while the posted rate at TD jumps 4/10ths of a point to 4.70 per cent.