Are you worried about the effects of rising mortgage rates? Apparently 48% of British Columbians surveyed say yes:
As concerns over the state of the Canadian real estate market abound, a new survey says nearly half of Canadians are unsure about their ability to afford their homes if rates rise by as little as two percentage points.
The survey commissioned by the Bank of Montreal study finds 43 per cent believe an interest hike would either hamper their ability to pay or leave them on unsure footing.
Regionally, residents of Alberta were the least concerned, with 73 per cent saying that rising rates would not affect their ability to afford their homes, while residents of British Columbia were the most concerned. Just 48 per cent B.C. residents are comfortable in their ability to handle higher rates.
Yet interest rates, after bouts of rising and falling, seem low and could remain low for some time to come. Is Canada living in a bistable rift, capable of maintaining high prices with low rates ad infinitum, or should we look to the experiences of the USA and Japan, countries where low rates have not lead to a reconstitution of house price appreciation, for more chilling portents?