Major lenders hike rates following Bank of Canada decision

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Canada’s major banks have been quick to react to the Bank of Canada’s decision to raise interest rates to 1.25%.

CIBC, RBC, Scotiabank and TD were among the first lenders to increase their prime lending rates by 25 basis points to 3.45%; the new rates take effect from today (Jan 18) more

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Government thinks these measures will cool the hot market. Are they aiming at the right places?

As a REALTOR, part of me wants to see the gov’t do something about escalating prices. But the other side of me has investors who are paying too much for homes, then being forced to pass it on to renters with higher initial rents. Capping increases will help, yes, but what about the high starting rent? And these investors aren’t foreigners, their Toronto investors coming to Hamilton. Conrad Zurini (Remax) said today on radio that Hamilton has been undervalued for years and that some of these prices are accurate. But the banks don’t agree since they don’t appraise them for the amount we’re paying in bidding wars.

What’s the answer? Anybody’s guess. We’ll see what they actually do. In the following article, the gov’t is hinting at dealing with REALTOR practices (big surprise), as well as foreign investment. I don’t think they’re aiming in the right direction. Shouldn’t banking practices be brought into play also? After all, they are the industry making the most money in this environment.

Here’s the article: http://www.repmag.ca/business-news/ontario-to-place-15-per-cent-tax-on-foreign-buyers-to-cool-gta-housing-market-sources-224385.aspx

No crash for Canadian housing market say experts

Moody’s Analytics economist Andrew Carbacho-Burgos believes that growth in prices will slow nationally to 2 per cent with Vancouver and Toronto leading the decline as domestic buyers continue to struggle with affordability and foreign investment eases.
http://www.repmag.ca/…/no-crash-for-canadian-housing-market…

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