Trigger rates: an upcoming risk to the Canadian housing market*
Rising interest rates are putting a damper on the Canadian housing market as mortgages become more expensive for potential buyers. But there's more to watch: Trigger rates in variable rate mortgages may add to housing woes. Might this be a cause for concern in the Canadian economy?
Since the rate hiking cycle began in March, the Canadian housing market has quickly adjusted to higher interest rates, with mortgage rates having now risen to their highest levels since before the Great Recession.
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