Mortgage Market Update
Guest Post By David Larock
This quarter’s Mortgage Market Update is a good news/bad news story.
I’m an optimist at heart so let’s start with the good news. Barring a global and systemic financial meltdown, our mortgage rates will probably stay at their current rock-bottom levels for an extended period of anywhere from one to five years.
The bad news is that these ultra-low rates will be the by-product of a massive global deleveraging process, which will be as necessary as it will be painful to the world’s most indebted economies. While Canada will not be at the epicentre of this debt purge and while we are somewhat uniquely positioned to endure the coming downturn (more on that later), we will not be immune from the negative effects that deleveraging will have on global economic growth.