Houses sales will slow down when interest rates increase.
Many people are hoping that the real estate market slows down, they feel things are too fast and hot and the recent increases in real estate prices have caused more inflation in Canada than the Bank of Canada wanted or anticipated.
The Bank of Canada announced on Tuesday that although they promised to not increase the prime interest rate until July 1 of this year, they said that they may "break that promise" and increase the bank prime rate at the beginning of June. Their reason is that the economy is too hot and the inflation rate is currently too high, above their target inflation rate.
By increasing interest rates, this will increase mortgage interest rates and less people will be able to afford to buy a home so the real estate market will slow down. This is what the Bank of Canada wants to happen and many others want to happen. They feel the inflation rate is getting too high.
When interest rates go up, this always means that people who are barely able to afford a home will not be able to afford a home ( or at least afford less), they will not be able to purchase or will have to purchase at a lower price and this will have a negative ripple effect on the entire marketplace and the real estate market will slow down. Prices may not fall right away, but they will stop increasing and the demand will decrease.
Also, July and August are typically the two slowest months in real estate (next to December) so the seasonal real estate slowdown along with increased interest rates plus the HST coming into effect July 1 will most likely slow our real estate marketplace.
I hope this helps explain things to you! :-))