High interest rates bring winter gloom to Canada's housing market

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Mortgages in Thornton Heath

Mortgages in Thornton Heath

Mortgages in Thornton Heath

Higher mortgage rates, a function of rapid ECB rate hikes, could also impact asset quality, though this is likely to take longer to play out as fixed-rate mortgages represent a large portion of the lending stock, the ECB argued.

S&P’s remarks echo concerns raised last week by the European Banking Authority (EBA).

The regulator said European Union banks have reported more than 4.1 trillion euros ($4.3 trillion) of loans and advances collateralised by residential property, roughly a third of all loans to households and non-financial firms.

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Overall borrowing is $2.36 trillion higher than the level seen at the end of 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic struck and scrambled the economy. The bank said in its quarterly report on household debt and credit that total borrowing during the third quarter increased by $351 billion from the prior quarter to $16.51 trillion.

Peggy Hill, who runs a real estate firm in Barrie, Ontario, has had many first-time buyers throw in the towel on a purchase because the monthly payments on a typical home in the city, about 110 km (68 miles) from Toronto, would simply be too high.

SHANGHAI, Nov 18 (Reuters) – China is expected to keep benchmark lending rates unchanged for the third straight month on Monday, a Reuters survey showed, as policymakers remain reluctant to drive the yuan lower by further easing monetary conditions.

Higher mortgage rates are raising the odds of a sharp correction in the housing market, and real home prices could fall as much as 20 percent under a ‘pessimistic scenario,’ according to an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

And as property has ridden the bond bull market of low inflation and interest rates for much those intervening decades – the sub-prime mortgage crash of 2007-2008 apart – any risk of a paradigm shift in that whole picture is a mega concern.

FRANKFURT, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Euro zone banks may see a surge in soured loans as rapid inflation and rising interest rates hit household incomes, particularly among the bloc’s poorest, the European Central Bank said in a fresh study on Tuesday.

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‘Purchase applications increased for all loan types, and the average purchase loan dipped to its smallest amount since January 2021,’ said Kan. 

MADRID, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Spain’s government expects to reach by the end of this week an agreement with banks on mortgage relief measures to help vulnerable households and middle-class clients cope with rising borrowing costs on such loans, the economy minister said.

Despite a glum outlook in Europe amid high inflation and interest rates, he expected Portugal to avoid a contraction in the fourth quarter, which “could be more positive than many analysts think” thanks to an extra 2.4 billion euros ($2.5 billion) in aid for families since October to tackle inflation.

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