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How the Recent Interest Rate Cut Will Save Quebec Homeowners

Dernière modification: 06 juin 2024
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Quebecers React to Interest Rate Cut by the Bank of Canada

Quebecers are responding to the recent interest rate cut announced by the Bank of Canada on Wednesday, June 5 at 10:30 AM ET. Since July 2023, the key interest rate had been maintained at 5%, affecting the real estate market, house prices, and transactions throughout the province and the country. The recent 25 basis point reduction lowers the rate to 4.75%.

The impact of high-interest rates had been felt in the Quebec real estate market, leading to a decrease in sales activities. While the rate cut may not trigger an immediate rush of buyers, it could provide some relief to current homeowners with variable-rate mortgages.

For a Single-Family Home at a Median Price of $439,000

Based on statistics published by Centris, for example, for a Quebec homeowner who made a 10% down payment on a single-family home with a median price of $439,000 with a variable mortgage rate of 5.95%, it is estimated that a 25 basis point reduction would reduce their monthly payment from $2,237 to $2,185, saving $52 per month, or $654 per year.

For a Condo at a Median Price of $365,000

For a Quebec homeowner who made a 10% down payment on a condo worth $365,000, the savings would be approximately $44 per month, or $528 per year.

Considering the tax rate of the average Quebecer, a savings of $500 to $650 per year after tax represents a significant amount given the rising cost of living.

Of course, homeowners with fixed mortgage rates will not feel this direct impact on their payment in the event of a rate cut. However, we can assume that banks will offer fixed-rate mortgages reflecting the trend of the lower key interest rate, thus presenting better investment prospects.

Conclusion

We have likely reached the inflection point concerning key interest rates. This new rate cut marks a significant shift in the market. For those contemplating entering the real estate market, either as sellers or buyers, understanding the implications of such changes is crucial. To navigate the complexities of the market, aligning yourself with an expert like Gail Meili, a seasoned Real Estate Broker, could be your best strategy. Gail Meili, offering her services in Vaudreuil-Dorion, and known for her exceptional guidance and expertise, can provide you with the insights and information you need during these changing times. If you have questions about how the current market conditions might affect your real estate decisions, do not hesitate to reach out to Gail Meili at gailmeili@icloud.com or call 514 969-4134 for personalized advice.

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