Nearly 1 in 4 homeowners would have to sell home if interest rates rise more, survey suggests
A sign advertises a new home for sale in Carleton Place, Ont., on March 17, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, June 13, 2022 12:31PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, June 13, 2022 12:48PM EDT
Nearly one in four homeowners say they will have to sell their home if interest rates go up further, according to a new debt survey from Manulife Bank of Canada.
The survey, conducted between April 14 and April 20, also found that 18 per cent of homeowners polled are already at a stage where they can't afford their homes.
Over one in five Canadians expect rising interest rates to have a "significant negative impact" on their overall mortgage, debt and financial situation, the survey found.
The Bank of Canada remains on a rate-hike path as it tries to tame inflation, which is now at a 31-year high at 6.8 per cent. On June 1, the central bank increased its key interest rate by half a percentage point to 1.5 per cent.
The Manulife survey also found that two-thirds of Canadians do not view home ownership as affordable in their local community.
Additionally, close to half of indebted Canadians say debt is impacting their mental health, and almost 50 per cent of Canadians say they would struggle to handle surprise expenses.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 13, 2022.