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Navigating a High Interest Rate Environment: How to Manage Mortgage Anxiety

Navigating a High Interest Rate Environment: How to Manage Mortgage Anxiety
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| Feb 3, 2023
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    My name is Luxy Shanmuganathan and I’m a real estate agent with Forest Hill Real Estate. I’ve had the pleasure of helping many clients with buying and selling  properties, especially first-time home buyers who may experience mortgage anxiety. I understand the current housing market and the challenges homeowners may face in a  high interest rate environment. As a guest writer for nesto, I want to share with you some practical tips and advice on managing mortgage anxiety in the current market. Mortgage anxiety is a common feeling among homeowners in Canada, especially in today’s high interest rate environment.

    The thought of potentially rising interest rates and the impact on mortgage payments can be overwhelming, but there  are ways to manage this anxiety and protect your financial well-being. In this post, we will discuss the current interest rate environment in Canada, the potential impact of rising interest rates on mortgage payments, and five strategies homeowners can use to manage their mortgage anxiety. 


    Key Highlights

    • Having a budget in place will help you manage your finances  and be prepared for any changes to your mortgage payments.
    • Paying down your mortgage faster by making extra  payments will help to reduce the impact of rising interest rates on your  mortgage payments. 
    • A fixed-rate mortgage allows you to lock in a  specific interest rate for a certain period of time, usually between 5 and 10 years. 

    Are you a first-time buyer?

    First, it’s important to understand the current interest rate environment in Canada. The Bank of Canada sets the overnight rate, which is the benchmark for other interest rates in the economy, including mortgage rates. For example, if interest rates increase  by 0.5%, the monthly mortgage payment on a $400,000 mortgage with a 25-year  amortization period would increase by $58. This can be a cause for concern for homeowners in today’s housing market, which is currently cooling as interest rates  continue to climb.

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    To manage mortgage anxiety in a high interest rate environment, there are a few steps  homeowners can take: 

    1. Understand your mortgage and budget: 

    Review your mortgage contract and calculate your current monthly mortgage payment. This will give you a baseline  to compare against if interest rates do rise. 

    2. Create a budget: 

    Having a budget in place will help you manage your finances  and be prepared for any changes to your mortgage payments. Make sure to include your mortgage payments, as well as other expenses like groceries, utilities, and entertainment. 

    3. Make extra payments: 

    Paying down your mortgage faster by making extra payments will help to reduce the impact of rising interest rates on your mortgage payments. 

    4. Consider a fixed-rate mortgage:

    A fixed-rate mortgage allows you to lock in a specific interest rate for a certain period of time, usually between 5 and 10 years. 

    This means that your mortgage payments will not change, even if interest rates  rise. 

    5. Speak with a financial advisor: 

    If you are feeling overwhelmed by the thought of rising interest rates, it may be a good idea to speak with a financial advisor. They can help you understand your options and create a plan to manage your mortgage and overall financial well-being.

    Final Thoughts 

    Managing mortgage anxiety in a high interest rate environment can be  challenging, but by understanding your current mortgage and budget, making extra  payments, considering a fixed-rate mortgage and taking the help of financial advisors, homeowners can protect their financial well-being and be prepared for any changes to  their mortgage payments. Keep an eye on the announcements made by the Bank of Canada and other financial institutions, which will give you a better understanding of  the direction of interest rates and the economy.


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