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This Week’s Top Stories: Canada Says It Won’t Let Home Prices Drop, and Bubble Soft Landing Gets Less Realistic

Time for your cheat sheet on this week’s top stories. Canadian Real Estate Canada Says Property Bubble “Not Great” For Locals, Good For Foreign Investor Canada officially said any home price drop is unacceptable, even if locals can’t buy a home. One of the country’s politicians in charge of housing policy said a 10% drop […]

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This Week’s Top Stories: Bank of Canada Blamed For Property Bubble, and QE Cannot Stop Prices From Falling

Time for your cheat sheet on this week’s most important stories.  Canadian Real Estate  A Large Canadian Bank Just Blamed The Bank Of Canada For The Property Bubble One of Canada’s largest banks attributed the country’s frothy real estate market to the central bank. BMO wrote, “a surge in demand started by the pandemic, but […]

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Mortgage Changes May Accelerate Canadian Property Bubble, Not Helpful: Big Six Banks

Canadian banks have begun to weigh in on new mortgage changes, and they aren’t optimistic. Earlier today, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) announced a revision to the uninsured mortgage stress test. The change will shrink supersized mortgage budgets, reducing the number of over-leveraged borrowers. Two of Canada’s largest banks say it’s […]

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Canadian Bank Regulator Readies To Reverse Extra Pandemic Mortgage Leverage

Canadian real estate markets may have got the first big cooling measure today. The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) announced they are moving to tighten uninsured mortgage leverage. The organization that regulates Canada’s banks, eased the mortgage stress test last year. Now that it’s clear mortgages don’t need stimulus, they’re looking to […]

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This Week’s Top Stories: IMF Warns Canadian Real Estate Prices Are Overvalued, and Over-leveraged Borrowers Now A Record Market Share

Time for your cheat sheet on this week’s biggest stories. Canadian Real Estate Canadian Real Estate Overvalued, Toronto Needs A 28% Correction For Fair Value: IMF Many Canadian real estate markets are massively overvalued, according to the IMF. Their model shows Toronto’s estimated value is 28.2% lower than current prices. Vancouver’s estimated fair value is […]

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Canadian Mortgage Approvals For “Over-leveraged” Borrowers Soars To A Record High

Canada’s banking regulator is seeing a spike in highly indebted mortgage borrowers. The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) observed renewed growth in the exposure of mortgages to “over-leveraged” households in Q4 2020. Low interest rates are fueling rapid growth in borrowing — for both quantity and size. The share of mortgages going […]