The Canadian Property Bubble Is Now The Second Biggest In The World: Bloomberg

The Canadian property bubble is now receiving some international attention. Bloomberg Economics ranked housing bubbles across the OECD. Second on that list is Canada, which came in just a few points under New Zealand, the king of froth.

Global Property Bubbles Are Synchronizing

Countries that made headlines for frothy home prices recently, were the largest bubbles. Topping the list is New Zealand (#1), Canada (#2), and Sweden (#3). The UK (#5) and the US (#7) also managed to rank in the top ten. Don’t just dismiss it as “everything is a bubble” either.

Home prices have increased everywhere, and affordability is getting tough across the globe. However, the gap from the top of the list to the fifth largest is very large. The difference in price-to-rent from New Zealand’s top spot to Canada’s second, is a drop of 6.9 points. The drop from Canada to the UK (#5) is 52.2 points though, which is 34% more affordable.Everywhere is getting more difficult to afford shelter. The biggest bubbles are a totally different animal though.  

Bloomberg Global Housing Bubble Ranking

Source: Bloomberg Economics.

The Canadian Property Bubble Is The Second Largest In The OECD

Canada produced some top-notch froth according to the agency’s research. The price-to-rent ratio (204.2%), and price-to-income (153.2%) are the second largest in the index. Even though the country is second, real price growth (8.7%) for the past year was the fifth largest. Though the country has had persistent high price growth for the past five years. This has allowed the gap to grow much bigger than just a few years of shock. 

The report author warns synchronization is occurring, which increases risk. He attributes higher prices to low interest rates, stimulus, and a lack of supply. Psychological factors such as savings and the hope of an economic boom are also playing a role.

In this case, buyers are anticipating these factors will cause more pain later. That allows them to justify pain today, because the next person will experience more. That’s basically the definition of a bubble.

The report warns these markets will be put to the test when rates rise. Even though the increase is expected to be small and gradual, it can still have a big impact.

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  • Han Thanh 3 years ago

    Canadians pride themselves on being better traveled than Americans, but have no idea what a house costs anywhere else in the world.

    • Abdel 3 years ago

      That’s because they mostly just travel to Cuba, and other Caribbean islands, stay on the resort, feel superior that people serve them for a week, and then think they’re pharaohs when they return to their $2 million crack shack.

      You’re buying a house to be one of them in their mind.

  • Trader Jim 3 years ago

    Most of the report is summarized in the chart, but if you’re looking for the full one it’s on Terminal under “GLOBAL INSIGHT: Property Bubble Gauges Flash 2008 Level Alert.” You want the one written by the economist Niraj Shah.

  • Pepp 3 years ago

    Yup, totally agreed. Toronto and Vancouver are super bubbles. But other cities on the other hand are still under valued.

    Just research cities with higher median income and lower prices. You will know which I’m talking about.

    • Pete 3 years ago

      like Hamilton or Milton or London, Ontario?

      • SH 3 years ago

        I suspect he’s referring to Calgary.

        • Pete 3 years ago

          Too cold to live there 8 months of bad weather.
          1st snow in September , last snow this year was in June.

  • RM 3 years ago

    The difference is that the New Zealand government is actually doing something to alleviate the problem.

  • Pete 3 years ago

    Canada price to incone-153

    its time to move south

    • Om 3 years ago

      Wait for new regulation that will easily allow Canadian to move south

  • Smug Canadians 3 years ago

    I’ve encouraged my kids to try and find opportunities south of the border after they’re done school, where you can actually afford to buy a home, and essentials.
    Even considering health care, it’s still way cheaper in the USA. The wealth divide is much lower there, which really is a sad reflection on Canada. This place sucks! Checking out soon too.

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