This Week’s Top Stories: Canada’s Banks On Real Estate’s “Historic Correction” & Supply Shortage “Myth”

Time for your cheat sheet on this week’s top stories.

Canadian Real Estate

Canadian Real Estate Expected To See A “Historic Correction,” Biggest Drop Ever: RBC

Canada’s largest bank feels we are in the middle of a “historic correction.” RBC said the housing downturn is much faster and deeper than expected. Consequently, they’re downgrading their forecast to the deepest correction in history. It’s not all bad news though — the bank says this should be “welcome,” after the past two years. A correction is needed to restore the economy back to efficiency.

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Canada’s Housing Supply Has Outpaced Household Formation For Two Decades: BMO

BMO doubled-down on calling the supply shortage narrative a “myth.”  The bank’s analysis shows new homes outpaced new households for the past two decades. They attribute the shortage to hyper-stimulative demand policies that have driven excessive speculation. This provides further context to the data showing a sudden surge of investors after the rate cuts.

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Canadian Cities Have Seen Up To 1 In 8 Newly Built Homes Go To Non-Residents

Canadian real estate prices are soaring, and anytime prices soar it attracts investors. Demand from non-resident investors is one of those segments, and it’s been surging over the past few years. Cities have seen up to 1 in 8 newly built homes go to non-resident buyers. It’s hard to argue that such a significant addition of demand wouldn’t be a contributor to home price growth.

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A Lot of Canadian Real Estate Owners Decided To Own 4 Or More Homes In 2020

Canadian households are doubling down on their real estate luck with more homes. Our analysis shows in 2020 provinces have seen up to 1 in 4 homeowners buy at least a second home. Even more interesting was the growth of homeowners buying their fourth home. It’s occurring at a faster rate than even the rate of growth for owners acquiring a second home.

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Canadian Mortgage Debt Tops $2 Trillion, Likely To Soon Eclipse Size of GDP

Canadian mortgage debt reached $2.01 trillion in May, up 10.1% from last year. At the equivalent of 98% of GDP, it’s far past the 70% threshold, which is where it slows economic growth. While it’s begun to slow a little from its peak, it’s still growing much faster than GDP. That means in the coming months, expect it to eclipse and become an even longer-term drag.

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Canada’s Real Estate Bubble Went Into Hyperdrive Compared To G7 Peers: US Fed Data

Global real estate prices have been soaring but nowhere quite like Canada. The country’s real estate prices are growing at multiples of other G7 countries. Even in the US, where the central bank considers they’re in a bubble, it’s trailing Canada. Somehow Canada’s monetary authority thinks this is nice and stable growth.

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Canada’s Inflation Hits A 39-Year High, Experts Say The Problem Is Far From Over

Canada’s consumer price index (CPI) hit annual growth of 8.1% in June, the highest rate since 1983. It’s a rate over 4x the central bank’s target rate, clearly showing this has gotten away from them. Canada’s top banks warned it’s far from over, even if it peaks soon. Stable inflation isn’t expected to return for at least a couple of years.

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The Canadian Real Estate Bubble’s Supply Shortage Myth Is Unraveling: BMO

Canada’s oldest bank is challenging the supply shortage, which it calls a “myth.”  BMO economists have long maintained that easy credit created a speculative bubble. With bubbles, the price of assets collapse as fast as they rose, as soon as emotions change. As fast as the “shortage” started when rates were cut, hiking them is reversing sentiment.

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Canadian Housing Starts Fell In June But Remain Significantly Elevated

Canada started construction on slightly fewer homes but it’s still in a building boom. The seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of starts reached 274,000 units in June, down 1.6% from last year. CMHC’s chief economist reminds the market that while this is down from last year, it remains high. It’s a far higher number of homes than anything seen in the prior decade before 2020. Toronto and Vancouver even bucked the trend, showing increased starts.

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Toronto Real Estate

How Slow Is Toronto Real Estate? Developers Only Sold 2 Single-Family Homes In May

Toronto new homes have seen demand fall off a cliff, especially for pricey segments. In the City of Toronto for example, only two single-family homes sold in May. It’s about a 91% drop from the February frenzy, when everyone thought they were running out of homes. Falling demand is good news for potential buyers though, helping to restore inventory.

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US Real Estate

US Existing-Home Sales Fell For A Fifth Month, Western States See Prices Fall

US existing-home sales fell sharply in June, easing pressure on inventory. Sales fell for a fifth month, while months of inventory climbed to the highest in two years. This has had a mixed impact on home prices. Pricier homes in the West have seen prices fall, while the Northeast region is now booming. Expensive markets like the West region, would be more sensitive to rate hikes.

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  • Ron Bruce 5 months ago

    “Canadian households are doubling down on their real estate luck with more homes. Our analysis showed in 2020; Provinces have seen up to 1 in 4 homeowners buy at least a second home. Even more interesting was the growth of homeowners buying their fourth home. It’s occurring at a faster rate than even the rate of growth for owners acquiring a second home.”

    I would guess that the Banks piled into this story of ever-increasing real estate values and offered all sorts of deals (i.e. HELOC) to the consumer to support this narrative. Now that picture doesn’t look so rosy; the Banks are backing off trying to secure their loans and say it isn’t our problem, despite driving the getaway car and planning the heist. Or are the Banks supporting foreign buyers to help mitigate against the overzealous Canadian buyer who is still drinking the Kool-Aid? Let’s keep in mind that approximately 50% of city residents are RENTERS, who are also pulling the tax train.

  • Yoroshiku 5 months ago

    “…The bank says this should be “welcome,” after the past two years…”
    The bubble has been inflating for far more than two years!

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