This Week’s Top Stories: Canada’s Banks Turn Bearish On Real Estate As Prices Fall

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Canadian Real Estate

Canadian Real Estate Prices To See An “Unprecedented Decline”: TD

TD is the latest bank to call a deep real estate correction for Canadian real estate prices. The country’s second-largest bank is now forecasting a 25% price drop nationally. That number is peak (Q1 2022) to trough (Q2 2023), an “unprecedented decline,” said the bank. Due to the price surge since 2020, they don’t see it causing wider economic fallout.

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Canadian Real Estate Prices Get Another Forecast Revision Lower From RBC

Canada’s largest bank made another downward revision to its risk forecast. RBC’s base case forecast assumes a price drop of 5.6% over the next 12-months. They previously said they’re placing more weight to the adverse scenario, however. In that case, home prices would fall up to 30%, which is closer to what they said a few weeks prior.

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Canada’s Economy Is Still 30% More Dependent On Real Estate Than The US In 2006

Canada’s economy was less dependent on real estate, but still dangerously concentrated. Residential investment as a share of GDP fell to 8.7% in Q2 2022, down 1.1 points from the previous quarter. It’s down from its peak, but Canada is nearly 30% more dependent than the US was at its peak in 2006. Back then, experts warned it made the US vulnerable to a financial crisis.

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Toronto Real Estate

Toronto Real Estate Prices Fell An Average of $1k/Day, Down Over 15% From Peak

Greater Toronto real estate prices continued to slide last month. A typical home fell to $1,125,000 in August, up 8.9% from last year — but 15% below February. Prices are down to October 2021-levels, reversing nearly a year’s worth of increases. It isn’t expected to stop anytime soon.

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  • Amjad Shaikh 2 years ago

    No specific reasons given by TD and RBC, as to which factors would cause decline in real estate prices, other than the interest rate.
    It’s believed that the rise in inflation, wages and material cost will push prices upward; similarly, the demand for owning/renting homes by more than 400k immigrants are also demand pull factors.

    In short, it appears that the rising interest rate and tightening of monetary policy would curb demand to an ectent, however, the other factors, mentioned above, will not allow steep fall of home prives. Seems there would be moderate adjustment of home prives in urban areas.

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