Tuesday , 21 March 2023

Some Real Estate Markets In Canada Are Overvalued By As Much As 91%!

…Moody’s Analytics’ latest Canadian real estate model…shows markets are overvalued by up to 91% across the country. As disastrous as that sounds, the firm isn’t expecting a big housing crash [but] the baseline model shows low to no price growth, as mortgage rates rise. 

This post by Lorimer Wilson, Managing Editor of munKNEE.com, is an edited ([ ]) and abridged (…) version of an article by Stephen Punwasi for the sake of clarity and length to ensure a fast and easy read.

…Higher mortgage rates are expected to grind growth down to a standstill. Urban prices are forecast to grow 2.62% over the next year (from Q4 2021 to Q3 2022). Another 1.38% growth is forecast to follow in the 12 months after. Not the end of the world, but interest rates are forecast to be higher than price growth in the last year. In the baseline, they are essentially concluding a lot of future growth was just borrowed. Markets will grow into their valuations…

Toronto Real Estate Is 40% Overvalued

Toronto real estate is massively overvalued at these levels, but no crash is forecast. Home prices are 39.5% above the trend as of Q2 2021, almost double the national numbers. Over the next year, prices are forecast to grow just 0.86%, followed by an 0.05% decline in the year after…

Vancouver Real Estate Is 23% Overvalued

Vancouver real estate is overvalued, but not to the same extent as Toronto. Home prices are 22.95% above the trend as of Q2 2021, nearly half the rate of the country’s largest market. Slow price growth is forecast at 1.17% over the next year, and 1.32% in the following year…

Montreal Real Estate Prices Forecast For A Correction

Montreal real estate is one of the few markets forecast to see a correction in prices. Home prices are 24.96% above the trend as of Q2 2021, but unlike other cities near this level — prices are forecast to fall. Moody’s has forecast a 5.29% decline for home prices over the next year, followed by a 7.21% decline the year after…

Niagara Real Estate Is The Most Overvalued In Canada

…The most overvalued markets in Canada goes to Niagara (including St. Catharines), which is 90.8% above trend as of Q2 2021. Home prices are still only expected to drop 0.49% over the next year, followed by a drop of 2.9% the year after. Those are relatively small corrections considering the gains made. Small declines imply it can grow into those valuations…

Peterborough, in the Greater Toronto region, is the second most overvalued market.

Prices deviated 79.65% above the trend as of Q2 2021, after a few years of massive growth. Home prices are forecast to rise 0.52% over the next year, followed by a 2.17% decline the year after. Once again, not much of a correction for the size of market distortion seen at this point.

Saskatoon And Calgary Real Estate Are The Most Undervalued

Saskatoon real estate is the most undervalued market in the country. Prices have deviated 31.78% below the trend as of Q2 2021, and is flying under the radar. Home prices growth is forecast to rise 8.75% over the next year, followed by 9.7% the year after that…

Calgary real estate is another market that’s bucked the trend on valuation over the past few years. The market is 30.9% below the trend as of Q2 2021, making it the second most undervalued city in Canada. Home prices are forecast to soar 7.6% over the next year, followed by 9.0% the year after…

Canadian Real Estate Price Deviation From Trend

The estimated over (or under) valuation for Canadian home prices, as of Q2 2021.

Region Percent
Niagara-St Catharines  90.8
Peterborough 79.65
Windsor 77.45
Hamilton 73.12
London 61.77
Brantford 59.18
Ottawa-Gatineau 57.47
Guelph 53.53
Barrie 47.38
Toronto 39.53
Kitchener 38.54
Kingston 36.98
Abbotsford 35.84
Sudbury 26.31
Montreal 24.96
Vancouver 22.95
Canada Urban 22.59
Oshawa 21.35
Ontario 16.89
Victoria 15.86
Thunder Bay 15.77
Quebec 14.33
Trois-Rivieres 5.86
Halifax 5.41
Kelowna 3.31
Saguenay 0.95
Sherbrooke 0.80
Saint John 0.75
Winnipeg -5.86
Moncton -9.99
Saskatchewan -16.01
Regina -17.12
St. John’s -21.06
Edmonton -29.87
Calgary -30.92
Saskatoon -31.78
Source: Moody’s Analytics; RPS; Better Dwelling

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