…According to the latest UBS annual Global Real Estate Bubble Index released today, Toronto home prices now rank as the second biggest bubble in the world and, while Vancouver was a few spots lower, it still beat out notorious markets like San Francisco and Singapore.
This post by Lorimer Wilson, Managing Editor of munKNEE.com is an edited ([ ]) and abridged (…) version of an article by Daniel Wong for the sake of clarity and length to ensure a fast and easy read.
Toronto Home Prices
UBS said Toronto real home prices doubled over the past ten years, in part to population growth.
- In 2018, they observed a housing correction that was restoring some fundamentals.
- It carried through to 2019, but came to an abrupt stop by year-end. At that point, falling mortgage rates reignited high home price growth. It was helped by the Bank of Canada’s mortgage liquidity injections.
Since the pandemic hit, this trend has accelerated even faster but UBS believes that growth might be coming to an end soon as The Bank of Canada is expected to taper in 2022, well ahead of the Federal Reserve, which would likely raise mortgage rates and discourage foreign real estate investments and this, in turn, could lead to an abrupt end to the current housing frenzy…
Global real estate prices are often used to dismiss Canadian home price growth…but few bubbles have inflated this fast, with policymakers enthusiastically cheering them on.
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