Global Housing Markets Are ‘Slowing Sharply.’ Is Canada Next?

Housing markets around the world are showing signs of losing steam, but Canada’s market isn’t among them — yet.

The Great White North is still clocking in some of the world’s fastest house price growth, though that is likely to come to an end in the first half of this year, amid tough new mortgage rules and higher interest rates.

According to data released this week by the Global Property Guide, a site for residential real estate investors, Canada saw the world’s fourth-fastest property price growth in the third quarter of 2017, behind only Iceland, Hong Kong and Macau.

But prices in a majority of housing markets surveyed by GPG have either turned negative or slowed down. The U.K., Beijing, Singapore and Mexico are among the places now seeing falling house prices.

“Globally housing markets are slowing sharply,” GPG said in a release Tuesday.

Of 47 housing markets surveyed, 21 recorded lower house prices in the third quarter of 2017 than a year earlier. That’s a notable change from the previous quarter, when only 15 countries were showing year-on-year declines.

Two-thirds of all housing markets surveyed showed slowing momentum — either lower prices or slower price growth than earlier. Once-hot New Zealand is now barely eking out any price growth at all.

Meanwhile, “Canada is in the middle of a house price boom,” the report noted.

That’s despite the introduction of foreign-buyers’ taxes for the Toronto and Vancouver housing markets, as well as other measures in Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan designed to cool house price growth.

Recent data suggests that while the detached-home markets in those cities have slowed down, condos are still seeing strong price growth.

For instance, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reported on Wednesday that benchmark condo prices in the metro area soared nearly 26 per cent in the past year, while detached home prices grew a slower 7.9 per cent.

A perfect storm for Canadian housing

Canada’s housing markets are moving into 2018 facing a perfect storm of conditions that could put a damper on activity and add the country to the list of places where residential property is slowing down.

A new “stress test” for borrowers of traditional mortgages comes into effect this month, and it’s expected to reduce homebuyers’ purchasing power by about 21 per cent. The Bank of Canada estimates that the new rule will disqualify about one in 10 prospective

Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Travel

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