Canada’s housing market is likely in bubble territory, following months of surging prices across some of the hottest real estate regions in the country.
According to Rosenberg Research & Associates founder David Rosenberg, Canada’s housing market is in a “huge bubble,” following a surge in home prices that are now leaving many potential homeowners priced out of the market. The Toronto region saw home prices top $1 million for the first time ever in February, while some suburbs saw record price increases of up to 20%. Likewise, homes in the Vancouver area saw detached homes sell for an average of $3.3 million in just the first two months of 2021.
“This might be one of the biggest bubbles of all time,” Rosenberg, who held a bearish stance on the US housing market prior to its crash in 2008, said in a Bloomberg Television interview. According to him, a significant divide exists between the pandemic-damaged labour market and surging real estate, which in turn is creating an extensive bubble situation. “We have a situation where home prices are up 18% year-over-year with practically no wage growth,” he explained.
Canada was not subject to the same housing collapse that plagued the US in 2007 and 2008— a collapse that Rosenberg successfully predicted during his time at Merrill Lynch. This time however, according to the Bank of Montreal, Canadian home prices are approximately 40% higher compared to the US. In fact, the ongoing housing boom even caught the Bank of Canada’s attention, which noted that activity “has been much stronger than expected.”
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