The central bank believes the housing boom was the result of a sudden shift in preference. They point to accelerating single-family home price growth, while apartments slow. Analysts from the organization attribute the shift in preference to “low financing costs.” It must have been a total shock how those costs became so low.
Canadian pension funds are seeking to boost their real estate investments, betting the slumping property market will recover as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes and office workers and city dwellers return to downtown properties.
The most recent boom isn’t concentrated in higher-priced markets but is more broad-based across the country, the governor said. “That I think in itself is implying this is less driven by speculative activity and more driven by fundamental demand.”
The consistent growth without correction over nearly two decades has disconnected the two. Canadian real estate prices didn’t just see double the growth over the past year. Since 2005, real estate prices have grown over 25.31 times faster than U.S. real estate prices. This is not a normal trend.
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Canadian real estate prices are still growing at a breakneck speed. Real prices increased 2.93% in Q3 2020, bringing them 8.27% higher than the same quarter a year before. The annual growth is now the biggest of the G7 countries. Since the beginning of the Great Recession, Canadian real estate prices have outperformed every G7 market… by a wide margin.
“The slow rollout of the vaccines and the still-raging pandemic continue to depress consumer confidence despite the prospect of further fiscal aid and a brighter health situation,” said Kathy Bostjancic, chief U.S. financial economist at Oxford Economics in New York.
The number of condominiums put up for rent in Toronto more than doubled in the fourth quarter compared with a year earlier, a sign of a growing exodus of people from the city’s downtown to more spacious accommodations in the suburbs.
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board will invest US$350-million in apartments in the U.S., an attempt to capitalize on the pandemic-fuelled real estate downturn and housing shortages south of the border.
Brookfield India Real Estate Trust, backed by Canadian asset manager Brookfield Asset Management Inc., is seeking to raise as much as $522 million in an Indian initial public offering, adding to the growing number of listings from the sector in the country.
Most surprising, is Greater Toronto real estate buyers are paying massive premiums to own a condo apartment. The CMHC economists conclude the average monthly cost of owning a condo apartment “is about 23% above renting an equivalent unit.” That’s just renting someone’s condo though. If you look at purpose built rentals, the economist concludes people are paying 87% more to own an apartment, than rent in a purpose built. That’s a fairly large premium to say you’re not a renter.
We’ve resumed, after a brief cooldown, plowing a ridiculous amount of money into assets that do nothing to improve the country’s ability to generate wealth. Housing accounted for 37 per cent of overall investment, while business spending on machinery and equipment and intellectual property dropped to 28.2 per cent, the highest and lowest levels, respectively, since early 1993.
In December, the seasonally adjusted average Canadian home was CA$617,000. In the US, this was just over US$350,000, or CA$420,000 after adjusting for PPP. The gap works out to Canadians paying 46% more than Americans, on average.
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More homes changed hands in the last three months of 2020 than in any quarter in the past 13 years, underlining the scale of the resurgence in housing market activity following the relaxation of lockdown restrictions and the stimulus of the stamp duty holiday.
One key factor behind the ailing rental market is the exodus of people leaving London — especially the highly paid and economically mobile — due to both the pandemic and Brexit. The Office for National Statistics estimates that, in the summer of 2020, 893,000 non-U.K. residents left the country. The government-funded Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence reckons the outflow was even higher, at 1.3 million, with more than half departing from London. That’s equivalent to around one in 12 leaving the city.
This has led to fewer tenants and a drop in rents. For people renting, that means more choices for housing and more room to negotiate on pricing. But there is little sign that cheaper rentals are attracting more people into the city. Many are still working from home, and a dearth of job opportunities for new grads means there’s little hope of the usual summer influx of new residents.
That’s why we’re seeing the most pronounced drops in rent in the highest price inner city boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Islington. Meanwhile, the outer suburbs have been cushioned by a noticeable pandemic shift to bigger, more rural properties, driving up house prices elsewhere in the U.K. (Rents outside of London are little changed.)