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Thursday, 16 June 2016
#Toronto Real Estate About To Burst
City council needs to prepare for the correction in the housing market that the Bank of Canada governor says is just around the corner
For almost two decades, Torontonians lucky enough to get mortgage approval have been buying into an increasingly inflated housing market and thinking they're sitting on a gold mine.
Instead, some may find themselves atop a house of cards.
Last week, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz warned in his semi-annual Financial System Review about a potential drop in real estate prices in Toronto and Vancouver. He said Toronto's rising prices are "unlikely to be sustained."
In case you don't follow Bank of Canada governor-speak, that is a very cautious, circumspect way of warning those in a shaky financial situation to batten down the hatches.
Poloz: "When people say, 'Well, I need to buy a house because I'm worried that prices are going to go up this much again next year and I'll be priced out of the market," in our opinion the fundamentals do not justify that kind of extrapolation."
When he says "fundamentals," he means that job growth, incomes and immigration are not keeping pace with the inflated housing market.
For a long time we've known that Toronto's hot house and condo market was entering uncharted territory. As early as 2010, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives senior economist David Macdonald warned that Toronto (along with other Canadian cities) was experiencing housing price increases that were "outside of their historic comfort zone."
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