TechnologyCanadian housing slump deepens with first drop in values in decades
Canadian House Prices To Drop As 'Huge' Wave Of New Homes Arrives: Report
The slowdown in Canada's housing market will get worse before it gets any better, a new analysis predicts, because the country is about to be flooded with a "huge amount" of new homes.
(Bloomberg) -- Canadian home values fell last year for the first time in three decades amid falling prices in some of the country’s priciest markets, even as debt burdens increased.
The value of residential real estate in Canada held by households dropped C$30 billion ($22.5 billion) in the fourth quarter to C$5.10 trillion, from C$5.13 trillion in the same quarter the previous year, Statistics Canada reported Thursday. The 0.6 percent decline is the first decrease in country-wide home values in data going back to 1990.
Households meanwhile saw their debt burdens rise at the end of last year, with the debt to disposable income ratio hitting a record 174 percent in the fourth quarter. The worsening reflects a sharp slowdown in economic growth at the end of last year.
Singh unveils affordable housing proposals
OTTAWA - Jagmeet Singh is proposing three measures he says will help build 500,000 new affordable housing units across Canada over the next 10 years. The NDP leader says the federal government should stop applying GST to the cost of building new affordable units. It should also provide a subsidy to renters who spend more than 30 per cent of their income on housing. And Singh says it should double the first-time home buyers' tax credit to $1,500 from $750. For now, details of the three measures are scant. Singh says they're part of a broader NDP housing plan which will be released later. Singh is running in a Feb.
Canadians are also spending a larger proportion of their income on servicing that debt. The debt service ratio -- the proportion of a household’s income that goes to paying off principal and interest on debt -- rose to 14.9 percent in the quarter, the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2007.
Debt-to-disposable income should plateau moving forward, Priscilla Thiagamoorthy, an economic analyst at BMO Capital Markets, said by phone.
“Credit growth is slowing so as a result of that, we should expect to see maybe steady or lower debt ratios going forward, especially because of a cooler housing market and a slowdown in consumer spending,” Thiagamoorthy said.
In a separate report, the agency said new home prices fell 0.1 percent in January from a year earlier -- the first decline since 2009. While the index doesn’t include condominiums, the weakness was driven by declines in the Toronto and Vancouver regions, which fell 1.5 percent and 0.3 percent respectively.
Winnipeg’s housing affordability a ‘huge potential advantage’ in long run, says firm
In terms of housing affordability, Winnipeg is in the middle of the pack of North American cities, according to recent statistics from a demographic research firm. Demographia's international housing affordability survey – its 15th annual, in collaboration with the Winnipeg-based Frontier Centre – says the Manitoba capital is sitting pretty compared to other Canadian cities. Consultant Wendell Cox told 680 CJOB Wednesday that housing affordability, for the purposes of the study, is measured by the 'median multiple' – calculated by the median house price divided by the median household income.
(Updates with quotes. An earlier version corrected the percent decline in the 2nd paragraph.)
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