The Canadian Housing Bubble in Six Charts

Guest post by $hane Obata

1) Canada’s housing market is 63% overvalued relative to its historical average…

2) Home prices in Vancouver are more expensive than they are in Sydney, London, and New York…

3) “Canada is in serious trouble” because its households never deleveraged…

4) Since 2000, growth in assets held by Canadian banks is as follows…

  • Personal lines of credit: + ~650%
  • Credit card loans: + ~400%
  • Mortgages: + ~250%
  • Disposable income: + ~100%

5) In Canada, multifamily construction is at record highs…

6) Canadian workers are twice as reliant on housing construction

In conclusion…

  • The Canadian housing market is very expensive.
  • Median house price to median household income is higher in Vancouver than it is in Sydney, London, and New York.
  • Canadian households – unlike their U.S. counterparts – never deleveraged after the financial crisis.
  • Credit is growing a lot faster than income is.
  • There’s a lot of supply coming onto the market.
  • The share of Canadian workers in housing construction is twice what it is in the U.S..

If rates rise or if commodity prices continue to fall then it’s likely that Canada’s housing market will come under pressure.


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