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The Macronical on Trends in the Housing Market !

The Toronto housing market, and the many cities surrounding it, are in a housing bubble.” According to Porter, Toronto home prices are experiencing “the fastest increase since the late 1980s, a period pretty much everyone can agree was a true bubble.”

Earlier this year, Bloomberg shared similar concerns, saying out of every country in the world, Canada is “the most vulnerable to a house price correction given both the price-income ratio and the price-rent ratio are well above their long-run averages.”

Adding to the issue are several troubling data points regarding consumer preparedness. “It’s concerning that households aren’t building up buffers and prepping for retirement like they used to,” notes Toronto-Dominion Bank analyst Brian DePratto. Statistics Canada recently revealed that the savings rate has fallen to a decade-long low, leaving Canadians vulnerable to a housing correction.

Given recent slowdowns in economic growth and consumer spending, 2020 could be the year the market crumbles. Timing is never certain, but the impacts are.

How to prepare

If the housing market does correct, the impacts could be catastrophic. Just take a look at the 2008 housing collapse in the U.S. if you want to appreciate how calamitous a real estate downturn can be. Millions of Canadians have huge mortgage debts and equity value tied up in real estate. If values dip, the negative consequences will be pervasive.

Getting your lifestyle in order is the first and most important action you can take. Pay down debt, boost your savings rate, and minimize unnecessary expenses.

If you’re in the market for a home, be sure not to overpay, especially in expensive cities like Toronto or Vancouver, where the buy-versus-rent ratio is nearing all-time highs. If you already own a home, crunch some numbers to make sure your payments are still affordable if you lose a source of income or if you temporarily go “underwater” with your mortgage, owing more than the house is theoretically worth.

The Toronto housing market, and the many cities surrounding it, are in a housing bubble.” According to Porter, Toronto home prices are experiencing “the fastest increase since the late 1980s, a period pretty much everyone can agree was a true bubble.”

Earlier this year, Bloomberg shared similar concerns, saying out of every country in the world, Canada is “the most vulnerable to a house price correction given both the price-income ratio and the price-rent ratio are well above their long-run averages.”

Adding to the issue are several troubling data points regarding consumer preparedness. “It’s concerning that households aren’t building up buffers and prepping for retirement like they used to,” notes Toronto-Dominion Bank analyst Brian DePratto. Statistics Canada recently revealed that the savings rate has fallen to a decade-long low, leaving Canadians vulnerable to a housing correction.

Given recent slowdowns in economic growth and consumer spending, 2020 could be the year the market crumbles. Timing is never certain, but the impacts are.

How to prepare

If the housing market does correct, the impacts could be catastrophic. Just take a look at the 2008 housing collapse in the U.S. if you want to appreciate how calamitous a real estate downturn can be. Millions of Canadians have huge mortgage debts and equity value tied up in real estate. If values dip, the negative consequences will be pervasive.

Getting your lifestyle in order is the first and most important action you can take. Pay down debt, boost your savings rate, and minimize unnecessary expenses.

If you’re in the market for a home, be sure not to overpay, especially in expensive cities like Toronto or Vancouver, where the buy-versus-rent ratio is nearing all-time highs. If you already own a home, crunch some numbers to make sure your payments are still affordable if you lose a source of income or if you temporarily go “underwater” with your mortgage, owing more than the house is theoretically worth.

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