The Vancouver real estate slow down is making news all over and people are now wringing their hands over Toronto.
This Financial Post article talks about our bloating inventory and collapsing sales while pointing out that Toronto sales are up 11% year over year.
..and yes, there’s yet another warning from the Bank of Canada:
“Although economic growth in Canada was slightly slower than expected in the first quarter, underlying economic momentum appears largely consistent with expectations. However, the composition of growth is less balanced. In particular, housing activity has been stronger than expected, and households continue to add to their debt burden in an environment of modest income growth.”
The warning is apt. Rosenberg said if the Bank of Canada felt the need to re-establish parity between short-term rates and its inflation target it would have to raise the rate 100 basis points.
“That wouldn’t cause a recession, but it sure would be painful for many households,” leading to more loan defaults and less spending growth.
If you can’t afford a 100 basis point increase in rates you probably shouldn’t be taking on too much debt.