Is the Vancouver market falling apart or taking a breather?

There’s an article over at CNBC talking about the National real estate market, it’s warning signs and various slumps.

They revisit Vancouver Real Estate agent Keith Roy’s very public decision to sell his house last year and say prices have dropped 3.9% in Vancouver, 5.6% in West Van.

They also talk about lending practices in Canada and recent efforts to return CMHC amortization terms to their historical norm.

Some of the loopholes people use to avoid the mortgage restrictions are quite extraordinary. For example, although the government requires buyers to purchase private mortgage insurance on mortgages with 100 percent loan-to-value ratios, eHow says this can be avoided just by getting two mortgages, each for 50 percent of the home value.

Canadians are also allowed to borrow against pensions and life insurance policies to fund their down payments. Even credit cards can be used to fund down payments. So it’s very possible that the total housing debt is actually much higher than the official mortgage debt numbers.

If this sort of thing is being openly discussed even after the government has launched its efforts to curb lending excess, just imagine what kind of shenanigans were going on before the crackdown. The quality of the mortgages made in 2011 and 2012 may turn out to be much worse than is commonly suspected.

Read the full article here.

So is the Canadian market falling apart at this point?  Vancouver has certainly fallen over the last year and this is starting to have an effect on developers as well – the Alba has been put on hold due to a ‘challenging real estate market‘.


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Not sure why the opinion polls were so wrong, but here’s a possible reason from an old fart. While watching a few newscasts throughout the day of traffic at neighbouring polling stations, couldn’t help noticing a lot of elderly voters, and wondering if they were included in those opinion polls that I assume are conducted via the latest online gizmos or confined to starbucks oulets in trendy locations. I’m sure the NDP has evolved into a more responsible party and may have changed for the better, but stubborn old voters who remember the tenacious labour policies of Dave Barret and Glen Clark may not be so ready to forget and forgive, however irrelevant such policies may be today. In any event, the oldies were obviously not swayed by those polls, nor are they likely to “thumb” their way (up or… Read more »

Loud Howard

@#97 Says “…he searches for sales posted today only, not sales posted from 5pm yesterday.”

That sucks. What’s the point if sales aren’t since last sample? If is doing what you say, his numbers are not accurate to begin with.

If would tell us what he does, it would clear this up.

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Rob Chipman’s numbers corroborate Troll’s:

2013-05-14 207 $824,034 $786,504 $37,529 4.55 57

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@Loud Howard

It’s my understanding that when Paul posts the daily sales he searches for sales posted today only, not sales posted from 5pm yesterday.

If that’s the case it’s most likely those extra sales posted after 5 yesterday will be lost from the monthly total.

Days like this are rare, usually Pauls numbers are accurate but this time they came out early and missed a lot.

If you’re keeping a personal set up numbers on file then feel free to ignore those extra sales, it doesn’t matter to me or anyone else one bit.

Loud Howard

If @troll had a genuine interest in accuracy he/she would post a full set of alternate numbers every day. As it stands, using @troll’s occasional number in a series of mostly numbers only inflates the sales count. ’s next day number obviously includes the “missing” sales which means the composite series will be double counting sales.

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“Funny you should mention, we hit 200 today.”

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Another interesting article from CNBC:

“Full Recourse Loans Won’t Save Canada’s Housing Market” Tuesday, 14 May 2013
By: John Carney, Senior Editor,

“Full recourse loans may also exacerbate the economic downturn that accompanies a slump in housing prices. Rational borrowers will reduce consumption to save when falling housing prices put them at risk of deficiency judgments. As consumption spending falls, the economy contracts—which puts more homeowners at risk of default. This can prompt a recessionary downward spiral.

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First past the post only works with a two party system. We have a clearly established 3 party system in BC and a 4 party system in Canada. Without proportional representation we will continue to have extremely skewed election results.

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