Another grand week in paradise draws to a close, the weekend awaits.
And you know what that means? That means it’s Free-for-all time, our regular end of the week news round up and open topic discussion thread for the weekend.
Here are a few links to kick off the chat:
–Bank of Canada good on rates
–We’re building lots of condos
–Who’s doing what
–We’re not realtors
–Think of the children
–Local demand irrelevant?
–Empty homes are low
So, what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!
It’s the end of another work week and you know what that means…
Friday Free-for-all time!
This is our regular end of the week news round up and open topic discussion thread for the weekend, here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:
–World warns of Canada risk
–Fed renews zero rate, hints at hike
–BC too laid back for China business
–HAM a myth?
–How locals afford homes
–Slackers are Debtors?
–FIPA is coming
So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!
So if there’s a housing bubble in Canada who is to blame? Some people blame foreign buyers, some people blame local buyers. Some people think sellers are to blame and some people think the government is to blame. From the National Post:
Many analysts are becoming increasingly concerned that some cities — notably Toronto, Vancouver and possibly Calgary — are in the midst of their own U.S.-style housing bubble. A document written by the country’s financial regulator and obtained earlier this year through an access to information request, expresses concern over the “emerging risk” of Canadian loans that “have some similarities to non-prime loans in the U.S. retail lending market.” Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney continued tosound the alarm as well last week over the growing level of household debt, while maintaining the overnight lending rate at a near-record low level of 1%.
The question remains as to why prices in Toronto and Vancouver — where the economy is stagnant — are rising so fast, and not in cities like Edmonton and Saskatoon — where the economy, and population, is booming.
Read the rest of the article here.