Yet more evidence that the presence of a significant housing bubble in Canada is blatantly obvious to every economist on the planet BUT those whose livelihoods depend on its continued existence.
Dean Baker of the Centre for Economic and Policy Research has warned that Canadian home prices are unsustainable:
“Noting that average incomes in Canada are lower than those in the U.S. and land values are not appreciably higher, the fundamentals don’t justify the price premium, Baker said in an interview.”
“It looks me like you have some real problems,” he said.
“There’s a lot of things that look ominous. Debt to income ratios in Canada are close to what they were in the U.S. at the peak of the bubble, so there could be some pretty serious fallout.”
Canada could see house prices collapse by 25 to 30 per cent if interest rates rise by about two percentage points, he said.”
Before you shrug him off as just another economic talking head, consider that this is the same man who issued this prescient report on the state of the US housing market in 2002, well before it was even on the radar of most economists. The man knows a bubble when he sees one.
He now joins the list of other renowned economists who all foretold the US housing crash and ALL see Canadian home prices set for a significant decline:
“The Canadian housing market could face a similar housing bust to the United States, particularly in more bubbly markets as Vancouver and Calgary”
“Canada cannot be complacent in the face of disturbingly bleak global conditions, because Canadians spend too much relative to their household incomes and the country’s housing bubble has yet to burst.”
David Rosenberg (now working for a Canadian firm, but called the US bubble while still working at Merill Lynch)
“…Housing values are anywhere between 15 per cent and 35 per cent above levels we would label as being consistent with the fundamentals. If being 15 per cent to 35 per cent overvalued isn’t a bubble, then it’s the next closest thing. We are talking about two to three standard deviation events here in terms of the parabolic move in Canadian home prices from their lows. So, if it walks like a duck …”
“A Canadian housing crash is a given. The only thing that remains to be seen is how deep the crash is.”
All of these economists correctly called a US housing crash and ALL of them see a significant correction for our own market. The chorus grows!