Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Vancouver Primed For Housing Correction: BMO

Vancouver Primed For Housing Correction
Vancouver’s housing market looks primed for a correction, according to a report from BMO Nesbitt Burns, with the average house now costing “an astounding” 11.2 times a family’s average income -- more than double the national average. But senior economist Sal Guatieri said there’s hope that any drop in prices could be less severe than previous corrections -- “if interest rates stay low and wealthy immigrants continue to pour into the city, prices could stabilize sooner than in past downturns.”The city has seen four corrections in the last 30 years -- in 1981-82 (-30 per cent), 1990-91 (-14 per cent), 1995-96 (-20 per cent) and 2008-09 (21 per cent). Even so, the average house has gained 21 per cent in the last year, or a whopping 188 per cent in the last decade and was worth $815,000 at the end of April.

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