Housing market to remain steady until 2014: CMHC

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While many in financial circles continue to call for a correction to Canada’s housing market, the crown corporation which insures mortgages is predicting two more years of calm.

In its first quarter Housing Market Survey, the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation expects Canadian markets would “remain steady in 2012 and 2013.

This is a rosier picture than the one painted by Canadian banks, who have recently issued reports probing the consequences of cheap money, and trying to predict whether there is a bubble in prices that will eventually pop and cause prices to crash. They are particularly concerned about Vancouver and Toronto, where some have predicted price corrections of up to 10 per cent because of overbuilding in the condo market.

“With the Canadian economy set to expand at a moderate pace and mortgage rates expected to remain low, activity levels in 2012 in both new home construction and sales of existing homes will stay close to levels seen in 2011,” said Mathieu Laberge, deputy chief economist.

Also in the forecast: “Housing starts will be in the range of 164,000 to 212,700 units in 2012, with a point forecast of 190,000 units. In 2013, housing starts will be in the range of 168,900 to 219,300 units, with a point forecast of 193,800 units.

Existing home sales will be in the range of 406,000 to 504,500 units in 2012, with a point forecast of 457,300 units. In 2013, MLS sales are expected to move up in the range of 417,600 to 517,400 units, with a point forecast of 468,200 units.

The average MLS price is forecast to be between $330,000 and $410,000 in 2012 and between $335,000 and $430,000 in 2013. CMHC’s point forecast for the average MLS price is $368,900 for 2012 and $379,000 for 2013. The moderate increases in the average MLS price are consistent with the balanced market conditions that occurred in 2011, and that are expected to continue in 2012 and 2013.”

  • Angela Wong-Liao, Invis Inc on 2012-02-14 3:47:53 PM

    Our world is getting closer because of technology, Canada will affect by the global market and economic conditions. If we look around us, the real estate market from almost every corner of the world are declining which includes the emerging markets, ie: China, their real estate value has dropped 25 to 30% in the past 6 months. I am more receptive to the Canadian banks' predictions as our Canadian Chartered banks are international corporations and they have branches all over the world. In my opinion, I believe a correction is inevitable but it will depends on where we live, Vancouver and Toronto may have a lesser correction than other provinces because Vancouver has the Asia market while Toronto is the heart and soul of Canada, Toronto is a very dynamic metropolitan city and new immigrants love to land in Toronto.

  • Ron Butler on 2012-02-15 2:53:47 AM

    Angela, I know you mean well but please believe me saying Toronto is the "heart and soul" of Canada does not sit well with people who live in in all the other places in Canada. As a person who has lived in many Canadian cities I can assure you Toronto is not the centre of the universe.

    Also if you believe in a coming correction in Real Estate values; would not the most effected markets be the ones with the highest run-up in values?

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