The latest example of Canadian politicians’ (in)action in regard to real estate prices getting out of control is the recent decision by the B.C. Premier Christy Clark, to reject the idea of raising taxes for overseas investors — despite a petition from her constituents that attracted some 25,000 signatures. “By moving foreign owners out of the market, housing prices will drop,” she reasoned, voicing her concern about the (possible) loss of present homeowners’ equity.
The use of teaser rates in qualifying individuals is a game the banks have played to increase their mortgage volumes. This spins back into the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation insurance scheme. It allows Canadians to spend more than would otherwise be the case, and puts thousands of homeowners at risk. The Government of Canada […]