Houses have become “slightly” more affordable for the average Canadian but they will have to think small.
According to RBC’s latest Housing Trends and Affordability report, household incomes outpaced a modest rise in mortgage carrying costs associated with a buying a home in the fourth quarter of 2012.
"When you look at Canada's year-on-year affordability trend, 2013 was little changed from 2012, and even from 2011 or 2010, for that matter,” says Craig Wright, senior vice-president and chief economist with RBC. “That being said, this stationary trend also means that a divergence still exists - owning a detached home at market value is more of a stretch for homebuyers than owning a condo."
RBC says they expect home resales to rise 0.6 per cent to 461,000 units in 2014, keeping Canada’s housing market near its recent “not-too-hot and not-too-cold levels.”
Regionally, it was a mixed bag of results. While conditions have improved in B.C., housing affordability remains “relatively poor” while a surge in new listings in Manitoba has allowed greater affordability. Ontario remains unchanged while houses have become more in reach in Alberta.
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