Global Housing


London housing posts weak recovery

By Leith van Onselen Acadata has released its latest house price results for the UK, which shows that values in London are rebounding after a period of price falls. However, in real inflation-adjusted terms, property values are still declining across the UK: Monthly prices rose modestly in August. They were up just 0.1%, but it


Canadian housing market weakest since GFC

By Leith van Onselen The Teranet-National Bank House Price Index for August was released overnight, which shows that Canadian house price growth has stalled, growing at the slowest annual rate since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC): In the year to August, Canadian home values rose by just 1.4% –  the slowest growth since October 2009.


UK first home buyers a model PM Property Council?

By Leith van Onselen Back in 2013, , the UK central government launched “Help-to-Buy“, a scheme that provided government mortgage guarantees to marginal borrowers that would not otherwise qualify for a loan. At the time, Help-to-Buy was denounced by the Office of Budget Responsibility and the Treasury alike, who claimed that the scheme would do nothing


Toronto house prices recovering after sharp plunge

By Leith van Onselen Toronto’s housing market is showing further signs of life after both prices and sales abruptly plunged. The Teranet-National Bank House Price Index for July was released overnight, which shows that house prices in Toronto are rebounding after plunging 7.4% between July and December 2017: As at July, Toronto values were 4.0% below


What London and Sydney have in common

By Leith van Onselen The Financial Times (FT) has published an interesting article on how young Londoners are fleeing the city for other regions of the UK, forced-out by exorbitant housing costs: Knight Frank, the estate agent, has analysed the latest migration data from the Office for National Statistics, which tracks internal moves within the


The property gooses are coming for Canada

Canada may well be presaging the Australian property market with buying conditions in May falling well below expectations. And its the fault of the millenials of course: New mortgage regulations which are now in full swing have stymied fringe buyers, particularly millennials. According to new data from credit bureau TransUnion, new mortgage originations among millennials in Canada


London house prices continue to fall

By Leith van Onselen Acadata has released its latest house price results for the UK, which shows that values in London continue to fall: The retreat in house prices continued in April, and this is now the eleventh month in which the annual rate of house price growth has slowed, albeit at an ever-reducing rate.


Young Americans left behind in post GFC recovery

By Leith van Onselen The Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) has released research examining “Home Prices, Housing Wealth and Home Equity Extraction”, which reveals that US home prices has finally rebounded above their pre-GFC peak: Home ownership has returned to is long-run (lower) ‘normal’ level: But like in Australia, has collapsed for younger


Real estate hucksters hit Toronto

By Leith van Onselen Canada and Australia have a lot in common. Both economies are commodity exporters. Both countries have experienced high rates of immigration. Both countries largely dodged the global recession that shocked the developed world. Both were said to have world-beating banking systems. And both nations have amongst the developed world’s most expensive housing, when measured


London house prices continue to fall

By Leith van Onselen Acadata has released its latest house price results for the UK, which shows that values in London continue to fall: The rate of annual house price growth slowed for the tenth successive month in March to 0.7%, compared to 5.1% a year ago. The average house price in England and Wales


Toronto house sales and prices tank as new lending rules bite

By Leith van Onselen The wheels continue to fall off Toronto’s housing market, according to the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB): Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,228 residential transactions through TREB’s MLS® System in March 2018. This result was down by 39.5 per cent compared to a record 11,954 sales reported in March 2017 and down


As UK takes action, Australia ignores property money laundering

By Leith van Onselen This time last year, Transparency International ranked Australia as having the weakest anti-money laundering (AML) laws in the Anglosphere, failing all 10 priority areas. By contrast, the UK was ranked as having the strongest AML laws in the Anglosphere, failing just one out of 10 priority areas. Despite the polar opposite findings,


Housing affordability drives cost-of-living

By Wendell Cox, cross-posted from New Geography: Housing affordability is what largely drives the standard of living the United States. The 14th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey showed that, in 2016, there was a 0.83 correlation between the housing unaffordability, measured by the Median Multiple (median house price divided by median household income) and


Canadian house prices fall for third straight month

By Leith van Onselen Just weeks after Moody’s warned that Canada’s (as well as Australia’s) housing market (and banks) were at risk, Teranet has reported its results for November, which recorded its third consecutive fall in Canadian home values, let by Canada’s biggest city Toronto: In November the Teranet–National Bank National Composite House Price Index™


Canadian housing entering “severe correction”

Via Bloomie: Canada’s banking regulator released final rules that will make it tougher for borrowers to take on uninsured mortgages, adding to a growing list of measures to rein in the nation’s housing markets. The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions announced measures targeting borrowers in the uninsured segment of the mortgage market that has been responsible for


Rise of the housing YIMBYs

By Leith van Onselen For years I have argued that markets where land supply is unresponsive (inelastic) – via planning constraints or geographical barriers – are far more prone to suffer from more expensive housing, higher house price volatility, and bigger boom and bust cycles than markets where land supply is relatively responsive (elastic) to


It’s time for a global Millennials revolt

By Leith van Onselen This site has frequently railed against the unfair treatment leveled at Australia’s Millennial generation. This inequity is most apparent in the housing market, where today’s younger generations are being forced to pay far more than their parents to live in smaller and poorly located accommodation. But it extends beyond housing and