LÉVIS, QC, April 30, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The financial capacity of Canadian households to purchase a property
improved somewhat at the beginning of 2014, even though average home
prices matched the pace of after-tax income growth. Lower mortgage
rates therefore had a favourable effect on affordability. However, the
Canadian housing market is still less affordable, on average, than it
has been for the past 25 years.
It is what stands out from the Desjardins Affordability Index (DAI), an
analysis of the Economic Studies of Desjardins Group. A copy of the
analysis is available at the following address : http://www.desjardins.com/ca/about-us/economic-studies/quebec-ontario-economic-conditions/desjardins-affordability-index/index.jsp.
In Quebec, the DAI is also below the historic average, despite the
improvement posted for Q1 2014. Unlike the rest of the country, Quebec
property prices and household income stagnated. "The mortgage rate
pullback had a positive impact on affordability," according to Hélène
Bégin, Desjardins Group Senior Economist.
"Only the Saguenay market is considered affordable in Québec," Bégin
says. Most other Census Metropolitan Areas (CMA) are under close watch,
but kept out of the 'not very affordable' territory by price stability
and, in some cases, retreats. Sherbrooke CMA is an exception, as
household income is very low compared to property prices. The gap
between the Affordability Index and the historic average is as wide as
it was in the early 1990s in Sherbrooke CMA.
"In Ontario, a number of markets remained affordable in the first
quarter," according to Ms. Bégin. Toronto, where the average home price
is $547,340 and sharply above the other agglomerations in the province,
is an exception.
Vancouver also turns out to be a very expensive market, historically
speaking. The average home price of $801,554 in the first quarter is
around 10 times higher than average household income.
About Desjardins Group
Desjardins Group is the leading cooperative financial group in Canada and the fifth
largest cooperative financial group in the world with assets of $212
billion. It has been rated one of Canada's top 100 employers by
Mediacorp Canada. To meet the diverse needs of its members and clients,
Desjardins offers a full range of products and services to individuals
and businesses through its extensive distribution network, online
platforms and subsidiaries across Canada. The group has one of the
highest capital ratios and credit ratings in the industry. It is considered as the fourth safest and strongest
bank in North America according to Global Finance magazine and Bloomberg News respectively.
SOURCE: Desjardins Group
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