Alyssa Furtado
by Alyssa Furtado March 27, 2012 / 27 Comments

We’re excited to launch’s first ever, but certainly not last, infographic.

With crash predictions dominating the Canadian media headlines lately we decided it was time to step in and do our own research. We set out to compare Canada’s housing market today against the US’s in 2007 and outline both the market similarities as well as the fundamental differences that shield Canada from the magnitude of the housing crash that occurred in the American market.

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Is Canada headed for a US-style subprime mortgage crisis?
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  • Yeaaah… I thoroughly enjoyed reading through that. Good job guys… I’ll be sharing.

    • I loved this article too…very much and will be posting it on my blog. Thank you! Hi Christopher!

  • Thanks so much Chris. Glad you enjoyed.

  • The only thing I would worry about is the growing debt-to-income ratio. It’s a personal choice to owe more than you make.

    BTW, it’s interesting that all the publications at the top of the infographic are left-leaning newspapers. How about some conservative viewpoints?

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  • Jason Friesen

    fantastic, i’m sure my referral network will like it!

  • Well done job on the infographic a former mortgage lender and broker for many years I do not believe we are headed for the housing “melt down” in Canada as experienced by many Americans for several reasons, some of which you have otulined. I have shared with others already Thanks for posting!

  • Uh?

    Minimum downpayment 5%? So how about those very popular cashback mortgages offered by pretty much every bank out there. 7% cashback ??

    they give you back your downpayment plus an extra 2% !!! Mandatory 5% downpayment ? Bogus !! Subprime baby, and can’t be refuted.

    Cute graph by the way

  • awesome

  • rob_

    The graphic conveniently ignores:
    – Housing bubbles in Ireland, Spain, Japan, and other places that had different conditions than the US.
    – The 1931 housing bubble and collapse which occurred in Vancouver and perhaps other Canadian cities.

    You don’t need to have US-style conditions to have a bubble burst.

  • rob_

    oops I meant 1981 not 1931.

  • Like the way it is presented.
    Do you think all the factors will add up to cause a crash?

  • Great Stuff, Ratehub’s rocking it!

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  • sjw

    I think your colours/labels on the low interest rate box are flipped.

  • concerned

    There are a few confusing statements within the infographic that made me pause for a minute or two, like “Factors shield market from a bubble burst, such as long-term low interest rates.” Is that really the case? One of the ingredients listed for a crash is ultra-low interest rates… And the statistic concerning Canadian’s debt-to-income ratio reading 153% for 2011 seems like enough reason for people to stop purchasing housing as an investment, and that will surely drive prices into the ground. I understand that these stats are meant to represent Canada as a whole, but is everyone really expecting Vancouver’s housing market to slowly deflate like a balloon? Or is it set to burst?

    The idea of an infographic to explain the housing market is great though…


  • Evergreen

    The average canadian household income cannot support the current home price. The question is when will the market correct? So be prepared than be misled!

  • Luis

    This is wishful thinking. As another comentator said, US-like conditions are not the only triggers of a crash. Otherwise, there would not have been crashes anywhere. The conclusion (no crash, only cooling) is definitely not supported by the data presented. The data only says that the FINANCIAL markets may not get hit the same way by a potential housing crash.

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  • Richard

    Funny.. as noted by my Boss who is a Harvard economic professional. First the MSM will deny there’s an issue with Real Estate. Then they will say it’s not a national issue but a local issue. Then they will say it will be a soft landing not a crash (that’s where were at now). Then they will say it’s temporary and will rebound fast. Then they will point fingers and blame the government policies when were all on fire…. This has been repeated in this fashion for every major issue that affects us all. We are sheep and it serves us right for buying this over and over and over 🙂

  • Excellent Infographic.

    I have seen many Canadians borrowing in Canada to invest in US property. I wonder how much of the “growing Canadian Debt” is invested overseas in positive cash flowing investment properties?

  • Joe

    U forgot to mention rates have never been this low, when rates rise housing prices will fall.

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