Price gains in Vancouver, Toronto cause housing affordability to decline: RBC

TORONTO - RBC says that if current trends continue, single detached homes in Toronto and Vancouver will soon be firmly in the luxury housing segment, available only to wealthy households.

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In its latest housing affordability report, RBC says trends continued to vary widely between the country's various real estate markets in the fourth quarter of last year.

Nationally, RBC says housing affordability deteriorated slightly, by 0.6 percentage points to 46.7 per cent, in the final quarter of 2015, driven by price gains in Vancouver and Toronto.

Affordability declined in both the single detached and condo categories.

RBC says purchasing a single, detached home in Vancouver is already out of reach for the vast majority of families. Conditions in Toronto are similar, though not as drastic.

The condo market is still within reach for many first-time buyers in Vancouver and Toronto, although that segment of the market also became somewhat more unaffordable in the fourth quarter.



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