It's time for Canadians to bid the housing boom farewell as data for the first quarter of the year, released Thursday by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), showed a 13 per cent tumble in existing home sales year-to-date.
“Canada's six-year housing market boom is officially over. Aside from a few choice Prairie locales, sales are melting faster than this year's snow pack,” Douglas Porter, deputy chief economist at BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., said in a research note.
Double-digit declines in sales activity in “more markets than you can shake a stick at,” suggest the weakness has spread across Canada rather than being centered in any specific market, Mr. Porter said in an interview.
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