It’s worth noting that the carrying costs for a typical detached bungalow in Canada required 39.9% of household income in the fourth quarter, significantly more than your lender would likely approve you for, but slightly less than what RBC says is the “long-term average.”
Here’s what the report has to say about Saskatchewan.
The Saskatchewan housing market finished 2010 on an enviable note. Home prices, for the most part, rose slightly in the fourth quarter, yet housing affordability improved for the second consecutive time. The provincial home resale market gained back solid forward momentum in the second half of last year (notwithstanding some softening in the final months), which contributed to re-establishing a stronger balance between demand and supply. Generally, the price increases in the fourth quarter more than reversed declines in the previous period but were too small to negate the beneficial effect of lower mortgage rates on affordability. The RBC Measures fell between 0.6 and 1.1 percentage points in the quarter, although the levels continue to be modestly above historical averages in the province. In our view, the Saskatchewan market will take its current affordability position in stride as a rebound in provincial economic growth, and, especially, continued strong migration inflows will support housing demand this year.
Read the full report here.
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