Canada bans foreign investors from buying property after a surge in property prices


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A new Canadian law took effect to ban foreign investors from buying residential properties on Sunday. The law was passed because of the surge in Canadian home prices since the beginning of the pandemic, where some politicians believe that oversea buyers were responsible for boosting the supply of homes as investments.

Consequences faced by Canada during the surge

Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, said,” The desirability of Canadian homes is attracting profiteers, wealthy corporations, and foreign investors.” “This is leading to a real problem of underused and vacant housing, rampant speculation, and skyrocketing prices. Homes are for people, not investors,” he added.

The law provides peculiarity for buying houses by non-native and residents of Canada who are not citizens. However, the abrupt prices of 2021 and 2022 were already reversed in 2022 before the law was established.

According to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), the average price of houses in Canada peaked just above $800,000 in February 2022 and has fallen fixedly since then, dropping about 13% from that peak.

Why did Canada obstruct foreign investors from property deals?

Due to the price dropping from the peak, the Bank of Canada has been increasing interest rates, emerging in higher mortgage rates in the country, such as in the United States and other countries that have been inflating rates.

However, CREA’s price index is still up 38% from the end of 2019, before the pandemic. But the group said that the checklist of homes for sale has returned to pre-pandemic magnitude.

The final verdict

The real estate association voiced analysis about the law, even with the freedom for people who aspire to move to Canada.

“Canada has built a reputation as a multicultural nation that welcomes people from around the world. However, as currently proposed, the prohibition on the purchase of residential property by non-Canadians can impact our reputation as a welcoming nation,” said Canada’s Real Estate Association.

“The potential benefits of the ban are likely to be modest,” the group stated.

CREA also indicated concern that the ban could prompt vengeance by the United States and Mexico to forbid purchases in those countries by Canadians, especially geriatrics looking for winter homes isolated from the Canadian winter.

“Canadians purchase vacation and residential properties in many countries, but particularly in the United States,” the group stated.

CREA said Canadians are the most significant foreign buyers of American properties, with more than half of the properties purchased mainly in Arizona and Florida.

“These provide Canadians with a place to spend the winter months and are a form of savings for Canadian retirees, whereas if Canada places a ban on Americans owning property in Canada, we should expect them to respond in kind,” the group concluded.

- Published By Team Timeswire

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