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Canada is third most overvalued country for real estate: Economist

Global index says Metro Vancouver's home prices are 65 per cent higher than they should be

Canada has been ranked the world's third most overvalued country in the world for real estate, at 56 per cent higher than it should be based on typical incomes, according to a global house price index by The Economist.

Canada was beaten only by New Zealand and Australia in the rankings by the U.K.-based financial publication’s research team.

Looking at 22 major global cities, of which Metro Vancouver was the only Canadian city, The Economist reported that Vancouver real estate is valued at 65 per cent higher than it should be, based on local incomes

In terms of real estate values versus median household incomes, Metro Vancouver was deemed the fifth most overvalued of 22 major global cities studied, after Hong Kong, Auckland in New Zealand, Paris, and Brussels in Belgium.

The Economist found that the region’s home prices have risen by more than 60 per cent over the past five years.

Vancouver is followed by London, UK and Sydney, Australia, both of which were deemed overvalued by 50 per cent or above.

economist top cities home prices

Check out The Economist’s interactive graph, which shows how overvalued the real estate in each of 20 countries has been since the 1970s.

economist top countries home prices

New Zealand’s standing in the global index comes as the New Zealand government confirmed August 14 that it will introduce a previously proposed ban on foreign buyers purchasing New Zealand resale real estate. Overseas purchasers will still be able to buy new presale homes, and Australian and Singaporean buyers are exempt from the ban.