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Housing Watch (Aug.)

Home sales fell further below the pre-pandemic norm in July and pre-construction sales seem to have fallen through the floor, but there is no evidence yet that this is weighing on construction.

16 August 2022

Housing Starts (Jul.)

Single-family housing starts fell for the fifth consecutive month in July, leaving them down by 25% from their high at the end of 2021. Leading indicators point to a much larger decline in the coming months. However, pent-up demand, tight supply and easing supply shortages will provide some support to starts, and we expect they will fall gradually to around 800,000 annualised by end-2022.  

16 August 2022

Build to Rent will continue to thrive

The latest figures suggest that Build to Rent (BTR) investment has continued to expand rapidly. Despite this trend, which predates COVID-19, the sector remains under-developed by international standards. But with plenty of opportunities for investors, we expect that gap will close over the longer term.

16 August 2022
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Prices to fall and activity to slump

Tight supply has supported house prices so far, but they now appear to be stalling. Demand will only deteriorate further over the coming quarters as rising mortgage rates, high inflation, and the recession weigh on buyers’ budgets and confidence. While a more robust labour market and lower peak in interest rates than during previous corrections should help limit the damage, we expect house prices to fall by 7% over the next two years. Mortgage approvals and transactions are also set to slump to their lowest levels for over a decade.

12 August 2022

More good news on inflation coming soon

The drop back in CPI inflation in July wasn’t enough alone to convince Fed officials to change their plans for interest rate hikes. But we expect the better news on inflation to continue over the coming months, which will eventually persuade the Fed to halt its tightening cycle early next year.

RICS Residential Market Survey (Jul.)

The RICS survey showed that weaker demand has not yet fed through to falls in prices, but sales volumes are beginning to wilt. We think it is just a matter of time before prices follow activity lower.

11 August 2022

Stagflation summer

The further falls in home sales and employment in July add to the evidence that the economy is losing momentum. With no sign of a material easing of inflationary pressures, however, it is too soon to expect the Bank of Canada to pivot.

Higher rates to prevent rise in homeownership

The odds are stacking up against first-time buyers (FTBs), an important demographic for homeownership. A very limited number of starter homes on the market, higher interest rates, tight credit conditions and a weak outlook for new home sales all point to the rise in the homeownership rate in recent years coming to an end.

5 August 2022
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