Increased rental demand
If home ownership becomes less affordable, more Canadians may choose to rent instead.
This could lead to increased demand for rental properties and potentially higher rental prices.
A significant decrease in housing prices could result in a slowdown in the construction industry, leading to job losses for construction workers, engineers, and other related professions.
Reduction in consumer spending
Homeowners’ net worth could decrease, and this could lead to a reduction in consumer spending, which could have negative ripple effects on various sectors of the economy.
Reduced tax revenue
Municipalities collect property taxes based on the assessed value of homes, and a decrease in housing prices could lead to a reduction in tax revenue for local governments.
This could result in cuts to essential services, such as healthcare and education.
Increased mortgage defaults
Homeowners who have taken out mortgages may find themselves with negative equity, meaning they owe more on their mortgage than their home is worth.
This could lead to an increase in mortgage defaults and foreclosures, which could further impact the job market and the economy.
Lower Home Prices
Market corrections are not all doom and gloom.
There are always benefits if you know where to look and depending on your situation.
In the case of a housing price correction, certain buyers may now find it possible to afford to purchase a home.
Overall, a Canadian housing price decrease could have significant effects on the Canadian job market and economy. However, the extent of these effects would depend on the severity and duration of the decrease and the resilience of the broader Canadian economy.
While some of the aforementioned effects have taken place in Canada up to this point, it’s also worth pointing out that job numbers have remained strong, along with consumer spending, while the Bank of Canada continues to talk about inflation – ie. political speak for legalized corporate price gouging.
PS – One of my hobbies is blogging about mortgages, debt and government policy. During the day I’m a MORTGAGE BROKER in Kelowna, BC!
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