It is becoming a new sport, it seems – trying to assess the potential fall in property values across many markets here and around the world.
Indeed, Christopher Joye in the AFR writes: the great Aussie housing crash is accelerating, and it is being driven by the fastest and largest interest rate shock households have faced in modern history. Sydney house prices have now plunged almost 5 per cent since their peak only months ago according to CoreLogic. Home values in Melbourne are not far behind.
But let’s look at another market, because property price falls are being predicted around the western world, as Central Banks, appear at least, to be coordinating rate rise increases. We might want to pause to consider the group-think, which has been exhibited for the past two decades – cutting rates after the 2007 and 2008 crisis, cutting them again radically ahead of COVID, to say nothing of the quantitative easing which has flooded markets with cheap money, and rate control, plus handing ultra-cheap funds to banks.
I will leave you to judge how independent each central bank was and the degree of collusion, versus common reactions to the same economic out-turns, but the current mode of operation is driving highly inflated home prices which were driven by their bad policy – sharply down as they tighten. Some would suggest the High Priests of Finance, are not as powerful as they may like to appear.
So, let’s look at Canada’s housing market which has sharply shifted since the Bank of Canada began raising its benchmark interest rate from record lows in March. The central bank, seeking to rein in inflation that is running at its hottest in four decades, unveiled its largest one-time interest rate hike since 1998 last week. It raised the benchmark rate a full percentage point to 2.5% and promised more increases to come.
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