Homes in Canada became a bit more affordable in the third quarter of 2011, according to a new report by RBC. Most parts of Canada saw a decrease in housing costs, with Vancouver being the one exception.
The index RBC uses calculates the affordability of housing at a given time. The lower the index, the more affordable homes are expected to be. In the third quarter of 2011, the amount of pre-tax household income a family would need to pay for home ownership went down across much of Canada. In Vancouver, however, home prices continued to be extremely high in wealthier neighborhoods.
The increase in affordability can be attributed to many factors, including the economic crisis in Europe, which has kept interest rates low. Experts at RBC expect prices to level off sometime next year, and those few places where prices increased (Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa) will also start to see some stability in their home affordability.