For starters, the issue you raise is not really a Canadian thing, it's a speculator thing. Since when did over leveraging second mortgages become unique to Canucks?
While it's true that we move with US interest rates, a major driver in the current price escalation here is more external, based on the fact that foreigners actually want to live in our cities. You probably won't understand that, what with no US city ever cracking the global you twenty. Vancouver is always near the top of those lists, and the global demand for Vancouver real estate is directly affected. The main thing to remember is that this is uncharted territory - such immense non-local demand for housing- new supply and demand metrics call for legislated adjustments. As a half-full glass guy, I have faith that legislated remedies will arise. But market forces will also solve the problem. To the extent that there is a claw-back in prices, housing for locals will become that much more affordable.
Finally, on the point of which nation is the most fiscally idiotic, the feeling up here is that we transitioned the US mortgage-induced Great Recession if 2008, thanks largely due to our national banking policies which are relatively stringent. People up here in banking were quite proud of that, as I recall. If so, it's likely because we take the conversation on finance to higher ground. Whereas you guys say, regulation or no regulation; we say what's the best regulation? A further macro strategy in place, I believe, involves the continuing lessening of Canadian reliance on the USA with respect to trade.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 25-Jan-19 05:36 by Poster Boy.