If you’ve ever wondered about what motivating factors are considered by Canadians, driving them to buy homes, here is a recent report released by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) that takes a look at our major metropolitan centres. Here are some of the summary results, followed by the survey itself.

  • In both Vancouver and Toronto, 48% of homebuyers respectively spent more than they budgeted on their home purchase while only 24% of homebuyers in Montreal exceeded their budget.
  • About 55% of buyers experienced a bidding war in Toronto and Vancouver, which is much larger than the 17% recorded in Montreal.
  • 68% of respondents in Vancouver believe foreign investors have a lot of influence in driving up home prices while 48% of respondents in Toronto believe foreign investors have a lot of influence driving up home prices.
  • Statistics Canada reported the share of non-resident ownership across all properties is 4.8% in Vancouver and 3.4% in Toronto.
  • In Vancouver the influence of investors is perceived to be stronger than conventional factors such as supply constraints and demand side factors.

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Here is the full report from CMHC.