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Mapped: Countries With the Highest Housing Bubble Risks
With a decade-long bull market and an ultra-low interest rate environment globally, it’s not surprising to see capital flock to housing assets.
For many investors, real estate is considered as good of a place as any to park money—but what happens when things get a little too frothy, and the fundamentals begin to slip away?
In recent years, experts have been closely watching several indicators that point to rising bubble risks in some housing markets. Further, they are also warning that countries like Canada and New Zealand may be overdue for a correction in housing prices.
Key Housing Market Indicators
Bloomberg published results from a new study by economist Niraj Shah as he aimed to build a housing bubble dashboard.
It tracks four key metrics:
- House Price-Rent Ratio
The ratio of house prices to the annualized cost of rent
- House Price-Income Ratio
The ratio of house prices to household income
- Real House Prices
Housing prices adjusted for inflation
- Credit to Households (% of GDP)
Amount of debt held by households, compared to total economic output
Ranking high on just one of these metrics is a warning sign for a country’s housing market while ranking high on multiple measures signals even greater fragility.
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