How is it that our stock markets and house prices look like this is the best of times?
But the weakness in the rental market risks infecting the housing market.
Too bad it comes at a time of monumental uncertainty.
Canada could see a rush of new home purchases before the new insurance rules take effect on July 1.
The mortgage insurer's predictions would look far less alarming if it used the same measure of house prices as other forecasts.
"We are concerned that some damage may already have been done."
House prices are set to fall by up to 18% over the next year, CMHC predicts.
CMHC's program to help first-time buyers has seen little interest.
The slowdown seems to be over.
The plan was announced in Richmond Hill, where just six per cent of homes for sale would qualify.