From April 2016 to March 2017 Canadians spent $19billion buying U.S. properties, according to the U.S. National Association of Realtors.
Put another way, Canada was only behind China for all foreign purchases of U.S. real estate in 2016. That’s an incredible stat that deserves more attention.
And what’s not been talked about is where Canadians are getting the money to buy these U.S. properties. It isn’t so easy for a Canadian to borrow money from US Bank. So, instead, Canadians are borrowing in Canada by refinancing the mortgage on their house, or getting a secured line of credit. This is called leveraging. Borrowing to invest isn’t a bad thing. Most Financial Planners and advisor promote this.
THE STATS SHOW WE CANADIANS ARE SAVVY INVESTORS
Yet, all we keep hearing about is how Canadians are borrowing and spending like foolish children. And that’s just not true. Here’s some numbers from 2016 …