I found this chart that was just put out: http://www.rentseeker.ca/blog/wp-co...he-Salary-and-Income-Needed-by-RentSeeker.jpg It shows the average cost of a house in the major North American cities, and the corresponding income you would need to afford a specific amount. Some interesting take-aways: - Americans can't bitch about home prices. Holy shit, the cheapest city in Canada has house prices that double some US cities. - The overall insane pricing of housing in general in Canada. - I'm unclear how they calculated required income, because it seems low. According to this chart I can afford a half-million dollar house, which would be lunacy. The mortgage on that thing would be like $3k a month. It also ties in with an article on renting/finding rental places, which is equally as difficult. Personally the last two cities I've lived in I had to purchase a house simply because the mortgage was significantly cheaper than rent. Focus: Discuss the article, and maybe the housing markets you've experienced. Alt Focus: House shopping, apartment shopping, renting/buying horror stories.