Why haven't house prices crashed in Australia? I bring this up, because I need something new to short sell! It looks like house prices may have bottomed in the US because the Fed will continue to print money to buy bad mortgage debt and the banks stubbornly refuse to write off bad loans. House prices in Canada are still very high, especially Toronto and Vancouver, but I can't figure out how to short this market because all the loans are guaranteed by the Canadian government (CMHC). It's waaaay undercapitalized, but the Canadians have a printing press too.
Loans in Australia, on the other hand, are generally not guaranteed by the government and their housing prices have remained stubbornly high in the face of a global real estate collapse and debt deflation.
This HAS to be the reason. That is a level of insanity not even approached in the US.