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2017-08-16 Douglas Porter Douglas Porter The chief economist of one of Canada's Big Six banks has made clear his opinion of those who downplay the impact foreign investors have had on home prices in the Greater Toronto Area.

"Some would argue that non-resident investors were not a big deal in the market. (Some would also argue that the earth is flat.)," writes BMO Chief Economist Douglas Porter in a Monty Python-referencing note published today.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the overall value of home sales in York Region and Oakville-Milton nosedived 65 per cent and 53 per cent, respectively, in the four months following Ontario's late-April announcement of a foreign-homebuyer tax for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

"We would simply point out that these two regions were heavily influenced by non-resident buyers," Porter continues.