Canada’s housing market begins to apply the brakes

October 26, 2013

The housing market is already decelerating, making a discussion about overheated home prices premature at this point, says the association which represents realtors.

“While the momentum for sales activity began improving a few months ago, it may be losing steam after having just climbed back in line with an average of the past 10 years, said Gregory Klump, chief economist with the Ottawa-based Canadian Real Estate Association, which represents about 100 boards across the country.

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RBC – Housing Affordability Declines, But Canadians Keep Buying Nonetheless

October 26, 2013

The quarterly increase was not spectacular — 0.3 points to 42.7 per cent on a detached bungalow and 0.4 points to 48.4 per cent on a standard two-storey home. The index on a condo was unchanged at 27.9 per cent.

As with past samplings, Vancouver and Toronto continue to stand out as the least affordable cities. During the second quarter, Vancouver’s affordability reading rose 2.2 points to 82.1 on a detached bungalow, while Toronto’s edged up half a point to 54.5.

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Canada – How the housing market’s weak foundation will affect home buyers

October 26, 2013

Globe and Mail


2013 Clouds gather over Canadian housing market

April 15, 2013

The flicker of optimism that sparked in Canada’s housing market when January sales outpaced December’s has died out, erased by a notable drop in February.

Last month’s declines were significant enough to prompt the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) to cut its sales outlook for 2013 for the third time since last summer.

The number of homes that changed hands across the country over the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) in February came in 15.8-per-cent lower than a year ago, and 2.1-per-cent lower than January.

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Canadian home sales slump as prices stay flat

October 17, 2012

CREA – Home sales declined in August even as prices ticked slightly higher.  The 8.9 per cent decline in activity is the largest annual drop since April 2011, CREA said, and was led by declines in major markets such as Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa.  On a monthly basis, sales were down by 5.8 per cent from July’s level, the largest drop in two years.

While the number of sales declined, prices held up. CREA says the average price of a Canadian home sold in August was $350,192, up 0.3 per cent from where it was a year ago.

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Canadian house prices edge up in third quarter while the number of home sales fall

October 16, 2012

TORONTO  – The Royal LePage House Price Survey released today showed the average price of a home in Canada increased year-over-year between 1.8 and 4.8 per cent in the third quarter of 2012.

Survey findings indicated that the average standard two-storey home in Canada increased 4 per cent year-over-year rising to $403,747, while detached bungalows rose 4.8 per cent to $366,773. Standard condominiums witnessed an increase of 1.8 per cent to $243,607. Most cities in Canada experienced modest price appreciation in the quarter, but fewer homes were sold compared to the same period in 2011.

 

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Canadian Real Estate Association cuts home sales forecast

October 16, 2012

OTTAWA — The Canadian Real Estate Association cut its 2012 and 2013 outlook for home sales and lowered its national average price forecast as it reported the biggest month-to-month drop in activity in two years.  The association said that tighter regulations on mortgage lending that came into effect in July helped push August homes sales to their largest month-over-month decline since June 2010.

Sales of previously owned Canadian houses and condos have now gone down in five of the past six months.  “While we always caution that housing market trends at the national level can and do run counter to trends in many local markets, the decline in activity in August was definitely the result of much of the country moving in the same direction,” CREA president Wayne Moen said in a statement.

CREA said sales were lower in about two-thirds of all local markets across Canada representing 80 per cent of national activity, with lower monthly sales in almost all large urban centres, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa.

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