NEWS
 
Some good in real estate outlook for buyers, sellers, and owners
Real estate analyst expects "fabulous" spring season
0 0
CTV News

Improving weather is sparking a spring pickup in Canada's residential real estate market, according to one of the country's leading real estate companies.

Royal LePage says that after a ``remarkably drab winter'' for real estate activity, the final month of the first quarter saw inventory increase noticeably as the industry saw what had been an underperforming spring market turn a corner in the final few weeks.

The company's latest House Price Survey, released Tuesday, found that most regions showed healthy year-over-year price growth, with the average price of a home in Canada rising between 2.5 per cent and 5.4 per cent.

For example, the average price of a two-storey home increased 5.4 per cent to $428,943 in the quarter, while detached bungalows rose 4.4 per cent year-over-year to $380,765. Standard condominiums posted lower gains of 2.5 per cent to $252,174.

Regionally, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton saw the highest price increases, while parts of Atlantic Canada, with much of its inventory still under snow, posted the lowest gains overall.

Royal Lepage says prices in Toronto continued to rise in the first quarter thanks to "scarce" inventory. Detached bungalows rose 4.1 per cent to $589,250 and standard two-storey homes jumped 6.8 per cent to $716,698, respectively. Standard condos rose 1.5 per cent to an average of $364,979.

``It appears that it took only the slightest hint of spring to bring home sellers out of hibernation,'' said Phil Soper, president and chief executive of Royal LePage.

``We are finally seeing the arrival of housing inventory in seasonally appropriate quantities across the nation. When combined with pent up demand following a particularly long and harsh winter, the stage is set for a robust 2014 spring market. This is particularly good news for buyers, as the home price spikes we have seen in a number of cities should be alleviated by this additional supply.''

Meanwhile, with a series of supportive economic factors at play ``we expect the country's real estate market to continue the strong showing it posted in the second half of 2013,'' Soper said, noting among other things favourable interest rates and an improving U.S. economy fuelling demand for Canadian exports.

``Suggestions of an overheated real estate market and bubble continue within the mainstream dialogue, but are becoming less frequent,'' he added. ``Of the core housing types, the condominium segment remains the most vulnerable to short-term price softness in light of increased inventory, but the situation is limited to only a few cities. The medium- to longer-term prognosis for this housing sector remains very positive.''

Leave a comment:

· Subscribe to comments
Log in and be the first to comment!

DON'T MISS

AIRPORT TUNNEL

WATCH: NEWSTALK 1010 contest winner is first through airport tunnel

Joel MacCharles, winner of the NEWSTALK 1010 'Be the First' contest makes history before jet-setting to NYC!

NEWS ALERTS

STAY CONNECTED

Sign up for out Breaking News Alerts and receive up-to-the-minute coverage of the top stories of the day

 
0 0
CTV News

Improving weather is sparking a spring pickup in Canada's residential real estate market, according to one of the country's leading real estate companies.

Royal LePage says that after a ``remarkably drab winter'' for real estate activity, the final month of the first quarter saw inventory increase noticeably as the industry saw what had been an underperforming spring market turn a corner in the final few weeks.

The company's latest House Price Survey, released Tuesday, found that most regions showed healthy year-over-year price growth, with the average price of a home in Canada rising between 2.5 per cent and 5.4 per cent.

For example, the average price of a two-storey home increased 5.4 per cent to $428,943 in the quarter, while detached bungalows rose 4.4 per cent year-over-year to $380,765. Standard condominiums posted lower gains of 2.5 per cent to $252,174.

Regionally, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton saw the highest price increases, while parts of Atlantic Canada, with much of its inventory still under snow, posted the lowest gains overall.

Royal Lepage says prices in Toronto continued to rise in the first quarter thanks to "scarce" inventory. Detached bungalows rose 4.1 per cent to $589,250 and standard two-storey homes jumped 6.8 per cent to $716,698, respectively. Standard condos rose 1.5 per cent to an average of $364,979.

``It appears that it took only the slightest hint of spring to bring home sellers out of hibernation,'' said Phil Soper, president and chief executive of Royal LePage.

``We are finally seeing the arrival of housing inventory in seasonally appropriate quantities across the nation. When combined with pent up demand following a particularly long and harsh winter, the stage is set for a robust 2014 spring market. This is particularly good news for buyers, as the home price spikes we have seen in a number of cities should be alleviated by this additional supply.''

Meanwhile, with a series of supportive economic factors at play ``we expect the country's real estate market to continue the strong showing it posted in the second half of 2013,'' Soper said, noting among other things favourable interest rates and an improving U.S. economy fuelling demand for Canadian exports.

``Suggestions of an overheated real estate market and bubble continue within the mainstream dialogue, but are becoming less frequent,'' he added. ``Of the core housing types, the condominium segment remains the most vulnerable to short-term price softness in light of increased inventory, but the situation is limited to only a few cities. The medium- to longer-term prognosis for this housing sector remains very positive.''

Leave a comment:

· Subscribe to comments
Log in and be the first to comment!

Top stories

A 17-year-old girl says she was walking northbound on Hwy 27, near Humber College Blvd, when she was approached by two men.

Poll

Protesters from Black Lives Matter blocked traffic on the Allen last night to protest police shootings. Was this the best way to make a point?

Voting is restricted to one vote every 24 hours 24 hour(s) VoteResults