Property price increases within a slowing Montréal real estate environment in the fourth quarter of 2013

Moderate growth in the price of houses is, however, foreseen in 2014

MONTRÉAL, Jan. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - The House Price Survey and Market Survey Forecast from the Royal LePage published today indicates that despite the decrease in real estate activity with regard to resales, there has been an increase in property prices in the Montréal region in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to the same time in 2012 for most types of property.

"Following an encouraging third quarter, the real estate market operated at a slower pace in the fourth quarter of 2013. Sellers continued to maintain their prices even though properties were more difficult to sell. This combination has contributed to the increase in inventory and the decrease in sales in the Montréal region," stated Dominic St-Pierre, Director, Royal LePage for the Québec region.

Property prices in the Montréal region

In the fourth quarter of 2013, the average price for one-storey single family homes increased by 2.9% to reach $291,050 compared to the same quarter of 2012. The average price of a standard two-storey home increased by 5.8% compared to the same quarter in 2012, bringing it to $401,714, although this was slightly down from the third quarter of 2013. The price of a standard condominium, in turn, decreased by 0.4% in the fourth quarter of 2013 reaching $239,332 compared to the same period in 2012.

"The increase in property prices, particularly two-storey homes, is difficult to explain. It may be nothing more than the sellers' resolve to maintain their prices, which has contributed to the drop in sales. This increase is thus not sustainable and we should plan for a slight correction in the next quarter," Mr. St-Pierre said.

Real estate activity in the Montréal region

Compared to the same quarter in 2012, the fourth quarter of 2013 was marked by a decrease in activity in terms of sales of units for all types of property. Sales volumes of individual bungalows dropped by 9.8%. Sales of standard two-storey homes decreased by 6.3%, and finally, standard condominiums dropped by 2.9%.

"Following a recovery in the real estate sector in the third quarter, we saw that the resale market in Montréal ran out of steam at the end of the year," Mr. St-Pierre stressed.

Inventory by property type in the Montréal region

Inventory for each property type in the Montréal region has continued to increase. The inventory of bungalows has grown by 10.7% compared to the same quarter in 2012, whereas the inventory of standard condominiums has increased by 8.8%. "The trend has continued with respect to the increase in inventory for these property types. However, an interesting fact is that we have seen a decrease in the number of new registrations, primarily in co-ops. This factor should contribute to better balancing supply and demand in this market segment and this is encouraging for the future development of things," Mr. St-Pierre asserted.

Royal LePage states that there are fewer first-time buyers in the market or that they are more patient in the last quarter of 2013. "It should be noted that in the third quarter consumer confidence decreased to the lowest level since the recession of 2008, which can explain this phenomenon in part," Mr. St-Pierre indicated.

Real estate market forecast for 2014

Assuming a slight improvement in the economy of Quebec, and that the current federal government mortgage sector regulations remain unchanged, Royal LePage expects property prices to increase modestly in 2014 in the Montreal region. "There should be an increase of between 1 and 2.5 percent for individual homes, while the price of standard condominiums should decrease between 2 and 4 percent due to the extremely high supply," Mr. St-Pierre estimates.

"We already know that interest rates will stay low in 2014. Also, the world economy should continue to improve this year, as should the American real estate market. The two determining factors likely to affect the 2014 real estate market are the performance of the Quebec economy, and the possibility that the mortgage regulations could be tightened further," Mr. St-Pierre maintains.

"The prospect of Ottawa introducing new rules for the purpose of slowing down the lively Toronto and Vancouver real estate markets could certainly have a bad effect on the Montreal real estate market in 2014," Mr. St-Pierre predicts.

Housing prices study for the Montreal region for the fourth quarter of 2013

Average House Prices

Detached bungalow
  Average
Q4 2013
Average
Last
Quarter
Average
Q4 2012
Difference (%)
Beaconsfield 325,000 326,300 330,250 -1.6%
Dorval 301,000 300,300 290,000 3.8%
Pierrefonds 299,750 286,600 285,000 5.2%
Westmount n/d n/d n/d n/d
Notre-Dame-de-Grace/Côte-des-Neiges n/d n/d n/d n/d
Ville-Marie n/d n/d n/d n/d
Le Plateau Mont-Royal n/d n/d n/d n/d
Rosemont/La Petite Patrie n/d n/d n/d n/d
Laval 283,100 283,000 279,000 1.5%
Brossard 277,000 277,850 256,750 7,9%
Longueuil 251,500 248,875 249,000 1.0%
Boucherville 300,000 302,215 290,375 3.3%
Montréal         291,050        289,306      282,911 2.9%

Standard Two-Storey Home
  Average
Q4 2013
Average
Last
Quarter
Average
Q4 2012
Difference (%)
Beaconsfield n/d n/d n/d n/d
Dorval 335,000 335,700 306,500 9.3%
Pierrefonds 390,000 386,950 387,750 0.6%
Westmount n/d n/d n/d n/d
Notre-Dame-de-Grace/Côte-des-Neiges 540,000 539,650 499,750 8.1%
Ville-Marie n/d n/d n/d n/d
Le Plateau Mont-Royal n/d n/d n/d n/d
Rosemont/La Petite Patrie n/d n/d n/d n/d
Laval 355,000 365,000 334,625 6.1%
Brossard 402,000 405,050 373,200 7.7%
Longueuil 362,000 360,000 335,000 8.1%
Boucherville 428,000 428,700 420,000 1.9%
Montréal        401,714       403,007       379,546 5.8%

Standard Condominium
  Average
Q4 2013
Average
Last
Quarter
Average
Q4 2012
Difference (%)
Beaconsfield n/d n/d n/d n/d
Dorval n/d n/d n/d n/d
Pierrefonds 205,000 208,000 208,500 -1.7%
Westmount n/d n/d n/d n/d
Notre-Dame-de-Grace/Côte-des-Neiges 259,000 260,000 266,750 -2.9%
Ville-Marie 315,000 315,000 325,000 -3.1%
Le Plateau Mont-Royal 325,000 323,750 320,000 1.6%
Rosemont/La Petite Patrie 270,000 270,000 271,200 -0.4%
Laval 199,900 199,250 195,000 2.5%
Brossard 195,000 195,000 189,000 3.2%
Longueuil 174,000 174,000 177,000 -1.7%
Boucherville 211,000 213,375 210,000 0.5%
Montréal      239,322        239,819     240,272 -0.4%

About the Royal LePage House Price Survey

The Royal LePage House Price Survey is the largest, most comprehensive study of its kind in Canada, with information on seven types of housing in over 250 neighbourhoods from coast to coast. This release references an abbreviated version of the survey which highlights house price trends for the three most common types of housing in Canada in 90 communities across the country. A complete database of past and present surveys is available on the Royal LePage website at www.royallepage.ca. Current figures will be updated following the complete tabulation of the data for the fourth quarter of 2013. A printable version of the fourth quarter 2013 survey will be available online on February 6, 2014. Housing values in the Royal LePage House Price Survey are Royal LePage opinions of fair market value in each location, based on local data and market knowledge provided by Royal LePage residential real estate experts.

About Royal LePage

Serving Canadians since 1913, Royal LePage is the country's leading provider of services to real estate brokerages, with a network of nearly 15,000 real estate professionals in over 600 locations nationwide. Royal LePage is the only Canadian real estate company to have its own charitable foundation, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, dedicated to supporting women's and children's shelters and educational programs aimed at ending domestic violence. Royal LePage is a Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc. company, a TSX-listed corporation trading under the symbol TSX:BRE. 

For more information, visit www.royallepage.ca.

 

 

SOURCE Royal LePage Real Estate Services

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