Low interest rates tempering price declines
CALGARY, April 12 /CNW/ - The Royal LePage House Price Survey released
today showed price declines for all three housing types surveyed in
Standard condominiums saw the largest decrease, declining 3.3 per cent
to $254,856 while standard two-storey homes declined 2.1 per cent to
$423,122 with detached bungalows declining only 1 per cent to $415,167.
"Overall, prices are down slightly from where they were a year ago due
to a healthy supply of homes for sale," said Ted Zaharko, broker and
owner, Royal LePage Foothills. "This increase in inventory coupled with
low interest rates has presented some attractive opportunities for
"Towards the end of March, we started to see a decrease in inventory
levels compared to the start of the quarter with sales activity
beginning to increase slightly especially for condominiums. This shift
in the market can be attributed to the seasonal real estate cycle,
which picks up activity in the spring."
Zaharko noted that single family homes at the $400,000 price point were
in demand throughout the quarter.
Nationally, low interest rates and a recovering economy continued to
fuel activity in Canada's housing markets over the past year, which has
led to country-wide increases in average home prices. In the first
quarter of 2011, the national average price of a detached bungalow rose
4.3 per cent year-over-year to $341,355, while standard two-storey
homes rose 3.5 per cent to $379,388 and standard condominiums rose 4
per cent to $237,919.
"The rate at which Canadian homes are appreciating may well have peaked
for the next year or so," said Phil Soper, president and chief
executive of Royal LePage Real Estate Services. "We expect house prices
will continue to creep up, but most of the excess demand created by the
initial drop in interest rates has been satisfied, and affordability
continues to erode slowly, allowing the listings supply to catch up.
In most markets, lower single digit percentage increases are more
likely for the balance of the year."
"Canada's real estate market has maintained momentum coming out of 2010,
indicating that the post-recession recovery is continuing," Soper
added. "While low interest rates continue to drive demand, the tepid
pace at which employment levels are improving is tempering the rate of
home price appreciation in many Canadian cities."
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 Web site at www.royallepage.ca. Current figures will be updated following the complete tabulation of
the data for the first quarter 2011. A printable version of the first
quarter 2011 survey will be available online on May 6th, 2011.
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
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
14,000 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 & 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 or www.brookfieldresinc.com.
SOURCE Royal LePage Real Estate Services
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