CREA Updates Resale Housing Forecast

OTTAWA, June 15, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has updated its forecast for home sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) Systems of Canadian real estate Boards and Associations for 2012 and 2013.

CREA's previous forecast predicted generally stable resale housing activity in 2012, with growth in Alberta and Saskatchewan offsetting slight sales declines in British Columbia and Ontario. The revised forecast reflects a stronger than expected acceleration of sales activity in Alberta and Saskatchewan, a slightly faster than anticipated slowdown in British Columbia, and continued buoyancy in Ontario sales activity—specifically the Greater Toronto market.

An anticipated recent increase in new listings has so far failed to keep pace with stronger than expected demand in Toronto, which has kept upward pressure on average prices. Forecast sales activity and average price for Ontario have been revised upward as a result.

National resale housing activity is now forecast to reach 475,800 units in 2012, up 3.8 per cent from 2011. Sales for 2013 are now forecast to decline by 1.1 per cent to 470,200 units. Ontario is expected to see the largest decline in activity next year, reflecting a return from currently elevated levels.

"National activity over spring months was stronger than anticipated," said Wayne Moen, CREA President. "This shows clearly how the continuation of low interest rates is keeping homeownership affordable and within reach."

CREA had previously forecast sales in 2012 and 2013 that were roughly on par with the 10-year average for annual activity. The updated forecast now predicts activity slightly above the long term average.

The national average home price is forecast to rise by 2.2 per cent to $370,700 in 2012. This is an upward revision from the previously forecast 1.1 per cent decline, reflecting stronger than expected price growth so far this year and compositional impacts on national statistics caused by changes to provincial sales forecasts.

The national average price is also forecast to rise modestly in 2013, edging up two per cent to $378,200.

"CREA's forecast for annual activity this year has been boosted by what's already in the rearview mirror," said Gregory Klump, CREA's Chief Economist. "Activity is still expected to recede, but from a higher level than previously anticipated. The pace for interest rate increases next year is expected to be very slow and gradual, so combined with further job growth, Canada's housing market should remain resilient."

CREA Residential Market Forecast:
Sales activity forecast   2011   2011 Annual
percentage
change
  2012
Forecast
  2012 Annual
percentage
change
  2013
Forecast
  2013 Annual
percentage
change
Canada   458,412   2.6   475,800   3.8   470,400   -1.1
British Columbia   76,721   2.8   73,300   -4.5   72,700   -0.8
Alberta   53,756   8.1   60,250   12.1   61,550   2.2
Saskatchewan   13,131   20.8   14,800   12.7   15,000   1.4
Manitoba   13,944   5.9   14,650   5.1   15,100   3.1
Ontario   200,323   2.5   208,200   3.9   202,200   -2.9
Quebec   77,182   -3.6   80,300   4.0   79,700   -0.7
New Brunswick   6,599   -1.5   6,600   0.0   6,650   0.8
Nova Scotia   10,312   2.8   11,000   6.7   10,950   -0.5
Prince Edward Island   1,521   2.3   1,730   13.7   1,580   -8.7
Newfoundland   4,480   5.8   4,500   0.4   4,550   1.1
                         
Average price forecast   2011   2011 Annual
percentage
change
  2012
Forecast
  2012 Annual
percentage
change
  2013
Forecast
  2013 Annual
percentage
change
Canada   362,893   7.0   370,700   2.2   378,200   2.0
British Columbia   561,304   11.1   542,000   -3.4   544,700   0.5
Alberta   353,394   0.3   361,800   2.4   369,800   2.2
Saskatchewan   259,461   7.1   268,200   3.4   274,500   2.3
Manitoba   234,604   5.6   245,200   4.5   252,600   3.0
Ontario   366,390   6.9   391,400   6.8   402,800   2.9
Quebec*   261,342   5.1   269,400   3.1   274,800   2.0
New Brunswick   160,545   2.1   160,800   0.2   161,200   0.2
Nova Scotia   212,512   3.1   220,600   3.8   227,400   3.1
Prince Edward Island   149,617   1.6   150,900   0.9   151,200   0.2
Newfoundland   251,581   6.9   270,200   7.4   279,100   3.3

* Provincial weighted average price for Quebec; does not affect unweighted national average price calculations. Information on Quebec's weighted average price calculation can be found at: http://www.fciq.ca/immobilier-statistiques-definitions.php


About The Canadian Real Estate Association
The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) is one of Canada's largest single-industry trade associations, representing more than 100,000 real estate Brokers/agents and salespeople working through more than 100 real estate Boards and Associations.

SOURCE Canadian Real Estate Association

For further information:

Pierre Leduc, Media Relations
The Canadian Real Estate Association
613-237-7111 or 613-884-1460
Email: pleduc@crea.ca


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