Vibrant local economy and low interest rates to drive demand for area
CALGARY, Jan. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The Royal LePage House Price Survey and
Market Survey Forecast released today showed varied year-over-year
price increases for the housing types surveyed in Calgary. Despite
this, the local market gained momentum as 2011 drew to a close and
Royal LePage expects Calgary to post some of the highest year-over-year
price increases in Canada in 2012.
In the fourth quarter, detached bungalows posted the largest
year-over-year price increases, rising 6.2 per cent to $416,622. Prices
for standard two-storey homes rose a modest 2.2 per cent year-over-year
to $414,778, while prices for standard condominiums were flat, rising
slightly 0.1 per cent year-over-year to $248,567.
"The modest year-over-year gains we saw in the fourth quarter conceal a
strengthening market in Calgary," said Ted Zaharko, broker and owner of
Royal LePage Foothills. "A vibrant local economy combined with
continued low interest rates has Calgary poised to be one of Canada's
strongest real estate markets."
According to Zaharko, low interest rates combined with a lack of homes
for sale helped create upward pricing pressure and led to frequent
multiple offer situations as the year drew to a close.
Zaharko noted that first-time buyers looking to take advantage of low
rates were an active group in the fourth quarter of 2011. Retirees
looking to downsize were also an active group and drove demand for the
city's detached bungalows.
According to Royal LePage, by the end of 2012, average house prices in
Calgary are expected to increase 3.6 per cent. Market activity is
forecast to be the strongest in Canada with 2012 unit sales expected to
rise 10.6 per cent higher than they were in 2011.
Nationally, despite calls in some quarters for Canadian house prices to
soften in 2011, the market proved resilient as demand created by low
interest rates and a relatively stable national economy created upward
pricing pressure for all housing types surveyed. Further, recent high
profile reports forecasting significant house price declines in 2012
are not supportable. In the fourth quarter, standard two-storey homes
rose 4.2 per cent year-over-year to $375,427, while detached bungalows
increased 6.1 per cent to $344,392. Average prices for standard
condominiums increased 3.6 per cent to $234,680.
"In the recovery period following the 2008-2009 recession, I found
myself repeatedly speaking of 'irrational exuberance' in the Canadian
housing market," said Phil Soper, president and chief executive of
Royal LePage Real Estate Services. "Expectations were too high and the
pace of expansion unsustainable. With this report, I find myself in
exactly the opposite position. Widespread calls for a major real estate
correction in 2012 simply can't be justified. The industry has
significant momentum entering the year, and is buoyed by the
stimulative effect of very low interest rates; we expect the market to
continue to expand - albeit at a slower pace."
Royal LePage expects average price growth to continue through 2012 and
predicts national average prices to increase by 2.8 per cent by the end
of the year.
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 fourth quarter 2011. A printable version of the fourth
quarter 2011 survey will be available online on February 10th, 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.
SOURCE Royal LePage Real Estate Services
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