Demand for higher-end homes driving market activity
FREDERICTON, Jan. 6 /CNW/ - The Royal LePage House Price Survey and
Market Survey Forecast released today showed year-over-year price
increases for housing types surveyed in Fredericton, excluding standard
two-storey homes which saw a modest decline.
Standard condominiums witnessed the largest year-over-year price
increase rising 6.9 per cent to $155,000. Prices for detached bungalows
rose 5.5 per cent year-over-year to $192,000, while standard two-storey
homes decreased modestly by 2.4 per cent to $205,000.
"We have a pretty balanced market in Fredericton. The jump in detached
bungalow prices reflects the good quality listings we had for this
housing type," said Lincoln Thompson, broker and owner, Royal LePage
Gardiner Realty. "We are seeing a lot of activity in the higher-end of
the market. So although the rate of unit sales has slowed modestly, the
dollar volume is up as more established homeowners come back into the
Thompson added that inventory remains close to the same level as last
year and that sellers, on average, when correctly pricing their homes
initially, receive just under the asking.
Nationally, the average price of a home increased between 3.9 and 4.6
per cent in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to the previous year,
as markets shrugged off a lackluster third quarter and returned to a
post-recession growth profile. Home values are forecast to continue a
moderate and steady climb in many of the country's key housing markets
through 2011 with sales activity skewed to the first half of the year.
"Trends in the housing market continue to be driven by the lingering
after-effects of the recession," said Phil Soper, president and chief
executive of Royal LePage Real Estate Services. "Canadians realize that
interest rates are unsustainably low and that homes will become
effectively more expensive when mortgage rates return to normal levels.
We will likely see more price appreciation early in 2011 as some buyers
complete transactions in advance of anticipated higher borrowing
Across Canada, the average price of a home is forecast to rise 3 per
cent over the coming year to $348,600 while the number of transactions
is expected to drop 2 per cent.
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 80
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 2010. A printable version of the fourth
quarter 2010 survey will be available online on February 4th, 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
experts. Historical data is available for some areas back to the early
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.
SOURCE Royal LePage Real Estate Services
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