First-time buyers find more choice in a resilient market
CALGARY, July 13, 2016 /CNW/ - The Royal LePage House Price Survey1 and Market Survey Forecast today revealed a moderate year-over-year decline in prices across housing types surveyed in Calgary. During the second quarter of 2016, the aggregate price of a home in the region slipped 1.8 per cent year-over-year to $454,790.
When broken out by housing type, during the second quarter the median price of a condominium slipped 1.4 per cent to $298,309, compared to the same period last year. The median price of a two-storey home declined 1.6 per cent to $498,073 and the median price of a bungalow fell 2.6 per cent year-over-year to $453,952.
"Agriculture and tourism industry strength has helped keep the Calgary economy buffered to some degree from the current challenges in the energy sector," said Corinne Lyall, owner and broker, Royal LePage Benchmark. "Most of our sales are from first-time buyers who are taking advantage of the fact there is more choice than they would normally find at an attractive price."
Looking ahead to the remainder of 2016, Royal LePage forecasts that the aggregate price of a home in Calgary will see a slight increase of 1.0 per cent when compared to year end 2015. "While sales are down, our prices have remained mostly stable. We have seen recent price increases due to activity in the single family market under the $500,000 price point," added Lyall.
Nationally, Canada's residential real estate market continued to show strong appreciation in the second quarter of 2016, posting the highest national year-over-year gain seen in five years. Amid continued world economic uncertainty, the historically low interest rate environment that has fueled Canada's real estate market growth in recent years – most notably in Greater Vancouver and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) – is expected to continue longer than anticipated. This extended period of low-cost borrowing will in turn further delay the cyclical cooling of Canada's hottest real estate markets, originally forecasted for the second half of 2016.
The price of a home in Canada increased 9.2 per cent year-over-year to $520,223 in the second quarter of 2016. During the same period, the price of a two-storey home rose 10.7 per cent year-over-year to $619,671, the price of a bungalow increased 7.9 per cent to $437,121, and the price of a condominium increased 4.2 per cent to $348,189. Looking ahead to the remainder of 2016, Royal LePage forecasts that the aggregate price of a home in Canada will increase 12.4 per cent when compared to year end 2015.
"Our forecasting models, which pointed to a slowing housing market as the year progressed, included a modest increase in the cost of borrowing," said Phil Soper, president and chief executive officer, Royal LePage. "Economic and social disruptions have rocked the world once again, introducing new risks and making it very likely that the Bank of Canada will leave interest rates as-is for now. Few industries are as rate sensitive as real estate. We don't see even a mild correction for either the Toronto or pistol-hot Vancouver markets in 2016."
"Our call for 12.4 per cent national price appreciation in the final quarter of this calendar year as compared to the final quarter of last year, is a landmark in Canada. I believe it is the highest value put forward by any serious forecasting agency since the turn of the century," added Soper.
About the Royal LePage House Price Survey
The Royal LePage House Price Survey provides information on the three most common types of housing in Canada, in 53 of the nation's largest real estate markets. Housing values in the House Price Survey are based on the Royal LePage National House Price Composite, produced quarterly through the use of company data in addition to data and analytics from its sister company, Brookfield RPS, the trusted source for residential real estate intelligence and analytics in Canada. Commentary on housing and forecast values are provided by Royal LePage residential real estate experts, based on their opinions and market knowledge.
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 over 16,500 real estate professionals in more than 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 symbolTSX:BRE.
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