Markham home prices down over last year but market stabilizing

    - Prices up or at least flat over previous quarter, most affordable homes
    see largest price increases due to low interest rates -

MARKHAM, ON, Oct. 8 /CNW/ - The Royal LePage House Price Survey released today showed quarterly price increases for Markham's lowest and highest priced homes, a welcome sign for a city that witnessed steep price declines in late 2008 and early 2009.

Mirroring trends across the country, Markham buyers took advantage of increased affordability due to low interest rates, with many buyers moving up into higher priced properties over the past quarter. With inventory levels the same or slightly lower than 2008, many listings attracted multiple offers, particularly those in the $300,000 - $400,000 range.

"While year-over-year prices are down across all housing types, they have started the climb back up," said Karen Gerrard, Broker/Owner, Royal LePage Your Community. "Compared to last quarter, prices are either up or increasing in all housing categories." Markham's most affordable homes witnessed the largest price increases compared to last quarter with standard condominium prices increasing by 3.7 per cent to $280,000, standard townhomes increasing by 3.1 per cent to $330,000, and detached bungalows up 1.1 per cent to $430,000.

Overall Canada's housing market is on the road to recovery, but despite the strength of the market in the third quarter giving the appearance of a surge in real estate activity, Royal LePage cautioned that year-to-date sales are actually lagging approximately one month behind the typical seasonal pattern.

"The economic recession interrupted the flow of the real estate cycle but it is essentially back on track," said Phil Soper, president and chief executive officer, Royal LePage Real Estate Services. "There is the illusion of a boom in the market, but in fact what we are experiencing is the end of a normal, short-term correction. Once housing supply returns to normal levels, we believe the economy will support low pricing growth into 2010."

About the Royal LePage Q3 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 Current figures will be updated following the complete tabulation of the data for the third quarter. A printable version of the third quarter 2009 survey will be available online on November 6th, 2009.

Housing values in the Royal LePage 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 1970s.

About Royal LePage

Royal LePage is Canada's leading provider of franchise services to residential real estate brokerages, with a network of nearly 14,000 real estate professionals in over 600 locations across Canada. Royal LePage believes in the importance of giving back to the community and is the only Canadian real estate company to have its own charitable foundation. The Shelter Foundation is dedicated exclusively to funding women's shelters and violence prevention and education programs. Royal LePage is managed by Brookfield Real Estate Services, and is part of a brand family that includes Royal LePage, Johnston and Daniel, and La Capitale Real Estate Network. An affiliated company, Brookfield Real Estate Services Fund, is a TSX listed income trust, trading under the symbol "BRE.UN."

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SOURCE Royal LePage Real Estate Services

For further information: For further information: Michael Gotzamanis, Fleishman-Hillard Canada, (416) 598-5788; Tammy Gilmer, Director, Public Relations and National Communications, Royal LePage Real Estate Services, (416) 510-5783

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