- Affordable Financing and Low Inventory Lead to Multiple Offers -
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 8 /CNW/ - The Royal LePage House Price Survey released today showed the renewed strength of Mississauga's real estate market as average home prices increased around 3 per cent. Improved affordability due to low interest rates and a shortage of homes for sale are credited with driving the market.
With inventory below last year's levels, some properties in the $300,000-$700,000 range attracted multiple offers, helping drive prices up. Mississauga's sellers' market is so robust that prices for nearly all housing types have now eclipsed 2008 levels, with the lone exception being condominiums in the Meadowvale - Streetsville areas which came up short of last year's highs but still witnessed price increases from Q2 to Q3.
In year-over-year comparisons, standard two-storey homes averaged $349,000 to $360,000 in the third quarter, while detached bungalows averaged $368,000 to $410,000.
"Buyers for these homes are the people taking advantage of 'move-up' opportunities," said Dan Levy, Area Manager/Broker, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd. "Lower interest rates and lower monthly carrying costs made upgrading from their existing homes an attractive possibility. These buyers are driving the market in Mississauga."
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 sales are at normal levels but are lagging approximately one month behind the typical seasonal pattern in year-to-date analysis.
"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 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 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
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