Property Listing Shortage in Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge Drives Healthy Home Price Increases in the Second Quarter of 2016

High prices of the GTA leading first-time homebuyers to the region

KITCHENER/WATERLOO/CAMBRIDGE, ON, July 13, 2016 /CNW/ - The aggregate1 house price in the Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge area saw a healthy increase in the second quarter of 2016, rising 5.6 per cent year-over-year to $352,551 according to the Royal LePage House Price Survey2 and Market Survey Forecast released today. 

When broken out by housing type, the median price of a bungalow saw a moderate increase of 2.4 per cent to $324,563, while the median price of a two-storey home posted a strong increase of 6.7 per cent year-over-year to $373,437. During the same period, the price of a condominium remained relatively flat with a 0.2 per cent increase to $209,568.

"The increasingly large volume of people looking to move away from the high prices of the Greater Toronto Area and into the Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge region is creating a supply and demand imbalance in this market," said Keith Church, broker of record, Royal LePage Grand Valley Realty. "There is a very pronounced shortage of listings, and it is now not uncommon for people listing well priced homes to receive ten to fifteen offers."

Although housing inventory is low in the Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge area, Church points out that employment levels in the region are strong in conjunction with a low-cost borrowing environment, making a high quality home even more of a hot commodity. "Given a number of supportive factors in the region, it's not surprising that first-time homebuyers are willing to pay a higher price for quality homes, especially if they are a main highway," continued Church.

Looking forward to the remainder of 2016, Church feels that with the shortage of listings, prices will continue to increase and in turn create an even more competitive market for buyers.  "It's definitely a seller's market right now, and I don't see that changing anytime soon," added Church.

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 symbol TSX:BRE.

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1 Aggregate prices are calculated via a weighted average of the median values of homes for reported property types in the regions surveyed
2 Powered by Brookfield RPS

SOURCE Royal LePage Real Estate Services

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