Real estate market tightens as inventory levels fall faster than sales
WINNIPEG, Oct. 12, 2017 /CNW/ - The price of a home in Winnipeg increased a healthy 5.5 per cent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2017, rising to an aggregate price of $305,413, according to the Royal LePage House Price Survey1 released today.
When broken out by housing type, the median price of a standard two-storey home and condominium both rose 6.1 per cent year-over-year, to $333,145 and $249,856 respectively, while the median price of a bungalow saw a healthy increase of 4.7 per cent year-over-year to $287,487.
"Increased demand from a growing population and a healthy economy has resulted in low inventory and price appreciation in all surveyed housing types," said Michael Froese, managing partner, Royal LePage Prime Realty. "Buyers are coming home to Winnipeg. Those who had left for employment in Calgary continue to return and we are seeing an increasing number of buyers from Toronto who don't want to carry a large mortgage. Winnipeg is an affordable place to live and good place to have a career."
Froese believes that price gains will be resilient throughout the remainder of the year although he is expecting sales to dampen with ongoing compounding external factors such as a potential enhanced mortgage stress test and proposed federal tax changes that affect small businesses.
"In addition to regulation directly aimed at the real estate market, buyers have had to budget two interest rate increases and the looming possibility of a further enhanced stress test," continued Froese. "Also, uncertainty caused by the proposed federal tax changes will continue to affect sales as small business owners and their staff wait to see the outcome."
Nationally, the Royal LePage National House Price Composite, compiled from proprietary property data in 53 of the nation's largest real estate markets, showed that the price of a home in Canada increased 13.3 per cent year-over-year to $628,411 in the third quarter. When broken out by housing type, the median price of a standard two-storey home rose 13.9 per cent year-over-year to $748,049, and the median price of a bungalow grew 9.5 per cent to $525,781. During the same period, the median price of a condominium rose 15.2 per cent to $413,670.
Meanwhile, on a quarter-over-quarter basis, home prices in Canada's five most populated housing markets are rising at a similar, healthy pace – the first time this has occurred in six years.
"For now, the Toronto and Vancouver housing markets have returned to earth," said Phil Soper, President and CEO, Royal LePage. "After a period of unsustainable price inflation and sharp market corrections, we are seeing low single digit appreciation in each. Calgary has shaken off the oil-bust blues and Montreal appears to be at the beginning of a new era of economic prosperity. Rounding out the 'big five,' the Ottawa market is behaving like it usually does - a picture of healthy market growth."
"Uneven regional economic growth has plagued Canada for much of the past decade, a challenge most evident in the nation's housing markets," continued Soper. "For the first time since 2011, we are seeing real estate in all five of our largest cities appreciate at a manageable, healthy clip. Canadian housing is enjoying a Goldilocks moment – not too hot, and not too cold."
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, RPS Real Property Solutions, 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 17,000 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.
1 Aggregate prices are calculated using a weighted average of the median values of all housing types collected. Data is provided by RPS Real Property Solutions.
SOURCE Royal LePage Real Estate Services
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