Major brokerage expects home prices to rise, maybe

by Jamie Henry12 Jan 2015
Home prices are expected to rise or remain stable in most Canadian markets this year, according to an in-depth report released by one industry organization.
 
“With an increased supply of inventory on the market going into the New Year, the average sale price is expected to remain stable or rise modestly in most cities in 2015,” RE/MAX states in its recently released 2015 Housing Market Outlook Report. “Montreal (1%), Quebec City (1.5%), Ottawa (1.6%) and Sudbury (1.6%) are expecting a modest rise in average residential sale price, while little change in prices is expected in Winnipeg, Saskatoon and St. John’s.”
 
Condominium purchases are expected to account for a large portion of transactions in many major cities this year, as higher prices and limited single-family inventory forces buyers – especially first timers – to look to high-rise units.
 
And while buyers in 2014 still felt the effects of 2012’s tightened lending guidelines, the organization believes mortgage borrowers will have largely adapted by the end of the year.
 
“Many first-time buyers continued to feel the impact of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s tightened lending criteria, which were revised in 2012,” the report states. “The new mortgage lending regulations have delayed the entry of first-time buyers into the market in many regions, thus slowing down the rest of the market.
 
“The new mortgage rules will likely have less of an effect in the coming year as buyers adapt to the new regulations and make the necessary changes to meet the criteria.”
 
The housing market is also expected to be bolstered by a strong national economic outlook, as well as continued immigration. Canada expects to welcome between 260,000 and 285,000 new permanent residents this year.

COMMENTS

  • by 1/12/2015 11:22:03 AM

    The title of your article, "Major brokerage expects home prices to rise, maybe" is a little misleading.

    I saw the headline and wondered which brokerage is making that statement so I quickly read on to see which brokerage has economists on staff. As it turns out it isn't a brokerage at all that you're quoting. You're quoting a real estate franchise brand. I expect there are many brokerages and agents that contribute to that summary report, but it isn't one brokerage. And I'm not sure there is a dedicated economist on staff within the organization. That (providing consumer data), clearly, isn't their primary business.

    Consumers are already confused as to the various brokerages within the brand, how they differentiate themselves from the rest, and how their agents can all deliver the same brand promise. Misleading headlines like this really don't help.

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