Canadian Average House Prices 2008-Quarter 3

//Canadian Average House Prices 2008-Quarter 3

Canadian Average House Prices 2008-Quarter 3

House prices continue to rise in most regions, but rate of appreciation dropping

TORONTO, October 6, 2008 – Home prices in Canada’s resale real estate market continued to grow modestly through the third quarter in most major cities, according to a House Price Survey report released today by Royal LePage Real Estate Services. This dissimilar Canadian trend is in stark contrast to the housing market woes that continue to plague the U.S. Boasting still-affordable homes, resource-rich Regina and St. John’s posted significant double-digit gains, while home prices in Alberta corrected downwards slightly after experiencing a period of unprecedented growth.

2007 marked the peak of Canada’s longest sustained residential real estate market expansion. It was a period characterized by higher than normal annual unit sales, constrained listings supply, and in many cases, sharp price increases.  It is not surprising that the regions that had experienced the largest and quickest rise in home value are now experiencing easing price appreciation trends as their markets return to more balanced conditions.

Of the housing types surveyed across Canada, on average, standard condominiums rose by 0.2 per cent to $243,529, while standard two-storey properties increased by 0.1 per cent to $408,927, year-over-year. The average price of detached bungalows remained stable at $240,000, year-over-year.  Regina’s housing market posted the highest year-over-year price appreciations with gains as high as 49.0 per cent among standard condominiums; St. John’s condominium market followed closely behind rising by 26.9 per cent.

From coast-to-coast, strong fundamentals such as favourable rates of employment, solid local economies and the continuing availability of affordable mortgage financing have positioned Canada’s housing market to weather the storm south of the border, and allow the country to continue to chart its own course.

“Canada’s housing market is holding up well, with resilient buyer demand supporting house prices that continue to inch upwards.  While rate of price appreciation is obviously tempering across the entire country, it’s important to underscore the fact that Canada’s housing market is supported by markedly different, and stronger economic fundamentals than those that American homeowners are wrestling with,” said Phil Soper, president and chief executive, Royal LePage Real Estate Services.  “For the most part, Canadian home buyers have been able to shrug off the gloomy stories of economic woe from south of the border, and are taking advantage of reasonable financing options and healthy levels of housing supply.  Average house price appreciation curves are beginning to flatten, but this is a completely natural reaction to the explosive gains that characterized the market earlier this decade.”

Added Soper:  “The Canadian housing market is on a very different path than that experienced by our American neighbours. Credit-worthy Canadians continue to have wide access to fairly priced mortgages.  While we are not immune to the serious problems facing global credit markets, our financial institutions are in much better shape than mortgage providers in the U.S. In Canada, subprime or high-risk mortgages account for a small portion of our banks’ portfolios and the mortgage approval process has many more checks and balances in place. As such, we should expect stability in Canada’s in real estate market.”

Further supporting Canada’s steady housing market is a growing population and reliable buyer demand.  Among the G7 countries, Canada continues to report the highest level of population growth.  First-time buyers were also active during the third quarter as many took advantage of increased inventory levels and affordable mortgage rates.

Nowhere in the country is burgeoning buyer demand more apparent than in cities undergoing explosive growth due to the resource boom.  Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon and St. John’s are all experiencing a surge in both in-migration and immigration as people flock to these cities in search of employment opportunities.

In Atlantic Canada, the revitalized oil sector remained a bright spot for St. John’s and continued to fuel buyer demand.  Although prices are continuing to rise in much of the east coast, house prices there remain well below the national average.

Among central Canadian cities including Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, average house prices inched upwards during the third quarter.  While the manufacturing sectors in Toronto and Montreal tightened in the third quarter, the drop in value of our Canadian dollar offset some negative impact by improving trading channels with other countries.

While house prices in Toronto are holding steady, and showing moderate increases, the market has definitely cooled from the blazing conditions experienced in 2007.

Despite dropping year-over-year house prices in Alberta, the province remains poised for growth.  Alberta’s underlying resource-rich economy is strong and regional unemployment figures are amongst the lowest in the country. As such, the recent price decline is merely a correction to the dramatic run-up in prices that both Edmonton and Calgary experienced in the past few years.  What Alberta is experiencing now is merely a consequence that inevitably comes from an unsustainable period of dramatic growth.

“The most important factor to note right now is that Canada’s real estate market is stable, and continues to show modest price appreciation in almost all regions of the country.  While homeowners will not be experiencing the double-digit price increases that characterized the past few years, their real estate assets remain safe. And of course, buyers entering the market today have much better choice and negotiating ability than those who bought during the supply-constrained years of the past decade,” said Soper.

THIRD QUARTER 2008 AVERAGE YEAR-OVER-YEAR HOUSE PRICES – BY CITY

  

Detached Bungalow

Market 

Q3 2008 Average ($) 

Q3 2007 Average ($) 

Year-over-year Bungalow % Change 

Halifax

211,667

198,000

6.90%

Charlottetown

156,000

150,000

4.00%

Moncton

156,500

157,000

-0.30%

Fredericton

162,000

155,000

4.50%

Saint John

 202,933

189,000

7.40%

St. John’s

190,050

153,667

23.70%

Atlantic

179,858

167,111

7.60%

Montreal

236,045

225,214

4.80%

Ottawa

318,833

305,750

4.30%

Toronto

433,540

411,736

5.30%

Winnipeg

228,188

204,950

11.30%

Regina

278,850

208,000

34.10%

Saskatoon

 321,500

293,750

9.40%

Calgary

443,156

472,522

-6.20%

Edmonton

326,429

370,000

-11.80%

Vancouver

817,500

787,500

3.80%

Victoria

439,000

400,000

9.80%

 National

240,000  

240,000  

0.0% 

 

 

 

 

Standard 2-Storey

Market 

Q3 2008 Average ($) 

Q3 2007 Average ($) 

Year-over-year 2 Storey % Change 

Halifax

      255,333

  238,333

7.10%

Charlottetown

   185,000

   177,000

4.50%

Moncton

   131,500

   135,000

-2.60%

Fredericton

   210,000

   197,000

6.60%

Saint John

      291,788

   240,000

21.60%

St. John’s

      261,800

  213,333

22.70%

Atlantic

      222,570

  200,111

11.20%

Montreal

      336,381

 334,813

0.50%

Ottawa

      317,500

302,917

4.80%

Toronto

      555,950

547,253

1.60%

Winnipeg

      253,388

231,833

9.30%

Regina

      259,000

 185,500

39.60%

Saskatoon

      358,250

 323,750

10.70%

Calgary

      435,211

 476,711

-8.70%

Edmonton

      342,857

397,857

-13.80%

Vancouver

      926,250

879,000

5.40%

Victoria

      465,000

 440,000

5.70%

 National

    408,927  

   408,447

0.1% 

 

 

 

 

Standard Condominium

Market 

Q3 2008 Average ($) 

Q3 2007 Average ($) 

Year-over-year Condo % Change 

Halifax

      165,500

   150,000

10.30%

Charlottetown

   120,000

  100,000

20.00%

Fredericton

   128,000

   130,000

-1.50%

Saint John

      104,575

   129,000

 -18.9%

St. John’s

      203,000

    160,000

26.90%

Atlantic

      144,215

    133,800

7.80%

Montreal

      204,336

    195,786

4.40%

Ottawa

      206,417

    193,750

6.50%

Toronto

      309,711

    302,938

2.20%

Winnipeg

      134,533

    120,032

12.10%

Regina

      196,000

    131,500

49.00%

Saskatoon

      211,250

    207,500

1.80%

Calgary

      269,156

    293,167

-8.20%

Edmonton

      216,667

    266,667

-18.80%

Vancouver

      442,250

    419,750

5.40%

Victoria

      282,000

    270,000

4.40%

 National

    243,529  

   243,011  

0.20%

Average house prices are based on an average of all sub-markets examined in the area, except for the smaller markets of Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, Saint John and Victoria.

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