Dwelling gross sales plummet as patrons and sellers take wait-and-see method


Dwelling gross sales plummeted within the nation’s largest metro areas by between 30% and 50% as each patrons and sellers bide their time on the sidelines.

Higher Vancouver led the way in which, with gross sales falling 52% year-over-year, whereas the Higher Toronto Space noticed a 48% decline. Montreal adopted with a 39% annual decline, whereas gross sales have been down 30% in each Calgary and Ottawa.

Commenting on the Montreal market, Charles Brant, director of the Market Evaluation Division for the Quebec Skilled Affiliation of Actual Property Brokers, stated that whereas December is often a slower month for gross sales, he’s seeing a “sure wait-and-see” angle amongst market individuals.

“On the one hand, patrons are hoping that market situations will enhance of their favour,” he wrote in a launch. “Sellers, alternatively, are hoping for a stabilization of the market.”

Common costs continued to fall in a lot of the metro areas. The MLS Dwelling Value Index benchmark is now down 9% year-over-year within the Higher Toronto Space. In Calgary, nevertheless, common costs stay almost 8% above year-ago ranges.

Right here’s a have a look at the November statistics from a few of the nation’s largest regional actual property boards:



Higher Toronto Space

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Gross sales: 3,117

  • -48% (YoY)
  • -31% month-over-month (MoM)

Common value: $1,051,216

New listings: 4,074

Lively listings: 8,692

“Whereas residence gross sales and costs dominated the headlines in 2022, the provision of recent listings continued to be a difficulty as properly,” stated TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer. “The variety of properties listed on the market in 2022 was down compared to 2021. This helps clarify why promoting costs have discovered some assist in current months.”

“Lack of provide has additionally impacted the rental market,” Mercer added. “As renting has change into extra standard on this greater rate of interest setting, tighter rental market situations have translated into double-digit common hire will increase.”

Supply: Toronto Regional Actual Property Board (TRREB)

Higher Vancouver Space

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Gross sales: 1,295

MLS Dwelling Value Index benchmark value: $1,114,300

New listings: 1,206

Lively listings: 7,384

“The headline story in our market in 2022 was all about inflation and the Financial institution of Canada’s efforts to convey inflation again to focus on by quickly elevating the coverage fee,” stated Andrew Lis, REBGV Director, economics and information analytics. “It is a story we anticipate to proceed to make headlines into 2023, as inflationary pressures stay persistent throughout Canada.”

Supply: Actual Property Board of Higher Vancouver (REBGV)

Montreal Census Metropolitan Space

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Dwelling Gross sales: 2,232

Median Value (single-family indifferent): $510,000

Common Value (apartment): $375,000

New listings: 2,359

Lively listings: 14,533

“December is the month of the yr when there are usually fewer listings and fewer purchases, so it isn’t stunning to see slower exercise within the Montreal market,” stated Charles Brant, Director of the QPAREB’s Market Evaluation Division. “This phenomenon is especially evident within the variety of new listings (we’ve got to return to 2002 to see an identical degree). This low degree of stock has nonetheless prevented costs from falling extra sharply.”

Supply: Quebec Skilled Affiliation of Actual Property Brokers (QPAREB)


Calgary winter med

Gross sales: 1,204

Benchmark Value (all housing sorts): $518,800

New listings: 1,031

Lively listings: 2,215

“Housing market situations have modified considerably all year long, as gross sales exercise slowed following steep fee positive factors all through the later a part of the yr,” stated CREB Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “Nonetheless, Calgary continues to report exercise that’s higher than ranges seen earlier than the pandemic and better than long-term traits for the town. On the identical time, we’ve got confronted persistently low stock ranges, which have prevented a extra vital adjustment in residence costs this yr.”

Supply: Calgary Actual Property Board (CREB)


Ottawa winter med

Gross sales: 601

Common Value (residential property): $655,839

Common Value (condominium): $434,973

New Listings: 699

“Even with the conventional seasonal slowdown, December’s efficiency was in stark distinction to the very energetic resale market that opened 2022,” stated OREB President Ken Dekker.

“What’s regarding in regards to the present market is the affect on first-time homebuyers,” she added. “As rates of interest and inflation each climbed, patrons retreated to the sidelines and commenced taking a wait-and-see method. Nonetheless, whereas it’s quieter than the frantic tempo we skilled in 2021, it’s now a balanced market.”

Supply: Ottawa Actual Property Board (OREB)


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