Moderation—not correction—on tap for Canadian housing markets in 2013

According to a media release issued by RE/MAX yesterday, Canadian real estate markets demonstrated remarkable resilience in 2012—with home sales up or on par in 65 per cent of major centres—despite considerable headwinds in terms of tighter financing and economic uncertainty abroad.  The trend is expected to continue, with home-buying activity propped-up by low interest rates and an improved economic picture in 2013, according to a report released today by RE/MAX.

While this sounds contrary to many media reports, it certainly reflects the market conditions we have here in the Collingwood – Blue Mountain areas where we are breaking sales records and showing no signs of market decline.

The RE/MAX Housing Market Outlook 2013 examined trends and developments in 26 major markets across the country.  The report found that the number of homes sold is expected to match or exceed 2011 levels in 65 per cent of markets (17/26) in 2012, led by strong activity in Western Canada, including Calgary (up 13.5 per cent) and Regina (eight per cent).  Eighty-one per cent (21/26) of markets are set to experience average price increases by year-end 2012, with Regina the country’s frontrunner at eight per cent, followed by Hamilton-Burlington, Greater Toronto, and Fredericton at seven per cent and Saskatoon at 6.5 per cent.  The forecast for 2013 shows the upward trend moderating, but values still ahead of 2012 levels in 85 per cent (22/26) of centres.   Stability is forecast to characterize Canadian real estate in the new year, with sales above or on par with 2012 levels in 81 per cent (21/26) of markets.

You can read the full report, including a chart with a breakdown of sales and price trends in major markets, by clicking here. 


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