Major Cities Report
Victoria Real Estate Market’s Cool Conditions Continue
A total of 329 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this January, 23.7 per cent fewer than the 431 properties sold in January 2018 and a 12.3 per cent decrease from December 2018. Sales of condominiums were down 5.9 per cent from January 2018 with 111 units sold but were up from December 2018 by 7.8 per cent. Sales of single family homes were down 29.3 per cent from January 2018 with 152 sold.
Home Listings Increase While Buyers Remain in Holding Pattern
Home listings continue to increase across all housing categories in the Metro Vancouver* housing market while home buyer activity remains below historical averages. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 1,103 in January 2019, a 39.3 per cent decrease from the 1,818 sales recorded in January 2018, and a 2.9 per cent increase from the 1,072 homes sold in December 2018. Last month’s sales were 36.3 per cent below the 10-year January sales average and were the lowest January-sales total since 2009.
Economic Challenges to Affect Calgary’s Housing Market in 2019
As economic challenges linger into 2019, housing markets remain on a sluggish pace. January sales totalled 804 units, 16 per cent below last year and 21 per cent below long-term averages for the month. The number of new listings entering the market remained comparable to last year, but those levels far surpassed sales activity.
Persistent buyers’ market conditions have continued to impact prices. Citywide residential benchmark prices eased to $414,800 in January. This is nearly one per cent lower than December figures and four per cent below January 2018 levels.
Year Over Year Residential Unit Sales and Average Prices Decrease
Total residential unit sales in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) real estate market decreased 15.00% relative to January 2018. Single family home sales decreased 14.34%, condominiums decreased 18.56% and duplex/rowhouse sales decreased 1.02%. Single family home sales increased 1.51%, condominiums sales increased 22.16% and duplex/rowhouse sales increased 32.88%. Overall, residential unit sales increased 9.75% compared to December 2018.
Slight Increase in Transactions for 2019
TREB President Garry Bhaura announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 4,009 home sales through TREB’s MLS® in January 2019 – up by 0.6 per cent compared to January 2018. On a preliminary seasonally adjusted basis, sales were up by 3.4 per cent compared to December 2018.