Real Estate Rebound: Record-Breaking Numbers

Dated: August 28 2020

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Real Estate Rebound: Record-Breaking Numbers for REALTOR.ca, National Home Sales

 

What a difference a few months makes. July saw more homes trade hands in Canada than any other month in the history of CREA’s database going back more than 40 years. That coincides with REALTOR.ca visits being at an all-time high, with unique visitors increasing by more than 46% compared to the same time last year.

 

Home sales are up 30.5% across Canada, with 62,533 units sold in July 2020 compared to 47,924 in July 2019. The average price of homes sold across Canada in July 2020 was up 14.3% and new listings were up 10.3% across Canada.

 

“Remember, the April numbers were pretty much the worst ever,” explained Senior Economist Shaun Cathcart during the latest edition of CREA’s Housing Market Report. “A lot has changed in a very short time, but obviously a big part of what we’re seeing right now is the unleashing of activity that would have otherwise happened earlier this year had it not been for COVID-19 and the strict initial lockdowns.”

 

With COVID-19 delaying the start to the typical busy spring market, traffic to REALTOR.ca has peaked in the summer months and Canada’s No. 1 real estate platform had its strongest year-to-date growth in July. Our latest numbers show there were more than 10.7 million visits to REALTOR.ca.

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“With more and more of regular everyday life opening back up, REALTORS® and their clients across Canada are making up for lost time, and it’s been a very busy summer as a result,” stated Costa Poulopoulos, Chair of CREA.

 

Poulopoulos said while some of the surge can be credited to Canadians simply delaying their home buying journeys this year, a lot of it also has to do with how quickly CREA adapted to promoting a virtual, contactless transaction process.

 

Within weeks of the global shutdown, we came up with a COVID-19 game plan and introduced a highly visible section on REALTOR.ca listing descriptions promoting an agent’s upcoming virtual open houses and or live stream walkthroughs.

 

Since the launch of that feature, more than 2,600 REALTORS® have conducted over 20,000 live stream open houses. REALTORS® are adding more video, 3D virtual tours and floor plans, allowing consumers access to homes, when business-as-usual is not possible.

 

 

Surprisingly Strong Recovery to Propel Housing Market in 2021

 

BCREA 2020 Third Quarter Housing Forecast Update

 

Vancouver, BC – August 25, 2020. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) released its 2020 Third Quarter Housing Forecast Update today.

Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) residential sales in the province are forecast to rise 6.5 per cent to 82,380 units this year, after recording 77,351 residential sales in 2019. MLS® residential sales are forecast to increase 17.6 per cent to 96,860 units in 2021. 

 

“The outlook for the BC housing market is much brighter following a surprisingly strong recovery,” said Brendon Ogmundson, BCREA Chief Economist. “We expect home sales will sustain this momentum into 2021, aided by record-low mortgage rates and a recovering economy.” 

 

With home sales more than fully recovered and now above pre-COVID-19 levels, combined with a decline in the supply of re-sale listings driven by the pandemic, many markets are now seeing sharply rising average prices despite a weak provincial economy. We are forecasting the provincial MLS® average price to finish the year up 7.7 per cent and to increase a further 3.7 per cent in 2021.

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Jolene Iglesias | REALTOR® in Kelowna, BC

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