17 August 2011
Canadian Home Sales Stable In July
OTTAWA – August 16, 2011 – According to statistics
released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national
resale housing activity was stable on a month-to-month basis in July
following an uptick in June.
• Sales activity was stable from June to July, but posted a big year-over-year gain due to weakened demand in July 2010.
• Year-to-date sales continue to run in line with the ten-year average.
• The number of newly listed homes inched up by less than one per cent from June to July.
• The national housing market remains firmly entrenched in balanced territory.
• The national average price posted the largest year-over-year gain since April 2010, but was below where it stood in June.
• Upward skewing of the national average price is
diminishing due to fewer expensive sales and a declining share of
national activity in Vancouver and Toronto.
“The continued stability in national sales activity shows that
homebuyers remain confident about the soundness of investing in a home,”
said Gary Morse, CREA’s President. “Mortgage interest rates are low and
keeping home affordability within reach, making it an excellent time
for buyers to take advantage of very favourable financing. Prices and
affordability evolve differently among local markets, so buyers and
sellers should consult their local REALTOR® to better understand how the
outlook for housing supply, demand, and prices is shaping up in their
The number of months of inventory stood at 6.1 months at the end of July
on a national basis, which is little changed from the end of June (6.0
months). The number of months of inventory represents the number of
months it would take to sell current inventories at the current rate of
sales activity, and is another measure of the balance between housing
supply and demand. [Editor's note: the Kootenay area currently has 19 months of inventory, denoting a buyer's market with supply outstripping demand]
“Changes in the national average home price are open to being
misinterpreted,” added Klump. “They often signify changes in the mix of
sales activity across and within local markets, rather than a rising or
falling price trend for typical homes in a specific market.”
“The national share of sales activity in some of Canada’s more
expensive urban centres may retreat further from elevated levels
recorded earlier this year, resulting in an easing trend for the
national average home price,” he added. “Even so, the stability of
Canada’s housing market will likely continue to stand in stark contrast
to further expected volatility in financial markets.”
CREA cautions that average price information can be useful in
establishing trends over time, but does not indicate actual prices in
centres comprised of widely divergent neighborhoods or account for price
differential between geographic areas.
Further information can be found at http://www.crea.ca/public/news_stats/media.htm.