Canada’s real estate market: Buyers are back, but where is the inventory?

Canada’s real estate market: Buyers are back, but where is the inventory?

  • Kate Vanderburgh
  • 06/6/23

According to the Royal LePage House Price Survey, the aggregate1 price of a home in Canada decreased 9.2 per cent year-over-year to $778,300 in the first quarter of 2023. On a quarter-over-quarter basis, however, the aggregate price of a home in Canada rose 2.8 per cent, as buyers began to come off the sidelines following the Bank of Canada’s decision last month to pause interest rate hikes for the first time in a year. 

“There has been nothing ‘typical’ about Canada’s housing market since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdowns brought the housing market to a grinding halt in early 2020 before the work-from-home revolution catapulted it into a two-year, all-season frenzy of record sales volumes and aggressive price growth,” said Phil Soper, president and CEO of Royal LePage. “As markets do, this market overshot, and the inevitable correction was triggered when the Bank of Canada began to rapidly raise interest rates. The downturn came swiftly, and the real estate industry remained depressed for twelve months, a longer correction than the aftermath of the financial crisis thirteen years ago. We have turned the corner and the housing economy is growing again; none too soon for many buyers, who have been waiting patiently for prices to bottom out.”

The Royal LePage National House Price Composite is compiled from proprietary property data, nationally and in 62 of the nation’s largest real estate markets. When broken out by housing type, the national median price of a single-family detached home declined 10.7 per cent year-over-year to $808,700, while the median price of a condominium decreased 6.7 per cent year-over-year to $571,700. Quarter-over-quarter, median prices for these two property segments were up 3.4 and 1.8 per cent, respectively. Price data, which includes both resale and new build, is provided by Royal LePage’s sister company RPS Real Property Solutions, a leading Canadian real estate valuation company. 

Royal LePage is forecasting that the aggregate price of a home in Canada will increase 4.5 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2023, compared to the same quarter last year. The previous forecast has been revised upward to reflect an earlier-than-expected boost in activity in Canada’s major housing markets.


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