Canadian Real Estate rebounds better then expected for May

The Canadian Real Estate Association said this week that the rebound in home sales and prices for April was stronger than expected.

Seasonally adjusted national sales climbed 11.2% from March, the largest month-over-month gain in more than five years. The number of homes that changed hands (34,838), was higher than in any of the prior seven months.

Calgary led the rebound, with a 31% gain in sales over March, followed by Vancouver (30%), Montreal (15%) and Toronto (10%). Sales were up from March levels in 70% of markets across the country. Actual sales of 43,473 in April was down 11.8% from the same month a year ago.

The average sale price of $306,366 is 3.2% below April, 2008's, average. Inventory numbers were down 1.8%, to their lowest level since June, 2006, and 16.4% below the peak in May, 2008. The supply-versus-demand ratio is more balanced now in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.

Source - National Post

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