CREA Updates Resale Housing Forecast

OTTAWA –December 17, 2012 – The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has updated its forecast for home sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) Systems of Canadian real estate Boards and Associations in 2012 and 2013.

When CREA’s resale housing forecast was published in September, activity showed the first signs of slowing in the wake of new mortgage lending regulations. Demand has remained at lower levels, and this trend is expected to persist through the end of the year. Lower than projected third quarter sales have downgraded the prospects for activity this year in almost every province.

National resale housing activity is now projected to reach 456,300 units in 2012. This represents a 0.5 per cent decline from 458,412 sales in 2011, and stands 0.9 per cent below the 10-year average (2002 – 2011)

Alberta is still expected to post the biggest annual increase this year (+13.1%), offsetting most of the projected decline in British Columbia (-10.7%).

Sales activity is expected to be less volatile next year than it was in 2012. In 2013, CREA forecasts that national sales activity will recede by two per cent to 447,400 units. This is a slightly lower level of activity than previously forecast, reflecting the ongoing impact of new mortgage rules into next year. The continuation of moderate economic, job, and income growth will temper the impact of recent mortgage rule changes, which are not expected to dampen activity much more than has already been felt until interest rates are expected to begin rising in late 2013.

“All real estate is local, so housing market prospects can and do differ among regions and communities,” said Wayne Moen, CREA President. “For that reason, buyers and sellers should talk to their REALTOR® about the housing market outlook where they live or would like to live.”

“Annual sales in 2012 reflect a stronger profile prior to recent mortgage rule changes followed by weaker activity following their implementation,” said Gregory Klump, CREA’s Chief Economist. “By contrast, forecast sales in 2013 reflect an improvement from levels this summer in the immediate wake of mortgage rule changes. Even so, sales in most provinces next year are expected to remain down from levels posted prior to the most recent changes to mortgage regulations,” said Klump.

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