Île-des-Sœurs,March 4, 2010 – February 2010 sales in Montréal Metropolitan Area hit the same level as sales in February 2008, which was just before the last recession. According to the Greater Montréal Real Estate Board’s MLS ® statistics, there were 4,465 sales transactions in the Montréal area in February 2010, a 45 per cent increase compared to February 2009 but only a 1 per cent increase compared to February 2008.
“It’s important to remember that last year – in February 2009 – the Montréal real estate market was feeling the effects of the recession and posted a 31 per cent decrease in sales. This explains why when we compare February 2010 to February 2009, sales are up by 45 per cent,” said Michel Beauséjour, FCA, Chief Executive Officer of the GMREB. “February 2008 offers a better point of comparison, since the recession had not yet started,” he added.
In terms of sales, all property categories are back to levels similar to those of 2008. Condominiums led the way with a 5 per cent increase in February 2010 compared to February 2008. Single-family home and plex sales remained relatively stable compared to February 2008, with a decrease of 1 per cent and an increase of 1 per cent, respectively.
“The decrease in the number of homes for sale (-19 per cent) in the Montréal area in February 2010 explains why prices went up, especially in the case of plexes,” said Beauséjour. “But it is important to mention that buyers still have a lot of choice with 22,528 properties for sale in the Montréal Metropolitan Area. Also, 7,694 new listings were entered in the MLS ® system in February 2010, up 6 per cent compared to February 2009.”