According to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national resale housing activity picked up in September 2011.
Sales activity rose 2.7 per cent in September from the previous month.
Holding in line with the ten-year average, activity during the first nine months of this year pulled ahead of sales over the same period last year.
National sales activity rose 2.7 per cent in September when compared to August, and follows three months of stable activity. September’s increase reflects strengthened activity in a number of major markets, led by Toronto. The monthly increase pushed national sales to its highest level since recently tightened mortgage regulations dampened sales earlier this year.
Actual (not seasonally adjusted) national sales activity came in 11 per cent above levels in September 2010. As was the case over the summer, the year-over-year increase reflects weakened activity one year ago.
A total of 361,749 homes have traded hands via Canadian MLS® Systems to date this year. This is 1.2 per cent above levels for the same period in 2010, and in line with the ten-year average.