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The Bank of Canada’s rate cut last month likely contributed to the uptick in resale activity, but experts caution that the market remains sluggish by historical standards.

Home sales in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal rose from May to June, according to preliminary data from local real estate boards. This marked the first monthly increase for several months for Vancouver and Montreal, and the first rise in five months for Toronto.

“The Bank of Canada’s rate cut last month provided some initial relief for homeowners and homebuyers,” TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer said in a release.

Mercer says the June sales result suggests that most homebuyers will need multiple rate cuts before they enter the market. Previous polling by Ipsos for TRREB suggests 100 basis points (1.00%) worth of rate cuts will be needed to significantly boost home sales.

Home sales remain well down year-over-year

Despite the uptick in sales from May, sales are still down sharply compared to last year in most cities: Toronto (-16%), Vancouver (-19%), and Calgary (-13%).

In Vancouver, sales are nearly 25% below their 10-year average, and some believe the weakness will persist for months as high interest rates continue to weigh on housing activity.

“Despite record population growth and a buoyant job market in the region, which should
support transaction levels in the coming months,” wrote National Bank Financial’s Daren King. “We don’t expect sales to jump drastically as affordability challenges will remain a major issue in the context of a policy rate that—despite upcoming cuts—will remain
in restrictive territory for several months to come.”

And while average selling prices remain muted in most markets, Calgary was a notable exception, where prices are up 8.5% compared to last year.

It “continues to be a competitive market for some buyers with over 40% of the homes sold selling over list price,” noted Calgary Real Estate Board chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

Regional housing market roundup

Here’s a look at the June statistics from some of the country’s largest regional real estate boards:

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Greater Toronto Area

Toronto housing market statisticsToronto housing market statistics
June 2024 YoY % Change
Sales 6,213 -16.4%
Benchmark price (all housing types) $1,162,167 -1.6%
New listings 17,964 +12.3%
Active listings 23,613 +67.4%
Source: Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB)

“The GTA housing market is currently well-supplied. Recent home buyers have benefitted from substantial choice and therefore negotiating power on price,” said TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer.

“Moving forward, as sales pick up alongside lower borrowing costs, elevated inventory levels will help mitigate against a quick run-up in selling prices,” he added.

Read more: Greater Toronto home sales down 16% in June despite Bank of Canada’s rate cut: board


Greater Vancouver Area

Vancouver home salesVancouver home sales
June 2024 YoY % Change
Sales 2,418 -19.1%
Benchmark price (all housing types) $1,207,100 +0.5%
New listings 5,723 +7%
Active listings 14,182 +42%
Source: Greater Vancouver Realtors (GVR)

“The June data continued a trend we’ve been watching where buyers appear hesitant to transact in volumes we consider typical for this time of year, while sellers remain keen to bring their properties to market,” said Andrew Lis, Director of Economics and Data Analytics at Greater Vancouver Realtors.

“This dynamic is bringing inventory levels up to a healthy range not seen since before the pandemic,” he added. “This trend is providing buyers more selection to choose from and driving all market segments toward balanced condition.”

Read more: Vancouver home sales fall 19% in June as inventory continues to build: board


Montreal Census Metropolitan Area

Montreal home salesMontreal home sales
June 2024 YoY % Change
Sales 7,762 +6%
Median Price (single-family detached) $451,000 +4%
Median Price (condo) $380,000 +4%
New listings 11,056 +6%
Active listings 38,701 +25%
Source: Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers (QPAREB)

Read more: Montreal home sales rise in June as prices continue to climb: real estate board

Calgary

Calgary housing statisticsCalgary housing statistics
June 2024 YoY % Change
Sales 2,738 -12.8%
Benchmark price (all housing types) $608,000 +8.5%
New listings 3,798 -3.6%
Active listings 3,787 +9.2%
Source: Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB)

“The pullback in sales reflects supply challenges in the lower price ranges, ultimately limiting sales activity,” said CREB chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “Inventory in the lower price ranges of each property type continue to fall, providing limited choices for potential purchasers looking for more affordable product. It also continues to be a competitive market for some buyers with over 40% of the homes sold selling over list price.”

Read more: Calgary home sales fall in June but still above long-term trends: board


Ottawa

Ottawa home salesOttawa home sales
June 2024 YoY % Change
Sales 1,439 +0.1%
Benchmark price (all housing types) $647,700 -0.5%
New listings 2,469 +4.7%
Active listings 3,585 +45.5%
Source: Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB)

“Ottawa continues to see steady activity as we head into the summer market,” said OREB President Curtis Fillier. “Unlike recent years, buyers have more room to wait, evaluate and be selective when searching for the right property at the right price, leading to a slight uptick in the days on market. Sellers are making moves as evidenced by the inventory and listings.”

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