CREA September 2014 Statistics
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 for 2014 and 2015.
The deferral of sales and listings during an extraordinarily bleak winter delayed the start to the spring home
buying season earlier this year. This deferral boosted activity in May and June as properties were snapped
up after finally hitting the market, particularly in markets with a shortage of listings.
Although this boost was and still is expected to be transitory, sales have yet to show signs of cooling as
activity strengthened slightly further over the summer. The increase reflects continuing strength in home
sales among large urban markets that initially drove the spring rebound together with gains in markets
where activity had previously struggled to gain traction. Lowered mortgage interest rates supported this
Sales are now forecast to reach 475,000 units in 2014, representing an increase of 3.8 per cent compared
to 2013. This is upwardly revised from CREA’s forecast of 463,400 sales published in June, and reflects
stronger than expected sales in recent months. Even so, sales activity is expected to peak in the third quarter
as the impact of a deferred spring dissipates and continuing home price increases erode housing
This would place activity in 2014 slightly above but still broadly in line with its 10‐year average. Despite
periods of monthly volatility since the recession of 2008‐09, annual activity has remained stable within a
fairly narrow range around its 10‐year average. This stability contrasts sharply to the rapid growth in sales in
the early 2000s prior to the recession. (Chart A).
British Columbia is forecast to post the largest year‐over‐year increase in activity (11.9 per cent) followed
closely by Alberta (7.7 per cent). Demand in both of these provinces is currently running at multi‐year highs.
Activity in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick is expected to come in roughly in
line with 2013 levels, with sales increases ranging between one and two per cent in the first three provinces
and edging lower by about one per cent lower sales in the latter two provinces. Sales in Nova Scotia and in
Newfoundland and Labrador are projected to be down this year by 3.9 per cent and 5.2 per cent
Mortgage interest rates are expected to edge higher as Canadian exports, business investment, job growth,
and incomes improve. These opposing factors should benefit housing markets where demand has been
softer but prices have remained more affordable. Sales in relatively less affordable housing markets are
likely to be more sensitive to higher fixed mortgage rates.
National activity is now forecast to reach 473,100 units in 2015, representing a decline of four tenths of one
per cent. Sales activity is forecast to grow fastest in Nova Scotia (+3.3 per cent), followed by Quebec (+1.3
per cent) and New Brunswick (+1.3 per cent). Alberta is the only other province forecast to post higher sales
next year (+1.0 per cent).
In other provinces, activity is forecast to decline in the range of between one and two per cent. In BritishColumbia and Ontario, this trend reflects eroding affordability for single family homes.
The national average price has evolved largely as expected since the spring, resulting in little change to
CREA’s previous forecast.
The national average home price is now projected to rise by 5.9 per cent to $405,000 in 2014, with similar
price gains in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. Increases of just below three per cent are forecast for
Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island. Newfoundland and Labrador is forecast to see average
home price rise by about one per cent this year, while Quebec is forecast to see an increase half that size.
Prices are forecast to be flat in New Brunswick and recede by almost two per cent and Nova Scotia.
The national average price is forecast to edge up a further 0.7 per cent in 2015 to $407,900. Alberta and
Manitoba are forecast to post average price gains of almost two per cent in 2015, followed closely by
Ontario at 1.3 per cent. Average prices in other provinces are forecast to remain stable, edging up by less
than one percentage point.
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