Canada real estate: RBC Economics reports condo listings on the rise as investors look to sell

RBC Economics reported on October 15 that condo prices have “stagnated over the past six months”.

Previous to this, the bank’s economics section on September 30 predicted that condo prices could “weaken in larger markets next year”.

Another thing is happening as well with the condo market in Canada.

In its latest housing report, RBC Economics noted that the real-estate market is awashed with condo supply.

According to economist Robert Hogue, “condo investors are looking to sell”.

“As rents soften and vacancies rise, condo listings are spiking in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver—albeit from low levels,” Hogue reported on Thursday (October 29).

In the City of Toronto, condo listings in September 2020 increased 133.9 percent compared to supply in the same month last year.

For the rest of the Greater Toronto area, condo listings last month posted year-over-year growth of 81.5 percent.

In the island of Montreal, listings rose 41.4 percent

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Canada real estate: RBC Economics housing report notes condo prices stuck in a rut

A recent housing report by RBC Economics states that prices of condo properties haven’t been seeing much action.

“Condo prices, in fact, have already stagnated over the past six months both at the national level…,” bank economist Robert Hogue wrote.

According to Hogue, this is happening as well in “some of Canada’s largest markets (including Vancouver, Toronto and Hamilton)”.

“This contrasted with a solid 7.3% increase for single-detached homes nationwide over that period,” Hogue also noted.

Hogue’s observation about condo prices form part of his October 15, 2020 report about the performance of the real-estate market for September.

Hogue noted that the benchmark price of homes in Canada increased 10.3 percent year-over-year in September.

That was the “first time it’s been in double-digits in three years”.

“The strength was generally concentrated in single-detached homes,” Hogue wrote, adding that the benchmark price for this type of home rose 12 percent year-over-year

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