State of the Real Estate Market: November 2020
Though November saw COVID-19 cases surge across the country, home sales have been consistently strong for the month, rising between 6% and 36% in the major markets. Despite an easing of residential sales, new listings, and price growth from October, buyer demand is still strong, making it a great time to be a home seller.
Inventory levels remain low for the time of year in many parts of the country. Most Ontario markets are reporting approximately one month’s supply, while Alberta has seen significant inventory reductions bring some much-needed balance to the market. Manitoba’s largest market is also reporting low inventory of detached homes, which are selling almost as fast as they’re being listed.
As a result of these factors, year-over-year average prices have been consistently rising in many of the major markets in both the single and double digits. Nevertheless, pullbacks from this year’s soaring sales figures have caused prices in many regions to level off month over month (typical for the time of year, according to many real estate board associations). This, coupled with low interest rates, makes it a more appealing time for homebuyers to get into the market than we have seen in previous months.
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The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) reports1 3,032 residential sales in the City of Toronto for November, up 12% from the same month last year2 and down 14% from October.3 The average days on market for all home types rose to 21, which is on par with November 2019 and up four days since last month. Despite a longer average selling time, heightened buyer activity and a 35% drop in new listings since October means competition remains strong, with many sellers receiving asking price or higher. “Home buyers continued to take advantage of very low borrowing costs in November, especially those looking to buy some form of single-family home,” says TRREB President Lisa Patel. “Competition between buyers for ground-oriented homes has been extremely strong in many neighbourhoods throughout the GTA, which has continued to support double-digit annual rates of price growth.” The average selling price for all types of homes in the City of Toronto is $979,224, an increase of 8% year over year and a decrease of 5% month over month. Detached homes sales totalled 933 at an average price of $1,477,226, semi-detached homes amounted to 336 sales at an average price of $1,160,911, townhouses came in at 114 sales at an average price of $1,058,425, and condo apartments accounted for 1,375 sales at an average price of $640,208.
The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) reports4 1,865 residential sales in the Peel region in October, representing an increase of 36% year over year5 and a decrease of 15% month over month.6 Like in October, Brampton accounted for 50% of total November residential sales. Average days on market for all home types rose by two days since last month to 17, though sales are still occurring 23% faster than in November 2019, when the average time it took to sell was 22 days. Inventory levels are unchanged since October at 1.3 months, meaning it would take only that long to sell all available listings at the current rate of sales. The average selling price for a home in the Peel region is $889,302, for a year-over-year increase of 16% and a month-over-month decrease of 1%. Detached home sales totalled 866, or 46% of all residential transactions, with the average selling price rising 18% year over year to $1,128,689.
The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) reports7 1,088 residential sales in the Durham region in November, representing an increase of 25% year over year8 and a decrease of 21% month over month.9 Average days on market for all home types rose by two days since last month to 14, though sales are still occurring 39% faster than in November 2019, when the average time it took to sell was 23 days. Inventory levels have dropped from 1.1 months in October to 1 month, meaning it would take only that long to sell all available listings at the current rate of sales. The average selling price for a home in the Durham region is $762,739, for an increase of 25% year over year and 3% month over month. Detached home sales totalled 774, or 71% of all residential transactions, with the average selling price rising 24% year over year to $836,127.
The Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB) reports10 1,611 residential properties sold, representing a year-over-year increase of 26% and a month-over-month decrease of 25%.11 Of the total sales, 1,209 were residential-class homes (including detached homes, semi-detached homes, townhouses, and duplexes) for an increase of 27% year over year, while 402 sales were condominium-class for a growth of 23% in the same period. “We continue to experience strong activity in Ottawa’s resale market during the time of year when we would typically see a slowdown,” observes OREB President Deb Burgoyne. “I’m confident in saying that if we had more supply, sales would be even higher. Although new listings were up almost 400 units compared to last November and over 225 properties higher than the five-year average, there were 1,000 fewer new listings entering the market than we saw in October.” The average selling price for residential-class properties is $602,892 for a year-over-year increase of 20%, while the average selling price for condominium-class properties is $361,758 for an increase of 15%.
The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) reports12 the Halton region saw 841 homes sold in November, representing a year-over-year increase of 26%.13 Detached, single-family homes accounted for 53% of residential sales. New listings rose 13% year over year to 912, with 50% in the detached category. Inventory for all home types is holding at only 1.4 months since October,14 meaning it would take under two months to sell all available listings at the current rate. The average days on market rose by one day to 18 since October, down significantly from 26 days in November 2019. The average selling price for all home types in Halton is $1,068,161 – an increase of 20% year over year and 1% month over month. The average price for a detached home in Halton Region is $1,369,314, up 24% over November 2019 and 2% over October 2020.
The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reports15 1,233 sales across the region, which represents an increase of 17% year over year and a decrease of 24% month over month.16 The average selling price for all residential properties rose by less than 1% from October 2020 to $722,317 – a substantial 21% increase over November last year. “An extremely low number of active listings at the end of each month is continuing to drive average prices higher,” notes RAHB President Kathy Della-Nebbia. New listings for the region totalled 1,316 in November, up 25% from November 2019.
The Hamilton region comprises an array of cities, which results in varying home prices. In Niagara North, the average selling price for all residential property types is $739,624, an increase of 7% month over month and 31% year over year. In Haldimand County, the average selling price is $584,587, representing almost no change month over month and a year-over-year increase of 20%. In Burlington, the average selling price is $928,479, an increase of 4% month over month and 19% year over year. In Hamilton, the average selling price for a home is $651,744, representing a decrease of 2% month over month and an increase of 21% year over year.
The Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports17 694 residential sales across the region, representing a 21% increase over November 2019 and a substantial decrease of 21% since October. St. Catharines saw most buyer activity at 201 sales, with Niagara Falls coming in second at 159, followed by Welland with 82. There were 664 new listings for the region in November, down 38% from October, with the average days on market coming in at 30, two days longer than last month. “As 2020 winds down, we expect to see a slowing of sales and listings during the holiday season,” observes Terri McCallum, NAR President. “During November, once again, we experienced a decrease in the number of new listings and an increase in the number of sales,” she states, going on to explain that high buyer demand is moving home prices up year over year. The benchmark price for a home in the Niagara region (based on an ‘average’ home with three bedrooms and two bathrooms) is $511,500, for a year-over-year increase of 19% and a steady month-over-month increase of 3%.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) reports18 a fifth consecutive month of record-breaking sales, with 575 residential homes sold, representing a year-over-year increase of 36%.19 Month over month, the number of sales decreased by 17%.20 “We are now well beyond any pent-up demand from the first lockdown,” says Nicole Pohl, President of KWAR. “Now we’re simply dealing with straight-up demand for our community as an attractive place to put down roots, and the current COVID-19 pandemic is only further fuelling the already hot market and elevating Waterloo region as a desirable place to own a home.” With such high buyer demand, inventory remains unchanged from October at 1 month of supply, meaning it would take only that amount of time to sell all available listings at the current rate of sales. There were 584 new listings added to the market in November, up 35% year over year and down 25% month over month, with the average time to sell up one day from last month at 14 days. The average selling price for all residential properties is $637,336 for a year-over-year increase of 13% and a month-over-month increase of less than 1%. Detached homes accounted for 59% of total sales and the average price grew 14% year over year to $753,641. The average price for a condo grew 12% year over year to $400,882, while the average price for a semi-detached home grew by 30% to $562,988 in the same period.
The London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR) reports21 a record-breaking 854 homes sold across the region, representing a 34% increase over November 2019 and a 7% decrease over October of this year.22 “This is the third consecutive month of record sales, demonstrating how robust the housing marketplace is right now," noted LSTAR President Blair Campbell. New listings numbered 788, up 8% year over year and down 24% from last month, while the sales-to-new-listings ratio is 108% - this means that sales are outpacing the number of homes being added to the market. As a result, inventory has dropped to an extremely tight 0.7 months (i.e., it would take less than one month to sell all available listings at the current rate), down from 1.8 in November 2020 and 0.9 this October. With such tight market conditions, the median days on market is nine (down from 12 last November and up one day from last month), while the sales-to-list-price ratio is 106%, indicating that many sellers are receiving over asking price. The average selling price for a home in the London and St. Thomas region grew 29% year over year to $536,178, edging up 2% compared to October of this year.
The Windsor-Essex County Association of REALTORS® reports23 522 home sales in November, representing a 6% increase from November 2019 and a 28% decrease from October of this year.24 New listings numbered 631, up 10% year over year and down 23% month over month, with a sales-to-new-listings ratio of 83%. The average sale price for all residential listings is $420,007, up 24% year over year and down just 2% month over month. The most active price range for November was the $420,000-$549,999 range with 23% of all sales, followed by the $300,000-$359,999 range with 20% of sales.
The Peterborough and the Kawarthas Association of REALTORS® Inc. (PKAR) reports25 206 residential sales for the month of November, representing a 22% increase over November 201926 and a 28% decrease from October 2020.27 New listings numbered 181, just one fewer than the same month last year and 45% less than last month, while days on market fell to almost half of what they were a year ago and dropped by one day from October to 24. The average price of a home is up 13% year over year and down 7% month over month at $527,255. There were 27 sales of land – almost three times as many as last November – at an average price of $336,607 (up a stunning 124% year over year and 83% month over month), spending an average of 83 days (about two and a half months) on market.
The Brantford Regional Real Estate Association (BRREA) reports28 211 residential properties sold in November, representing an 11% year-over-year increase and a 28% month-over-month decrease. With new listings numbering 218 – down 8% from November 2019 and 24% from October – the sales-to-new-listings ratio is 97%. Because buyer demand is keeping pace with new listings, inventory levels are low: at just 156 available homes, year-over-year inventory has fallen by a stunning 59%. The average price for all home types is $554,560, up 19% year over year and down half a percent month over month. The average price for a detached home $618,508, up 24% compared to the same month last year.
The Barrie & District Association of REALTORS® Inc. (BDAR) reports29 711 homes sold in Barrie and the surrounding Simcoe County, up 23% from November 2019 and down 27% from October of this year. The overall average price for the region is $644,231, for an impressive 25% year-over-year increase and a 1% month-over-month decrease.
Simcoe County comprises several diverse cities and towns with varying price levels. In Barrie, sales were down 25% month over month, with 240 homes sold at an average price of $588,265 – a 22% year-over-year increase and a 2% month-over-month decrease. In Collingwood, there were 57 homes sold at an average price of $653,808 (down 5% month over month); in Orillia, there were 51 homes sold at an average price of $487,803 (up 4% month over month); and in Wasaga Beach, there were 51 homes sold at an average price of $590,564 (up 5% month over month). The largest month-over-month price gains were seen in Bradford/West Gwillimbury, where six sales at an average price of $842,616 represented a 25% growth, and Clearview, where 11 sales at an average price of $881,245 represented a 12% growth.
The REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound (RAGBOS) reports30 that the region saw a record-breaking 265 sales for the month of November, representing a 16% increase over the same month last year and a 31% decrease from October 2020.31 New listings totalled 261 (up 1% year-over-year and down 23% month over month), while the number of available homes dropped to 411 – a dramatic 52% decrease compared to November 2019 and the lowest number of active listings on record. Inventory is sitting at 1.6 months (meaning it would take under two months to sell all available homes at the current rate of sale), well below the long run seasonal average of 6.7 months. Low inventory and strong sales are supporting continued price growth: the average price of all homes sold was $547,555 for a notable year-over-year increase of 37% and a month-over-month increase of 5%.
The Huron Perth Association of REALTORS® (HPAR) reports32 a record 192 residential sales for the month of November, representing a 40% increase over the same month last year and a 17% decrease from October 2020.33 This month saw the highest number of listings to enter the market for any November in over five years. New listings totalled 177 for a year over year increase of 26% and a month-over-month decrease of 22%, while active listings (available homes on the market) fell 51% year over year and 18% month over month. Inventory sits at 0.9 months (meaning it would take less than a month to sell all available homes at the current rate of sales), well below the long-run average of 5.4 months for this time of year. “Home sales continued to surge in November, showing no signs of slowing down even as we move into the late fall,” notes Sherrie Roulston, HPAR President. “The pace of demand has been so intense that the current rate of new supply cannot keep up. As a result, overall supply levels are down to the lowest on record and we’re looking at one of the tightest markets in history. Fierce competition among buyers is putting more upward pressure on prices, especially for single family homes.” The benchmark sale price for all home types rose 22% year over year to $417,100, while the benchmark price for single-family homes rose 22% to $417,800.
Winnipeg’s real estate market saw a sixth consecutive month of record-breaking monthly sales.
According to the WinnipegREALTORS® November report,34 sales for all property types totalled 1,193 for the month, representing a 32% increase compared to November 201935 and a 25% decrease from October of this year.36 New listings numbered 1,379, for a decrease of 12% year over year and 23% month over month.
“Momentum for real estate purchases has clearly taken hold of our local market this year once buyers determined that their current home was no longer suitable for their changing preferences,” observes Catherine Schellenberg, President of WinnipegREALTORS®. “The incredibly low mortgage rate environment this year is enabling buyers to move into a new living arrangement.”
High buyer demand, particularly for single-family detached homes, is demonstrated by the sales-to-new-listings ratio: in November, there were 95 sales for every 100 single-detached homes listed.
Sales of detached homes increased 33% over November 2019 with an average price of $358,465, representing an 10% price gain year over year and a 3% gain month over month. Of all residential sales this month, 32% received over asking price.
While demand for detached homes is exceptionally high, the region saw sales and price growth across most categories on a year-over-year basis: attached home sales increased 16% with an average price of $275,398 (up 1%), and condominium sales increased 17% with an average price of $226,855 (down 9%).
The most active price ranges for all residential sales in November were $250,000-$299,999 with 17% of sales, $300,000-$349,999 with 16%, while $350,000-$399,999 and the much wider $500,000-$749,999 range each saw 11%.
Alberta’s major real estate markets continue to enjoy improved selling conditions, despite seasonal slowdowns and ongoing pandemic restrictions.
Both Calgary and Edmonton are seeing strong year-over-year sales numbers and fewer new listings being added to the market. With a reduction in overall inventory levels, home buyers still wanting to take advantage of low borrowing rates have fewer options to pick from – particularly in the detached home category. With low supply and high demand, prices in both regions have been given a boost.
Calgary is seeing more balanced market conditions this month.
The Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB®) reports37 that the city’s total residential sales totalled 1,437, for an increase of 25% compared to November 2019 and a decrease of 19% from October of this year.38 New listings are down 7% year over year and 30% month over month at 1,724 – the lowest level since 2001, which is helping reduce the oversupply of listings that has caused an imbalance in the market for the last five years.
According to CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie, “it is important to note that the shift to more balanced conditions has been mostly driven by the reduction of supply.” Strong sales and fewer new listings brought the sales-to-new-listings ratio to a healthier 83%, well up from last November’s 62%.
With tighter market conditions, the average price for all residential homes rose 3% year over year to $455,584, despite a month-over-month decrease of 4%.
However, trends differ considerably across home types and price ranges. In the detached market, sales rose 26% over the same month last year for a total of 883 homes sold and an average price of $537,746 (up 3% year over year and down 3% month over month). Increased demand for homes priced below $500,000 has depleted inventory to the extent that the market currently favours sellers, while a greater supply of homes priced above $500,000 has led to a market favouring buyers.
Sales in the semi-detached market saw the most gains this month with a 50% year-over-year increase in sales and an average price of $464,048 – up 11% from last November and 1% from October, making it the only category to see a month-over-month price increase.
Sales of rowhouses grew by 24% year over year, but a larger inventory in this category has not supported upward price growth. In fact, this month’s average price of $312,655 is down 4% from November 2019 and down 2% from October 2020.
Similarly, apartment condo sales posted moderate year-over-year sales growth and a decreased average price owing to a larger inventory: sales were up 12% from last November, but the average price of $235,030 came in 7% lower year over year and 3% lower month over month.
The Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (Edmonton CMA) continues to see strong sales numbers supporting year-over-year price gains.
New listings for all home types numbered 1,858, up 3% year over year and down a substantial 32% from last month. With fewer listings hitting the market, the sales-to-new-listings ratio is at 75%, up from 61% in November 2019 and 62% in October of this year. Overall inventory fell 15% year over year and 11% month over month to 6,205 available listings.
Tighter markets have contributed to faster sales this November: the average days on market is 54, well below last November’s 69 days and just four days longer than in October.
“The Edmonton market has seen an increase in year-over-year unit sales, compared to a decrease in month-to-month sales,” notes RAE Chair Jennifer Lucas. However, she suggests that this easing of market activity is not worrisome: “There have also been more sales of single-family homes, condos and duplexes compared to November of last year, while we’ve seen decreasing month over month sales in all markets, which is typical for this time of year. We’re pleased to see year-over-year increases in pricing across all markets.”
In November, detached homes sold in an average of 49 days for an average price of $439,103, up 4% year over year and down a modest 1% month over month. Condos averaged 63 days on market at $230,688, up 1% year over year and down less than half a per cent month over month. Duplexes averaged 54 days on market at $337,784, up 5% year over year and up just under half a per cent compared to October’s average price. The average price for all residential homes is $376,636, rising 7% compared to November 2019 and falling 1% from last month.
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8. TRREB November 2019 Market Report
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