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Sales of $1 million-plus condos up 85 per cent in the GTA and 11 per cent in Vancouver

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SOURCE RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada

Demand for luxury properties is up in Victoria, Calgary, the GTA and Oakville, while Vancouver saw decreased demand for luxury single-family detached homes

TORONTO AND KELOWNA, BC, Sept. 27, 2017 /CNW/ - Sales of homes priced over $1 million were up year-over-year in Victoria, Calgary, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Oakville while the luxury market in Vancouver cooled during the first seven months of 2017.

Sales of $1 million-plus single-family detached homes declined 32 per cent in Vancouver year-over-year to start 2017. The foreign buyer tax implemented by the provincial government in August 2016 is a contributing factor to this decline, as the tax led to fewer offshore buyers entering this segment of the market. At the same time, a strong mix of demand from downsizing baby boomers, foreign buyers and affluent younger couples led to an 11 per cent year-over-year increase in luxury condo sales in Vancouver.

"The foreign buyer tax introduced last year-combined with a good selection of luxury single-family detached homes-reduced buyers' sense of urgency in this segment of Vancouver's market," said Elton Ash, Regional Executive Vice President, RE/MAX of Western Canada. "Conversely, supply was unable to keep pace with demand in the city's luxury condo market and sales continue to rise year-over-year. As a result we are seeing more developers turn their attention to condo projects and are anticipating more luxury units to enter the market in the coming years."

Similarly in the GTA, luxury condo sales continued to increase significantly, growing 85 per cent year-over-year between January and July in 2017. In large part, this can be attributed to overall price appreciation in the market over the course of the last year, resulting in more condos meeting the higher dollar threshold, combined with condo inventory levels failing to keep pace with demand. The price appreciation across the market was a strong motivating factor for many baby boomers to sell their homes and use the equity to downsize to luxury condo units. 

In contrast to Vancouver, sales for detached homes between $1-2 million rose 25 per cent year-over-year during the first seven months of 2017. The market continues to adjust to the introduction of the Ontario government's Fair Housing Plan and the long-term impact has yet to be determined. The 15 per cent non-resident speculation tax included in the plan slowed demand from overseas buyers in the GTA overall, but did not significantly curb activity in the region's luxury market.

"During the first seven months of 2017, demand for luxury properties in the GTA remained strong, with sales rising by 30 per cent year-over-year," said Christopher Alexander, Regional Director, RE/MAX INTEGRA Ontario-Atlantic Canada Region. "That being said, in recent months many buyers across the GTA have moved to the sideline and are taking a wait-and-see approach to get a better sense of where the market is headed in the long-term following the introduction of the Fair Housing Plan."

In the upper-end of the GTA's luxury market, demand for single-family detached homes over $3 million saw the largest increase in activity, with sales rising by 55 per cent year-over-year. The Toronto suburb of Oakville also continued to see tremendous growth, with sales for properties between $2.5 and $3 million increasing by 112 per cent year-over-year. Oakville's proximity to Toronto and strong local schools are a main attraction for buyers looking to enter the market.

A strong local economy in Victoria contributed to increased activity in the luxury market in 2017, with sales for $1 million-plus properties up 10 per cent year-over-year. Young families could capitalize on price appreciation in the market and use the equity from the sale of their home to move up into the luxury segment. The temperate climate and high quality of life in Victoria continues to promote strong in-migration from other provinces, while the low Canadian dollar and interest rates in the first half of the year helped attract buyers from the U.S., Europe and Asia to the market.

Relatively stable energy prices over the last few months helped provide a boost to Calgary's luxury market, with sales for properties over $1 million up 21 per cent year-over-year in 2017. Consumer confidence grew over the first seven months of the year with the gradual recovery of the province's oil sector, and there remains a good mix of inventory in the city, including in the upper-end of the market. The most expensive property sold between January and July this year was a condo unit that sold for $6 million, while the typical luxury buyer continues to be families looking for detached homes.

Luxury market trends seen in Canada's major markets during the first seven months of the year are expected to continue through the end of 2017 based on interviews with RE/MAX brokers and associates.





Number of properties sold year-over-year (January 1 to July 31)

Highest sold (January 1 to July 31)


$1 - 2 million

$2 - 3 million

$3 million and above




2017

2016

YOY

2017

2016

YOY

2017

2016

YOY

2017

2016

Victoria













Freehold

502

469

7%

59

56

5%

20

12

N/A*

$6,000,000

$6,200,000


Condominium

37

24

54%

1

3

N/A*

N/A*

N/A*

N/A*

$2,500,000

$2,400,000


Total

539

493

9%

60

59

2%

20

12

N/A*

$6,000,000

$6,200,000

Vancouver













Freehold

819

1042

-21%

348

551

-37%

445

762

-42%

$18,500,000

$31,100,000


Condominium

579

518

12%

111

79

41%

54

76

-29%

$8,700,000

16,600,000


Total

1398

1560

-10%

459

630

-27%

499

838

-40%

$18,500,000

$31,100,000

Calgary













Freehold

359

295

22%

26

27

-4%

6

4

N/A*

$5,600,000

$3,700,000


Condominium

30

18

N/A*

1

3

N/A*

1

2

N/A*

$6,000,000

$8,389,500


Total

389

313

24%

27

30

-10%

7

6

N/A*

$6,000,000

$8,389,500

Oakville













Freehold

797

725

10%

132

101

31%

51

24

113%

$16,000,000

$8,300,000


Condominium

25

10

N/A*

4

5

N/A*

N/A*

N/A*

N/A*

$2,100,000

$2,900,000


Total

822

735

12%

136

106

28%

51

24

113%

$16,000,000

$8,300,000

Greater Toronto Area













Freehold

11654

9311

25%

1871

1369

37%

760

489

55%

N/A*

N/A*


Condominiums

715

384

86%

69

42

64%

31

14

121%

N/A*

N/A*


Total

12369

9695

28%

1940

1411

37%

791

503

57%

N/A*

N/A*

 

*Sample size not large enough for YOY comparison
Source: Historical values are sourced from CREA or local board statistics

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About RE/MAX INTEGRA and RE/MAX INTEGRA, Ontario-Atlantic Canada      

RE/MAX INTEGRA, founded in 1980, is a privately held company by Canadian entrepreneurs. With regional headquarters in Toronto, Boston, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Zug, and Vienna, RE/MAX INTEGRA represents nearly a third of all RE/MAX Sales Associates worldwide. The company was founded on the premise of providing outstanding service and support both at the regional level and to the end consumer. 6 The Ontario-Atlantic Canada region has surpassed 10,000 quality Associates; The US regions - New England and the Midwest (including the following states: Minnesota, Wisconsin and Indiana) – account for more than 6,400 Associates with over 2,600 and 3,800 Associates respectively; and the European region leads with more than 16,000 Associates. For more information about RE/MAX INTEGRA, visit www.remaxintegra.com

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