Home sales below long-term averages as listings remain steady in January.
Last month’s sales were 42.9 per cent below the 10-year January sales average.
“Due to seasonality, market activity is quieter in January. With mortgage rates having risen so rapidly over the last year, we anticipated sales this month would be among the lowest in recent history,” said Andrew Lis, REBGV’s director, economics and data analytics. “Looking forward, however, the Bank of Canada has said that it will pause further rate increases as long as the incoming economic data continues to support this policy stance. This should provide more certainty for home buyers and sellers in the market.”
Interventions by the federal and provincial governments were a major story in 2022.
Many of these were set to begin January 1, like the provincial cooling off period and the federal foreign buyer ban. Others will happen later this year.
The peak for prices in our market occurred last spring. Over the coming months, year-over-year data comparisons will show larger price declines than we’ve been reporting up to now,” said Lis. “It’s important to understand that year-over-year calculations are backward-looking. These price declines already happened, and what we are seeing today is that prices may have found a footing, even if it’s an awkward one sandwiched between low inventory and higher borrowing costs.”
Here's a summary of the January 2023 housing market statistics:
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