Canadian Home Sales See Downward Trend Continue in October 2023: CREA

Canadian Home Sales See Downward Trend Continue in October 2023: CREA

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) recently released national sales statistics for October of 2023.

Home sales recorded over Canadian MLS® Systems posted a 5.6% decline between September and October 2023. The sizable decline was the result of fewer sales in most of Canada’s largest markets.

“We’re only in November, but it appears many would-be home buyers have already gone into hibernation,” said Larry Cerqua, Chair of CREA. “The October numbers also revealed some sellers may be shelving their plans until next spring. That said, there are still a lot of people active in the market and looking to get deals done this year. If you’re looking for information and guidance about buying or selling a property in the current market, contact a REALTOR® in your area,” continued Cerqua.

“We know housing demand is extremely high all across the country, but October’s resale data was further confirmation that it probably won’t be manifesting itself in the existing home market for the remainder of this year and likely not until spring 2024 at the earliest,” said Shaun Cathcart, CREA’s Senior Economist. “The rebound in activity this past spring was an example of what we might see next year. It will really come down to whether the Bank of Canada has to increase interest rates again, or whether by next March it’s simply a matter of how soon we’ll see the Bank make its first cut.”

Highlights from this report:

  • National home sales fell 5.6% month-over-month in October.

  • Actual (not seasonally adjusted) monthly activity came in 0.9% above October 2022.

  • The number of newly listed properties declined 2.3% month-over-month.

  • The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) decreased by 0.8% month-over-month but was still up 1.1% year-over-year.

  • The actual (not seasonally adjusted) national average sale price posted a 1.8% year-over-year increase in October. 

Read the recently released national sales statistics for October of 2023.

Read also: CREA’s updated (October) Housing Market Forecast for 2023.

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