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Is the real estate market still red-hot?

Published on October 20, 2021

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For months now, the real estate market has been booming due to a combination of a high demand from buyers and a low inventory of available properties. 

Martin Desfossés, real estate coach at DuProprio says, “We anticipate that people who were reluctant to sell during the pandemic will list their property once that’s behind us. But we also have to expect that the continued high demand from buyers will have a significant impact on the inventory, because properties are not staying listed online long.”

The Bank of Canada1 has repeated its intention to keep a very low policy interest rate, near zero, so long as the economy isn’t ready to support a rate hike, which it says shouldn’t happen until the second half of 2022. Some homeowners could therefore decide to resume their selling plans before this interest rate rises.

Fast market, motivated buyers

“The imbalance between offer and demand has lessened overall, but it’s still a buyer’s market. Most markets continue to be overheated and selling times are still very fast,” says Hélène Bégin, senior economist at Desjardins.2 That’s certainly the situation for DuProprio clients. The low inventory of properties listed creates a sense of urgency, which has made the average selling time drop by 37 days3 during the first quarter of 2021, compared to the same period in 2020.

While we are seeing a drop in the number of real estate transactions in general, selling prices are still climbing and overbidding is still common, as 1 in 3 property sales in Quebec are negotiated above asking. 

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Buyers often plan a move for the spring. So, winter is an ideal time to list a property to maximize the pool of potential buyers. 

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1 September 9, 2021, https://www.ledevoir.com/economie/630630/la-banque-du-canada-laisse-son-taux-directeur-inchange-a-0-25

2 ZOOM SUR L’HABITATION, Études économiques, October 12, 2021 https://www.desjardins.com/ressources/pdf/zoom1021f.pdf

3 The average selling time is now 66 days, compared to 103 days last year (single-family homes, January 1 to June 31).