Canadian home sales continued to cool in July, down 3.5 per cent month-over-month

Dated: August 20 2021

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The Canadian Real Estate Association says home sales cooled for their fourth consecutive month in July as new supply fell in about three quarters of all markets across the country.

 

The association said Monday that seasonally adjusted home sales totalled about 48,686 in July, down 3.5 per cent from 50,459 in June and off 28 per cent from their peak in March.

 

On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, home sales totalled 53,870, down 15.2 per cent from 63,5000 during the previous July.

 

CREA said the month-over-month decline in sales July delivered was the smallest of four consecutive decreases since March, but the month was still the second-best July on record.

 

Christopher Alexander, Re/Max Canada's senior vice-president, said the numbers show the real estate market is moving back to a typical cycle, where spring is busy and summer slows, but supply and demand are still unbalanced and people are tired from conditions earlier this year.

 

“There was such a frenzy in the early spring until halfway through April that turned a lot of people off because you were hearing about multiple offers constantly and huge sums of money over asking price being paid,” he said.

 

“I've heard stories of people who are experienced investors, who've been looking for over a year and have put in more than 20 offers and still haven't found the home that they want.”

 

Those on the hunt for a home had far less to choose from than they did in prior years or months.

 

The seasonally adjusted number of newly listed homes dropped 8.8 per cent to 65,757 in July from 72,137 in June.

 

On a non-seasonally-adjusted basis, 69,322 homes were listed, an 18.9 per cent drop from 85,448 last July.

 

The decline in new listings was led by markets like the Greater Toronto Area and Vancouver, which are known for being heated and regularly experience a frenzied pace in sales, along with Montreal and Calgary.

 

“Home sales continue to back off from extreme levels seen earlier in the year, but current activity is still historically Strong and driving solid price growth in most markets,” BMO Capital Markets senior economist Robert Kavcic said in a report.

 

“One could argue that some of those shifts went too far during the height of the madness, and we could see some undoing ahead, even if a lot of the underlying change is permanent.”

While recent months have cooled the overall markets, there are still signs of strain.

 

The conditions seen in July tightened the sales-to-new listings ratio despite sales activity also slowing on the month, CREA said. The national sales-to-new listings ratio reached 74 per cent, up from 69.9 per cent in June.

 

The tightening of market conditions in July tipped a majority of local markets back into seller's market territory, reversing the more balanced nature many markets exhibited in June, said CREA.

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