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Sales in Miami soared last month due to increased demand

Sales in the Miami real estate market, one of the most popular US locations with overseas buyers, soared in October, exceeding record activity recorded in 2013. Single family home sales increased by 13.6% compared to October 2013 condominium sales increased 6.5% while combined, residential real estate sales increased 9.5% compared to a year ago. ‘Miami continues to experience population growth, interest from foreign and domestic second home buyers, and economic expansion,’ said Liza Mendez, chairman of the Board of the Miami Association of Realtors. ‘The Miami real estate market continues to strengthen due to demand for local properties, as evidenced by sales that exceed record activity in 2013,’she added. Overall the data shows that single family home prices, which again increased in October, remain at affordable 2004 levels despite 35 months of consistent year on year growth. Condo prices also increased in October, marking 40 months of growth in the last 41months. Condo prices declined in August for the first time in more than three years but rebounded in September. The median sale price for single family homes increased 9.1% to $240,000 but the average sale price decreased 6.6% to $393,515 last month. Compared to October 2013, the median sale price for condominiums increased by 8.8% to $185,000 and the average sale price for condominiums increased 22.3% to $362,657. The association monthly report points out that Miami properties continue to sell rapidly and at nearly asking price, reflecting strong demand. The median number of days on the market for single family homes sold in October was 43 days, an increase of 7.5% from October 2013. The average percent of original list price received was 95.3%, down a negligible 1% from a year earlier. The median number of days on the market for condominiums sold in October was 58 days, an increase of 31.8% compared to the same period in 2013. The average sales price was 93.7% of the asking price, a decrease of 3.9%. Cash sales in Miami continue to decline as more financing becomes available. Still, access to mortgage loans for condominium buyers remains limited, impeding further market strengthening. Some 55.8% of total closed sales in October were all cash transactions, compared to 61.7% in October 2013. Cash sales in Miami are still more than double the national figure of 27%. All cash sales accounted for 40.8% of single family home and 67.8% of condominium closings compared to a year earlier. Since nearly 90% of foreign buyers in Florida purchase properties all cash, this continues to reflect the much stronger presence of international buyers in the Miami real estate market. After three years of record sales activity that resulted in an inventory shortage, seller confidence continues to result in more properties being listed for sale in Miami. But new listings are now increasing by narrower margins, according to Francisco Angulo, residential president of the Miami Association of Realtors. ‘Seller confidence is resulting in greater inventory becoming available in the Miami real estate market. But strong home sales in Miami continue… Continue reading

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Canadian property prices and sales both continue upwards, latest index shows

National home sales in Canada rose by 0.7% from September to October and prices were up 7.1% year on year, according to the latest data from the Canadian Real Estate Association. It is the sixth consecutive month of stronger resale housing activity compared to a quiet start to the year, and the strongest activity for the month of October since 2009. ‘Low interest rates continued to support sales in some of Canada’s more active and expensive urban housing markets and factored into the monthly increase for national sales,’ said CREA president Beth Crosbie. ‘Even so, sales did not increase in many local markets in Canada, which shows that national and local housing market trends can be very different,’ she added. According to Gregory Klump, CREA chief economist, while the strength of national sales activity is far from being a Canada-wide phenomenon, it extends beyond Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. ‘Sales in a number of B.C. markets have started to recover from weaker demand over the past couple of years. They have also been improving across much of Alberta, where interprovincial migration and international immigration are reaching new heights,’ he explained. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity in October stood 7% above levels reported in the same month last year. October sales were up from year ago levels in about 70% of all local markets, led by Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, Victoria, Calgary, and Greater Toronto. Combined sales in these five markets account for almost 40% of national sales activity, and nearly 60% of the year on year increase in national sales. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) sales activity for the year to date in October was 5.2% above levels in the first 10 months of 2013 and 2.5% above the 10 year average for the same period. The house price index increased by 5.51% year on year in October. Price gains have held steady between 5% and 5.5% since the beginning of the year. A breakdown of the data shows that year on year price growth accelerated for two storey single family homes, townhouse units and apartment units in October. By contrast, price momentum slowed further for one storey single family homes. Two storey single family homes continue to post the biggest year on year price gains at 6.94%, followed closely by townhouses at 5.83%, and one storey single family homes at 4.75%. Price growth for apartment units remains comparatively more modest at 3.51%. Price growth varied among housing markets tracked by the index. As in recent months, Calgary saw the biggest increase at 9.47%, Greater Toronto saw growth of 8.3% and Greater Vancouver was up 6.03%. Prices were up between 1% and 2.5% year on year in the Fraser Valley, Victoria, and Vancouver Island, flat in Saskatoon, Ottawa, Greater Montreal, and Greater Moncton, and down 3.4% in Regina. The actual (not seasonally adjusted) national average price for homes sold in October 2014 was $419,699, up 7.1% from the same month last year. The national average price continues to be pulled upward by sales… Continue reading

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Property sales in Canada set to rise by almost 4% this year

Residential property sales in Canada are forecast to increase by 3.8% this year compared to 2013, according to revised figures from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). The data reflects stronger than expected sales in recent months. Even so, sales activity is expected to peak in the third quarter as the impact of a deferred spring dissipates and continuing home price increases erode housing affordability. This would place activity in 2014 slightly above but still broadly in line with its 10 year average. Despite periods of monthly volatility since the recession of 2008/2009, annual activity has remained stable within a fairly narrow range around its 10 year average. This stability contrasts sharply to the rapid growth in sales in the early 2000s prior to the recession. British Columbia is forecast to post the largest year on year increase in activity at 11.9% followed closely by Alberta at 7.7%. Demand in both of these provinces is currently running at multi year highs. Activity in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick is expected to come in roughly in line with 2013 levels, with sales increases ranging between 1% and 2% in the first three provinces and edging lower by about 1% lower sales in the latter two provinces. Sales in Nova Scotia and in Newfoundland and Labrador are projected to be down this year by 3.9% and 5.2% respectively. Mortgage interest rates are expected to edge higher as Canadian exports, business investment, job growth, and incomes improve. These opposing factors should benefit housing markets where demand has been softer but prices have remained more affordable. Sales in relatively less affordable housing markets are likely to be more sensitive to higher fixed mortgage rates, the CREA report also says. National activity is now forecast to reach 473,100 units in 2015, representing a decline of four tenths of 1%. Sales activity is forecast to grow fastest in Nova Scotia at 3.3%, followed by Quebec with growth of 1.3% and New Brunswick at 1.3%. Alberta is the only other province forecast to post higher sales next year with growth of 1%. In other provinces, activity is forecast to decline in the range of between 1% and 2%. In British Columbia and Ontario, this trend reflects eroding affordability for single family homes, the report says. The national average price has evolved largely as expected since the spring, resulting in little change to CREA’s previous forecast so it is projected to rise by 5.9% to $405,000 in 2014, with similar price gains in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. Increases of just below 3% are forecast for Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island. Newfoundland and Labrador is forecast to see average home price rise by about 1% this year, while Quebec is forecast to see an increase half that size. Prices are forecast to be flat in New Brunswick and recede by almost 2% in Nova Scotia. The national average price is forecast to edge up a further 0.7% in 2015 to $407,900. Alberta and Manitoba… Continue reading

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