Low home inventory in Hamilton boosts prices by 9.6%

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The aggregate  price of a home in Hamilton once again saw a notable increase in the second quarter of 2016, rising 9.6 per cent year-over-year to $408,602 according to the Royal LePage House Price Survey2 and Market Survey Forecast released today.

When broken out by housing type, price appreciation was centered on the detached home category, with the median price of a bungalow increasing 11.3 per cent to $370,866, while the median price of a two-storey rose 9.3 per cent year-over-year to $428,296.  In contrast, during the same period, condominium house prices slipped 0.7 per cent to $236,902.

Hamilton’s increasingly diversified economy and strong employment levels, combined with the city’s proximity to Toronto for commuters, make it highly attractive to potential buyers,” said Joe Ferrante, president and broker of record, Royal LePage State Realty.  “We have fewer listings available than last year, with average time on market continuing to decrease.”

Looking forward to the remainder of 2016, Ferrante asserted that all signs are pointing to continued strong home price appreciation in the Hamilton market.

“The market’s performance for rest of the year will be determined most by the availability of listings, which are being scooped in a matter of days as they come on the market,” continued Ferrante.

Nationally, Canada’s residential real estate market continued to show strong appreciation in the second quarter of 2016, posting the highest national year-over-year gain seen in five years.  Amid continued world economic uncertainty, the historically low interest rate environment that has fueled Canada’s real estate market growth in recent years – most notably in Greater Vancouver and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) – is expected to continue longer than anticipated.  This extended period of low-cost borrowing will in turn further delay the cyclical cooling of Canada’s hottest real estate markets, originally forecasted for the second half of 2016.

The price of a home in Canada increased 9.2 per cent year-over-year to $520,223 in the second quarter of 2016.  During the same period, the price of a two-storey home rose 10.7 per cent year-over-year to $619,671, the price of a bungalow increased 7.9 per cent to $437,121, and the price of a condominium increased 4.2 per cent to $348,189.  Looking ahead to the remainder of 2016, Royal LePage forecasts that the aggregate price of a home in Canada will increase 12.4 per cent when compared to year end 2015.

“Our forecasting models, which pointed to a slowing housing market as the year progressed, included a modest increase in the cost of borrowing,” said Phil Soper, president and chief executive officer, Royal LePage. “Economic and social disruptions have rocked the world once again, introducing new risks and making it very likely that the Bank of Canada will leave interest rates as-is for now. Few industries are as rate sensitive as real estate. We don’t  see even a mild correction for either the Toronto or pistol-hot Vancouver markets in 2016.”

“Our call for 12.4 per cent national price appreciation in the final quarter of this calendar year as compared to the final quarter of last year, is a landmark in Canada.  I believe it is the highest value put forward by any serious forecasting agency since the turn of the century,” added Soper. – CNW

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