12.11.13: Why Canadian realtors are extremely optimistic about Canada’s housing market

By M. Corey Goldman and National Post Wire Services December 11, 2013 - Canada can expect an “exceptionally healthy” housing market in 2014 thanks to improvements in the overall economy that helped produce a surge in the latter half of this year, a leading real estate group said Wednesday. Re/Max says that nationally, home sales are expected to climb 2% to 475,000 units next year after a 3% increase to well over 453,000 projected for 2013 when all the numbers are in. At the same time, the value of an average Canadian home is forecast to escalate 3% to $390,000 in 2014 after rising 4% to $380,000 in 2013, according to a survey of the group’s independent brokers and affiliates.

Meanwhile, the outlook is for the residential housing market to remain in “clear balanced territory” throughout 2014, although some pockets and price points may see continued shortages. Re/Max says its optimism is largely based on an improved outlook for Canada next year which is expected to see the country enjoy economic growth second only to the 2.8% rate of the United States among Group of Seven countries.

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