Sales of previously owned Canadian homes this year are turning out slightly better than expected overall, and 2014 will be even stronger, according to the country's largest real estate association.
CREA's 2013 sales projections have been increased slightly upward in Ontario and the four western provinces. It says prices have been generally firmer than expected.
"Most housing markets are well balanced, including many large urban centres," said Gregory Klump, CREA’s chief economist.
"Housing price gains are always stronger in places where supply is tight relative to demand, such as we’re seeing in Calgary and in parts of southern Ontario including the low-rise market in Toronto.
"Prospects for price appreciation will be limited in parts of Quebec and some areas in the Maritimes, where competition among sellers has increased.”
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CREA also anticipates next year will be even stronger, with 475,000 homes nationally, up from the previous 2014 forecast of 465,600.
CREA said Monday the 2013 projected national average price is $382,200, a 5.2 per cent increase from last year. The projected national average price for 2014 is $391,100, up 2.5 per cent from 2013.
Alberta is forecast to post the biggest increase in average price in 2014 with a gain of 3.4 per cent, with gains in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Newfoundland and Labrador running just ahead of overall inflation, and the average price increase in Ontario running just below it.
CREA says November's home sales dipped slightly from October but were up substantially from the same month last year, when the industry was going through a soft patch attributed to changes in federal rules for mortgage lenders and borrowers.
Home sales edged 0.1 per cent lower from October on a seasonally adjusted basis. Actual activity was 5.9 per cent above November 2012 levels.