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Home prices to rise more than 9% in 2020, Canadian Real Estate Association forecasts

Last Updated Dec 15, 2020 at 2:02 pm PST

OTTAWA — The Canadian Real Estate Association expects the national average home price will rise 9.1 per cent to $620,400 in 2021, in one of the most optimistic forecasts yet for the real estate sector.

The real estate association says it expects home prices to either hold steady or climb in all regions across the country, citing economic improvements from the lows of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It is one of the cheerier forecasts out there, as the industry tries to make sense of a hot real estate market against a backdrop of lingering unemployment and an uncertain end date to the COVID-19 pandemic’s second wave.

Re/Max is predicting 2021 price increases of four per cent to six per cent, while Royal LePage is betting on a 5.5 per cent price hike, Ratehub sees prices rising four per cent to seven per cent, and Fitch Ratings expects home prices to decline three per cent to five per cent next year. 

CREA’s forecast says that after home sales plunged this spring, the real estate market not only rebounded to record highs in summer, but continued its multi-year trend of demand exceeding supply.

Headed into 2021, CREA says even more homes will be sold, although monthly home sales are likely to ease back to more typical levels compared to 2020’s wild swings. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 15, 2020.

The Canadian Press