Vancouver’s housing market reels while Montreal’s tightens up

Vancouver’s housing market reels while Montreal’s tightens up
The sales to new-listings ratio — a measure of how tight a particular market is — fell to 0.31 in April in the Pacific Coast city, according to data Wednesday from the Canadian Real Estate Association. That’s down from as high as 0.78 at the beginning of 2018.

Readings below 0.4 often signal a cooling market and a drop in prices, while readings above 0.6 indicate the opposite. Vancouver’s ratio is now at the lowest since 2008. Benchmark prices dropped 8.5 per cent in April from a year earlier.

Meanwhile, Montreal’s housing market appears to be getting tighter. The city’s sales-to-listings ratio has averaged 0.74 over the past six months. The April data show prices were up 6.3 per cent last month on a year-over-year basis.

Rising interest rates, changes to mortgage rules and various foreign buyer regulations have slowed sales in many Canadian cities since the beginning of last year. Prices across the country have been sticky, falling just 0.3 per cent in aggregate in the past 12 months.


Toronto’s ratio has averaged 0.5 since the beginning of last year, one sign of a balanced market. It had been as high as 0.9 at the beginning of 2017.
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