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Luxury real estate sales in Canada are soaring, breaking pre-recession sales records as buyers are capitalizing on low interest rates and increasing economic confidence.
RE/MAX released its first quarter Upper End 2010 Report on Monday, showing a marked increase in luxury home sales in markets across Canada. The report noted that, "Canada's sound banking system, political stability, and strong dollar are attracting foreign investment -- and that is spilling over into high-end residential real estate.”
“Markets are picking up and turning the corner,” said Schrader. “People are realizing the big recession didn’t materialize in Canada, and at the same time, prices have come down and are much more attractive.”
The Conference board of Canada echoes Schrader’s sentiments - its economic forecasts predict the Canadian economy will grow at a healthy 3.2% in 2010. An upswing in the economy makes the current market conditions even more attractive, as buyers take advantage of the current low interest rates, noted Schrader.
But why have sales increases have been so sharp, in some cases bettering years that were fueled by the white-hot real estate markets of the time? According to Schrader, and the report, they key is balance.
High end property prices have softened from their previous peaks explained Schrader, which can make luxury real estate look like a better investment for some buyers.
“Ample opportunity and a good selection of product exists, and savvy purchasers are taking advantage of favourable conditions,” said the report.
According to the Elton Ash, Regional Executive Vice-President of RE/MAX in Western Canada. the luxury “segment of the market was hardest hit when the recession took hold, yet its comeback has been fast and furious.”
Comparative sales figures back up Ash’s statements. In the first quarter of 2009, high end property sales had slumped - only 411 properties classified as “upper end” were sold by RE/MAX across Canada. This year, the number has leapt to 1,111 - an increase of more than 170%. Comparing that to 2008’s first quarter sales of 894 high end properties shows overall sales in Canada are still up almost 24% over pre-recession numbers.
Finally, what do you think? Is the combination of lower prices and advantage of low interest rates making luxury properties look more appealing? Or, is this a reflection of pent up market demand - did potential buyers hold off until the markets rebounded? Let us know in the comments.