North Shore Fared Well Despite Ongoing

Île-des-Sœurs, June 7, 2013 – According to the real estate brokers’ Centris® provincial database, there were 4,288 residential sales transactions concluded in the Montréal Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) in May 2013, said the Greater Montréal Real Estate Board (GMREB). This represents an 8 per cent decrease compared to May 2012 and the smallest drop in sales in the past seven months. The North Shore performed well with a 5 per cent decrease in sales.

“The North Shore registered the smallest decrease in sales for the fourth consecutive month,” said Diane Ménard, Vice-President of the GMREB Board of Directors. “In a context where some buyers had to revise their budget due to the new mortgage rules, the North Shore continues to benefit from the fact that it is the most affordable area in the Montréal region,” she added.

All three property categories registered a drop in sales in May 2013 as compared to May 2012. Sales of single-family homes and plexes fell by 7 per cent, while condominium sales decreased by 12 per cent. All five main areas of the Montréal CMA registered a decrease in sales in May 2013. While the North Shore posted the smallest drop at 5 per cent, sales in Vaudreuil-Soulanges, the South Shore and Montréal decreased by 7, 8 and 9 per cent, respectively. Laval registered a 14 per cent drop in sales. The median price of single-family homes grew by 4 per cent across the CMA in May, the largest increase since December 2012. By area, the South Shore led the way with a 6 per cent increase ($279,900) followed by Laval with a 5 per cent increase ($290,000), Vaudreuil-Soulanges with a 3 per cent increase ($268,000) and the North Shore with a 2 per cent increase ($240,000). On the Island of Montréal ($380,000), the median price of single-family homes remained unchanged compared to May of last year.

The median price of condominiums remained unchanged (0 per cent) in May in the Montréal CMA. A slight decrease of 1 per cent was registered on the Island of Montréal ($274,000) and in Laval ($208,000), but this was compensated by increases of 3 per cent on the North Shore ($175,000) and 4 per cent on the South Shore ($189,500).

“Condominium prices have stabilized since the start of the year in the Montréal Metropolitan Area,” noted Paul Cardinal, Manager, Market Analysis, at the Québec Federation of Real Estate Boards. “Despite a slight excess in supply, construction of new condominiums has slowed considerably in recent months, which could lead to a rebalancing of this market segment in the near future,” he added.