Housing is Essential

Although Halifax real estate activity has dropped significantly week over week, I'll admit I'm surprised by the amount of activity that remains.  Real estate services were listed as essential in Ontario when all non-essential businesses were ordered to close.  People need a place to live regardless of external factors that influence the market.  

Offers Written 

The number of offers written are down by 29% from this week two years ago and 36% from this week last year.  However, the total number of offers written in March 2020 current sits at 512 in comparison to 422 last year.  The next week should give us a good indication as to how we can expect market to trend until things return to normal. 

Cancelled Listings

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Real estate sales are a lagging economic indicator.  It takes weeks or months for sales to feel the effects of shifts in other areas of the economy.  That said, it is currently impossible to predict how the current environment surrounding the COVID-19 crisis is going to change our local housing market.  However, we can comment on what as happened so far and we will continue to update statistics over the coming weeks to keep everyone informed as to what is going on.  

As you’ll note in the charts below, it’s too early for the real estate market to react to what has happened in the past week. It is also subject to significant change as the Government’s response to this crisis evolves on a daily basis.

Number of New Listings

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2019 was a busy year. Nova Scotia is seeing a boost in population from migration and immigration not seen since the 1970's.  Of the 35000 people who moved here in the last four years, between 95-98% of them settled in the Halifax area.  Because of this, our local real estate market has seen significant gains in every measure.  We have a 14 year record low number of listings and the average price this year has improved by a whopping 7% as of December 16/19.  

As the market tightens up, it's not only price that is affected.   The time it takes to sell a home is down by a third from four years ago and the number of sales is up by over 1000 at time of writing.  CMHC predicts our growth will slow moving in to 2020 as economic conditions are set to improve…

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