Greater Montreal Real Estate Board

Greater Montreal Real Estate Board

December 08, 2009 08:30 ET

GMREB: Sales in Montreal Area Surpass Record-Breaking 2007 Levels

MLS® Residential Statistics for the Montreal Metropolitan Area

ILE-DES-SOEURS, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 8, 2009) - There were 3,411 sales in the Montreal Metropolitan Area in November 2009, a 51 per cent increase compared to November 2008, according to the Greater Montreal Real Estate Board's MLS® statistics. These 3,411 transactions were enough to surpass, by 4 per cent, the record-breaking sales levels of November 2007, when 3,276 transactions were registered.

"It's important to remember that last year - in November 2008 - the Montreal real estate market was feeling the effects of the recession and posted a 31 per cent decrease in sales compared to November 2007," said Michel Beausejour, FCA, Chief Executive Officer of the GMREB. "So the increase in sales in November 2009 was amplified by the market's poor performance last year. November 2007 offers a better point of comparison, as it was the best November on record," he added.



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MLS® Residential Statistics
Montreal Metropolitan Area
November 2009 versus November 2008
Variation
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Active listings 21,197 -16%
New listings 5,133 -8%
Total sales 3,411 +51%
Single-family 1,984 +49%
Condominiums 956 +55%
Plexes (2 to 5 dwellings) 468 +55%
Volume of sales $964,169,510 +63%
Median price
Single-family $244,000 +8%
Condominiums $203,000 +7%
Plexes (2 to 5 dwellings) $360,000 +7%
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Source: Greater Montreal Real Estate Board by Centris®


All property categories registered an increase in sales in November 2009 compared to November 2008, and all categories managed to exceed the record-breaking sales levels of 2007. Condominiums led the way with a 55 per cent increase in sales compared to November 2008 and a 12 per cent increase compared to November 2007. Plex sales also grew by 55 per cent compared to 2008, while increasing by 2 per cent compared to November 2007. Finally, single-family homes posted a 49 per cent increase in sales compared to November 2008 and a 1 per cent increase compared to 2007.

In terms of prices, the median price of a single-family home reached $244,000 in November 2009, an 8 per cent increase compared to November 2008, while condominiums and plexes both registered a 7 per cent increase in their median price. "The market is very active. Now is a good time to sell a property, and it's also a good time to buy a property as mortgage rates are still low and the inventory of homes for sale is quite extensive, with 21,197 properties on the market in the Montreal area," said Mr. Beausejour.

In November 2009, three of the five main geographic areas in the Montreal region exceeded the record-breaking sales figures of November 2007. The South Shore, which registered a 71 per cent increase in sales compared to November 2008, registered a 10 per cent increase compared to 2007. The Island of Montreal and the North Shore were the other two areas that surpassed the November 2007 sales levels, as both areas posted an increase of 6 per cent. Compared to November 2008, these two areas registered sales increases of 55 and 42 per cent, respectively. Sales in the areas of Vaudreuil-Soulanges and Laval increased by 60 and 22 per cent, respectively, in November 2009 compared to the same month last year. However, they did not reach the November 2007 sales levels, with respective decreases of 1 and 12 per cent.

As at November 30, 2009, the number of active listings on the MLS® system decreased by 16 per cent in comparison with the same date last year.

About the Greater Montreal Real Estate Board

The Greater Montreal Real Estate Board is a non-profit organization that brings together most of the real estate brokers and agents who work in the Greater Montreal area. With close to 10,000 members, it is the second largest board in Canada. Its mission is to actively promote and protect its members' professional and business interests in order for them to successfully meet their business objectives and maintain their predominance in the real estate industry.

For November 2009 statistics charts: http://www.centris.ca/upl/MT/Tableaux%20Communiqués%20CIGM%202009M11_ENG.pdf.

For year-to-date statistics charts, http://www.centris.ca/upl/MT/Tableaux%20Communiqués%20CIGM%202009M11cum_ENG.pdf.

Important Note

The Greater Montreal Real Estate Board publishes its MLS® sales statistics by Montreal Metropolitan Area territory, as defined by Statistics Canada during the last census. The list of municipalities that make up this territory is available at www.statcan.ca.

In addition, the Greater Montreal Real Estate Board uses the median price to measure the evolution of property prices. The median price is the middle price, in other words, half of the transactions had a lower price and the other half had a higher price.

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