Economics

The fallout from the tougher lending rules is continuing through February as sales and prices decline on the national scale.  After a lacluster second half in 2012, the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) adjusted its forcast for 2013.  Total sales for the Canadian housing market are projected to fall 2.9% to 441,500 with the national average home price slipping by 0.2 per cent to $362,600.

Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) says government policies in land constraints, regulations and development approval processes are negatively impacting the availability of new homes to real estate consumers. As a result, the price gap between new homes and condos has grown to $196,844, which is more than double the long-term average and limiting choice and affordability for new home consumers.