In December 2020 the Royal LePage House Price Survey was released. Major findings include the following:
Phill Soper, president and CEO of Royal LePage said, “The leading indicators we analyze are pointing to a market that favours property sellers in the all-important spring of 2021…Across the country, a large number of hopeful buyers intent on improving their housing situation were not able to find the home they were looking for… as the inventory of properties for sale came nowhere near to meeting surging demand. With policymakers all but promising record low, industry supportive interest rates to continue, we do not see this imbalance improving in the new year.”
In 2020, due to the pandemic, people were forced to repurpose their homes to become offices, school classrooms, gymnasiums and restaurants. This compelled many people to make a shift towards larger properties. This trend is expected to slow down as life returns to normal. It is also important to note that many people became first-time homeowners as city center condominiums became more affordable.
Soper expects the first half of 2021 to be something of an “economic and social tug-o-war” between medical science and housing demand. He continues, “The real estate brokerage industry has developed protocols that allow us to safely sell the property during the pandemic, yet some would-be sellers will remain cautious and not list their properties while high levels of COVID-19 transmission remain the norm, restricting available housing supply
Forecast for the Ottawa Market
“Ottawa real estate continues to see high demand from Toronto buyers who are looking for less density and more outdoor spaces. Living in Ottawa gives you access to great schools and healthcare, a good job market and you can maintain a city lifestyle while affording a much larger home than what is offered in the GTA,” – Jason Ralph, managing partner, Royal LePage TEAM Realty.
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