Canadian housing market looks bright in 2020 as markets stabilize, consumer confidence returns

By: David Sidenberg

Canadian housing market looks bright in 2020 as markets stabilize, consumer confidence returns

Tags: Real Estate, Housing Market, Burlington, RE/MAX

Canadian home prices expected to increase by 3.7 per cent

Increased consumer confidence could be a key factor affecting the housing market in 2020

Fifty-one per cent of Canadians are considering a home purchase in the next five years, up from 36 per cent at the same time last year

Only two in 10 Canadians say that the mortgage stress test negatively affected their ability to purchase a home in 2019


RE/MAX is expecting a leveling out of the highs and lows that characterized the Canadian housing market in 2019, particularly in Vancouver and Toronto, as we move into 2020. Healthy price increases are expected next year, with the RE/MAX 2020 Housing Market Outlook Report estimating a 3.7 per-cent increase in the average residential sales price.
Most individual markets surveyed across Canada experienced moderate price increases year-over-year from 2018 to 2019. However, some regions in Ontario continue to experience higher-than-normal gains, including London (+10.7 per cent), Windsor (+11 per cent), Ottawa (+11.7 per cent) and Niagara (+12.9 per cent).
“Southern Ontario is witnessing some incredibly strong price appreciation, with many regions still seeing double- digit gains,” says Christopher Alexander, Executive Vice President and Regional Director, RE/MAX of Ontario- Atlantic Canada. “Thanks to the region’s resilient economy, staggering population growth and relentless development, the 2020 market looks very optimistic.”
As more Canadians have adjusted to the mortgage stress test and older Millennials move into their peak earning years, it is anticipated that they will drive the market in 2020, particularly single Millennials and young couples.
A recent Leger survey conducted by RE/MAX found that more than half (51 per cent) of Canadians are considering buying a property in the next five years, especially those under the age of 45.