Canadian Homes Sales Reach Record Annual High in October 2021

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) reported today (11-15-21) that Canadian homes sales have already set a new annual record in 2021. According to CREA, home sales recorded over Canadian MLS® Systems were up 8.6% between September and October 2021, marking the largest month-over-month increase since July 2020. Sales were up month over month in about three-quarters of all local markets and in all major cities.

The actual (not seasonally adjusted) number of transactions in October 2021 was down -11.5% on a year-over-year basis from the record for that month set last year. That said, it was still the second highest ever October sales figure by a sizeable margin.

On a year-to-date basis, some 581,275 residential properties traded hands via Canadian MLS® Systems from January to October 2021, surpassing the annual record of 552,423 sales for all of 2020.

According to CREA, there were just 1.9 months of inventory on a national basis at the end of October 2021, down almost half a month from three months earlier and back in line with the all-time lows recorded in February and March of this year. The long-term average for this measure is more than 5 months.

In a statement prepared for the release of the report, Shaun Cathcart, CREA’s Senior Economist said, “2021 continues to surprise. Sales beat last year’s annual record by about Thanksgiving weekend so that was always a lock, but I don’t think too many observers would have guessed the monthly trend would be moving up again heading into 2022.”

Cathcart added, “A month with more new listings is what allows for more sales because those listings are mostly all still getting gobbled up; however, with demand that strong, the supply of homes for sale at any given point in time continues to shrink. It is at its lowest point on record right now, which is why it’s not surprising prices are also re-accelerating. We need to build more housing.”


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2021 already a record year for Canadian home sales