Sotheby's Top-Tier Real Estate Report
2016 Year End Report
Sotheby’s International Realty Canada's recently released 2016 Year-End Top-Tier Report for Canada's major metropolitan centres has been featured in major media across the country, including Business News Network (BNN), Globe & Mail, CBC News, Toronto Star, Montréal Gazette, Calgary Herald and Vancouver Sun. The release was spotlighted in over 100 print, TV and radio media outlets from coast to coast.
The report revealed significant shifts in the performance of key Canadian top-tier real estate markets in 2016. The country’s four major metropolitan centers reflected resilience in spite of major domestic and global changes, as local market fundamentals emerged as the dominant forces in reshaping market performance across the country.
“Toronto’s luxury real estate market shattered previous performance records for the second straight year and defied industry expectations,” says Brad Henderson, President and CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada. “At the same time, in light of the unexpected and unrelenting changes that rippled across the housing industry in 2016, the top-tier real estate markets in Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal demonstrated tremendous resilience, and in many cases sheer defiance, to post healthy performance across the board.”
According to Henderson, local market factors such as inventory constraints or oversupply, regional economic performance, levels of local consumer confidence and domestic demand, prevailed in shaping the top-tier real estate market even as major changes in municipal, provincial and federal policy directly impacted the sector and the housing finance system in 2016. Similarly, global political and economic headwinds were tempered by regional trends and hyper-local real estate conditions.
Top-tier sales activity in Calgary over $1 million stabilized in 2016 compared to 2015. Motivated sellers were propelled into the market with lower price expectations and homes previously listed for extended periods of time were relisted at lower prices.