Victoria house prices post decreases in fourth quarter of 2012

New mortgage regulations impact first-time buyer activity 
VICTORIA, BC, Jan. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - The Royal LePage House Price Survey and 
Market Survey Forecast released today showed year-over-year price decreases 
among all housing types surveyed in Victoria. 
Standard two-storey homes posted a slight price decrease of 1.0 per cent 
year-over-year to $475,000, while detached bungalows declined 3.3 per cent 
year-over-year to an average price of $470,000. Prices for standard 
condominiums saw the largest year-over-year decrease dipping 8.5 per cent to 
"Fourth quarter market activity has slowed down slightly causing prices in our 
market to soften," said Carol Geurts, Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty. "We 
expect this slowdown to carry on throughout 2013 as we continue to feel the 
tightening of lending regulations, which have impacted the purchasing power of 
first-time buyers." 
Geurts also explained that year-over-year inventory levels in Victoria have 
decreased slightly across all housing types. 
"Although inventory levels have declined slightly in recent months, there is 
still a good amount of inventory on hand to meet the needs of buyers," said 
Nationally, the average price of a home increased year-over-year between 2.0 
and 4.0 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2012. In the fourth quarter, 
standard two-storey homes rose 4.0 per cent year-over-year to $390,444, while 
detached bungalows increased 3.6 per cent to $356,790. National average prices 
for standard condominiums increased 2.0 per cent to $239,374. 
As home sales volumes slowed in the second half of 2012, the average Canadian 
house price, for the most part, held firm. Some consumers delayed their entry 
into the market during 2012, faced with economic uncertainty as governments in 
both the U.S. and Europe struggled with debt management plans and as homes in 
some regions became less affordable. Compared to 2012, fewer homes are 
expected to trade hands in the first half of 2013, which should slow the pace 
at which home prices are rising. 
Phil Soper, president and chief executive, Royal LePage, noted that the 
housing market is well into a cyclical correction and that fears of a sharp or 
drawn out collapse are unwarranted. Home prices have risen faster than 
salaries and wages for three years and the market requires time to adjust. By 
the end of 2013, Royal LePage expects the average national home price to be 
1.0 per cent higher compared to 2012. 
"A helpful comparison is to reflect on the beginning of 2009 when the country 
was in the grips of a very grim global recession," said Soper. "It was a bleak 
time, with plunging consumer confidence driven by rapidly spreading 
unemployment. The meltdown of the American banking and finance sector had sent 
their housing market into a downward spiral and our own real estate market saw 
home sale transactions fall dramatically. Price appreciation in Canada ground 
to a halt, but home values dropped only slightly. With economic fundamentals 
such as employment levels improving, we expect this cyclical correction to be 
About the Royal LePage House Price Survey 
The Royal LePage House Price Survey is the largest, most comprehensive study 
of its kind in Canada, with information on seven types of housing in over 250 
neighbourhoods from coast to coast. This release references an abbreviated 
version of the survey which highlights house price trends for the three most 
common types of housing in Canada in 90 communities across the country. A 
complete database of past and present surveys is available on the Royal LePage 
Web site at Current figures will be updated following the 
complete tabulation of the data for the fourth quarter 2012. A printable 
version of the fourth quarter 2012 survey will be available online on February 
6, 2013. 
Housing values in the Royal LePage House Price Survey are Royal LePage 
opinions of fair market value in each location, based on local data and market 
knowledge provided by Royal LePage residential real estate experts. 
About Royal LePage
Serving Canadians since 1913, Royal LePage is the country's leading provider 
of services to real estate brokerages, with a network of 14,000 real estate 
professionals in over 600 locations nationwide. Royal LePage is the only 
Canadian real estate company to have its own charitable foundation, the Royal 
LePage Shelter Foundation, dedicated to supporting women's & children's 
shelters and educational programs aimed at ending domestic violence. Royal 
LePage is a Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc. company, a TSX-listed 
corporation trading under the symbol TSX: BRE. 
For more information, visit 
Perry Ge Fleishman-Hillard Canada 416-645-3298 
Tammy Gilmer Director, Global Communications & Public Relations Royal LePage 
Real Estate Services 416-510-5783 
SOURCE: Royal LePage Real Estate Services 
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