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Montréal Real Estate Update: Market Trend and Finding Opportunities

NOBLE & NEWSWORTHY | As we step into the latter part of 2023, the real estate landscape in the Montreal Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) is experiencing a noticeable shift. The Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers (QPAREB) has recently unveiled market statistics for October 2023, revealing a 2% decrease in residential sales compared to the same period last year. This dip is the second-lowest recorded in transactional activity for this time of the year since 2000. Let's delve into the key insights and trends that are shaping the current real estate market and what it means for both buyers and sellers.






Factors Influencing the Slowdown:

Charles Brant, QPAREB Market Analysis Director, sheds light on the various negative factors contributing to the market slowdown. The rapid economic deceleration, coupled with challenges in accumulating and maintaining sufficient savings, has instilled caution among potential buyers. The rise in borrowing costs, with fixed interest rates exceeding 6% for the shortest-term mortgages since September, further limits buyers' ability to qualify with conventional lenders.


For sellers, strategic pricing and effective marketing will be crucial, while buyers may find more choices and potentially more negotiating power.


Market Highlights:

  1. Regional Disparities: Transactional activity in the Montreal CMA is not uniform across regions. While the Island of Montreal and South Shore experienced increases of 7% and 8%, the North Shore of Montreal, Laval, Vaudreuil-Soulanges, and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu saw declines of 12%, 17%, 19%, and 30%, respectively. This divergence suggests a nuanced market that demands a region-specific approach.

  2. Property Category Dynamics: The sales performance varied among different property categories. Single-family homes saw a 6% decrease in sales, condominium sales remained stable, and small income properties recorded a notable 10% increase. This divergence underscores the importance of understanding the unique dynamics of each property type in the current market.

  3. Increasing Inventory: Active listings surged by 12% from the previous year, reaching 17,518 in the Montreal CMA. This influx of properties to the market, not witnessed since the summer of 2019, provides more options for buyers and indicates a potential shift towards a more balanced market.

  4. Extended Selling Time: The average selling time for various property categories increased compared to the same period last year. Small income properties took 60 days to sell, seven days longer than the previous year. Condominiums and single-family homes followed at 53 and 43 days, respectively. This elongation suggests a more contemplative buyer base and underscores the need for strategic pricing and marketing.

  5. Price Trends: Despite the slowdown, median prices across property categories continued to show growth compared to October 2022. Single-family homes, plexes, and condominiums saw median price increases of 7%, 5%, and 3%, respectively. On a consecutive monthly basis, median prices remained stable, with slight variations observed.

Montréal Real Estate Update: Market Trend and Finding Opportunities:

In navigating the current real estate landscape in Montreal, both buyers and sellers must be attuned to the nuanced trends revealed in the October 2023 market report. The increasing inventory, elongated selling times, and regional disparities present both challenges and opportunities. For sellers, strategic pricing and effective marketing will be crucial, while buyers may find more choices and potentially more negotiating power.


It's not merely a slowdown;

It's a call for agility, informed decision-making, and a

nuanced approach to meet the evolving demands of the Montreal real estate market.


As a seasoned Montréal and West Island Real Estate Broker, understanding these market dynamics and being proactive in adapting strategies will be paramount. It's not merely a slowdown; it's a call for agility, informed decision-making, and a nuanced approach to meet the evolving demands of the Montreal real estate market.


Staying attentive to Montréal Real Estate Updates and Market Trend will lead to Finding Opportunities!


So, if you have been sitting on the fence, now is the time to considering discovering the hidden gems in this current real estate market. Whether you're considering Selling, Investing or Buying Real Estate in the greater Montréal and West Island areas... I am here for you. Let's talk numbers, strategy and opportunity.


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