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Canada's housing market and COVID-19, burning questions answered

Royal LePage home for sale - Photographer: Office/Bureau, 2017

As Canadians were told to stay home last month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation’s real-estate market went on pause with the biggest ever decline in month-to-month sales and listings.

The Canada Real Estate Association reported a more than 55 per cent plunge in sales and listings with sales down more than 66 per cent in the GTA and 55 per cent in Vancouver.

Prices, however, were just slightly lower overall, indicating a market that was simply waiting for the pandemic economics to dictate whether a rebound will be seen this summer.

Watch below as Royal LePage President and CEO, Phil Soper, sheds some light on the current conditions and trends in the market.

 

SPEAKING SPECIFICALLY IN THE CONDOMINIUM SPACE, HOW HAS THE MARKET CHANGED?

 

 

WHAT WERE THE BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS IN APRIL FOR THE REAL ESTATE MARKET ACROSS CANADA?

 

 

WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST ECONOMIC HELP FOR CANADIANS SINCE THE SHUTDOWN?

 

 

BEFORE THE PANDEMIC, WE NOTICED AN INCREASE EXURBAN HOUSING. SINCE THE CRISIS HAS FORCED MANY TO WORK-FROM-HOME, WILL WE SEE MORE PEOPLE BUY IN AREAS AWAY FROM BIG CITIES?

 

 

ARE MICRO CONDOS (UNDER 600 SQ. FEET) COMING TO AN END AFTER THE PANDEMIC?