L’Île-des-Sœurs, June 2, 2021 – The Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers (QPAREB) has just released its residential real estate market statistics for the Montreal Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) for the month of May, based on the real estate brokers’ Centris provincial database. 

  • Important note: several statistics for May 2020 are not representative due to the gradual resumption of transactions and new property listings that took place during this period, following the April 2020 confinement measures. Thus, May 2019 statistics were used to calculate variations, for informational purposes. However, May 2020 remains a valid reference in determining variations in median prices and active listings.

“In a context of soaring prices for single-family homes in the Montreal area and the easing of the health crisis, many households are interested in condominiums, which are experiencing a meteoric rise in prices,” said Charles Brant, director of the QPAREB’s Market Analysis Department. “In this context, small income properties (plexes) are also very popular among investors, particularly in areas surrounding the Island of Montreal, which is supported by a rental market that is expected to tighten as the purchasing power of households deteriorates.”

May highlights  

  • The real estate brokers’ Centris system recorded 5,398 sales transactions in the Montreal CMA in May. This represents a decrease compared to May of 2019, as May 2020 is not a representative reference month. The level of sales was consistent with that observed in April 2021 and confirms a slowdown in transactions.
  • A total of 2,628 single-family homes were sold across the CMA in May, a significant decline compared to May of 2019 (-13 per cent).
  • On the Island of Montreal, 2,118 sales were concluded in May 2021, a 7 per cent increase compared to May of 2019. This strong sales growth can be attributed to condominium sales, which have been increasing since the start of the year. In all periphery area, sales were down compared to May of 2019 (attributable to the drop in single-family home transactions): Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (128 sales, -14 per cent), Laval (546 sales, -11 per cent), the North Shore (1,148 sales, -11 per cent), the South Shore (1,226 sales, -5 per cent), Vaudreuil-Soulanges (232 sales, – 1 per cent).
  • For the CMA as a whole, a new sales record was set for condominiums with a total of 2,157 transactions, a 9 per cent jump compared to May of 2019, which is consistent with the trend since the start of the year. The same is true for plexes (608 sales, +12 per cent). Plex sales increased dramatically off the Island of Montreal, while single-family homes off-Island registered a drop in transactions (2,111 sales, -14 per cent) compared to May of 2019.
  • There were 5,204 active condominium listings in May, a 6 per cent increase compared to May of 2020. There was also an upward trend for plexes (2,059 listings, +26 per cent). As for single-family homes, active listings remained at an all-time low (4,184 listings, -40 per cent).
  • With market conditions still strongly in favour of sellers, and against a backdrop of overbidding, median prices reached $496,000 for single-family homes (+34 per cent compared to May 2020), $365,000 (+30 per cent) for condominiums, and $701,000 (+17 per cent) for plexes.

Additional information:

Quarterly statistics – Barometer for the province of Quebec

Detailed and cumulative statistics for the province and regions

If you would like additional information from the Market Analysis Department, such as specific data or regional details on the real estate market, please write to us.

About the Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers

The Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers (QPAREB) is a non-profit association that brings together more than 13,000 real estate brokers and agencies. It is responsible for promoting and defending their interests while taking into account the issues facing the profession and the various professional and regional realities of its members. The QPAREB is also an important player in many real estate dossiers, including the implementation of measures that promote homeownership. The Association reports on Quebec’s residential real estate market statistics, provides training, tools and services relating to real estate, and facilitates the collection, dissemination and exchange of information. The QPAREB is headquartered in Quebec City and has its administrative offices in Montreal. It has two subsidiaries: Centris Inc. and the Collège de l’immobilier du Québec. Follow its activities at qpareb.ca or via its social media pages: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

About Centris

Centris is a dynamic and innovative technology company in the real estate sector. It collects data and offers solutions that are highly adapted to the needs of professionals. Among these solutions is Centris.ca, the most visited real estate website in Quebec.

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