Quebec City, June 2, 2021 – The Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers (QPAREB) has just released its residential real estate market statistics for the Quebec City 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 exceptional pause in transactions and new property listings during this period. May 2019 statistics are therefore used to calculate variations (for informational purposes). However, May 2020 remains a valid reference in determining variations in median prices and active listings. 

“As is the case elsewhere in the province, condominiums and plexes continue to enjoy growing interest from households and investors, while prices and a lack of availability of single-family homes are increasingly putting off buyers,” said Charles Brant, director of the QPAREB’s Market Analysis Department. “The rapid drop in active listings and the resulting overheating of the market now extends to all property types, which is contributing to the slowdown in sales in the Quebec City market after several months of very strong activity,” he added. 

May highlights

  • Total sales: 897 transactions, the highest number of sales ever recorded for a month of May since the real estate brokers’ Centris system began compiling statistics. However, compared to May 2019, it represents a modest increase of 4 per cent.
  • The South Shore of Quebec City stood out with the largest increase in sales in May, with 166 transactions (+14 per cent compared to May 2019), followed by the Agglomeration of Quebec City (624 transactions, +5 per cent compared to May of 2019). In contrast, the Northern Periphery of Quebec City registered an 11 per cent decrease in sales compared to May 2019, with 120 transactions.
  • Sales by property category: 269 condominium transactions were concluded (+29 per cent compared to May 2019) and 82 plex transactions were concluded (+22 per cent compared to May 2019), representing record sales levels for both of these property categories. In contrast, sales of single-family homes (545 transactions) fell by 7 per cent compared to May of 2019.
  • Compared to May of 2020, the supply of single-family homes fell dramatically (-45 per cent), further tightening market conditions in favour of sellers and fostering overheating and overbidding in several areas. For plexes and condominiums, active listings dropped by 15 per cent and 36 per cent, respectively.
  • The median price of single-family homes continued to rise in the Quebec City CMA and now stands at $310,250, a 16 per cent increase compared to May of last year. Condominiums and plexes saw their respective median price jump to $210,000 (+15 per cent) and $375,250 (+32 per cent).

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 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, the most visited real estate website in Quebec.

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Marjolaine Beaulieu
Communications and Marketing
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514-762-2440, ext. 238

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