Housing markets feel effects of HST in July

Posted: August 18, 2010 in Buyers, Sellers
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OTTAWA (August 16, 2010) – The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) says national home sales activity continued to trend down in July 2010. The decline was almost entirely the result of fewer sales in British Columbia and Ontario. A slowdown in demand in these two provinces had been widely expected in July, as many purchases were brought forward into the first half of the year in advance of the introduction of the HST.

 Seasonally adjusted national home sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) Systems of Canadian real estate Boards was down 6.8 per cent on a month-over-month basis in July. The national decline was smaller than the previous two months, as July sales in the Prairies and Quebec came in on par with June levels. Declines in British Columbia (-14.1 per cent) and Ontario (-8 per cent) accounted for 85 per cent of the change in national activity in July.

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