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Geoff Nixon, CTVNews.ca
A new report suggests that the average home value has more than doubled in most of Canada’s big cities since the millennium.
Re/Max says it examined the value of homes in 16 major markets across Canada, calculating the changes that occurred from 2000 to 2010.
The real estate organization found that an average home in these markets was worth $339,030 as of last year, more than double the average price of $163,951 in 2000.
Re/Max says that Canadians have spent an estimated $450 billion on renovations over the decade, while more than $340 billion in residential building permits were issued.
This heavy-duty investment has helped build value in individual properties while an increasing number of people looking for housing has helped spur demand.
“They key to Canada’s housing evolution has been an increase in population,” says Michael Polzler, the executive vice president of Re/Max Ontario-Atlantic Canada Inc.
With further sharp population growth expected in the years ahead, Polzler says that portends “continued investment and continued growth in Canadian housing values.”
The hundreds of billions poured into rejuvenating homes and properties across the country have also created new trends in urban neighbourhoods, Re/Max says in its report.
In cities where space is scarce, residents are increasingly seeing small properties snapped up and turned into new structures, whether personal residences, townhomes or high-rise apartment buildings.
Condominiums have also become more popular and more varied in terms of what they can offer. Re/Max says buyers can now choose from mixed-use residential, live-work studios, lofts, townhomes and condo bungalows in major markets.
The 16 markets that Re/Max studied were: Greater Vancouver; Victoria; Kelowna, B.C.; Edmonton; Calgary; Regina; Saskatoon; Winnipeg; Ottawa; Greater Toronto; Hamilton-Burlington; Kitchener-Waterloo in Ontario; London, Ont.; Saint John, N.B.; Halifax-Dartmouth and St. John’s.
No markets from Quebec or the Territories were included in the Re/Max analysis.
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