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2024 Begins with Strong Gains Across MLS® Residential Property Types

WINNIPEG REGIONAL REAL ESTATE BOARD PRESS RELEASE, FEBRUARY 8, 2024

WINNIPEG, February 8, 2024 – January 2024 started with increases to MLS® sales, listings, dollar volume and average prices across all of the main three residential property types of residential detached, condominium and residential attached homes when compared to last January.

“It was interesting to see 2023 close out with increases across many statistical categories but even more compelling to see a start to 2024 that builds on that statistical trend," said Rena Prefontaine, 2023-2024 President of the Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board. “On a percentage basis, January 2024 saw double digit increases to MLS® sales for residential detached homes, condominiums and residential attached homes compared to January 2023. Average prices and dollar volumes for these property types were also up considerably, marking an intriguing start to 2024."​

MLS® sales for all MLS® property types across the Winnipeg Regional...

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December 2023 Closes the Year with Steady Increases in MLS® Sales, Listings, Dollar Volume and Average Prices

WINNIPEG REGIONAL REAL ESTATE BOARD PRESS RELEASE, JANUARY 9, 2024

WINNIPEG, January 9, 2024 – December 2023 closed with total MLS® sales for all property types up over December of 2022. MLS® listings and dollar volumes were also up over last year which marks the 3rd time in 2023 where all three statistical categories were up in the same month. Average prices increased over last December for all three of the main MLS® property types of residential detached and residential attached, as well as condominium.

“2023 was a year that began with a return to a balanced market and provided an overall steady real estate market performance," said Rena Prefontaine, 2023-2024 President of the Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board. “To close out 2023, it was nice to see increases to the number of MLS® sales across the three main MLS® property types when compared to last year for the month of December. With the full year of data now in hand, an analysis of 2023 will be undertaken in preparation of the Winnipeg...

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Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board’s Market Region Holds Steady with Increased Active MLS® Listings

WINNIPEG REGIONAL REAL ESTATE BOARD PRESS RELEASE, DECEMBER, 2023

WINNIPEG, December 7, 2023 – For the 17th consecutive month, active MLS® listings across the Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board’s market region showed percentage gains over the previous year. All MLS® sales declined slightly but remained close to last November. MLS® statistics show the average price of residential detached homes and condominiums saw a dip while residential attached homes saw a gain when compared to November of last year.

“While the number of MLS® active listings has fluctuated up and down, percentage increases over the previous year have continued in every month since the market shifted in June of 2022,” said Rena Prefontaine, 2023-2024 President of the Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board. “Active listings for residential detached homes and condominiums increased over last year while MLS® sales, dollar volume and average prices all saw declines compared to 2022. Residential attached homes, on the other...

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MLS® Sales, Listings, Average Prices, and Dollar Volume See Steady Gains Over Last October

WINNIPEG REGIONAL REAL ESTATE BOARD PRESS RELEASE, NOVEMBER 7, 2023

WINNIPEG, November 7, 2023 – October saw steady gains in All MLS® total sales, listings, average prices, and dollar volume when compared to October of 2022. This marked the first October which saw All MLS® sales increase over the previous year since the record setting October of 2020.

“While our market region is sprinkled with snow as we begin the last quarter of 2023, it is uplifting to see so many increases over last October," said Rena Prefontaine, 2023-2024 President of the Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board. “Not only were All MLS® total sales up but MLS® sales for residential detached homes were up 5% while condominium sales were up almost 20% over last October. Average prices declined slightly for condominiums and residential attached homes but for the fourth consecutive month, average prices rose for residential detached homes when compared to last year."

All MLS® sales in October were 7% higher than the last October,...

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Steady MLS® Sales Performance for September and First three Quarters of 2023 While Average Home Prices Continue to Increase

WINNIPEG REGIONAL REAL ESTATE BOARD PRESS RELEASE, OCTOBER 5, 2023

WINNIPEG, October 5, 2023 – As was seen last month, average home prices in September increased over 2022 and the 5-year averages across the three main property types residential detached, condominium and residential attached. For the month of September and the first three quarter totals, MLS® sales continue to track similarly to 2019.

“September was marked by its steady MLS® sales performance for this month and through the first three quarters of 2023," said Rena Prefontaine, 2023-2024 President of the Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board. “With the record-breaking years seemingly in the rearview mirror, a return to consistency for MLS® sales volumes in our market region is an encouraging development. Average prices continued an upward trend across the three main property types for the second consecutive month."

All MLS® sales in September were 2% lower than the Septembers of 2019 and 2022, and 14% below the 5-year average. Active...

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August 2023 MLS® Sales and Average Prices See Gains Over 2022

WINNIPEG REGIONAL REAL ESTATE BOARD PRESS RELEASE, SEPTEMBER 7, 2023

WINNIPEG, September 7, 2023 – August 2023 MLS® sales and average prices increased over August of 2022 stemming from increases seen across the main three property types of residential detached, condominium and residential attached homes.

“August marks the first month in 2023 that MLS® sales performed better than the same month in 2022," said Rena Prefontaine, 2023-2024 President of the Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board. “This trend was seen across all three of the main property types but mostly due to an increase in residential detached MLS® sales. After months of coming close to 2022 MLS® sales levels, it is good to see performance rise above last year's results." 

All MLS® sales in August were 2% higher than July, 2% higher than August of 2022 and 9% below the 5-year average. In keeping with the theme from July's Market Release, the MLS® sales performance for August was 6% above the 5-year average of Augusts between...

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July MLS® Sales Continue to Perform Similarly to Pre-Pandemic Years

WINNIPEG REGIONAL REAL ESTATE BOARD PRESS RELEASE, AUGUST 9, 2023

Includes mid-summer Lake Country real estate market update

WINNIPEG, August 9, 2023 – July MLS® sales decreased from June, last July and the 5-year average. Active MLS® listings rose from last month, last July and to slightly above the 5-year average.

​“The last 3 Julys were the top three Julys on record but when taking the 5-year average of Julys from 2015 to 2019 before the pandemic began, we see July 2023 MLS® sales tracking similarly," said Rena Prefontaine, 2023-2024 President of the Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board. “The depleted housing availability seen over the last 3 years has balanced out with gains to active listings that are encouraging to see. A healthy housing inventory that spans all different price ranges is important for a balanced market."

All MLS® sales in July were 15% below June, 11% below July of 2022 and 14% below the 5-year average. Of note, MLS® sales performance for July were 2% below the 5-year average...

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First Half MLS® Sales Pace Close to Those from 2019 and 2020

WINNIPEG REGIONAL REAL ESTATE BOARD PRESS RELEASE, JULY12 , 2023

WINNIPEG, July 12, 2023 – MLS® sales in June rose slightly from last month while falling short of last June and the 5-year average. Active listings rose from last month and last June while coming to within 1 percentage point below the 5-year average.

“June MLS® sales grew to 8% below the 5-year average while beating out 2019, the last year before the pandemic began, by 6%," said Rena Prefontaine, 2023-2024 President of the Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board. “Total MLS® sales for the first half of 2023 were below the record years of 2021 and 2022 but were only 5% and 4% below the first halves of 2019 and 2020, respectively. Meanwhile, condominium sales for June were the highest on record, beating out the previous record set in June of 2021 by 8%."

Total MLS® sales for the first half of 2023 were at 6,468 which is 19% below the first half of 2022 and 15% below the 5-year average. Notably, however, first half MLS® sales were similar...

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Residential MLS® Sales for May Show Signs of Progress

WINNIPEG REGIONAL REAL ESTATE BOARD PRESS RELEASE, JUNE 7, 2023

WINNIPEG, June 7, 2023 – MLS® sales in May grew again over the previous month and made gains on the 5-year average. Meanwhile, active listings grew over last month, substantially over last year and inched up slightly over the 5-year average.

“While MLS® sales were still below the record May results of 2021 and 2022, residential resale performance for May 2023 showed signs of progress," said Rena Prefontaine, 2023-2024 President of the Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board. “This is the first month of 2023 that MLS® sales have risen to a single digit percentage range below the 5-year average. MLS® sales performed at a respectable level."

MLS® sales in May were 160% higher than January, 130% higher than February, 49% higher than March and 37% higher than April. Active MLS® listings in April were 45% higher than January, 34% higher than February, 21% higher than March and 14% higher than April.

Of the 1,066 residential detached MLS®...

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Spring 2023 MLS® Sales and Listings Rise with Opportunity for Expansion

WINNIPEG REGIONAL REAL ESTATE BOARD PRESS RELEASE, MAY 10, 2023

WINNIPEG, May 10, 2023 – In a trend that has continued since the start of 2023, the number of MLS® sales has continued to rise but not to the same levels seen last April or over the 5-year average. MLS® sales were down when compared to last year and the 5-year average while the number of active MLS® listings continued to rise, with increases over last month, last year and the 5-year average. ​

Of the 1,103 MLS® sales across our market region, 729 were in Winnipeg with 374 in the rural areas outside Winnipeg and of the 3,584 MLS® active listings in April, 1,600 were in Winnipeg while 1,984 were in the rural areas outside Winnipeg.

“Between inflation and interest rate uncertainty, there is a lot going on within the real estate industry right now. Notwithstanding short-term market fluctuations, however, the belief is that the outlook in our local market region is favourable," said Rena Prefontaine, 2023-2024 President of the...

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MLS® Active Listings and Sales Rise in March to Close Out the First Quarter of 2023

WINNIPEG REGIONAL REAL ESTATE BOARD PRESS RELEASE, APRIL 12, 2023

WINNIPEG, April 12, 2023 – Along with the number of active listings on the market, MLS® sales in March continued to grow from last month marking a sustained transition back to the type of market seen before the pandemic began. The number of active listings is up over last year but still has room for growth before meeting the levels seen before the pandemic began. Meanwhile, MLS® sales for March 2023 were below the record March sales totals in 2021 and 2022 and slightly above the levels seen before the pandemic.

Of the 3,368 MLS® active listings across our market region in March, 1,565 were in Winnipeg while 1,803 were in the rural areas outside Winnipeg and of the 1,014 MLS® sales across our market region, 664 were in Winnipeg with 350 in the rural areas outside Winnipeg.

“It’s good to see an increase from last month in MLS® sales along with continued growth in active listings to close out the first quarter of 2023,” said Akash...

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WINNIPEG REGIONAL REAL ESTATE BOARD PRESS RELEASE, MARCH 8, 2023

WINNIPEG, March 8, 2023 - MLS® inventory in February was higher than the previous pandemic Februarys of 2021 and 2022, while MLS® sales were lower than the record Februarys of the same timeframe. Notably, this February is the eighth consecutive month that inventory was higher than the same month in the previous year after inventory started to rebound in June of 2022.

“As we saw last month, housing inventory continues to improve from the lows experienced in 2021 and the first half of 2022, offering more options for prospective buyers," said Akash Bedi, 2022-2023 president of the Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board. “While February sales were lower than the peaks experienced during 2021 and the first half of 2022, they are in line with those from the Februarys of 2018 and 2019."

MLS® inventory of 3,045 in our market region is 67% above last February's 1,822 and only 1% below the 5-year average...

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WINNIPEG REGIONAL REAL ESTATE BOARD PRESS RELEASE, FEBRUARY 8, 2023

Winnipeg, February 8, 2023 - As we enter 2023, all MLS® inventory is much higher when compared to the start of 2022, signaling a continued replenishment of housing choices. At the same time, all MLS® sales are below what they've been for most of the pandemic but more in line with pre-pandemic January results.

Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board's MLS® January 2023 data marks the seventh consecutive month that the percentage increase in active listings has grown over the same month from last year. As an example, over the last 3 months, November's active listings were 53% higher than the previous November and December was 55% higher than the previous December. The active listings for January 2023 are 69% higher than last January.

“Last January was a continuation of a trend seen throughout the pandemic of high demand which translated into high MLS® sales and low inventory,"...

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WINNIPEG REGIONAL REAL ESTATE BOARD PRESS RELEASE, JANUARY 11, 2023

WINNIPEG, January 11, 2023​ - Slowing 2022 MLS® sales that began in summer continued through December, transitioning the Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board market region back to a balanced market. 

The total number of MLS® sales in 2022 was the third highest on record at 14,660, behind only 2021's record-setting 18,575 and 2020's 16,033. To add perspective, the last pre-pandemic year of 2019 had 13,662 sales. The total MLS® dollar volume of all sales for 2022 was the second highest on record at $5.4 billion. Total MLS® dollar volume was increasing every year from 2018 until 2021 put an exclamation point on it. Until 2021, the total MLS® dollar volume had not eclipsed $5 billion in any other year, but 2021 saw a record of $6.3 billion in total sales. 

“Despite slowing MLS® sales, the strong sales in the first half ultimately carried 2022 to the third highest MLS® total sales...

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WINNIPEG REGIONAL REAL ESTATE BOARD PRESS RELEASE, DECEMBER 5, 2022

WINNIPEG, December 5, 2022 – A boost in November's year-over-year inventory combined with slowing month-over-month sales have Winnipeg and its regional market performance transitioning toward balanced market stabilization. 

While some small remnants of a seller's market remain, the continuation of October's slowing MLS® sales into November show a market that is trending more in line with the normal seasonal changes seen before the record years of 2020 and 2021.  

Total November sales of 870 in our market region are down 30% from last November's 1,244 and down 14% over the 5-year average of 1015. It should be noted that with the record year experienced in 2021 as a result of the pandemic, some perspective can be applied with this November's sales down only 4% from the 902 sales of the last pre-pandemic year of 2019.  

Active November listings of 3,455 are up 53% over last November's...

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WINNIPEG REGIONAL REAL ESTATE BOARD PRESS RELEASE, NOVEMBER 9, 2022

WINNIPEG, November 8, 2022 - A slowing MLS® sales trend took root in October 2022 with sales down from October 2021.

Beyond the well-documented boom in MLS® sales activity that took place in 2020 and 2021 with buyers advancing their plans to take advantage of historic low interest rates and make moves induced by a pandemic which ignited many Canadians to change their living arrangements, 2022 October sales were impacted by cost of living concerns combined with a rapid rising interest rate environment which saw the Bank of Canada increase its overnight lending rate from 0.25% in March to 3.75% in October 2022.

To reference MLS® activity in the past 2 years, October MLS® sales of 1,063 decreased 30% from October 2021 and 33% from the record-setting October in 2020. Before the onset of the pandemic in 2020, the 5-year average for October was 1,105 sales indicating sales this same month...

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WINNIPEG REGIONAL REAL ESTATE BOARD PRESS RELEASE, October 6, 2022

WINNIPEG, October 6, 2022 - September 2022 sales are no match for the last two exceptionally active Septembers as sales decreased 20% and 32% from 2021 and 2020 respectively. The 1,205 MLS® sales transacted this September are much more aligned with the most immediate prepandemic year of 2019 which had 1,211 sales.   

While sales decreased 11% over the 5-year average, new listings coming onto the market in September are up 12% from last year and only down 1% over the 5-year average, so the combination of fewer sales and more listings is helping restore balance to a local market that had been well entrenched in sellers' market territory earlier in the year. As a result, active listings — or current inventory of 3,897 at month-end — is up 37%.

“September is a continuation of the progression in the third quarter of our market region, transitioning out of a sellers' market to one...

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WINNIPEG REGIONAL REAL ESTATE BOARD PRESS RELEASE, September 9, 2022

WINNIPEG, September 8, 2022 - August MLS® sales activity showed a drop off from July and previous August months in the last few years. Sales of 1,375 are down 15% from August 2021 and 9% over the 5-year average. Year-to-date MLS® sales of 10,962 decreased 18% from the same period in 2021 but are up 2% over the 5-year average.

On the other hand, new listings in August are up 2% compared to August of last year, and in line with the 5-year average which had 2,249 listings, slightly higher than the 2,201 entered this August.

Where we are seeing a more pronounced difference is in end-of-month active listings or inventory, as there are 3,764 available listings — a 28% increase over August 2021.

“We have seen improvement in our market region's inventory compared to the beginning of the year, as MLS® listings entered for the first 8 months are down less than 6% compared to last year and well ahead of...

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WINNIPEG REGIONAL REAL ESTATE BOARD PRESS RELEASE, AUGUST 9, 2022

WINNIPEG, August 9, 2022 – July was a clear departure from previous months in indicating single-family home pricing peaked in May. This is the case now, with 3,700 active listings available at the end of July compared to half that amount in the first four months of 2022.

New MLS® listings of 2,359 entered in July are an increase of 9% over July 2021. Strong listing activity since May has reduced the 25% first quarter deficit in listings entered compared to last year to under 7% for the first 7 months.

“We are seeing once very tight market conditions loosening up in the second half of 2022,” said Akash Bedi, 2022 president of the Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board. “Above list price sales for both single-family homes and condominiums are trending down from what they were earlier in the year. July single-family percentages of above list price versus below list price sales are the reverse...

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WINNIPEG REGIONAL REAL ESTATE BOARD PRESS RELEASE, JUNE 9, 2022

Winnipeg, July 8, 2022 - June is the fourth consecutive month with increased MLS® sales in a year where the spring market has seen a delay when comparing the same months in previous years.

The 1,797 sales transacted in June 2022 decreased 7% and 5% respectively from the two previous years and are up 3% over the 5-year average for this month. New listings of 2,867 increased 21% over June 2021 and are up 9% over the 5-year average. The strong uptick in June listings leaves a month-end inventory of 3,477 listings, a 25% jump over the same month last year.

“Listings came on strong in June and are having a positive impact on loosening up what has been a supply-challenged market," said Akash Bedi, 2022 president of the Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board. “More choice and options for buyers settled down in what has been a rising price environment where the single-family home average sales price in June fell...

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