Canadian real estate market fundamentals, though shaken, remain relatively intact while U.S. markets continue to shoulder the brunt of the downturn with recovery expected to be longer and drawn out

(Source: Avison Young)

Recessionary headwinds took their toll on real estate markets on both sides of the border in 2009, with the U.S. continuing to shoulder the worst of the storm. Now several quarters into it, the Canadian real estate sector has not been entirely immune, but appears to be weathering the downturn thanks to relatively sound, though shaken, market fundamentals.

These are some of the key trends noted in Avison Young’s 2010 National Forecast, released today. The annual report covers the Office, Industrial, Retail and Investment markets in 13 regions: Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, GTA West/Mississauga, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, Chicago and Washington, DC.

“If anyone needs to be reminded, commercial real estate is a cyclical industry,” comments Mark E. Rose, Avison Young’s Chair and CEO. “In our 2009 Forecast last January, we predicted one overriding theme – decision-making would grind to a halt until key metrics stabilized and new trends appeared. The dislocation in real estate lending and investing was so severe in March and April that the markets looked to be on the verge of collapse. Canada weathered the storm better than the U.S. and activity was down, but transactions were executed.”

Read the full press release “Avison Young releases 2010 national real estate forecast for Canada, U.S.” in the CNW Group (January 13, 2010).

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