Canada New Home Sales: Sept 2020

Actual (not seasonally adjusted) Canadian home sales activity posted a +46% y-o-y gain in September 2020. It was a new record for the month of September by a margin of some 20,000 transactions.

Monthly home sales (CNW Group/Canadian Real Estate Association)
  • Canada’s national home sales rose +1% on a month-over-month basis in September 2020. 
  • Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was up +46% year-over-year. 
  • The number of newly listed properties fell back by -10% from August to September. 
  • The MLS® Home Price Index rose +1.3% m-o-m and was up +10.3% y-o-y. 
  • The actual (not seasonally adjusted) national average sale price posted a +18% year-over-year gain in September.
Deep Dive

The number of newly listed homes fell back by -10% in September, reversing the surge to record levels seen in August. New supply was down in two-thirds of local markets.

With sales edging up in September and new supply dropping back, the national sales-to-new listings ratio tightened to 77% — the highest in almost 20 years and the third-highest monthly level on record for the measure.


Benchmark prices are up +5.3% since June, near the fastest pace on record for a three month period. Average home prices set another record in September, topping $600,000 for the first time ever and up +18% from a year earlier.

There were just 2.6 months of inventory on a national basis at the end of September 2020 – the lowest reading on record for this measure. At the local market level, a number of Ontario markets are now into weeks of inventory rather than months.