Tomkinson: Which West Island housing markets had been the most popular in 2019?

A present itemizing at 186 Lakeview Blvd., Beaconsfield, which has an asking worth of $1.7 million.

Sean Broady/ Royal LePage Elite

Actual property is a cyclical enterprise. Usually there’s a burst of exercise within the spring and summer season earlier than the market slows over the winter, however 2019 was not a typical yr.

Montreal posted the most important house price increase in 9 years on the finish of 2019, rising 6.three per cent year-over-year to a median of $433,933, in response to a latest evaluation of the market by Royal LePage.

As an alternative of slowing, the market truly appeared to achieve momentum. The Quebec Skilled Affiliation of Actual Property Brokers (QPAREB) reported a 26 per cent enhance in gross sales in December in comparison with the identical interval final yr.

But, Sean Broady, a dealer with Beaconsfield’s Royal LePage Elite, mentioned the quantity of gross sales would probably have been even increased if solely there have been extra houses in the stores.

Broady mentioned within the West Island, there have been about half as many houses available on the market in 2019 in comparison with 2015. Whereas there’s extra selection farther afield in locations like St-Lazare and Rigaud, he mentioned, even in these markets, patrons right now have many fewer properties to select from than they’d have a number of years in the past.

“The large story is lack of stock,” Broady mentioned. “The dearth of provide is driving up costs, but it surely’s additionally affected the variety of houses which have traded fingers.”

Within the West Island, there are not any municipalities the place the median worth is under $400,000, Broady famous. Even in Pierrefonds, which stays probably the most reasonably priced West Island space, the median worth has risen from $385,000 in 2018 to $415,524.

Listed here are the West Island neighbourhoods with the largest year-over-year beneficial properties in worth:

  1. Baie-D’Urfé: median worth $797,500 (+23 per cent)

Whereas a 23 per cent enhance sounds very spectacular, the massive beneficial properties must be taken with a grain of salt. It’s a small market, with solely 55 gross sales in 2018 and 42 in 2019. In accordance with Broady, one motive for the leap in worth is that older, modest bungalows on giant tons are being redeveloped into luxurious houses and resold at a a lot increased worth. “Baie-D’Urfé is slowly turning into way more of a luxurious market,” Broady mentioned.

  1. Dollard-des-Ormeaux: (+7.6 per cent)

Costs are up nearly eight per cent in Dollard, and gross sales have elevated by eight.four per cent prior to now yr. One motive, Broady mentioned, is as a result of there may be such a scarcity of properties available on the market in fascinating areas like close by Kirkland. “Dollard is correct subsequent to Kirkland and it’s acquired the same really feel, comparable lot sizes, comparable classic of house.”

  1. Kirkland (+6.7 per cent)

Costs rose 6.7 per cent in Kirkland, but on this market the quantity of gross sales truly dropped. In accordance with Broady, this space is so sizzling that the variety of properties available on the market isn’t wherever close to sufficient to fulfill demand. “Kirkland’s simply been on hearth,” he mentioned. “There are folks combating over houses in Kirkland as they arrive up.”

Rising costs Off-Island

As costs rise on the island, patrons are more and more trying farther afield. Pickings should not as slim Off-Island as on the opposite aspect of the bridge, nevertheless right here too, shortage is driving costs up. The median worth for Vaudreuil-Soulanges rose from $338,500 to $355,000 year-over-year, a four.eight per cent enhance total.

But in some markets, costs rose a lot quicker. Pincourt, Rigaud and St-Lazare noticed probably the most spectacular beneficial properties, up 10 per cent, 9.6 per cent and eight.eight per cent, respectively. Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot additionally beat the typical, rising 6.6 per cent.