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Monday, 06 January 2014, 06:35:34 PM

Windsor market in early stages of becoming a retirement destination for Canadians

Gates of Glengarda Windsor, Ont. Waterfront CondominiumsWindsor, January 8, 2014 – The fourth quarter saw relatively flat year-over-year price increases for detached homes in Windsor while the condo market saw strong price appreciation according to the Royal LePage House Price Survey and Market Survey Forecast released today.

The average price for standard two-storey homes and condos both increased on a year-over-year basis, gaining 1.2 per cent to $131,350 and 5.5 per cent to $139,280, respectively. Detached bungalows saw a slight year-over-year price decrease of 0.1 per cent to $177,500.

“We saw the market remain largely flat in Windsor with a balanced inventory suitable to the number of potential buyers,”said Fred Shaw, sales manager, Royal LePage. “This is even true in the condo market where the upswing in average price is more reflective of which condos sold as opposed to a change in dynamics.”

According to Shaw, one  change to Windsor’s housing market has been the slow transformation into an appealing retirement option for aging baby boomers. The decline of Windsor as a manufacturing hub has opened up the town as an affordable and well-established retirement option for older Canadians. 

Looking ahead in 2014, Shaw suggests that the majority of the Windsor housing market will remain stable, but points out that some regions may be under pressure if economic or employment situations change.

“Windsor’s real estate market has seen its share of challenges due to the decline of the auto industry, but we have seen signs of recovery and stabilization,” Shaw added. `Employment is beginning to increase and the area should continue to attract new buyers looking for a retirement property.”

About the Royal LePage House Price Survey

The Royal LePage House Price Survey is the largest, most comprehensive study of its kind in Canada, with information on seven types of housing in over 250 neighbourhoods from coast to coast. This release references an abbreviated version of the survey which highlights house price trends for the three most common types of housing in Canada in 90 communities across the country. A complete database of past and present surveys is available on the Royal LePage website at Current figures will be updated following the complete tabulation of the data for the fourth quarter of 2013. A printable version of the fourth quarter 2013 survey will be available online on February 6, 2014. Housing values in the Royal LePage House Price Survey are Royal LePage opinions of fair market value in each location, based on local data and market knowledge provided by Royal LePage residential real estate experts. 


About Royal LePage

Serving Canadians since 1913, Royal LePage is the country’s leading provider of services to real estate brokerages, with a network of nearly 15,000 real estate professionals in over 600 locations nationwide. Royal LePage is the only Canadian real estate company to have its own charitable foundation, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, dedicated to supporting women's and children’s shelters and educational programs aimed at ending domestic violence. Royal LePage is a Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc. company, a TSX-listed corporation trading under the symbol TSX:BRE.


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