Winnipeg is one of the leaders in Canada for affordable houses

Winnipeg is one of the leaders in Canada for affordable houses, Vladimir Volenyuk

Everyone wants to live in a big house, with many rooms and the property big enough to drive around in a golf cart, with a pool and four-car garage, but not everyone can afford it, especially counting the fact that after purchasing a house like this for a hefty price, you will have to pay annual taxes on the property that could reach like $40-50 thousand dollars annually.

Demographia’s international housing affordability survey – its 15th annual, in collaboration with the Winnipeg-based Frontier Centre – says the Manitoba capital is sitting pretty compared to other Canadian cities. Incomes in Winnipeg are about the same – or even slightly higher – than those in Vancouver, but house prices in the B.C. city are more than three times those in Winnipeg.

Royal LePage published a study showing that the Winnipeg housing market is expected to increase by 1.3 percent in 2019.

The report says that the region’s diverse economy and immigration are expected to put increased pressure on housing prices. Michael Froes, managing broker of Royal LePage, called Winnipeg “sustainable”.

Winnipeg, like much of Canada, faced a host of regulatory changes and external factors that had some negative impact on the market, but Winnipeg continues to be strong,” said Frese.

Federal elections may have a slight impact on prices, according to Frese. He said that the Winnipeg real estate market has taken a pause so far due to uncertainty in previous elections.

Royal LePage claims that Winnipeg is still on its way to becoming one of the country's strongest economies in 2019. It is expected that the average total price of homes next year will be $ 309,829, which is not a huge jump compared with other provinces.

The highest price increase of 3 percent is expected in Montreal.

Winnipeg is a big city and it grows every year in the population and accordingly in the number of new houses built and old ones sold. In total, nearly 700 homes are on sale in the city, valued at $ 1 million and above.

Only in 1996 in Winnipeg appeared the first house at the cost of more than 1 million dollars. According to the Winnipeg Association of Realtors, for two decades, amid a steady boom in the real estate market, more than 40 homes in this price range are sold every year in Winnipeg.

And although most of these luxury homes are located in the traditionally wealthy neighborhoods of the city, such as Wellington Crescent, Old Tuxedo and along South Drive, they are increasingly appearing in new suburban neighborhoods.

Currently, the most expensive house ever sold in Winnipeg is estimated at $ 9.9 million. It was put up for sale in 2015 for $ 11 million.

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