For the first time in a long time, the real estate market is to the advantage of sellers in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.
“We haven’t seen for a very long time!” Observed Hélène Lavoie, broker for Via Capitale.
Audrey Roy and her husband, for example, decided to sell their Chicoutimi house about ten days ago. Before even contacting a broker, she posted photos on her Facebook page to gauge community interest.
“I just wanted to see what kind of feedback we would get,” said Roy. In the space of two days, we finally organized two tours ourselves! ”
The second visitor has made an offer to purchase.
“The offer was interesting and we accepted! We benefited from the advice of two brokers who work in the field. ”
Hélène Lavoie put up a sign in front of a 50-year-old residence on Chopin Street in Chicoutimi on Wednesday noon of last week. The process accelerated to high speed in just over 24 hours.
“We had 10 visits on Thursday, 3 other visits on Friday morning, so 13 visits in a day and a half,” she said. Three promises to purchase were submitted, one of which was accepted! ”
2020 has been a profitable year for the residential real estate market: there was a sales increase of 14% of sales despite a 28% decrease in listings. The trend has intensified in recent months, as sales have climbed 33%, despite a 40% drop in registrations.
The phenomenon is observable as much in Saguenay as in Lac-Saint-Jean, where houses on the market for 2 years have finally found buyers.
“With interest rates of 1.75 percent fixed over 5 years, it’s clear that this can encourage buyers,” said Hélène Lavoie. The rates are not expected to increase in 2021. “
The other element that strikes the brokers met by TVA Nouvelles is the number of buyers in their early twenties.
“I even met a 19-year-old buyer,” said Lisa-Marie Tremblay, also a broker at Via Capitale. Young people take advantage of the interest rates to buy a house rather than living in an apartment. ”
Audrey Roy and her husband have already found their future home. “If all goes well, we will have sold, bought and moved in two months!”