Real Estate Sales and Brokerage in Canada Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated

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An anticipated rise in Canadian employment and per capita income will continue to bolster residential real estate demand. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated a report on the Real Estate Sales and Brokerage industry in its growing industry report collection.

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A rampant decline in oil prices will likely slow industrial, commercial and residential development in resource-rich provinces

The Real Estate Sales and Brokerage industry is closely aligned with the health of the Canadian residential and commercial real estate markets, which are expected to grow modestly over the five years to 2015. Industry revenue generally rises with property prices and real estate transaction volumes, because real estate agents are typically paid completely on a commission basis and receive their fee only when they close a deal. According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Stephen Morea, “during the past five years, a growing, aging, urbanizing and progressively wealthy Canadian population boosted demand for residential properties.” These strong underlying fundamentals increased demand for real estate brokers and pushed up housing prices, leading to higher industry commissions. As a result, industry revenue is expected to increase over the five years to 2015.

However, IBISWorld anticipates a slight drop in industry revenue in 2015, as a rampant decline in global crude oil prices will likely slow industrial, commercial and residential development in resource-rich provinces, such as Alberta as well as other parts of Western Canada. Prior to the drop in oil prices, real estate demand in British Columbia and Alberta were running at multiyear highs. For example, Alberta's real estate activity spiked a good amount in 2014 alone, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association. This high growth is unlikely to continue given the sharp decline in global commodity prices in 2014 and early 2015.

Nevertheless, an anticipated rise in Canadian employment and per capita income will continue to bolster residential real estate demand in the five years to 2020, particularly in major cities like Toronto and Montreal, and in Western cities like Vancouver and Calgary. “In the commercial market, industry revenue will be buoyed by increasing corporate profit margins and overall economic growth,” says Morea. Steady demand in the residential and commercial markets and restrained but expanding new real estate construction will lift industry sales volumes and commissions. As a result, the Real Estate Sales and Brokerage industry will continue to grow over the five years to 2020, with revenue projected to increase. However, operators in the industry will continue to face competition from less expensive online real estate brokerage websites, which will slowly erode average industry commissions and pressure profit margins.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Real Estate Sales and Brokerage in Canada industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

The Real Estate Sales and Brokerage industry sells, buys or rents real estate for others. Industry operators do not own the property, but act as intermediaries between owners or sellers and buyers or tenants.

Industry Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
Globalization & Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

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Recognized as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US and Canadian industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.

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