A report from Royal LePage states that the Montreal real estate market is holding strong but could see the biggest year-over-year average price drop in 50 years if the economy doesn't "restart" by the fall.\nHousing demand, meanwhile, "will be considerable."\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nDespite the current situation, Greater Montreal's real estate market is holding strong — for now. According to the Royal LePage Home Price Study and Market Forecast, home prices in Montreal increased by 7.2% overall from the first trimester of 2019 to the first quarter of 2020. Housing demand, meanwhile, is expected to be huge once the ongoing health crisis ends.\nForecasting the rest of the year, however, Royal LePage estimates that, should the situation persist through the summer, the housing market could see an up to 3.5% decline in prices.\nBut the report indicates that the local market is in a position to rebound.\n"Obviously, the duration of the crisis will dictate the extent of the repercussions on the market," said Dominic St-Pierre, Vice-President and General Manager of Royal LePage for the Quebec region.\n"Even if some sellers and buyers may temporarily stay away once the isolation measures are lifted, it is expected that demand on the Greater Montreal real estate market will be considerable."\nHere's how Montreal's housing market shaped up in the first quarter of 2020, including the rest of the year's market forecasts.\nIn the first trimester of 2020, the average home cost in the Montreal area reached $441,979.\nTwo-storey homes saw an 8% increase for a total average of $557,594. Single-storey homes, on the other hand, increased by 6.9% for an average price of $344,043.\nThe average price of condominium apartments also increased to $344,962, or by 5%.\nWhat impacts are expected for the #Canadian real estate market from the #COVID19 pandemic? According to Royal LePage, Canadian #homeprices are forecast to show remarkable resilience in 2020. Learn more about forecast scenarios across Canada’s major markets https://t.co/eYqNHh2YQ2 pic.twitter.com/7s2NX1GEB1— Royal LePage Canada (@Royal_LePage) April 14, 2020\nThree Greater Montreal areas saw the most significant housing cost increases. Montreal-Est grew by 10.2%; the South Shore by 8.6%; and Ville-Marie by 7.3%.\nREAD ALSO: Quebec Is Expanding The List Of Essential Services & Reopening Some Jobs\nShould the current health crisis persist, Royal LePage forecasts two possible outcomes.\nIf the economy were to resume by the end of spring, the housing market would remain stable with a slight 0.5% decline in overall cost.\nHowever, if the situation persists beyond summer, Montreal's housing market could experience the "most pronounced year-over-year decline that the [...] area has experienced in the last 50 years."\nIl faut d'abord penser à notre santé, mais on travaille fort du côté économique aussi. Il y a de l’aide qui s’en vient pour nos travailleurs et nos entreprises.Voici un résumé des consignes diffusées aujourd’hui 👇 pic.twitter.com/4ZQ4qraLMD— François Legault (@francoislegault) March 24, 2020\nRoyal LePage acknowledges that governments and banks have offered relief by extending the deadlines for property tax payments and lowering the interest rates.\nThe company hopes that these incentives will help the housing market rebound once all is said and done. Experts are cautiously optimistic about the potential outcome.\n"History teaches us that new opportunities are born from the deepest moments of crisis." — Giorgi Armani 🌱✨ pic.twitter.com/QCcSwRNr8c— Royal LePage Canada (@Royal_LePage) April 13, 2020\n"If sales will be temporarily slowed by the pandemic, we do not foresee a significant drop in prices over a long period, since housing is an essential need," said St-Pierre.