City Series: St. Catharines Home Sellers are Saving Thousands in Commission

St. Catharines, Ontario is the largest city in the Niagara region with plenty to offer its residents and visitors. Despite being the region’s most-populated city, St. Catharines has an abundance of gardens, trails and parks and has been dubbed “The Garden City”. Is there anything better than “city life” with easy access to our great outdoors? This city is a wonderful place to live, work and play in—and a great place to save thousands in commission when selling your home!


It’s clear that the environment is respected and supported in St. Catharines; in addition to “The Garden City” you can also add “Bee City” to its name. In 2017, St. Catharines was one of the first Canadian municipalities to partner with Bee City Canada and made the commitment to protect pollinators1. Since becoming a “Bee City”, St. Catharines has achieved things like installing beehives at small-scale farms and creating naturalized areas on city properties, among other initiatives.

As for the real estate market, in June 20202 the Niagara region saw a 59% increase in month-over-month sales, a drastic improvement in the right direction during the COVID-19 pandemic. The average selling price for a home in the Niagara region is $463,600, a year-over-year increase of 11.4%. And even though we are in a pandemic, we are still seeing our Purplebricks home sellers in St. Catharines successfully sell their home while saving thousands in commission!

And as for homebuyers? The Niagara region is experiencing high demand for properties, particularly in the starter and move-up home categories. This demand is decreasing the days on market and moving the Homes Price Index2 up. If you purchase a home with a Purplebricks dedicated Home Buying REALTOR®, not only will you receive $2,000 in cash back*, our local agents will use their expertise to understand your needs and help you navigate the new market reality to land you your dream home. Added bonus – you can sign up for our automatic email alerts to keep you informed of homes that meet your criteria as soon as they hit the market.

Have a future post-secondary student in your home? You’re in luck, because one of Canada’s top institutions, Brock University, is only a 10-minute drive from downtown St. Catharines! With 19,000 students enrolled, Brock University is, “small enough to feel intimate but large enough to be world-class3.” By comparison, the University of Toronto has over 60,000 students4. Brock University prides itself on having their students’ future in mind, making co-op and service-learning options widely available. A focus on co-op programming could be the reason why the employment rate for Brock University graduates is higher than the average for all Ontario universities5.


The Niagara region’s economy has been experiencing steady growth. From 2015 to 2018, Niagara's GDP grew by 9.4% compared to 5.1% for Ontario and investment in construction increased 56% compared to 19% for Ontario6.

St. Catharines is a hub for the advanced manufacturing industry thanks to its experienced labour force and skilled workers7. Plus, being positioned only minutes from the U.S. border makes this city a gateway to the U.S. market.

And did you know there is an exciting company that has an office 30 minutes away? You guessed it, we do! If you’d like to join us in revolutionizing the real estate industry, visit our careers page to explore current opportunities. We also have remote working opportunities for licensed real estate positions.

Do you travel for work? No problem! Well-positioned along the QEW-406 highway corridor, St. Catharines has easy access to neighbouring municipalities and is only an hour and half away from Toronto. And with the GO Transit Expansion plans, Niagara will see 11 daily GO train trips8 to and from Toronto.  


Part of the reason why St. Catharines is called “The Garden City” is because it has over 90 kms of pathways through their network of city trails, the Bruce Trail and Short Hills Provincial Park9, making this city the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors! Before visiting any public parks or trails, be sure to check for restrictions due to COVID-19.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite from your outdoor fun, you can relish in the city’s thriving culinary scene! A couple local favourites include Fresco's Euro Grille for “reinvented” Mediterranean cuisine or Wellington Court for Canadian fare. Both restaurants have been operating for over 20 years, which is a true testament to their quality and popularity. End your feast with some fresh and local fruit from the famous St. Catharines Farmers Market, which first began in the 1860s. Before heading to an eatery, double-check any COVID-19 restrictions the establishment might have.  

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the rich history in St. Catharines10. Visit the British Methodist Episcopal Church-Salem Chapel, the featured site for the Underground Railroad where the infamous Harriet Tubman brought countless people to freedom. Or immerse yourself in St. Catharines’ important shipping past and present by visiting the four Welland Canals. There’s guided or self-guided heritage tours available that will allow you to experience historical sites across the city. 

Ready to sell your home in St. Catharines or want to call it “home”? A Purplebricks REALTOR® can help.

Purplebricks is here to support Canadians by providing them with a full-service real estate experience while saving them thousands in commission when selling their home. As for homebuyers, we share the commission by giving buyers $2,000 in cash back* when they buy a home with us. Call 1-855-999-9740 for more information.


†When compared to a commission of 5%, taking into account fees paid to Purplebricks and the applicable taxes, rounded down to the nearest thousand.

On December 1, 2021, Purplebricks rebranded to FairSquare Group Realty. Blog articles published before this date were created under the Purplebricks brand but remain the property of FairSquare Group Realty.

In January 2019, ComFree Commonsense Network Brokerage rebranded to Purplebricks.