Corinne McCabe , Broker

Bosley Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage

Cell 416-888-9842 | info@corinnemccabe.com

 

Now that the Pan Am Games are officially over, and the CNE has started, bad drivers are once again abusing the left lane, traffic in the west end is a disaster and minds are turning back to real estate. Another sure sign that Fall is just around the corner? Pent up housing demand is, once again, the number one topic of conversation.  Despite the extra week of Summer this year, an increase in activity leads us to believe that people are returning from vacation a little sooner than usual.

 

Case in point…the freehold sector. Listings have increased by 10% over the last two weeks and sales have increased by 11% but what is most interesting is the number of sales that have taken place at or above the list price. After sitting at around the 40% mark, last week that number shot up to almost 59%. Sold activity was the strongest in the entry level market ($400k-$700k) in the east core where the number of sales increased by 42%.

 

A similar picture of the overall real estate market exists within the condominium sector. Although the number of new listings decreased by 4.6% last week, sales increased by 3.6% to 200 units, with 21% of those sales happening at or above the list price (up from 19% two weeks ago).  Not surprisingly, there were fewer new listings in the central core’s entry level condo sector ($200k-$400K) yet it was that same sector that saw the biggest gain in sales.

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This property has SOLD at 12 Westbrook AVE in Toronto.
Welcome To This Charming Home Full Of Character And Light In The Heart Of Woodbine-Lumsden. Front Hall Closet, Open Concept Living/Dining Rooms, Gas Fireplace With Built In Bookcases, Large Modern Kitchen That Overlooks A Main Floor Family Room! Entertaining Size Deck With A Private Backyard For Summer Get Togethers. Finished Basement With Walkout And A Second Bathroom. This Truly Is The One!
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Last week we were reminded of the one question that has stumped scientists the world over; if a tree falls in the forest, and there’s no one there to hear it, does it actually make a noise? In terms of downtown Toronto real estate it seems that we could ask a similar question….If there’s no one around to buy a house, does anything sell? Luckily keeping a sharp eye on everything related to the housing market provides us with all the answers to that question and more.

 

The freehold market took a well needed rest last week. New listings backed off by 17% from the previous week and sales eased by nearly 65%. While that seems like a large percentage, it is in line with traditional summer markets and the long weekend hangover. Naturally the true gauge of the health of the freehold market lies in the fact that nearly 40% of all homes sold happened above the list price. While certainly off its peak, that number is considered strong given the natural and cyclical slowdown in the market.

 

The condominium sector continues its conscious uncoupling to the general real estate market. Consider that while listings and sales are both down (3.3% and 10.8% respectively) more buyers are vying for this segment of the market which is forcing an increased percentage of sales happening at or above the list price. Over the past two weeks that number has increased 4%, from 15% to 19% which is only a few points off a record high. It is interesting to note that while sales across all price points have backed off slightly in the central core, they have increased substantially in both the east and west core.

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This property has SOLD at 29 217 St. George ST in Toronto.
Two Level (Ground And Lower), Executive Town Home In The Annex Just Steps Away From St. George Subway. Master Br Has A Large Double Closet & Walk-Out To Private Patio. 2nd Br Is An Ideal Office Space, Study Or Nursery. Fresh Paint Throughout & New Carpet On The Lower Level Makes The Unit "Move-In" Ready. Quiet East Side Of The Complex, Yet Walking Distance To U Of T & Yorkville. Longer Lease Preferred.
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