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“WE THE NORTH”- GO RAPTORS. Fingers crossed we make it to the finals! So, the long weekend is over, the weather is improving, and as we have seen year-in and year-out the final push is on for the spring market before we start thinking about heading to the cottage or our summer vacations. So far so good! As for the overall GTA housing market, news in the media is all rosy, and looking ahead a balance between demand and supply is setting the stage for further modest price increases in the near term.
New freehold listings backed off a substantial 38% last week which is predictable before a holiday weekend. No need to worry that is always the case as most agents choose to wait until the long weekend is over to list. Sales followed suit registering almost 8% fewer transactions and the percentage of homes selling at or above the list price is at 61%, a slight decrease from previous weeks.
The condominium market seems to have adopted a ‘slow and steady wins the race’ stance. Listings were down by 13% from the previous week while the number of sold condos saw no change week-over-week, 50% sold over the asking price. News in the media this week about several condo projects being cancelled has us concerned. Since 2017, there have been 6,350 condominium units cancelled in the GTA. Historically, projects were cancelled for lack of sales. What’s different recently is fully sold-out, large scale projects being cancelled. The builders have claimed a difficulty in getting construction financing and rapidly rising construction and regulatory costs. Some of these projects date back to 2016. They don’t believe 2019 will have as many cancellations as previous years.
As we approach the May 2-4 long weekend, we are crossing our fingers and hoping to get some warm weather so we can start our outdoor activities. Patios sit empty as we wait for sunny days. Wondering if it will ever warm up? But, one thing is for sure the Toronto real estate market is heating up. The buzz around the office has been exciting with new listings and agents busy helping buyers get their dream home. It’s an interesting market happening out there these days. Properties that look compelling and well presented aren’t getting offers on offer night and others are selling with sky high results. It all comes down to strategic pricing. Price low and wait....or price at market value. That is the big question!
After a flurry of listing activity two weeks in a row, listings were still up but only a slight 6% increase. The good news is that sales were up 34% week-over-week creating nothing short of a mini buying frenzy. In fact, 65% of all homes sold occurred at or above the asking price. While this is not the highest percentage we have seen this year, the east end and west end of the city both displayed 77% of properties that sold, were sold in a bidding war.
The condo market had a great week with a 15% increase in new listings, and sales rose slightly by 2%. The number of transactions that took place at or above the list price was at a steady 51%, a slight drop from previous weeks.
A senior economist at RBC sees evidence that the GTA market is turning a corner. The sales rebound in April, plus the rise in benchmark prices for a second month, suggest that the market is recovering from a dismal February/March which were hammered by winter storms.
The Toronto real estate market is here with a bang! It looks like after two years of weak conditions the market is making a comeback. Though it’s off the dizzying heights of 2017, we are seeing a significant ramp up of new listings and of course the corresponding increase in sales. On a seasonally adjusted basis, sales were up 10 per cent in April and the average sale price for a home in the City of Toronto is $903,992. Inventory levels are still low which means that even those homes that otherwise would be “locationally challenged” are selling quickly.
The freehold market continued to see increases in inventory for the second straight week up 22%, spread out across all parts of the city. The number of sold properties was up a staggering 31% week-over-week, and a strong 70 per cent sold at or above the list price. This is all good news and likely represents some catchup from a slow start to the year. The high-end market is moving at a slower pace. Currently in the central core there are 334 properties listed above $3 million dollars.
The condominium market in the Toronto core continues to shine. While there was only a 9% increase in new listings last week, sales increased by a whooping 44% and of those, 53% sold above the asking price. The average condo price for the City of Toronto is now at $637,181 up 6% from a year ago. Tight market conditions in the condo rental market remain in place. Average year-to-date rents for a one-bedroom apartment were up 7.3% to $2,150 and a two-bedroom apartment up 4.1% to $2,815.
Ok mother nature why are you playing games with us? It says May on the calendar but feels more like March. What gives? Rain, strong winds and cold weather is messing with our business. As we transition from this dreary weather to sunshine and cherry blossoms, the Toronto real estate market remains fickle. It’s hard to predict which properties will be snapped up and which will languish. What we may be seeing is a move towards more realistic pricing and less of setting a low asking price and letting the market show us the true value. All the more reason to make sure you hire a Realtor that knows how to properly price and market a property.
The freehold market recorded a solid 54% increase in new listings last week. It is normal at this time of year to see an increase in listings as the Spring market hits its stride. The increase is widespread across the entire core of the city but most prevalent in the $800K-$1.5M price range. In the exact opposite trend, the number of sold properties dropped 17% last week but a strong 61% sold at or above the list price. The slow down of listings means that desirable properties often end up with multiple bids.
On the condo side we saw a steady flow of new listings up 16% week-over-week. Sales followed suit to the freehold market with a 13% drop in the number of sold units, but of those 54% sold at or above the asking price. New construction condo projects are not selling as quickly as they once did so now buyers are being enticed with all sorts of incentives such as reduced down payments or several months of free condo fees. In the past we saw lineups of eager would-be buyers but now the developers are reaching deep into their bag of tricks as they face new challenges in the world of condo presales.
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