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For most people the New Year starts January 1st, but for some others, teachers and realtors included, the day after Labour Day everything starts new on that day. We are heading to the start of the fall market and there seems to be quite a buzz about all the new listings ready to hit the market. Houses for sale in prime Toronto neighbourhoods are scarce these days. After a quick uptick in listings and activity the market has backed off to traditional summer levels. Agents are telling their sellers to wait until after the labour day weekend to list.


While price growth has been mostly evident in the city of Toronto so far this year, other regions still have a long way to recover from 2017.  (See link attachment.) As the summer winds down, we have nothing to complain about. It was one of the hottest we have experienced in some time.


In the freehold market we saw a slight dip of 22% in new listings week over week, while sales continued to hold steady. Low inventory levels are driving up prices and producing multiple offers in nearly 48% of home transactions last week. The condo market was the reverse with new listings holding steady but a 36% drop in sold units. Sales at or above the list price are currently at 36%, which is a solid indicator that the condo market is still trading well.

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The dog days of August are upon us, but great news for the Toronto Real Estate market. The average sale price for the City of Toronto in July was $824,336, up 8% compared to July of last year which was $759,441. The positive results over the last two months are very encouraging. Toronto's housing market seems to be stabilizing from the federal government's tighter mortgage rules that came into effect in January. The scarcity of listings helps to keep prices firm. Buyers who were cautious are feeling a little more confident the market does not have further to fall. With all this encouraging good news it looks like we could be trending toward positive territory for the second half of 2018!


The freehold market recorded a 29% uptick in new listings last week. Most of the new listing activity was recorded in the central core, with 16 new listings priced above $3M and as high as $39M. Sales however took a tumble last week with 30% less sales then the week before. Clearly, people were thinking more about enjoying a cold beverage by the lake with the long weekend approaching, than buying a house. But having said that 53% of all homes sold, occurred at or above the asking price.


Condo market buyers and sellers expressed a similar sentiment. This seems in line with historical trends as we are now in the summer month of August. New listings were up 36% from a week earlier and the majority of the new listings were in the $400K to $700K price range once again. Though sales were down by 28%, overall sales activity remains brisk with 51% of condos selling at or above the asking price.

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0, Canada: Canada Day- Summer may officially start June 21, but for many, Canada's birthday heralds the official kickoff of summer. For parents it means no more early morning rush to get the kids packed up for school and traffic around the city gets a little lighter. As we cruise into the hot summer months we have the opportunity to take a bit of a breather from our fast-paced lives, take a trip out of town, or enjoy time sitting by the dock or under your favorite patio umbrella ... unless you are trying to buy a house, in which case all bets are off.

After a flurry of listing activity in the last two weeks, listings tapered off last week by 7% and sales were also down by 5%. It's not unusual to see this happening a week before a long weekend. The high-end price range of $3M plus saw 23 new listings come to market last week. Competition for homes is still strong with 53% selling at or above the asking price. We believe that buyers are still very active in the market place but are taking a but more time to make a decision.

Last week in the condo sector there were 10% fewer listings on the market but we were excited to see a 15% increase in sales week over week. Of those recorded sales, 58% sold at or over the list price. Bigger suites in the downtown core,

particularly those in the $700k - $1.Sm range are receiving the most attention with over half selling above the list price.


"Great promise and responsibility await Canada. As we look ahead we will continue to rise to the most pressing challenges we face. We will meet these challenges the way we always have -with hard work, determination and hope.”



Happy Canada Day!

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As we transition from dreary wet weather to sunshine and cherry blossoms, everyone seems to be smiling and there is a new bounce to our step. Even though we have seen a significant increase in new listings for freehold and condos last week, the Toronto real estate market remains fickle. It's hard to predict which properties will be snapped up and which will languish. Will the Toronto market see a mini-resurgence this spring?

The freehold market recorded a solid 25% increase in new listings last week. Most of the new listing activity was recorded in the central core, with 57 new listings alone priced from $1.SM to $3M. The media reported this week that the luxury home sales have tumbled from last year. 90 single family home sales fell into that category between January and March this year, compared to 281 in the same period last year and 110 in 2016. Luxury homes are defined as those that cost at least three times the median price in the overall market. The number of sold properties dropped by 12% last week but a strong 77% sold at or above the list price.

A similar market exists in the resale condominium sector with a 25% increase in new listings. Sales followed suit to the freehold market with a 12% drop in the number of sold units, but of those 48% sold at or above the asking price. It is important to note that condos priced in the $400 -$700 price range continues to be the condo sweet spot reserved for home buyers abandoning their hopes of buying a home with a backyard.

Bosley Real Estate Ltd. is a full service boutique brokerage operating in Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Port Hope and Cambridge Ontario since 1928. We have four centrally located offices and over 250 sales representatives selling and leasing homes and condominiums in all the vibrant communities we work in. Our brand is well recognized internationally thanks to our unique affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Our sales teams meet weekly to discuss market conditions, trending topics, and anecdotes that more accurately reflect the true temperature of the real estate market.

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