Pride week in Toronto was a colourful success and Bosley's participation in Family Pride was a whole lot-of-fun! As we are coming up to the much anticipated "Canada 150" long weekend, this will be a weekend to participate in the festivities around town. With so many events happening in Toronto to celebrate Canada's big birthday it will be hard to narrow down which events to attend. (Check them out here)
It's not unusual for listings to start tapering off before a long weekend. Last week new listings were down slightly by 9% for the freehold sector compared to the week before, but in the condo market, new listings were up a whopping 43%. Interestingly half of the freehold homes in the $700 to $1.5m range, sold over the asking! In the central core it seems that first time buyers are taking advantage of the $400 -$700 price range where more than 50% of the action was. As a TD economist pointed out, last month marked the first time since 2010 that growth in condo prices in Canada outpaced the rise in single-family home prices.
We have seen plenty of rain this summer, almost as much as we have listened to the media, which continues to report a cooling market, but there are great buys out there. The art of negotiating is upon us. We are seeing a shift in the market but the sky is not falling. Overall, prices are still up but expectations need to be managed.
How lucky are we to live in a country as cool as Canada! Happy Canada Day eh!