It might be Friday the thirteenth, but this week the luck is all good, especially if you are a seller with a hot property to move. With the spring market in fully gear we are seeing a significant ramp up of new listings and, of course, the corresponding increase in sales. Inventory levels are still critically low which means that even those homes that would otherwise be considered “locationally challenged” are selling quickly.
The freehold market recorded a solid 15.7% increase in new listings last week. Normally we would say that this was just what the doctor ordered. Unfortunately, that increase was overshadowed by a nearly 19% increase in sales with a strong 79% selling at or above the list price, the highest level in 2016 so far. The majority of the new listing activity came in the central core, while the hottest area for sales was in the east with nearly 87% of homes selling at or above the list price.
The condo market had a spectacular week with a 6.4% increase in new listings, to 661, while sales rose by 8.9% to 318 suites. Nothing truly shows the pure strength of the condo market like the number of transactions that took place at or above the list price and last week we set a new record in the 416 recording a remarkable 37.4% of units sold. The hottest price point is the $700k to $1.5m across all core marketplaces which we recognize as a reaction to homebuyers being priced out of freehold homes.