Ah September. Just as we predicted, and the fall real estate market is off! The floodgates are open and new listings are finally coming to market. The question again is do you list low and create a bidding war or list at where you think it will sell? If you ask the agents you will get mixed reviews. But if you look at the statistics the way to go is to list low. A property in the west end that was listed for $899,000 sold in 2 days. They had over 80 booked showings and generated 4 bully offers and sold for $1,410,000! Was it priced too low? We say yes. So now that
house has set a precedent for pricing. It is encouraging to see a continued resurgence in the demand for ownership housing.
New listings in the freehold sector were up last week 15% from the week before, but the sold listings were up by an astonishing 127%. These were all the properties that had come on the market right after Labour Day. Supply and demand economics propelled 59% of sales sold at or above the list price. Not surprising, homes priced in the $700K to $1.SM range were in demand the most with 46 out of 69 homes selling over the asking price.
The condominium market performed similarly to the freehold market last week with only a 3% increase in new listings, to 275 units throughout the core. Sales improved by 73% from the previous week, and the activity continues to be strong with 55% of condos selling at or above the list price, and the majority of those sold were under $700,000.