If you’ve been following real estate trends for the last few years then you’ve probably witnessed the direct correlation between the weather and listing and sales activity in the city. The simple fact is that everyone hates to trade in real estate when it’s too cold or too hot. Case in point, we are climbing out of the deep freeze and as such, there is more activity in the market.
Be still our beating hearts. The freehold sector has turned up the heat. Last week alone we watched listings climb by 12% across the central core but the big news is the 76% increase in number of sales. Of those sales 64% were above asking. It is interesting to note that at this time last year we had 15% more listings (325 compared to 283) and 11% more sales (164 compared to 148). That tightening of supply has created more multiple offers than one year ago (61% last year vs 64% this year). As we move into Spring Break, we expect things to move a bit slower over the next two weeks.
The resale condominium market seems to be having a solid start this year. Our agents are reporting more multiple offers in what is considered more boutique style buildings, those low and mid-rise condos and lofts located in established neighbourhoods. While listings have increased nearly 20% over the last two weeks, sales have been exceptionally strong, increasing by 22% over the same period and the number of multiple offers climbing to 23.5% compared to 13.5%.
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