The Toronto real estate market has had a sluggish start with slim listings and hesitant buyers. Generally speaking January is a slow month for new listings, but the demand is high and now that most of the snow has melted it is time to start seeing "For sale "signs popping up. Sales have dipped 6 percent in the first half of January in the GTA area compared to the same period last year. It seems the overall market is affected because of the 12 percent drop in condo sales so far in January compared to the same time last year.
In the freehold sector listings continue to be a source of concern. A year ago there were 251 new listings compared to just 209 this year. The good news is there were more sales posted this week up by almost 34 percent compared to the previous week. As we continue, the hope is more Sellers will come to market soon and not wait until March. The demand is strong thanks to a robust economy. The condo sector has seen more listings come to market. Last week we had ..... Read More
The Toronto Real Estate Board released the market stats for October and its good news once again! We saw a dramatic increase in sales (7,118) between September and October of almost 12 per cent pointing to stronger fall market conditions. The average selling price for the GTA for October was $780,000 up by 2.3 per cent compared ...... Read More
Finally the weather man has predicted a weekend of no rain. Can you believe it's been 6 weeks since we last had no rain on either Saturday or Sunday. In fact the only thing I'm more tired of is reading and listening to what the media has to say about the housing market in Toronto. There wasn't a week that went by that some so called expert didn't write their views about the market. For sure market conditions have changed and we are all adjusting, so why don't they give it a rest. Read More
Before my market update I'll like to give a RIP to P. Gone way to soon.
In Real Estate there ain't no "shook ones" its "survival of the fittest".
Back in the old days of real estate the Realtors® would work hard up until the end of June and then they would take the summer off, as did most of their clients. Over the past many years the Spring market has lasted well into the summer with usually just a short break in the dog days of August. We are definitely feeling old school with the slow pace of listings and even slower pace of sales heading into summer this year. It reminds us though, as the families stop thinking about real estate and start thinking about camp, that there is a new summer real estate season driven by the tens of thousands of students who flock to the city to study at one of the many universities. Read More
Just as we eagerly await the new season of "The Game of Thrones" to witness "winters coming". We settled into our sales meetings this week the topic of the day was definitely what was happening to the market and if the recent government changes have had the desired effect in increasing the affordability of housing in the city. Much of our conversation centered around the differences between the massive downturn in the market in 1989 versus the brief pause in the market we experienced in 2008. Read More